Christopher N. LaVigne

Partner | New York

Secretary Laura Gosheff


Track record

Complete defense victory after month long jury trial

Secured defense verdict for digital asset exchange Kraken after a month-long jury trial, defeating plaintiff's whistleblower claims against the company and securing verdicts that plaintiff misappropriated trade secrets from the company and breached his confidentiality obligations and duty of good faith and fair dealing to the company. Kraken stated “We're pleased with the outcome and thankful to testimony from happy Kraken employees and advocacy from our counsel at Withers.” For more information on the trial, the verdict, and Withers' and the client's reaction, please read more here.

Crypto fraud dispute

Secured jurisdiction in the US over a long-running cross border commodities fraud dispute involving a top digital asset exchange and secured a ruling that a former customer breached the arbitration agreement in the exchange's binding terms of service by threatening to and actually suing the exchange in the UK.

Financial fraud claims

Defeated financial fraud claims asserted by a former employee against a top digital asset exchange related to the exchange's allocation of company shares, and secured a judgment against the plaintiff for the costs of litigation.

SEC civil lawsuit

Defeated claims of securities fraud, violations of the Commodities Exchange Act, and common-law fraud, among others, against one of the top digital asset exchanges in the world related to the exchange's decision to halt trading of a digital asset in light of an SEC civil lawsuit alleging the issuer of the asset conducted an unregistered securities offering.

Hotly-contested cryptocurrency lawsuit

Secured a precedent-setting decision that the physical address associated with our client's business – one of the top digital asset exchanges in the world – may qualify as a trade secret and a former employee may be liable under the Defend Trade Secrets Act for their public disclosure of the company’s address. 

Mueller investigation

Represented key figure in the Mueller investigation in connection with DOJ criminal proceedings and Congressional investigations, and secured complete dismissal of Democratic National Committee's lawsuit alleging that he conspired to hack DNC emails regarding the 2016 US presidential election.

Federal charges

Convinced U.S. Attorney's Office to drop federal charges carrying a mandatory minimum sentence against client. Secured 5-year probationary sentence for the same client who faced 8-10 years imprisonment.

Leading health care professional

Represented leading health care professional from New York hospital facing health care fraud investigation by U.S. Attorney's Offices. Client was never charged with any wrongdoing.