Megan Cunniff Church is a highly accomplished trial lawyer who represents companies and individuals in high-stakes civil litigation and criminal and regulatory matters. She conducts corporate internal investigations in the U.S. and abroad, and she advises clients on crisis and risk management.
As a former federal prosecutor, Ms. Church has extensive experience investigating, litigating, and successfully resolving white collar criminal and regulatory matters. She served as a Deputy Chief of the Financial Crimes section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, where she prosecuted and supervised complex health care fraud, tax fraud, and corporate and financial crimes cases. She also served as a Deputy Chief of the General Crimes section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where she trained and supervised new prosecutors on federal criminal practice.
In her nine years as an Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Church investigated and prosecuted a wide range of federal crimes, including bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, public corruption, money laundering, narcotics and weapons violations, international drug trafficking, identity theft, cybercrimes, embezzlement, human trafficking, and organized crime. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney assigned to the Public Corruption section, Ms. Church prosecuted and convicted numerous public officials and law enforcement officers for fraud, bribery, extortion, and tax offenses. She has tried 18 cases to verdict, and she has briefed and argued nearly a dozen matters in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Ms. Church has taught trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She currently serves on the Illinois Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness.
Previously Ms. Church was as an associate with Baker & McKenzie and with McDermott Will & Emery. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable William J. Bauer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and to the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
- Business executive under investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office for fraud
- Corporate executives in SEC investigation into an alleged fraudulent marketing reimbursement scheme
- Former CEO and CFO of a publicly traded company convicted of securities fraud and bank fraud in post-conviction proceedings
- Corporate executive in investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office into alleged theft of trade secrets
- Former executive branch official in connection with Inspector General investigation
- Plaintiffs in national consumer class action based on a massive data breach
News & Appearances
- May It Please the Court: Symposium on Women Lawyers in the Courtroom, Next Generation of Women Trial Lawyers, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and Chicago Bar Association, Apr. 2018
- DOJ’s Pursuit of Five Associated with Rolls-Royce Demonstrates Individual Accountability and International Cooperation, The Anti-Corruption Report (Nov. 29, 2017)
- Financial Improprieties, Fraud & Other Threats to Business, Practicing Law Institute Panel, Chicago, Nov. 2017
- Investigations Into Alleged Surgery Double-Booking Highlight Hospitals’ Need for Compliance, Corporate Counsel (Oct. 12, 2017)
- Two to Follow as Crime Pays for US Law Firm Recruiters, Commercial Dispute Resolution (Oct. 11, 2017)
- Women Leading in Law, Power Players (Oct. 10, 2017)
- MoloLamken Adds Federal Prosecutor, Arbitration Lawyer, New York Law Journal (Sept. 29, 2017)
- MoloLamken Snags Ex-Federal Prosecutor in Chicago, Law360 (Sept. 28, 2017)