Chantel Febus is a senior counsel representing clients in domestic and international internal investigations, federal enforcement actions, and complex commercial litigation. Her clients span a wide array of industries, including healthcare, precious minerals, online travel services, universities, media and entertainment and private investment funds. Drawing on her substantial experience as a federal prosecutor and appellate clerk, Chantel represents clients in federal and state courts on appeal and before federal enforcement agencies. Chantel also advises financial institutions on Federal Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Money Laundering policy, compliance, and due diligence matters.
Chantel is a member of the Firm’s Hiring and Pro Bono Committees.
Experience and Representative Matters
Defended leading Peruvian gold mining company, its operating companies and principals in major victory in a civil forfeiture action brought by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Conducted an extensive investigation– predominantly in Peru. Based on investigative findings, made substantial written and oral presentations to the head of the Asset Forfeiture Unit at the U.S. Attorney's Office. Based on the strength of the evidence, government agreed to a voluntary dismissal of the action with prejudice.
Represented U.S.-listed, foreign telecommunications company in internal investigations in connection with foreign law enforcement agency anti-corruption investigation.
Represented bank, as administrative agent and lender in connection with the financing of two loans secured by multi-family residential properties in New York owned by corporate affiliates of a foreign entity, including pre-transactional anti-corruption due diligence and internal investigation.
Represented U.S.-owned independent, for-profit medical university located in the West Indies in connection with the sale of majority interest of the company, including an extensive pre-transactional anti-corruption due diligence investigation.
Represent leading online travel companies and domestic and foreign subsidiaries in broad-based internal investigations, including intensive domestic and cross-border investigations.
Represent pharmaceutical company and board of directors in shareholder derivative action, claiming excessive executive compensation, quid pro quo compensation arrangements, and failure to disclose compensation arrangements in proxy statements.
Represent pharmaceutical company and board of directors in shareholder derivative actions filed in several jurisdictions, alleging directors caused the company to make material misrepresentations related to a New Drug Application.
Represent board of directors of healthcare services provider in shareholder derivative action alleging breach of fiduciary duty.
Represent not-for-profit organization in class action litigation filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, claiming that the organization operates an illegal lottery and engages in unfair and deceptive business practices under New York law.
Prior to joining the firm, Chantel was a federal prosecutor at the Department of Justice, Criminal Division where she successfully first and second-chaired complex criminal trials, including a federal obscenity bench trial and a federal gang-land child prostitution trial and prosecuted technology-challenging violations of federal child exploitation offenses in various U.S. federal districts. She also coordinated and executed large-scale national operations involving federal law enforcement agencies, multiple federal districts, and international agencies, advised on the development of prosecution and enforcement policies, legislation, and child exploitation appeals, conducted training related to child exploitation for federal prosecutors, and initiated, developed, and conducted the first-ever Department of Justice child exploitation technology training at the National Workshop for District Court Judges hosted by the Federal Judicial Center, presenting to approximately 240 district court judges.
In 2009 and 2010, Chantel was honored with the Attorney General’s Special Achievement Award. In 2016, she was selected by The National Black Lawyers – Top 100 for inclusion in its Top 100 Black Lawyers, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field.
The Honorable Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, Washington, DC, July 2005 – July 2006
The Honorable Edith H. Jones, Chief Judge, Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Houston, TX, September 2004 – July 2005
The Honorable Royce C. Lamberth, Chief Judge, United States District Court, District of Columbia, Washington, DC, September 2003 – September 2004
Prior to her clerkships, Chantel worked as an associate at Sidley Austin, where she represented and counseled clients in complex litigation and investigatory matters, including internal investigations, commercial pharmaceutical litigation and the Federal Corrupt Practices Act.
"FinCEN Proposal Looks to Extend AML Requirements to Non-Federally Regulated Banks" Proskauer Corporate Defense and Disputes Blog, August 29, 2016
"Supreme Court Clarifies That Untainted Assets Cannot Be Frozen Pre-Trial By the Government," Proskauer Corporate Defense and Disputes Blog, April 2016.
"Supreme Court Holds That Criminal Defendants Challenging Pre-Trial Asset Seizure Cannot Contest a Grand Jury’s Determination of Probable Cause," Proskauer Client Alert, March 3, 2014.
"Private Fund Managers Be Aware: FCPA Enforcement Is Coming Your Way," Proskauer Client Alert, February 13, 2014.
"Determining the Statute of Limitations for a Child Exploitation Offense," Department Of Justice, Criminal Division, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section Newsletter, May 2009.
"Overcoming Staleness Issues in Child Pornography Cases," Department Of Justice, Criminal Division, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section Newsletter, February 2010, republished in the U.S. Department Of Justice, Executive Office For The United States, United States Attorney' Bulletin, September 2011, Vol. 59, No.5.
"Expert Testimony in Child Prostitution Cases," Department Of Justice, Criminal Division, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section Newsletter, January 2011.
Presentations & Lectures
Presented, "Benchmark Litigation’s Women in Litigation Forum," New York, September 2016.
Presented, "Benchmark Litigation’s Women in Litigation Forum," New York, 2014. Comments featured in "Gov't Work Leads to BigLaw Success, Female Litigators Say," LAW360, September 2014.
Presented, "Proskauer, Sports Law Series: Supreme Court Review: Reflections on October Term 2012 and Preview of October Term 2013," New York, 2013.
Presented, "Government Enforcement Trends: Bribery and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," to General Counsel of Tyson Foods, Inc., July 2007.
Presented, "Child Exploitation Overview and the Federal Response," to Department of State, International Visitor Program, South East Delegation, November 2009.
Lectured, "Supreme Court Practice, Certiorari Process and Review," University of Pepperdine School of Law, Appellate Advocacy Seminar, February 2010.
Presented, "Anatomy of Child Pornography and Exploitation Crimes from a Forensic Perspective," Federal Judicial Center, National Workshop for District Court Judges, May 2010, July 2010, and September 2010.
Presented, "Lost In Translation: What Psychological Testing, Risk Assessment and Recidivism Really Mean," Department of Justice, Executive Office for the United States, National Advocacy Center, September 2010.
Presented, "Online-Facilitated Child Prostitution," Department of Justice, Executive Office for the United States, National Advocacy Center, September 2010.
Presented, "Child Sex Tourism, A Crisis in the Region: A Cooperative Approach," International Association of Prosecutors for North America and the Caribbean Regional Conference, November 2010.
The National Black Lawyers "Top 100" New York 2016-present
New York Law Journal "Rising Star" 2016
Attorney General’s Special Achievement Award, 2009-2010
Teaching Firms of America, Member, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Chair Nominating & Governance Committee
Breast Treatment Task Force, Member, Board of Directors