Christopher D. Man

Christopher D. Man

Washington, DC
+1 (202) 974-5608
1200 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
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Christopher Man's practice focuses on civil litigation, white collar criminal litigation, appeals, internal investigations, and investigations conducted by Congress and the Executive Branch. He has significant experience defending clients accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering laws, trade sanctions, securities laws, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and federal election laws. Mr. Man also advises companies on compliance with anti-bribery laws and trade sanctions.

A frequent author, Mr. Man has written numerous articles for legal publications, including The National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, Legal Times,, Business Crimes Bulletin and several prominent law reviews.

  • Brought a precedent setting case against the U.S. military pro bono on behalf of current and former members of the military and their same-sex spouses to invalidate the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and similar restrictions in the military titles of the U.S. Code that unconstitutionally prevented the military from paying spousal benefits to legally married spouses of the same-sex. The President, Attorney General and military advised the Court they agreed these laws were unconstitutional, and a judgment declaring those laws unconstitutional was entered.
  • Served as alternating first chair at trial in the successful defense of former New York Governor George Pataki in defense of claims that he violated the civil rights of plaintiffs who were hospitalized under the Sexually Violent Predators Initiative. The jury found Governor Pataki not liable.
  • Represented former Senator and Presidential candidate John Edwards at trial for violating the federal election laws. The jury acquitted Senator Edwards on all charges.
  • Represented several Iranian expatriates in an investigation by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) into allegations they had funded a foreign terrorist organization, which ended in no action being taken by OFAC beyond issuing a cautionary letter to the clients.
  • Represented a Puerto Rican Senator Hector Martinez at a criminal trial that ended in a conviction of only one of the four charges, and he successfully overturned the remaining count of conviction on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
  • Represented a transgender inmate pro bono on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that established an important precedent requiring prisons to respect the medical needs of transgender inmates.
  • Represented Paul Minor on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Firth Circuit in a case that overturned his conviction for federal programs bribery (Section 666) and that set an important precedent limiting the reach of the statute.
  • Represented Ousama Naaman, a Lebanese-Canadian citizen under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and the U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office, on allegations he violated the United Nation's Oil-for-Food Program and the FCPA by paying bribes to the Iraqi government and its officials. A favorable plea agreement was negotiated in exchange for his cooperation, and Mr. Naaman was transferred to Canada to serve his sentence in record time where he was quickly paroled.
  • Represented Wal-Mart in civil and criminal proceedings concerning allegations it used contractors who employed undocumented workers as floor cleaners in 22 states. 
  • Represented ConocoPhillips in civil and criminal proceedings concerning allegations of a conspiracy between corporate officers and Australian government officials to bribe East Timorese government officials in exchange for rights to develop $50 billion worth of oil and gas in the Timor Sea. 
  • Represented Scott Sullivan, former Chief Financial Officer of WorldCom, in criminal proceedings. 
  • Assisted in preparing successful presidential pardon applications for Marc Rich and Pincus Green. 
  • Represented a major tobacco company in litigation brought by the European Community and various European and Latin American governments seeking billions of dollars in damages for alleged RICO violations concerning smuggling and money laundering on behalf of Colombian drug lords.


During law school, Mr. Man served as articles editor for The Washington University Journal of Urban & Contemporary Law. He was awarded second place in the 1995 National Environmental Moot Court and first place and high oralist in the 1994 Washington University Environmental Moot Court.


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