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Jennifer L. Chunias

Goodwin Procter LLP

Boston, MA, USA


Areas of Practice

Jennifer Chunias, a partner in the firm's Litigation Department, specializes in white collar criminal defense, False Claims Act litigation and investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance and investigations, securities fraud, health care fraud, and complex business and financial litigation. She has represented individuals and entities in connection with government investigations by federal, state and local law enforcement and regulators, and has litigated civil and criminal cases in state and federal court.

Work for Clients

Ms. Chunias has successfully represented corporations and individuals in connection with civil and criminal government investigations and prosecutions, most notably in relation to allegations of FCPA violations, FCA violations, health care fraud, securities fraud, insider trading, tax evasion, money laundering, bribery, and public corruption. Such representations have resulted in declined prosecutions and favorable settlements.

Ms. Chunias also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations for public companies, audit committees, and other special board committees, including investigations into whistleblower complaints arising under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank Act, and investigations arising under the FCPA. She also regularly works with clients on the development and implementation of appropriate policies and remedial actions to address compliance and internal control deficiencies identified through such investigations.

Ms. Chunias also has a national business and financial litigation and arbitration practice, concentrating on post-closing, corporate governance, and M&A related litigation, as well as allegations of fraud, breaches of fiduciary duties, and theft of trade secrets.

Among her recent matters, Ms. Chunias has represented:

  • The Audit Committee of a public medical technology company in relation to an internal investigation of whistleblower allegations of FCPA violations and bribery relating to import of company products into Russia and Eastern Europe;
  • The Audit Committee of a U.S. public company in connection with investigations by the SEC and DOJ into alleged FCPA violations at the company's China subsidiary, including relating to the use of third-party intermediaries in connection with contracts with state-owned entities;
  • A publicly-traded social media company in connection with an internal investigation of alleged employee insider trading;
  • A financial consulting firm in False Claim Act and class action litigation arising out of "pay-to-play" allegations relating to the New Mexico State pension system;
  • The former CEO of a pharmaceutical and medical device company in connection with a federal indictment relating to the company's sale of allegedly unapproved and adulterated drugs, successfully arguing for a significant downward departure following the entry of a guilty plea;
  • A national insurance brokerage firm in an investigation by the state Attorney General regarding the company's billing practices, ultimately negotiating a favorable settlement;
  • A private healthcare consulting firm in connection with multiple FCA qui tam whistleblower suits arising out of allegations that the company assisted hospitals seeking and receiving inflated Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements; and
  • The former president of a publicly traded home healthcare company in connection with an investigation by the DOJ, successfully arguing for a significant downward departure following entry of a guilty plea on charges of money laundering and filing false tax returns.

Professional Activities

 

Ms. Chunias serves on the Board of Trustees of the Women's Bar Foundation, is a member of Womenade Boston, and recently was selected to serve on the Boston Bar Association's Criminal Justice Task Force. She also has served on the BBA's Individual Rights Responsibilities Section Steering Committee, and as a pro bono Bar Advocate, handling dozens of court appointments in the Criminal Division of the Boston Municipal Court.

Media and Presentations

 

Ms. Chunias was appointed Climenko Thayer Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School in 2004-2005, and has taught as an adjunct professor at Northeastern University School of Law. She is also a frequent panelist on such topics as healthcare fraud and the False Claims Act, the FCPA, conducting effective internal investigations, handling whistleblowers, hot securities topics and public company compliance concerns, and rising enforcement risks associated with global business models.

She has authored several book chapters, articles and other publications related to white collar criminal defense, the FCPA, the FCA and securities fraud.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter in 2005, Ms. Chunias was a lecturer at Harvard Law School. Before that, she was an associate in the Litigation Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP in Boston.

Recognition

In 2009, Ms. Chunias was selected by the Boston Business Journal as one of the top 40 business leaders in Massachusetts under the age of 40 and honored at a "Women of Justice" event by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, the Women's Bar Association and the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers. She also was selected as an "Up and Coming Lawyer" for 2005 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer "Rising Star" in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Education

  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
  • B.A., The University of Vermont

Bar and Court Admissions

Ms. Chunias is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and state courts in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

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