Ian Vitalis represents companies and individuals in criminal investigations and regulatory enforcement actions by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and options and futures exchanges. Mr. Vitalis has a broad range of experience in matters involving securities and accounting fraud, market manipulation, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and domestic public corruption.

During law school, Mr. Vitalis worked with the Center for Criminal Defense at Northwestern University’s Bluhm Legal Clinic. There, he represented a client at trial who was facing felony theft and wire fraud charges brought by the Illinois Attorney General. He also interned at the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, CFTC and FINRA.

Prior to law school, Mr. Vitalis worked as a compliance analyst at a large US bank, where he coordinated preparation for examinations by state and federal regulators, including the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).


    • Represented the CFO of a public company in a foreign exchange accounting fraud investigation by the SEC.
    • Represented the Chair of the Board of Directors of a public company in parallel market manipulation investigations by the DOJ and CFTC.
    • Represented the head of the internal audit function at a public company in parallel FCPA investigations by the DOJ and SEC.
    • Obtained deferred prosecution agreement and dismissal of indictment for a pro bono client charged with wire fraud by the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.


  • Education

    • JD, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 2019

      cum laude
    • BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015

      summa cum laude

      Phi Beta Kappa

  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • Illinois

    • New York



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