Since joining Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP in 2003, Christopher M. Ferguson has concentrated his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, civil and criminal tax litigation, and other white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement matters. He represents clients in both federal and state courts, as well as before governmental agencies and other regulatory bodies, including the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the New York Stock Exchange.
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, international, and bankruptcy litigation.
Christopher M. Ferguson Representative Matters
- Representation of employee of bidding agent in multi-jurisdictional Department of Justice bid rigging investigation into the municipal derivatives industry; persuaded government not to bring charges.
- Representation of registered representative at major investment bank in coordinated multi-agency investigation into mutual fund market timing; persuaded Department of Justice and SEC not to bring charges.
- Representation of target of investigation into tax evasion and Bank Secrecy Act violations in connection with foreign bank accounts; persuaded government not to bring charges.
- Representation of multiple taxpayers in tax shelter litigations in the federal district courts and tax court.
- Panelist, "Following the Money: The Ins and Outs of Construction Industry Audits and Investigations," NYU Tax Controversy Forum, New York, NY, June 20, 2019.
- Panelist, "Advising Financial Institutions in Times of Uncertainty," 2019 ABA Taxation Section Midyear Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 18, 2019.
- "When is Reliance Reasonable (And When Is It Not): Reasonable Cause and Reliance Upon Professionals As A Defense To Penalties," NYU Tax Controversy Forum, New York, NY, June 2010.
Member, Criminal Law Committee, New York City Bar Association, 2010