Christopher Pilkerton, Of Counsel
Mr. Pilkerton represents corporations and individuals in civil litigation, regulatory investigations, and related business matters before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), National Futures Association (NFA) and the U.S. Congress. His practice also includes conducting internal investigations, compliance audits, and implementing anti-money laundering/fraud programs for hedge funds and alternative investment vehicles. Mr. Pilkerton provides transactional counsel to financial services firms, including the provision of corporate due diligence and the structuring of broker dealers, commodity pools and investment advisers.
Prior to joining Tighe Patton, he was a partner in a Washington based law firm where he represented numerous members of the alternative investment community. Mr. Pilkerton's government experience includes serving as Senior Counsel to the Enforcement Division of the SEC and as a trial attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. His responsibilities at the SEC included investigating corporate accounting fraud schemes, hedge fund and penny stock manipulation, international stock swaps, and insider trading among corporate boards and investment trusts. He worked closely with the New York Stock Exchange, NASD (predecessor to FINRA), and several of the securities agencies throughout Europe and South America. During his tenure at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, he handled prosecutions of an array of criminal matters from narcotics trafficking to white collar crimes, with a focus on money laundering, tax fraud and terrorism inquiries. Mr. Pilkerton has also conducted international financial investigations while working for a private firm under the direction of the former Director of Worldwide Operations for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
While in law school, he was Executive Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy and clerked for several federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice Divisions of Organized Crime and Racketeering, Office of International Affairs, and the U.S. State Department's Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. He has authored several articles, and has been cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United Nations, and numerous law journals. Mr. Pilkerton has lectured on the topics of organized crime and international money laundering, and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Catholic University of America Law School.
Educational Background and Civic Involvement
He is an active member of the ABA's Committee on Futures and Derivatives and the Fairfield University Alumni Association. He is a pro bono advocate for Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE).