Our Managing Attorney
Christopher P. Connors
Connors Law Group LLC
Chris Connors is in charge of CLG and leads its whistleblower legal team. He has extensive experience advising whistleblowers on how to collect under the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Reward Program and is a frequent speaker on the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.
Mr. Connors’ practice focuses primarily on representing whistleblowers who want to submit anonymously information to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about corporate violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other U.S. securities laws and to collect the substantial rewards promised under the Dodd-Frank Act for submitting such information. In addition to representing whistleblowers, Mr. Connors has represented a variety of clients in connection with complex federal and state court litigation as well as in connection with investigations initiated by U.S. government entities, such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Before founding CLG, Mr. Connors was a partner and the head of the Chicago Office of Butzel Long Tighe Patton PLLC (now Butzel Long). He also practiced law for eight years at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. During this time, Mr. Connors represented Daimler AG in connection with an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He also represented companies, such as General Mills and OfficeMax, in connection with investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission into alleged accounting irregularities and improper business practices. Mr. Connors also has represented a variety of other clients in complex commercial litigation, including Delphi Corporation and Kmart Corporation in connection with their respective Chapter 11 business reorganization cases.
Mr. Connors has served as a criminal prosecutor when he was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Lake County, Illinois, where he tried numerous criminal matters. He served as a federal law clerk for Chief Judge J. Phil Gilbert of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Also, immediately following law school, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and was offered a position in the U.S. Attorney General’s Honors Program.
Mr. Connors received a B.A. degree from the University of Illinois and graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University of Chicago Law School, where he served on the Law Journal and was a Thomas L. Owens Scholar. He serves on the boards of a number of non-profit and charitable organizations.
J.D., Loyola University of Chicago, 1999 (magna cum laude)
B.A., University of Illinois Champaign, 1995
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
Member, Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois