Key Experience

  • Represents companies and individuals in government and corporate investigations.
  • Defends against allegations of violations of federal and state regulations related to financial crimes.
  • Served as chief of the Financial Crimes & Public Corruption Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia.


For more than a decade, Chuck Connolly served as a federal prosecutor in white-collar, complex fraud cases in the Eastern District of Virginia. There, he not only learned how to investigate and build complex financial cases—including those involving accounting fraud, bank fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and corporate fraud—but also tried two of the largest corporate fraud cases in the history of the district.

Representative Work

  • Served as lead counsel to a monitor of a European headquartered global financial institution and advised on legal and strategic issues related to the evaluation of AML, BSA and sanctions systems, procedures, compliance and controls. Assisted in the drafting of extensive monitor reports and engaged in frequent meetings and presentations to the relevant law enforcement agency.
  • Counseled a group of large, institutional, private equity investors in a matter in which the general partner improperly removed more than $20 million in fees. Guided the clients through federal court litigation, taking an aggressive litigation posture. After deposing the lead plaintiff and lead expert witness—who withdrew his expert opinion during the deposition—achieved a settlement of 98 cents on the dollar from the general partner.
  • For a global Fortune 50 company, investigating numerous allegations of financial misconduct, accounting issues and potential fraud, determining the extent, if any, of illegal conduct in thorough, yet cost-effective, investigations that identified issues and offered solutions.
  • Successfully represented a significant government contractor by winning a summary judgment on FCA allegations related to a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Represented an international company in a World Bank corruption investigation. The investigation was closed without any action against the company or any of its employees.


Public Service and Affiliations