Chimso Okoji is an associate in the litigation and enforcement practice group. He focuses his practice on complex litigation at the trial, appellate, and administrative levels. In addition, Chimso has particular experience counseling clients on internal and government investigations in a wide range of subject matters, including the False Claims Act and federal securities laws.
Chimso maintains an active pro bono practice, representing clients in the District of Columbia courts, as well as federal district courts, in various criminal and civil matters. Prior to law school, Chimso worked as a senior legislative assistant in the United States House of Representatives for a New York member of Congress.
- Representing a former executive in a derivative action alleging various breaches of fiduciary duties and contract.
- Representing a chief executive officer in litigation against the SEC regarding allegations of insider trading.
- Representing a pharmaceutical manufacturer in investigations by the DOJ and state enforcement authorities concerning alleged violations of the False Claims Act and state anti-kickback statutes.
- Representing a private equity company in bankruptcy court adversary proceedings relating to the validity of certain bonds.
- Represented a former executive in an SEC enforcement action regarding allegations of accounting fraud.
- Represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer in a qui tam action, regarding the scope of liability for off-label promotion.
- Represented a biopharmaceutical company in a successful appeal of an FDA administrative decision.
- Represented the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) as amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court in a case concerning the False Claims Act.
- Represented several mutual fund investment advisers against claims of excessive fees under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940.
- Conducted investigation on behalf of a private equity company into allegations of criminal misconduct by a former member of senior management.
- Conducted investigation on behalf of a large non-profit hospital group into allegations of financial fraud by former chief executive officer.
- Pro Bono: part of trial team representing plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against a state-run juvenile treatment facility, alleging violations of the Eighth and Fourteen Amendments.
- Pro Bono: part of litigation team that represented criminal defendant in wrongful conviction matter, securing an Alford plea with a sentence of time served, following grant of petition for writ of actual innocence based on DNA evidence.
- JD, cum laude, The George Washington University Law School, 2017; Articles Editor, The Federal Circuit Bar Journal
- BA (Political Science), Brown University, 2011