Chris McClellan, Esq.
Chris brings to our Investigations team over 20 years of domestic and international experience investigating fraud, bribery, corruption, collusion and other misconduct. He also has extensive expertise assessing risk management and compliance program effectiveness; leading compliance due diligence of third-parties, agents and business partners; and developing compliance program elements such as third-party risk management; reporting, investigations and remediation programs; and monitoring, assessment and auditing processes.
Prior to joining Hillard Heintze, Chris was the Head of Global Investigations for two multi-national medical devices and biopharmaceutical companies, Baxter and Shire. In that role, he was responsible for the triage, follow-up and remediation of reports received through the global helpline and other channels. Chris established global corporate policies and procedures for confidential reporting, investigations and documentation of company policy and law violations.
In addition to managing the investigations program, Chris conducted investigations and compliance risk assessments across the globe; advised on compliance monitoring, anti-collusion, and anti-corruption efforts; and supervised the Environment Health and Safety Audit program.
Prior to going in-house, Chris was the Assistant Director of Investigations for the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG). Chris assisted with managing overall investigation operations, and directly managed investigations into contract, procurement and grant fraud. He supervised numerous investigations that led to criminal convictions in state and federal courts, civil recoveries, vendor debarments and disqualifications, and significant employment action. Chris also established and managed a support team providing data analysis, forensic audit support and computer forensic services.
Before joining the OIG, Chris served as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General, representing the State of Illinois in false claims and other affirmative litigation, and leading several fraud investigations. He was also part of the team that represented the State of Illinois through the successful revocation of the Emerald Casino license. Chris started his career as a litigation associate at Winston & Strawn, working on complex commercial litigation, white-collar defense and internal investigations.
Chris received his JD summa cum laude from the Ohio State University College of Law, where he was an editor on the Ohio State Law Journal, and his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Ohio State as well. Chris also earned a certificate in financial decision-making from the University of Chicago Graham School of Professional Education. Chris earned the Certified Fraud Examiner designation awarded by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.