Christopher D. Carusone

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Chris advises and represents prominent individuals in the public and private sector, corporations, and other entities who are under investigation or the subject of litigation or other criminal and civil enforcement proceedings brought by the government.  What he brings to his clients—which very few lawyers can do—is deep knowledge about how to win these cases based on his career in government, which included service as a county prosecutor, state prosecutor in the Office of Attorney General, in-house counsel in the Office of Inspector General and Pennsylvania State Police, and as Executive Deputy General Counsel and then Secretary of Legislative Affairs in the Governor’s Office.  His goal is to quickly and aggressively represent his clients with tremendous discretion.  Chris also conducts confidential, internal investigations for Fortune 500 companies and other businesses that require the service of a seasoned investigator to identify waste, fraud, abuse or employee misconduct within the organization.

Chris advises and represents prominent individuals in the public and private sector, corporations, and other entities who are under investigation or the subject of litigation or other criminal and civil enforcement proceedings brought by the government.  What he brings to his clients—which very few lawyers can do—is deep knowledge about how to win these cases based on his career in government, which included service as a county prosecutor, state prosecutor in the Office of Attorney General, in-house counsel in the Office of Inspector General and Pennsylvania State Police, and as Executive Deputy General Counsel and then Secretary of Legislative Affairs in the Governor’s Office.  His goal is to quickly and aggressively represent his clients with tremendous discretion.  Chris also conducts confidential, internal investigations for Fortune 500 companies and other businesses that require the service of a seasoned investigator to identify waste, fraud, abuse or employee misconduct within the organization.

During his distinguished, twenty-year career, Chris has directly participated in many of the Commonwealth’s most significant public issues and complex criminal and civil cases in Pennsylvania history.  As Chief Deputy Attorney General for Pennsylvania, Chris “wrote the book” on statewide investigating grand jury practice and procedure and is regarded as one of the area’s leading lawyers in grand jury practice and related litigation.

No stranger to the most difficult kinds of cases, or to the courtroom, Chris has tried numerous criminal cases in the Pennsylvania trial courts, and has also earned an outstanding reputation as a practitioner in the appellate courts.  Chris has successfully argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals on numerous occasions during his career.  His litigation experience also extends beyond the traditional courtroom into Pennsylvania’s many administrative forums, where an increasing number of disputes with the government are decided. Chris has handled numerous employment-related disputes before labor arbitrators, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and other specialized administrative tribunals.

Chris’s deep experience in state government has proven to be an asset to his clients, allowing him to develop strategies and creative solutions to his clients’ disputes with the government.  For example, as Secretary of Legislative Affairs, Christopher served as the Governor’s chief advocate in the General Assembly, and helped write landmark legislation like Act 13, which modernized energy laws to account for Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry.  As Executive Deputy General Counsel, Christopher supervised the attorneys of the executive branch serving in its criminal justice agencies, while providing legal counsel to the Governor’s cabinet and senior staff.  These experiences give Chris unparallel insight into the inner workings of state government to help his clients solve their most difficult legal problems with sensitivity and discretion.  Additionally, Chris is Co-Head of Conrad O'Brien's Harrisburg office. 

A wide receiver on his college's football team, Chris is an accomplished runner, avid skier and volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America.  He resides in the Harrisburg area with his wife Kathleen and his son Michael, who is also his best friend.

Representative Matters

  • Represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. Supreme Court, successfully securing reversal of a decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals overturning the death penalty for a capital inmate in Beard v. Stephens, No. 04-9011.
  • Represented the Governor in negotiations with the Pennsylvania General Assembly on a bill to modernize state  law pertaining to oil and gas development, which was signed into law by Governor Corbett as Act 13 of 2012.
  • Represented the Governor in negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters to amend the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act to assist cities in a state of fiscal emergency (such as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) to return to fiscal viability and avoid municipal bankruptcy, which was signed into law by the Governor as Act 70 of 2011.   
  • Represented the Attorney General in an argument before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a seminal environmental appeal, successfully securing reversal of an adverse decision of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and seventeen years of unfavorable precedent governing the constitutional obligation to preserve evidence.
  • Argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, successfully defending a decision of the U.S. District Court governing the proper calculation of time for state court retrial under a conditional writ of habeas corpus.
  • Argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a case involving the proper scope of statewide investigating grand jury subpoenas and the proper method of litigating subpoena challenges.
  • As a member of the Attorney General’s Public Corruption Unit, successfully investigated and prosecuted the former Pennsylvania House Majority Whip and others for the illegal use of public funds for campaign purposes in a high profile case that came to be known nationally as “Bonusgate.”
  • While on temporary assignment to the Attorney General’s Drug Strike Force, successfully investigated and prosecuted (through the use of the statewide grand jury and court-authorized wiretaps) a criminal organization  operating in Reading, Pennsylvania, that engaged in widespread drug trafficking and multiple acts of murder.
  • Represented the Pennsylvania State Police in negotiations with the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association to implement a random drug testing program for all state troopers.    

Publications

Staying on the Right Side of the Law:  Companies Need to be Aware of Contracting and Procurement Laws, Highway Builder (Fall 2013 - Volume 92, Issue 3).

Criminal Corporate Liability, What Operators Must Know About The XTO Energy Prosecution, Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (October 2013). 

Note, Lujan v. National Wildlife Federation, Has the Supreme Court Really Taken a More Restrictive View of Judicial Review Under the Administrative Procedure Act?, 2 Widener J. Pub. L. 107 (1992).

Speaking Engagements

Corporate Criminal Liability, Chester County Bar Association Spring Bench Bar Conference, West Chester, PA, March 2014.

Corporate Criminal Liability, Marcellus Shale Coalition Legal Committee Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2013.

Corporate Criminal Liability, Quantum Communications Policy Briefing, Harrisburg, PA, November 2013.