Tanya S. Chutkan
t: 202 237 2727
f: 202 237 6131
Areas of Practice
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 AssociationsNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Steering Committee Member, DC Bar Criminal Law & Individual Rights Section, 1996-2000
The BSF Report: Spring 2013 (03.08.2013)
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)
Firm Report: April 2007 (Vol. 2, Issue I) (04.01.2007)
Firm Report: November 2006 (Vol. 1, Issue III (11.01.2006)
Firm Report: March 2006 (Vol. 1, Issue I) (03.01.2006)
Government ServiceAssistant Public Defender, District of Columbia Public Defender Service, 1991-2002