Vicki Chou is an experienced trial lawyer who represents individuals and companies in high stakes business disputes and criminal matters, including complex commercial litigation, intellectual property matters, SEC enforcement actions, and white collar criminal defense.
Prior to joining Hueston Hennigan, Ms. Chou served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California where she was a Deputy Chief in the General Crimes Section. She represented the United States in hundreds of criminal cases, including computer and internet fraud, intellectual property, money laundering, bank fraud, tax fraud, immigration fraud, drug trafficking, and racketeering offenses. Many of her matters involved high level, international coordination. As lead counsel, she prevailed at trial in numerous cases. She also argued many appeals before the Ninth Circuit, securing affirmances in every case she argued.
Prior to becoming an Assistant United State Attorney, Ms. Chou was an associate at Irell & Manella and Quinn Emanuel, where she focused on white collar defense, SEC enforcement actions, internal investigations, and shareholder litigation.
Representing Bill McGlashan, founder of TPG Growth LLC and The Rise Fund, in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions case.
Representing Palantir Technologies in a case involving misappropriation of trade secrets, federal racketeering, and other wrongful conduct.
Representing a high-profile CEO and an award-winning entrepreneur in a federal investigation by the San Diego U.S. Attorney’s Office for alleged violations of the CAN-SPAM Act. This criminal prosecution of “email spamming” is one of the first in the United States.
Represented the CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation in a lawsuit filed by the SEC alleging securities fraud and insider trading, reaching a favorable settlement on the eve of trial.
Represented a medical services company in a criminal investigation, preventing felony charges from being filed against any of the owners or officers of the company.
Represented an auto parts manufacturer in a criminal antitrust investigation.
Represented serial entrepreneur on 56 count wire fraud indictment, securing a probationary sentence after a favorable plea disposition.
- Director of National Intelligence, Meritorious Unit Citation (2016)
- HIDTA National Award for Outstanding Financial Investigative Effort (2015)
- IRS Certificate of Appreciation
- Attorney General’s Award Nominee
Board Member, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
Co-Chair, ABA Computer Crime, Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets Sub-Committee