Lily Chinn is the managing partner of the San Francisco Bay Area office and the co-chair of the Electronic Discovery and Information Governance practice. She is a strategic advocate and litigator for her corporate and individual clients, providing counsel on the intersection between workplace safety, environmental and natural resources issues. She focuses on civil and criminal defense, including internal investigations and suspension or debarment proceedings, and has tried cases across the country.
Lily is well-versed in the litigation of complex appellate and district court cases in venues nationwide. She draws on her many years of experience at the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, DC to provide her clients with high-level, thoughtful counsel. Through her work as a trial attorney in the Environmental Defense Section, she has in-depth knowledge of the decision-making processes at the DOJ, Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies. As a former prosecutor in the DOJ's Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section and one of the founding co-chairs of the DOJ's Environment Division's E-Discovery Working Group, Lily also is able to provide technologically savvy counsel to her clients on the preservation, collection, production and use of electronic information.
This experience, coupled with the relationships Lily developed during her tenure at the DOJ, provides a virtually unparalleled background as she advises clients facing enforcement actions. For example, Lily has obtained both declinations and dismissal of charges on behalf of her corporate clients. Recently, following a five-year joint investigation by the DOJ, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and a State Attorney General’s Office, she obtained a declination for her client of all federal criminal and civil charges, and negotiated a favorable civil resolution with the state. In another matter involving a United States Attorney’s Office and the Department of the Interior, her legal team filed a pretrial motion resulting in the dismissal of all felony counts against her client, marking the first time a court has held that criminal charges against independent contractors are outside the scope of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA).
Shown below is a selection of Lily’s engagements.