Christian Ford > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
United States

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; International Trade




Christian is a litigation partner in DLA Piper’s Houston office. He represents U.S. and non-U.S. corporations and individuals in government investigations and advises on regulatory compliance and national security matters.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Christian served as a federal prosecutor and senior official in the U.S. Department of Justice. As a trial attorney in the Department of Justice’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, Christian managed complex cross-border investigations spanning numerous countries and involving large multinational corporations, as well as U.S. and non-U.S. individuals. His investigations focused on a wide range of violations, both civil and criminal, including economic sanctions and export controls, theft of trade secrets, money laundering, insider threats, and cyber intrusions. Christian was also a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy (OLP), where he managed national security and crime prevention portfolios.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Christian was an Associate Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Defense, where he advised on complex national security litigation.

Christian is also a veteran and former Navy SEAL.


J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; M.A., University of California at Berkeley; M.A., Yale University; B.A., University of California at Berkeley

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The white-collar, corporate crime and investigations department at DLA Piper LLP (US) handles high-profile DOJ and SEC investigations and enforcement matters across continents. The team is led by John Hillebrecht and Karl Buch, Philadelphia’s Courtney Saleski and Chicago’s Jonathan King. Hillebrecht is a veteran trial and appellate attorney, who is recommended for criminal and civil litigation and investigations. King specialises in white-collar crime, FCPA matters, compliance and internal investigations. The team saw a number of additions over 2021, including Naana Frimpong in Atlanta from King & Spalding LLP, and Austin Brown and Christian Ford in Washington DC from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and the DOJ, respectively. Matt Graves left to become the US Attorney for the District of Columbia. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.