Mr. Christopher G. Oprison
Mr. Oprison serves as the General Counsel and member of the Audit Committee for the Marine Corps University Foundation. He served on active duty in the Marine Corps from 1998 through February 2002, attaining the rank of Captain. During his service, Mr. Oprison was stationed at Camp Lejeune and served as a legal advisor to the Base Commanding General and as a prosecutor. Carrying one of the largest caseloads in the Marine Corps, he prosecuted hundreds of courts-martial, including twenty-eight contested jury and bench trails involving some of the most serious crimes under the UCMJ.
Mr. Oprison is a Litigation Partner in Akerman LLP and splits time between the firm's Miami, Fl and Washington, DC offices. He handles domestic and international disputes, represents and advises corporations and their officers, directors and employees in connection with government enforcement actions regarding allegations of financial reporting and disclosure issues as well as investigations by federal and state enforcement agencies, including healthcare fraud investigations. He has also represented public company boards and audit committees in internal investigations on a variety of issues. Mr. Oprison also counsel's corporations and individuals on compliance matters, particularly on the False Claims Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Prior to joining Akerman LLP in January 2014, Mr. Oprison litigated high profile and bet-the-business cases at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington DC. He also served from November 2006 through May 2008 in the White House Counsel’s Office as a Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to the President of the United States, where he handled a variety of legal, legislative and policy issues, including Congressional oversight investigations and litigation implicating privileges and equities of the President. Mr. Oprison also previously served as a judicial clerk for then-Chief Judge Terrence W. Boyle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and for the late-Judge Fred I. Parker on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Born in Powhatan County, Virginia, Mr. Oprison graduated with honors from UCLA in 1994 and received his law degree with honors from George Washington University Law School in 1997. He was also an honor graduate of both the Marine Corps Officer Candidates School and the Naval Justice School.
In addition to serving on the Marine Corps University Foundation's Board of Trustees, Mr. Oprison is active in other civic and community service activities. In 2013, he was appointed by former VA Governor Bob McDonnell to a five-year term on the Library of Virginia's Board of Directors. He also was appointed in 2014 by the incoming President of the Virginia State Bar to the Special Committee on Lawyer Malpractice Insurance.
Mr. Oprison, his wife Jennifer and their five children, Charlie, JP, Emma Grace, Sophia Marie, and George recently relocated to South Florida but also maintain a home in their native Virginia.