Christina M. Egan


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  • Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum laude, Order of the Coif, Executive Editor, Journal of International Law and Business, 1995
  • University of Michigan, BA, magna cum laude, 1991
  • Illinois

Board Member, Northwestern University School of Law Clinic Advisory Board, May 2017 to present

Board Member, Executive Committee, Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago, June 2016 to present; Board Member, Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago, June 2015 to June 2016

Member, Chicago Inn of Court, Fall 2013

Christina is the managing partner of the McGuireWoods Chicago office, and practices in the area of government investigations and white collar litigation. An experienced trial lawyer, she focuses her practice on representing companies and individuals with matters involving both criminal and civil investigations by the government as well as federal and state regulators. In that capacity, she handles internal investigations, provides compliance advice, and represents companies in investigations involving a number of government agencies. Christina's practice also includes counseling companies on transaction risk assessment where a party may have the potential for government exposure.

Prior to joining the firm, Christina served 10 years as an assistant U.S. attorney (AUSA) in the Northern District of Illinois - four of which she was a deputy chief. She has tried more than 20 federal criminal cases as an AUSA. She led the prosecution of a broad range of complex investigations, including racketeering, public corruption, mortgage fraud, bankruptcy fraud and narcotics trafficking conspiracies. During her tenure as an AUSA, Christina focused on the investigation and trial of complex corruption cases, including serving as lead counsel in the racketeering investigation and trial of corrupt police officers and, in another case, investigating and prosecuting bribery schemes by corrupt City of Chicago inspectors and building contractors. She has also briefed and argued multiple appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Christina received multiple awards from federal and local law enforcement, and the U.S. Department of Justice for her service as an AUSA.

As a deputy chief AUSA, she supervised a number of AUSAs on the successful investigations and prosecutions of hundreds of defendants in matters including organized criminal street gangs, racketeering conspiracies and various types of fraud schemes. In that role, she counseled prosecutors on investigation, trial strategy, and reviewed and preliminarily approved charging documents and plea agreements.

Christina was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable John F. Grady and a judicial extern for the Honorable Marvin E. Aspen of the U.S. District Court in Chicago. In 2012, she was also appointed to the U.S. Attorney Candidate Screening Committee through a bi-partisan process headed by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk.

She is currently an adjunct professor at Northwestern School of Law, teaching a seminar on federal RICO law since 2012 and previously taught trial advocacy there from 2008 to 2011. She is also a former lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Undercover School and the National Advocacy Center for the Department of Justice.

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Conducted internal investigation for multi-line healthcare company and representation in connection with federal criminal investigation regarding allegations of kickbacks.

Conducted internal investigation for national health insurance company and representation in connection with government investigation regarding allegations of bribes.

Conducted internal investigations for national manufacturing and wholesale company regarding fraud and accounting issues.

Conducted internal investigation for medical services company and representation in federal civil False Claims Act case.

Conducted internal investigation for national managed care organization regarding anti-kickback and other potential healthcare fraud issues.

Conducted internal investigation for medical services company in connection with federal civil and criminal investigation.

Conducted internal investigation for health system regarding billing practice issues.

Served in a matter as an expert witness in a U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Representation of senior executive of natural energy company in connection with government investigation.

Representation of senior executive of large national manufacturing company in connection with federal criminal investigation.

Representation of security company in connection with federal investigation.

Representation of international bank in connection with SEC inquiry.

Representation of hospital in federal criminal case alleging anti-kickback violations.

Representation of physician group in federal False Claims Act case.

Represented private equity fund in investment in urgent care center chain and advised on state regulatory matters.

Revised compliance program for national chain of dental clinics.

Representation of surgery center chain in civil contract litigation.

Recipient, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, May 2015

Recipient, Appreciation of Service Award, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2012

Recipient, Appreciation of Service Award, Drug Enforcement Agency, 2012

Recipient, Appreciation of Service Award, United States Marshal's Service, 2012

Named Top Gang Prosecutor, Chicago Police Department, 2012

Recipient, Outstanding Service Award, Chicago Police Department, 2006

Recipient, Justice Performance Award, U.S. Department of Justice, 2004

Recipient, Outstanding Service Award, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, 2003

Recipient, Inspector in Charge Award, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, 2003

Recipient, Appreciation of Service Award, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2003

