Christopher D. McEachran Associate

Chris represents individual and corporate clients nationwide in investigations by federal agencies, including FERC, the SEC, FINRA and the DOJ. He helps clients respond to requests for information by conducting fact-finding investigations and leading teams of attorneys in reviewing and producing documents. Clients of McGuireWoods have often turned to Chris to brief novel issues of ever-changing administrative law.

Chris is a member of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation department, which was recognized by Law360 as a Practice Group of the Year. He deploys the skills developed in his government investigations practice to defend clients in complex commercial litigation. In many cases, he becomes involved in litigation that naturally follows a high-profile government investigation. Besides white collar defense and environmental investigations and enforcement, he also handles energy enforcement issues.

Chris enjoys pro bono work and he recently represented individuals in labor trafficking and immigration cases. Chris is an editor of the firm’s Subject to Inquiry blog, and he co-led the development of McGuireWoods’ FERC Enforcement Reporter, an innovative, web-based legal research tool that organizes information about FERC enforcement cases and policy statements topically.

Prior to joining the firm, Chris worked as a law clerk for the Senior Judge Panel of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and as a judicial extern to Judge James A. Wynn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. While in law school, Chris served as the executive comments editor on the North Carolina Law Review and was selected to the Order of the Coif. 

Experience

Conducted internal investigations and responding to government document requests, including interfacing with clients and regulators, as well as directing teams of reviewing attorneys.

Prepared witnesses for appearance before grand jury as part of DOJ investigation into alleged Clean Water Act violations.

Secured favorable settlement for major utility company as part of a FERC investigation into Section 35.41 false statements.

Representation of energy trader in precedent-setting FERC investigation into claims of market manipulation, before the Commission and in federal court.

Successfully dismissed Securities Act claims against Big Four accounting firms as part of multidistrict class action.

Counseled major utility to self-report regulatory violation to FERC – resulting in no action taken.

Representation of small business owner in breach of contract litigation in federal court.

Secured precedent-setting result for pro-bono client in labor trafficking suit against her former captors.

Representation of major utilities and energy traders in public and non-public FERC investigations.

  • The University of North Carolina School of Law, JD, with High Honors, Order of the Coif, Executive Comments Editor, North Carolina Law Review, 2012
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BS, Psychology, with Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 2008
  • Spanish
  • District of Columbia
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
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