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Christopher Macchiaroli

Partner

Chris Macchiaroli is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice covers all facets of civil litigation and criminal defense.

Education

J.D., Washington University School of Law, December 2003

B.A., Boston University, 2000

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice New York
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S Courts of Appeal for the Second Circuit
U.S Courts of Appeal for the Third Circuit
U.S Courts of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit
U.S Courts of Appeal for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
Professional History

Chris has tried over fifty cases to verdict (25 jury trials), including five in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, authored over twenty-five appellate briefs in the D.C. Circuit, the Second Circuit, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and participated in over seventy criminal and civil evidentiary hearings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Southern District of New York, the Southern District of Florida, and the District of Columbia Superior Court. Chris has over ten years of experience as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Southern District of Florida, where he was both a federal prosecutor, trying both violent crimes and large scale multi-defendant conspiracy cases, and a civil attorney representing the United States in all aspects of defensive and affirmative civil litigation. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Chris was in private practice in New York and Washington, D.C. at White & Case LLP, where he represented individuals and corporations in a variety of civil and white-collar matters including internal investigations. Chris’ work has resulted in numerous published decisions and news articles.


Chris graduated from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in December 2003 and was the recipient of the Judge John W. Calhoun Award for Trial Advocacy. While in law school, he was on the trial team and participated in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Appellate Clinic.

Notable Civil Cases
  • Vertex Telecom, Inc. v. XO Commc’ns, Inc., No. 06-cv-1209 (E.D. Va.) (JCC) (obtained temporary restraining order barring defendant from disrupting service to 1.2 million customers);
  • Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., et al. v. Xinyi Group Glass Co., Ltd., No. 05-cv-520-GPM, 2008 WL 3992687 (S.D. Ill. Aug. 22, 2008) (secured dismissal of third-party complaint against foreign glass manufacturer);
  • Curley v. Gateway Concrete Forming Sys., Inc., No. 10-2386, 2010 WL 4608754 (Ill. App. Ct. Nov. 5, 2010) (secured dismissal of complaint against foreign wood manufacturer);
  • Zina Hunter v. District of Columbia, 08-cv-256 (RBW) (D.D.C) (obtained six-figure settlement and reinstatement of employment for client following a civil action alleging sexual harassment and wrongful termination).
  • Spann, et al. v. United States, No. 11-cv-23178-KMM (S.D. Fla.) and Alvarado, et al., v. United States, No. 10-cv-22788-KMM (S.D. Fla.) (represented the United States against 150 plaintiffs alleging torts claims arising from allegedly unsanitary medical equipment used at VA hospitals);
  • Jeudy v. Holder, No. 10-cv- 22873, 2011 WL 5361076 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 7, 2011) (obtained summary judgment on claim of national origin discrimination);
  • Torres v. Casteel, No. 08-cv-22961, 2010 WL 3194902 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 09, 2010) (obtained summary judgment on civil rights claim alleging sexual assault);
  • Kelsey v. Donley, No. 09-cv-21125, 2010 WL 1768577 (S.D. Fla. May 4, 2010) (obtained summary judgment on claim of age discrimination);
  • Ashmore v. F.A.A., No. 11-cv-60272, 2011 WL 5433924 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 8, 2011) (obtained summary judgment on claim of race discrimination);
  • Pizzini v. Napolitano, No. 10-cv-61498, 2011 WL 2535276 (S.D. Fla. Jun. 17, 2011) (obtained dismissal of complaint asserting claims of national origin and race discrimination);
  • Anderson v. Napolitano, No. 09-cr-60744, 2010 WL 431898 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 8, 2010) (obtained dismissal of complaint alleging sex discrimination);
  • Humphrey v. Napolitano, 517 F. App’x 705 (11th Cir. 2013) (affirming grant of summary judgment on complaint alleging age and race discrimination).
Notable Criminal Cases
  • United States v. Stolt-Nielsen SA, 524 F. Supp. 2d 609 (E.D. Pa. 2007) (participated in team that obtained dismissal of indictment following a multi-week evidentiary hearing);
  • United States v. Anthony Fields, et al., 18-cr-267 (APM) (D.D.C.) (convicted multiple defendants in lengthy conspiracy trial of maintaining an open-air drug market in Southeast, Washington, D.C.);
  • United States v. Dwight Hayman, et al., 16-cr-169 (APM) (D.D.C.) (prosecuted 16 defendants in a Title-III narcotics conspiracy that resulted in the seizure of narcotics, firearms, and large amounts of U.S. currency);
  • United States v. Keith Young, 17-cr-83 (KBJ) (D.D.C.) (convicted self-proclaimed drug kingpin of narcotics trafficking following a jury trial where the defendant was in possession of two kilograms of heroin laced with fentanyl, a firearm, and nearly two hundred rounds of ammunition);
  • United States v. Demetrius Muschetta, et al., 15-cr-76 (BAH) (D.D.C.) (prosecuted 15 defendants in a Title-III narcotics conspiracy that resulted in the seizure of kilograms of narcotics and firearms);
  • United States v. Jonathan Blades, 2014 CF1 2153 (D.C. Sup. Ct.) (convicted defendant of assault with intent to kill while armed following a jury trial where the defendant sprayed a downtown D.C. street with bullets following an altercation outside of a D.C. nightclub that resulted in a victim being shot and rendered unconscious).
Notable Publications
  • Refining the Contours of General Jurisdiction Over Foreign Corporations, 11 HOFSTRA J. INT’L BUS. & L. 49 (2012) (co-author);
  • To Speak or Not to Speak: Can Pre-Miranda Silence Be Used as Substantive Evidence of Guilt?, 33 THE CHAMPION 14 (2009);
  • Rewriting the Record: A Federal Court Split on the Scope of Permissible Changes to a Deposition Transcript, 3 FED CTS. L. REV. 1 (2009) (co-author);
  • Two Decades After Asahi, Questions Remain, 3 BLOOMBERG L. RPTS. No. 17 (Apr. 2009) (co-author).