NEW YORK (Jan. 06, 2020) — Kostelanetz & Fink is pleased to announce that Christopher M. Ferguson has been named a partner in the firm. Mr. Ferguson joined Kostelanetz & Fink’s New York office in 2003 and is a key member of K&F’s team with extensive experience in white-collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation, civil and criminal tax controversies and other regulatory enforcement matters.
“Chris is an accomplished litigator with a deep understanding of the law and the challenges our clients face,” said partner Bryan C. Skarlatos. “His invaluable contributions to the firm and his dogged pursuit of favorable outcomes for clients made him an obvious choice for partner.”
“I am delighted to continue my tenure at Kostelanetz & Fink as partner with one of the most talented and dedicated teams practicing law today,” Mr. Ferguson said. “K&F’s commitment to client service and taking on the most challenging, complex and sensitive cases continues to make it one of the best regarded boutique firms in the country, and I am proud to contribute to that well-deserved reputation.”
Mr. Ferguson has a wide breadth of experience in white collar criminal and commercial civil litigation. He represents clients in both federal and state courts, as well as before governmental agencies and other regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, the New York Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Department of Labor, the New York City Department of Investigations and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He has defended clients in investigations and prosecutions involving a variety of federal and state statutes, including the Internal Revenue Code, the Bank Secrecy Act, the Sherman Antitrust Act, the Davis-Bacon Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal mail, wire and bank fraud statutes, the federal securities laws, the New York City procurement rules and the New York Penal Code and New York Tax Code.
In his civil practice, Mr. Ferguson has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of complex commercial matters, including wage and hour class actions, tax shelter litigations, government procurement matters and commercial litigations involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, civil fraud, civil RICO, civil forfeiture and similar claims.
Mr. Ferguson also conducts internal investigations for institutional clients whose officers and/or employees have been suspected or accused of wrongdoing.
Mr. Ferguson received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College in 1994 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1999. Prior to joining Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jay C. Waldman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and was associated with the law firm of Dewey Ballantine, LLP, where he practiced in the areas of complex commercial, antitrust, and bankruptcy litigation.
Mr. Ferguson is the former Secretary of the Criminal Law Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York and has published and spoken in the areas of white collar criminal and civil and criminal tax controversies.
Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP has built a national reputation as the law firm of choice for clients facing high-stakes negotiations and controversies with government agencies. K&F attorneys are considered to be some of the country’s foremost experts on tax controversies, white collar defense and regulatory matters. An important part of the firm’s practice includes tax and estate planning and representation in government procurement and government contracting.