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Zach Fardon is Managing Partner and Head of Litigation of King & Spalding’s Chicago office and a partner in the Special Matters and Government Investigations practice.  As a former United States Attorney in Chicago, Zach led one of the top prosecutor’s offices in the country and oversaw successful investigations and prosecutions in areas of financial crime, corporate misconduct, fraud, public corruption, gangs, terrorism and other criminal and civil matters.  During his 27 years in the private and public sectors, including over 12 years as a federal prosecutor, Zach has built a reputation as a careful, discrete problem solver and an elite trial lawyer.  A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Association, Zach has extensive experience in bet-the-company civil and criminal trials as well as high-stakes government and internal investigations.  He has tried numerous cases, on both sides of the table, including the successful corruption trial of former Illinois Governor George Ryan.  Legal 500 US named Zach a "Leading Lawyer" for Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense: Advice to Corporates in its 2018 edition, making him one of only 13 lawyers nationwide to receive that designation.  Zach is also a committed advocate for finding long-term solutions to Chicago’s gun violence epidemic.  He is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law, where he currently teaches a seminar on that topic.  He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Vanderbilt Law School and the Advisory Council of BAM (Becoming a Man).

As U.S. Attorney, Zach served over nine million constituents in Northern Illinois, and even more broadly served in roles with national reach.  He worked closely with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) leadership, U.S. Attorneys across the country, and other enforcement officials on two Attorney General Advisory Committees (AGACs). He co-chaired the AGAC White Collar Crime Subcommittee and co-chaired the Securities and Commodities Fraud Working Group which includes the DOJ, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and other agencies.

Zach is a frequent speaker on various subject matters including violent crime and anti-violence initiatives, corporate anti-bribery compliance programs, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act, honest services fraud, internal investigations, and insider trading laws.  He is a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Northwestern University School of Law where he previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy. For the 2017-18 academic year, he led a series of talks about gun violence in Chicago and also moderated conversations on this topic with stakeholders from the legal, nonprofit, and law enforcement communities.

Zach has received numerous awards and recognition for outstanding service including the Chicago Crime Commission Stars of Distinction Award, the Chicago Federal Bureau of Investigation Award in Recognition of Outstanding Service and Dedication, and the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance. 

Zach has served on the not-for-profit Boards of Directors of A Better Chicago, Metropolitan Family Services of Chicago, and the Legal Aid Society of Chicago, which he Chaired.  He is on the Board of Advisors of Vanderbilt Law School and the Advisory Council of BAM (Becoming a Man). He remains a committed advocate for the broader Chicago community.

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J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law

B.A., Vanderbilt University

Illinois

Tennessee

Leading Lawyer


Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense - Legal 500 US 2018

Fellow


American College of Trial Lawyers (2016)

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Leading Lawyer


Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense - Legal 500 US 2018

Fellow


American College of Trial Lawyers (2016)

Credentials

J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law

B.A., Vanderbilt University

Illinois

Tennessee

Leading Lawyer


Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense - Legal 500 US 2018

Fellow


American College of Trial Lawyers (2016)

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Recognition

Leading Lawyer


Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense - Legal 500 US 2018

Fellow


American College of Trial Lawyers (2016)