Co-author, "CMS Databases Increase Qui Tam Risk for Health Providers," Law360, December 11, 2014
Co-author, "Food Fighters: DOJ, FDA May Be Coming For Executives," Law360, September 23, 2014
Speaker, The Modern Compliance Program; A Discussion From The Government and Labor and Employment Perspectives, June 20, 2018
Moderator, "May It Please the Court: Managing Partners Panel," Women Lawyers in the Courtroom Symposium, April 12, 2018
Presenter, "What You Need To Know For Your Investigations," COPA 2018 Training Academy, March 19, 2018
Panelist, "For the Love of Gov: A Conversation with Firm Attorneys and their Government Colleagues," Northwestern University Women’s Leadership Coalition Symposium, February 12, 2018
Speaker, "Modernizing Your Compliance Program," Association of Corporate Counsel Chicago, December 6-7, 2017
Speaker, "Effective Internal Investigations for Healthcare Entities," Healthcare Litigation and Compliance Webinar Series, September 19, 2017
Moderator, "Government Enforcement Panel," 4th Annual Healthcare Litigation and Compliance Conference, McGuireWoods LLP, June 8, 2017
Speaker, "Corporate Counsel Perspectives: Overcoming Internal Business Challenges," Compliance in the Real World; A Practical Discussion About Today’s Top Issues, McGuireWoods LLP Conference, May 17, 2017
Panelist, "Internal Corporate Investigations: Practical & Ethical Considerations," FBA Ethics Program, May 16, 2017
Panelist, FTI Consulting Annual Women’s Leadership Forum, October 13, 2016
Moderator Keynote Panel, "Healthcare Litigation Trends: The Government Perspective on Enforcement, Administrative Actions and Sanctions," 3rd Annual Healthcare Litigation Conference, September 21, 2016
Co-chair and Moderator, "Getting Real World Trial Experience: Tips from Experienced Trial Lawyers," Women Lawyers in the Courtroom Symposium, April 21, 2016
Moderator, "Healthcare Investigations & Litigation: Whistleblower Suits to FTC Antitrust Actions and Beyond," 13th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity & Finance Conference, February 24, 2016
Co-speaker, "What To Do When the Government Shows Up," Association of Corporate Counsel, October 28 and 29, 2015
Speaker, "Role Play on How to Respond When the FBI Executes a Search Warrant," Hot Topics in Antitrust Compliance, McGuireWoods LLP Seminar, October 14, 2015
Panelist, "Litigation Prevention: Robust Compliance Programs and Internal Investigations," Annual Healthcare Litigation Conference, May 6, 2015
Panelist, "Top 10 Things Every Investor Should Understand about False Claims Investigation Trends and Effectively Spotting and Assessing Fraud and Abuse Risk," 12th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 18, 2015
Speaker, Litigating a False Claims Act — Tips and Tactics from the Trenchs, Part V: Select Trial Issues, Closing Arguments, Post-Trial Motions, and Appeals, AHLA Webinar, FCA Bootcamp Series, January 16, 2015
Co-speaker, "Forensic Accounting in Criminal Investigations," Fraud & Forensic Symposium, Illinois CPA Society, October 28, 2014
Speaker, "Criminal and Civil Healthcare Fraud Investigations," Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys Annual Health Law Symposium, October 21, 2014
Co-Speaker, "Criminal Prosecutions for Violations of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act," Food Safety Challenges in an Era of Change: How to Better Protect Your Food and Beverage Company, Your Customers and Yourself, October 9, 2014
Speaker, "Food Safety - Preventing Adulteration and Contamination that Could Lead to Unsafe Products and Costly Litigation," American Conference Institute FDA and USDA Compliance Boot Camp, September 30, 2014
Speaker, "Bullet Proof Your Data Privacy and Security Exposure and Sleep at Night," Association of Corporate Counsel America, September 9-11, 2014
Speaker, "Criminal Investigations: Secrets, Privilege and the Lawyer’s Role," Illinois MCLE Marathon 2014, May 12, 2014
Co-Chair and Keynote Panel Moderator, "7 Key Issues and Trends in Government Enforcement in the Healthcare Industry"; Panelist, "8 Key Aspects of an Effective Internal Investigation" and Moderator, "6 Critical Considerations in Compliance Planning for Hospitals," Healthcare Litigation Conference, McGuireWoods LLP, April 8, 2014
Moderator, "Overcoming Regulatory Deal Obstacles and Finding Solutions: Self-Disclosure Protocol, Indemnity, Insurance and Other Risk Management Techniques," 11th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, McGuireWoods LLP and McGladrey LLP, February 25-26, 2014
Speaker, The Rising Threat of Criminal Prosecution in the Food and Beverage Industry, McGuireWoods Webinar, February 18, 2014
Panelist, "FCPA – What Happened in 2013," National Law Journal Summit, November 19, 2013
Moderator, Healthcare Litigation Roundtable, McGuireWoods, September 24, 2013
Panelist, "Under the Government Microscope: Health care fraud issues under FCPA," 6th Annual White Collar Crime + Corporate Governance Conference, April 16, 2013
Panelist, "Criminal Investigations: Secrets, Privilege and the Lawyer’s Role," PLI Illinois MCLE Marathon 2013, May 13, 2013
Speaker, Seven Emerging Issues in Stark, Kickback and False Claims Cases, McGuireWoods Webinar, March 6, 2013
Panelist, "Corporate Integrity Agreements: What Do They Mean for Your Deal?," 10th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, McGuireWoods LLP and McGladrey LLP, February 27, 2013
Speaker, "10 Key Points for the Healthcare Industry," Corporate Integrity Agreements, McGuireWoods Webinar, January 31, 2013
Moderator, "FDA, Governmental Affairs and Compliance Issues"; Panelist, "Emerging Litigation Issues in the Device and Life Sciences Sector," 4th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference, McGuireWoods Seminar, November 8, 2012
Panelist, "Breach of Ethics or Law? Fiduciaries in the Crosshairs," Becker ASC 19th Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference, October 26, 2012
Panelist, "Breach of Ethics or Law? Fiduciaries in the Crosshairs," Illinois CPA Society Fraud Conference, September 20, 2012