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Chuck Stevens is a partner in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group. His practice focuses on the representation of corporate clients in government investigations, internal investigations, and enforcement actions regarding business crimes and civil frauds, including healthcare, government contract, and corporate fraud.
Chuck is consistently recognized by state and national legal publications for his work on high-stakes investigations and litigation matters. Most recently, Lawdragon named Chuck to its 2023 Leading Global Litigators guide, featuring these “worldly wonders” who “are at the forefront of resolving disputes across a globe that seems ever smaller and infinitely more troubled.” The Daily Journal named Chuck a 2020 Top White Collar Lawyer in California, and The Best Lawyers in America recognized him as its San Francisco Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation (2019) and ranked him in the Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar practice areas (2024). Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers consistently ranks Chuck Band 1 in California Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigation (15 years ranked), and recently described him as a “household name,” in white collar defense who is ‘particularly skilled in successfully representing clients in healthcare enforcement matters…and government contract fraud.” He is also recognized by Global Investigation Review (GIR) and Who’s Who Legal for Investigations and Business Crime Defense (2023).
Chuck has extensive experience in all aspects of the False Claims Act (FCA) including internal investigations of whistleblower complaints, compliance advice and programs, presentations to the government to avoid intervention, litigation and mediations.
Representative Government and Internal Investigations
Representative Civil Litigation Matters
Chuck 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. Chuck 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. Chuck 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.
Chuck 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; as Vice President of the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys; The Board of Directors of Legal Aid at Work; 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.
Chuck 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.
University of California - Berkeley - 1982 Juris Doctor
Colgate University - 1979 Bachelor of Arts