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Christopher Michael Viapiano


Christopher Michael Viapiano

Washington, D.C. +1-202-956-7500+1-202-956-7500 +1-202-293-6330+1-202-293-6330
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Christopher Viapiano is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Group. Mr. Viapiano represents financial institutions and other leading companies in securities and shareholder derivative litigation, antitrust and commodities litigation, books and records demands and litigation, criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, and corporate internal investigations. He has represented clients under investigation by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve, and state attorneys general. Mr. Viapiano clerked for the Honorable Donald F. Parsons, Jr. of the Delaware Court of Chancery (2005-2006).

Mr. Viapiano was named a Client Service All-Star by BTI in 2019 and 2022.


  • JPMorgan Chase in securities and bankruptcy litigation arising out of the bankruptcy of Millennium Health, a drug testing company.
  • Wells Fargo & Co. in securities fraud and shareholder derivative actions arising out of allegations of non-compliance with regulatory consent orders and, in separate actions, allegations of fake interviews of diverse candidates.
  • MUFG Bank, Ltd. in government investigations by the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and in antitrust, commodities, and RICO litigation arising out of allegations of the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), the Tokyo Interbank Offered Rate (Tibor) and the Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (Sibor).
  • Wells Fargo & Co. in multiple securities fraud and shareholder derivative actions arising out of allegations of improper sales practices in its Community Bank and the forced placement of auto insurance.
  • One of the largest ocean container shipping companies in a Department of Justice criminal cartel investigation.
  • MUFG Bank, Ltd. in obtaining a motion to quash a post-judgment citation and subpoenas. The citation and subpoenas purportedly required MUFG, which operates hundreds of branches in more than 40 countries around the world, to conduct a worldwide search for Iranian assets and, if it found such assets, to freeze them and produce documents and information about them.
  • JPMorgan Chase in consolidated securities fraud, shareholder derivative and ERISA litigation arising out of the bank’s 2012 so-called “London Whale” trading losses.
  • BP p.l.c. in Norex Petroleum Ltd. v. Access Industries, Inc. et al., a $1 billion RICO and tort litigation in both federal and state court in New York relating to BP’s joint venture interests in Russia.
  • Thomas W. Weisel in a qui tam action brought on behalf of the U.S. government by former professional cyclist Floyd Landis in connection with the doping scandal surrounding Lance Armstrong and the United States Postal Service Cycling Team.