Senior Counsel

Chase A. Scolnick

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • White Collar Criminal Defense

Chase Scolnick specializes in complex civil and criminal litigation, and trials of all types. Having tried as lead counsel approximately fifty federal jury trials, Chase is among the most seasoned young federal trial attorneys in the United States.  He has also been one of the most successful.  In separate years, Chase led three of the nation’s largest federal districts in both defense trials and wins.  In 2017, Chase was the only defense attorney in the United States to receive the Federal Bar Association’s “Federal Younger Lawyer Award”—a prestigious national honor reserved for rising courtroom stars in the federal bar.

Before joining Keller/Anderle, Chase served for fourteen years as a Deputy Federal Defender in the Southern and Central Districts of California, and in the Eastern District of New York.  Chase has handled some of the nation’s most serious and complex cases, including insider trading and financial market manipulation, international terrorism, and organized crime.  Chase fights tirelessly for all of his clients, and has consistently secured amazing results.  He has won many difficult jury trials.  In other cases, Chase’s aggressive pretrial litigation made trial unnecessary.  He has won 12 motions to suppress evidence, and convinced prosecutors and judges to dismiss over 30 serious felony cases.  Chase has also won multiple appeals and writs before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to being a highly regarded trial attorney, Chase is also a sought-after legal contributor.  He was chosen as an editor of the latest edition of Defending a Federal Criminal Case, a nationally recognized treatise.  He regularly trains attorneys on all aspects of trial skills at local and national seminars throughout the United States.  He also frequently advises other attorneys as they prepare for trial.

He speaks conversational Spanish.

  • Federal Bar Association, Younger Federal Lawyer Award (2017)
  • Secured jury acquittal for client charged with committing financial fraud against the federal government.
  • Secured jury acquittal for client accused of criminal counterfeit and importation offenses.
  • Defended hedge fund manager during FINRA, SEC, and federal criminal investigations alleging insider trading and financial market manipulation.
  • Obtained one of the nation’s only dismissals of terrorism-related charges in high-publicity federal prosecution.
  • Won suppression of evidence and dismissal of federal criminal computer-related charges.
  • Secured jury acquittal in federal firearms trial.
  • Obtained noncustodial disposition for former partner of large international law firm in federal tax fraud prosecution.
  • Defended professor from prominent university in fraud prosecution.
  • Obtained dismissal of all charges in a federal fraud prosecution.
  • Managed comprehensive international investigation, and conducted proceedings in foreign court, in federal fraud prosecution.
  • Defended owner of healthcare company against allegations of fraud.
  • Obtained jury acquittal for federal official charged with criminal misconduct.
  • Defended Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Marines in federal fraud prosecution.
  • Obtained jury acquittal in federal drug prosecution in which client faced a potential life sentence.
  • Defended international entrepreneur against tax fraud allegations.
  • Represented business owner accused of violating federal currency regulations.
  • Obtained acquittal for client charged with theft from financial institution.
  • Obtained acquittal for client charged with large-scale narcotics offenses.
  • Federal Bar Association, “Strategically using the Federal Rules of Evidence to Admit Exculpatory Evidence”
  • National Senior Federal Defender Conference, “Using Federal Rule of Evidence 803(3) as the Cornerstone of Your Trial Practice” (2017)
  • Federal Defenders of San Diego, “Practical Tips for Closing Arguments in Jury Trials,” presented to new attorneys (2016)
  • Southern District of California, “Effective Evidentiary Hearing Litigation Strategies” (2016)
  • National Senior Federal Defender Seminar, “Sentencing Strategies in Synthetic Drug Cases” (2015)
  • Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, “Defending Non-citizen Clients Charged in Federal Court” (2012)
  • Central District of California, “Advanced Techniques in Cross-Examination” (2010)
  • Loyola Law School, guest lecturer for advanced trial advocacy class (2008-2010)
  • Southern District of California, “Effective Voir Dire in Criminal Cases,” (2006)
  • Southern District of California, “Defending Federal Border Crime Charges,” (2005)