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Tanya S. Chutkan

Washington, DC

t: 202 237 2727
f: 202 237 6131
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Areas of Practice



White-Collar/Business Crimes


University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1987; Associate Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review; Arthur Littleton Legal Writing Fellow

The George Washington University, B.A., Economics, 1983


District of Columbia and Pennsylvania

United States District Courts: District of Columbia

Tanya Chutkan specializes in litigation and white collar criminal defense.

Ms. Chutkan's cases include the jury trial of two federal antitrust class actions on behalf of plaintiff classes:  In re Vitamins Antitrust Litigation (D.D.C. 2003), which resulted in an award of $149.5 million; and In re Scrap Metal Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ohio 2006), which resulted in an award of $34.5 million.  In 2007, she successfully represented a multinational corporation in a Department of Justice grand jury investigation, which closed without any action being taken against the client.  She was part of a team that successfully defended the same client in a binding arbitration in New York in 2011.  Currently, she represents plaintiff classes in five pending class actions in federal courts in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, California, Alabama, and New York.  She has also defended individuals as well as corporations in SEC and Department of Justice investigations and in federal and state securities and antitrust litigation.

Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Ms. Chutkan was a trial attorney and supervisor with the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, where she tried over 30 cases, including numerous serious felony cases and complex white collar matters.  She also argued several appellate cases.  Ms. Chutkan tried and won acquittal in the first blackmail case to go to trial in the District of Columbia and also won the first known acquittal in the District of Columbia against DNA evidence.

Ms. Chutkan received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1987, and was a member of the Law Review and a Legal Writing Fellow.  She has lectured extensively on trial techniques, including serving as faculty at the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop.

Selected Professional Awards and Associations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Steering Committee Member, DC Bar Criminal Law & Individual Rights Section, 1996-2000

Related News

BSF Wins Historic Verdict in Antitrust Case against Chinese Vitamin C Cartel (03.14.2013)

The BSF Report: Spring 2013 (03.08.2013)

Unprecedented Settlement Reached in Antitrust Class Action against Chinese Producers of Vitamin C (06.27.2012)

National Law Journal Recognizes BSF's Successful Plaintiff Work on Behalf of Oracle and Others (October 3, 2011)

Deutsche Bank Set to Proceed with $10 Billion Mortgage-Backed Securities Litigation (08.24.2011)

Court Dismisses Billion Dollar Securities Fraud Action Against BSF Client Goldman Sachs (07.21.2011)

BSF Reaches Favorable Settlement for Plaintiffs for In re Scrap Metal (04.13.2011)

BSF Sues NCAA on Behalf of Former Student Athletes (05.27.2010)

Firm Report: May 2009 (May 2009)

Firm Report: July 2008 (07.28.2008)

Firm Report: January 2008 (Vol. 3, Issue I) (01.22.2008)

National Association of Women Lawyers Reports that BSF Is Setting the Standard for Flexibility in the Workplace (December 2007)

Firm Report: April 2007 (Vol. 2, Issue I) (04.01.2007)

Firm Report: November 2006 (Vol. 1, Issue III (11.01.2006)

Court Upholds $27 Million Treble-Damage Jury Award Won By BSF (10.01.2006)

Firm Report: March 2006 (Vol. 1, Issue I) (03.01.2006)

Government Service

Assistant Public Defender, District of Columbia Public Defender Service, 1991-2002