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Vicki
Chou

Of Counsel

Of Counsel

Education
  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 2006) cum laude
  • Harvard University (A.B., 2002) magna cum laude
Clerkships
  • Hon. Robert E. Payne, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Admissions
  • California

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 in both the Criminal and National Security Divisions and was a Deputy Chief. She represented the United States in hundreds of criminal cases, including computer and internet fraud, intellectual property, money laundering, cryptocurrency, 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 States 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.

Experience

Represent Bill McGlashan, founder of TPG Growth LLC and The Rise Fund, in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions case.

Represent Palantir Technologies in a case involving misappropriation of trade secrets, federal racketeering, and other wrongful conduct.

Represent 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.

Represent Rishi Shah, founder of Outcome Health, in his criminal trial in the Northern District of Illinois involving mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, loan application fraud, and money laundering.

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Representing Southern California Edison and Edison International in litigation arising out of the 2018 Woolsey Fire.

Represent a real estate company in two overlapping matters involving the FTC and a receivership’s demand for return of monetary transfers.

Advise major real estate development company on regulatory and criminal issues involving HUD and the City Attorney’s Office.

Represent an international law firm in a legal malpractice claim.

Represent a major laboratory in a HHS-OIG investigation of billing and compensation practices related to the Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act.

Represent a Chinese entrepreneur in a civil dispute against former business partner in China.

Represented the founder and partner of a personal injury law firm in a partnership dispute concerning issues of corporate governance and control.

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.

Recognitions

  • Best Under 40, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • 40 & Under Hot List, Benchmark Litigation (2020)
  • Top Minority Attorneys, Los Angeles Business Journal
  • Top Women Attorneys, Los Angeles Business Journal
  • 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

Activities

Board Member, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association

Co-Chair, ABA Computer Crime, Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets Sub-Committee

Executive Committee, LACBA Litigation Section