Benjamin J. Christenson


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  • University of Illinois College of Law, JD, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2010
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA, Economics, 2005
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Ben’s practice focuses on advising and defending clients facing regulatory, administrative, and criminal investigations.

He has represented organizations and individuals in a number of industries including healthcare, insurance, financial services, and consumer goods in grand jury matters and investigations by the Department of Justice, The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the SEC, and State Attorneys General. He has conducted internal investigations in response to government inquiries, whistle-blower reports, and financial irregularities. He also has experience in antitrust, commercial, and consumer litigation including the conduct of witness and corporate representative depositions, the briefing of complex substantive and discovery-related motions, and appeals.

Prior to joining the firm, Ben clerked for the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the Honorable Harris L Hartz, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Ben received an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the United States District for the Northern District of Illinois for his work as part of a team representing an individual raising section 1983 civil rights claims in relation to an arrest.

While earning his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, Ben interned at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division and served as an Articles Editor for the Illinois Law Review. He received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Torts, Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Introduction to Advocacy, Evidence, Federal Courts, Professional Responsibility, Bankruptcy, and Criminal Procedure: Adjudications.

Ben was a contestant on Jeopardy! in 2013.

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Benjamin Christenson
T: +1 312 849 3041F: +1 312 698 451977 West Wacker Drive
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Chicago, IL 60601-1818

Representation of healthcare provider plaintiff in Federal suit alleging exclusive dealing and monopolization antitrust claims.

Representation of government contractor in local government investigation of benefits provided to government employees.

Representation of multiple healthcare providers in government investigations and FCA qui tam actions.

Conducted internal review for independent government agency.

Obtained complete summary judgment for food and beverage industry client in litigation involving allegations of fraud and breach of contract.

Representation of company in multi-state investigation of alleged consumer fraud.

Representation of company in internal investigation into suspected employee misuse of company property.

Representation of company in internal investigation into accounting and inventory control irregularities.

Representation of former government official in grand jury investigation and prosecution.

Representation of individual in securities fraud investigation.

Representation of financial services company in resolution of urgent issues arising from a number of consumer litigation matters.

Representation of professional services firm in internal investigation into potential misconduct by employee.

Representation of professional services firm in internal investigation of alleged improper dealings with public officials.

Representation of multiple clients as witnesses to government investigations and enforcement actions.

Co-author, "Best Practices for Internal Investigations," E-Briefings, The Governance Institute, November 2016
Co-author, "CMS Databases Increase Qui Tam Risk for Health Providers," Law360, December 11, 2014
Note, "Best Let Sleeping Presumptions Lie: Interpretation of ‘Center of Main Interest’ Under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code and an Appeal for Additional Judicial Complacency," Illinois Law Review, 2010
Panelist, "8 Key Aspects of an Effective Internal Investigation," Healthcare Litigation Conference, McGuireWoods LLP, April 8, 2014
Speaker, The Rising Threat of Criminal Prosecution in the Food and Beverage Industry, McGuireWoods Webinar, February 18, 2014
Speaker, Seven Emerging Issues in Stark, Kickback and False Claims Cases, McGuireWoods Webinar, March 6, 2013
DOJ Memorandum Sets Out FCA Dismissal Factors, Subject to Inquiry, 1/30/2018
Healthcare Executive Indicted for Alleged Cover-Up, Subject to Inquiry, December 13, 2013