Attorney Charles A. (“Chuck”) Koenig leads our firm’s white collar and business defense practice.
An extensive background in business, finance, and accounting makes Chuck uniquely qualified to serve in this capacity.
Mr. Koenig’s background in finance began at The Ohio State University where he first received a Bachelors of Science degree (B.S) in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and later received a Master degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.).
After continuing his education with a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from The Ohio State University Law School, Chuck went to work as a tax attorney for the international accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) where he focused his work on solving complex tax and securities problems for the firm’s clients.
After leaving Coopers & Lybrand, Mr. Koenig served first as in-house counsel for a successful Columbus investment banking firm and later as outside counsel for several local banking institutions, starting with Jefferson Savings Bank, and most recently First Bexley Bank.
Mr. Koenig’s current legal practice includes representation of witnesses, subjects, and targets of state and federal criminal investigations centering on business, financial, and tax issues. The issues he commonly works on include:
- Tax charges, including tax evasion, tax fraud, and the willful failure to file tax returns;
- Fraud, including mail, wire, securities, mortgage, insurance, bank, and internet fraud against private individuals, corporations, financial institutions, and other businesses or governmental entities;
- Securities violations;
- Insider Trading;
- Theft of computer code, trademark violations, and copyright infringement cases; and
- ERISA reporting and transactional violations.
Chuck’s work includes administrative representation before the I.R.S. and S.E.C. when criminal matters are being investigated. Successful representation at this level has often avoided the filing of any criminal charges against clients being criminally investigated. In fact, some of Mr. Koenig’s most successful representation has occurred when intervening early at the administrative level of a criminal investigation and working to avoid the filing of any criminal charges.
Mr. Koenig represents individuals and businesses when these and other business and financial issues are investigated or prosecuted in both state and federal courts in Columbus and across Ohio.