Christopher G. Oprison
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DLA Piper LLP
Christopher Oprison is an experienced trial attorney and litigator, handling high profile and high- stakes litigation and appeals. Christopher focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, healthcare fraud defense, and complex commercial litigation matters. He represents and counsels US and international corporations and individuals in connection with civil and criminal litigation matters, government investigations, healthcare fraud and issues arising under the False Claims Act (FCA), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
Christopher also represents clients in Congressional probes, in complex matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies and frequently defends individual and corporate clients in connection with Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations and litigation. Christopher has handled high profile false advertising and false endorsement matters arising under the Lanham Act. He also assists clients with corporate compliance matters, conducting internal investigations on behalf of public company boards and audit committees.
Christopher is dedicated to veterans issues and provides a substantial amount of pro bono legal services to active duty, reservist and retired veterans of the armed services. He served as lead trial defense counsel for one of the Marine Corps' most notable general courts-martial cases in recent years and has been identified as a "recommended attorney" by a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing legal defense services to service members facing the most serious war crimes. Christopher also provides pro bono legal services to protect the rights of injured veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury from adverse treatment and discrimination.
Before joining DLA Piper, Christopher was a partner in a leading Miami-based law firm and litigation counsel at a leading global Wall Street-based law firm. From 2006-2008, Christopher served in the White House Counsel's Office as an Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush where he handled hundreds of Congressional investigations directed at the President and Executive Agencies which implicated White House equities. Some of the more high profile investigations for which Christopher was responsible on behalf of the Counsel's office included the US Attorneys firings, the investigation and later prosecution of former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, the alleged use of campaign email accounts by political advisors in the White House, compliance with the Presidential Records Act, the invocation of Executive Privilege by the President, and multiple records lawsuits directed at the White House and executive agencies.
Earlier in his career, Christopher held clerkships for the late-Judge Fred I. Parker of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2002-2003), and then-Chief Judge Terrence W. Boyle of the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (1997-1998). He also served in the United States Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate/Prosecutor (1998-2002) prosecuting hundreds of the most serious felony crimes under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including more than 30 contested bench and jury trials.
Christopher has also appeared on Fox News, CNN, the Blaze TV and various radio talk shows discussing a variety of legal, political and military issues.