Carolyn Pelling Gurland

Partner, Chicago



Carolyn Gurland is a partner in the Global White Collar Practice Group and is based in the Chicago office. She focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense and complex litigation. Carolyn guides her clients through high-stakes lawsuits involving securities fraud, tax fraud, consumer fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insider trading, money laundering, and other white collar crime issues, including extradition proceedings.

Carolyn began her legal career at White & Case as an associate in the Firm's New York office. Following which, Carolyn practiced at a Chicago based firm, and then as a sole practitioner for a number of years representing clients on a variety of high profile political and financial crime cases. She also previously served as Assistant District Attorney at the Office of the New York County District Attorneys Office in a specialized unit, "DANY Overseas", that prosecuted complex, high-profile financial crimes.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Illinois State Bar
Northern District of Illinois Bar
Northwestern University

Law School

Georgetown University


Representative matters prior to joining White & Case include:

Counsel to a Defendant in connection with extradition proceedings, a comprehensive Motion to Dismiss the Indictment in Federal Court in Chicago on jurisdictional grounds, and a European Court of Human Rights proceeding.

Acted as lead trial counsel for an individual defending charges of bank fraud conspiracy. The case was successfully resolved based upon pre-trial motions challenging the evidence resulting in a probationary sentence and zero restitution for the client.

Represented an options trader in a criminal case involving allegations of improper trading activity in connection with complex options trading strategies. Successfully negotiated settlements with the CFTC and the CBOT.

Handled interaction with federal prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with insider trading investigation of a prominent Illinois physician.

Represented prominent infomercial star in high profile federal trial involving charges of criminal contempt.

Acted on behalf of grammy winning rap singer successfully preventing him from being charged with any misconduct.

Represented a former financial engineer of a global investment firm who was charged with conspiracy, theft of trade secrets, and violations of the Economic Espionage Act for allegedly stealing source code.

Lead trial counsel for individual alleged to have engaged in fraud in the sale of security software.  Successfully avoided federal criminal charges and then acted as lead trial counsel in an FTC case involving allegations of consumer fraud.

Acted as member of trial team in the first offshore tax case to proceed to trial in a case involving two prominent international banks. Allegations included false tax returns and failure to file FBARs for interest income on an account in India.

Lead counsel in obtaining dismissal of copyright infringement lawsuit against client, a Japanese national, based on lack of personal jurisdiction.