Chuck Stevens is a litigation partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s San Francisco office, Co-Chair of the White Collar Defense Investigations Practice Group, and a member of the Antitrust, Healthcare and Crisis Management Practice Groups. Mr. Stevens’ practice focuses on the representation of corporate clients in internal investigations, compliance reviews, and government investigations and enforcement actions regarding business crimes and civil frauds, including healthcare fraud, financial institutions fraud, antitrust, the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and government contract fraud. He also has substantial experience defending civil actions alleging unlawful business practices, fraud and unfair competition. Mr. Stevens often manages complex parallel proceedings involving criminal, civil and regulatory matters.
Mr. Stevens has been recognized in Corporate Counsel’s Best Lawyers; The Best Lawyers in America; Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers; Northern California Super Lawyers; and International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers.
Mr. Stevens previously served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California. Appointed by President Clinton, he oversaw the district’s two offices and 150 employees, implemented several initiatives involving the False Claims Act, healthcare fraud and political corruption, and served as the supervising United States Attorney in Sacramento for the Unabomber prosecution. During his tenure, he was appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, an executive committee of United States Attorneys that advised the Attorney General on national law enforcement policy.
Mr. Stevens also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. As a member of the Public Corruption and Government Contract Fraud Unit, he conducted grand jury investigations and tried federal criminal cases involving government contract fraud, bribery of federal employees, insurance fraud, tax fraud and bank fraud. Mr. Stevens also argued numerous cases to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He received special commendations from the Department of the Interior OIG and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for successful prosecutions.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Stevens was an associate and then partner in Gibson where he handled government investigations and complex civil matters. He has been handling matters in the government investigations area since his first matter as a Gibson Dunn associate over 30 years ago. Following his service as United States Attorney, Mr. Stevens founded and managed a boutique litigation firm that represented business clients in government and internal investigations. He also spent a year as a mediator with JAMS focusing on matters involving the False Claims Act and other government claims. He has taught classes at U.C. Davis Law School in government investigations, criminal procedure and legal ethics.
Mr. Stevens has been actively involved in the professional community, serving on many boards and committees, including as a member of the Judicial Selection Committee of Senator Diane Feinstein; on the board of directors of the U.C. Berkeley School of Law Alumni Association; on the board of directors of the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys; as an adjunct professor at U.C. Davis School of Law; and as secretary and counsel for Something Special, Inc., a nonprofit devoted to supporting children in foster care.
Mr. Stevens is a 1982 graduate of the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where he served as Senior Note and Comment Editor of the California Law Review. He received his B.A. in English from Colgate University in 1979.