Christopher L. Garcia is Co-Head of Weil’s global White Collar Defense, Regulatory and Investigations practice, where he focuses on defending companies and individuals in connection with regulatory and criminal investigations, conducting internal investigations, and litigating securities class actions in state and federal courts across the U.S. He also counsels boards of directors, executives, broker-dealers, and investment advisers on securities and corporate governance issues, and regulatory compliance, among other things. Mr. Garcia is also a member of the Firm’s Cybersecurity, Data Privacy & Information Management group.
Prior to joining Weil, Mr. Garcia was Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. In this role, he led a unit of more than 35 prosecutors, law enforcement agents, and staff in all aspects of securities fraud investigations, trials, appeals, and other litigations. During his tenure, he supervised the investigation and prosecution of more than 300 cases, including matters arising out of the 2008 financial crisis and in areas of corporate fraud, consumer fraud, insider trading, fraudulent investment schemes, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Mr. Garcia has obtained a number of awards from legal and business publications. The National Law Journal named him a White Collar, Regulatory & Compliance “Trailblazer” in 2018. He is also recognized as a “recommended” lawyer nationwide in the White Collar area by Legal 500, and is ranked as a Leading Lawyer for White Collar Crime & Government Investigations in New York by Chambers USA.
Mr. Garcia is a fixture in the academic and legal community. He is a regular speaker and writer on securities litigation, enforcement, and white collar topics, including cybersecurity, social media communications and related SEC disclosure issues, the FCPA and anti-corruption enforcement, and insider trading. He also has been featured in Bloomberg, Forbes, and Reuters, among other publications.
Mr. Garcia received his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as Senior Editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy and as President of the Board of Student Advisers. He also received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College.