David M. Chaiken

A former federal prosecutor, David Chaiken represents companies and individuals in white collar criminal matters, federal grand jury investigations, government enforcement actions, internal investigations, and complex civil litigation. He is recognized as a top white collar defense and investigations lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, in which clients and colleagues describe him as “smart,” “very thorough and detail-oriented,” and “very hard-working.”

Mr. Chaiken battles federal prosecutors and investigators across the country, securing favorable results for his clients. And having tried numerous complex white collar cases to verdict, he poses a credible trial threat that can greatly benefit your negotiating position. Mr. Chaiken also leads corporate internal investigations from coast to coast on behalf of company management, Boards, and Board committees, bringing the credibility and integrity of a former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor to the task.

Having served as a top white collar partner in an AmLaw 50 law firm, a federal prosecutor, and a law clerk to a federal trial judge, and having practiced in the Atlanta and San Francisco offices of elite global law firms, Mr. Chaiken has handled some of the most sophisticated white collar matters in the country over the past two decades and he brings a 360-degree perspective to analyzing and resolving your complex legal issues.

Prior to returning to private practice in December 2016, Mr. Chaiken was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Economic Crimes Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta for nine years. In that position, he led all phases of the investigation and prosecution of corporate and white collar crimes ranging from tax evasion to public company accounting fraud, including high-profile insider trading cases and one of the largest law firm trust account embezzlements in U.S. history.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Law360, Bloomberg, Forbes, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other local and national media, and he is frequently asked to comment on and speak on emerging white collar issues.


  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2001

    Notes & Comments Editor, Emory Law Journal

  • Colgate University, B.A., 1995

Federal Government Service:
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Economic Crimes Section, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, 2007-2016

    Member, Securities & Commodities Fraud Working Group

    Coordinator, Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) Unit

  • Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge William C. O’Kelley, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 2001-2002

Bar Admissions
  • California

  • Georgia

Court Admissions:
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

  • Georgia State Courts

  • California State Courts