Joel H. Trotter

  • Partner
  • Ejoel.trotter@lw.com
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA
  • T +1.202.637.2165
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Profile

Joel H. Trotter is the global Co-chair of the firm's Public Company Representation Practice Group and the Deputy Chair of the Corporate Department in the Washington, D.C. office. He also serves as Co-chair of the firm's national office, a central resource for clients and Latham attorneys facing complex issues arising under the US securities laws. Mr. Trotter's practice focuses on capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and general corporate matters.

A Law360 survey named Mr. Trotter one of the "10 Most Admired Securities Attorneys" from more than 1,000 nominations. The survey identified him as "one of the firm's go-to sources for advice," noting his "deep expertise and excellent judgment" on sophisticated securities matters, and describing him as a "smart, creative and responsive" counselor who "knows how to listen" and is "always available and never seems stressed."

Mr. Trotter represents major NYSE and Nasdaq companies and counsels issuers and underwriters in the public offering process and in other SEC-related matters. He serves as special counsel for boards of directors, audit committees and special committees on governance issues, corporate crises and business combination proposals.

As one of two lawyers on the IPO Task Force, Mr. Trotter played a leading role in preparing a report to the US Department of the Treasury to increase job creation by improving access to the capital markets for emerging growth companies. He also served as a principal author of the IPO-related provisions of the JOBS Act of 2012, which an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Congress adopted to implement the IPO Task Force's recommendations.

Mr. Trotter is included in Law Business Research's International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers 2013-2014.

Thought Leadership

  • Anticipating Activism: Implications for Your 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders -  October 16, 2014
  • Desktop Staleness Calendar for 2015 Offerings -  September 18, 2014
  • Guide to Acquired Business Financial Statements -  September 18, 2014
  • Activist Hot List: Summer 2014 -  July 30, 2014
  • Boardroom Perspectives: Three Practical Steps to Managing FCPA & Anti-Corruption Risks -  June 04, 2014
  • The JOBS Act, Two Years Later -  April 04, 2014
  • The Last Days of Disco Ops -  March 11, 2014
  • The Good, the Bad and the Offer: Law, Lore and FAQs -  March 06, 2014
  • Boardroom Perspectives: Three Practical Steps to Stay Ahead of Shareholder Activism -  March 05, 2014
  • Desktop Reference Series: 8-K Filing Events 2014 -  February 06, 2014
  • Desktop Staleness Calendar for 2014 Offerings -  October 09, 2013
  • Guide to Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings for Non-US Issuers -  September 24, 2013
  • Guide to Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings for US Issuers -  September 24, 2013
  • Accessing the US Capital Markets from Outside the United States -  September 10, 2013
  • 6 Habits of Highly Effective Boards  -  August 15, 2013
  • How Boards Can Stay Ahead: Strategic Governance in Six Practical Steps -  July 29, 2013
  • “You Talkin’ to Me?” -  July 25, 2013
  • La SEC elimina la prohibición contra la publicidad general en las ofertas privadas de valores en Estados Unidos -  July 15, 2013
  • SEC Adopts Repeal of Ban on General Solicitation; Proposes New Reg D Requirements  -  July 11, 2013
  • 10 Rules for Public Companies When Giving Guidance -  July 01, 2013
  • CFTC’s Clearing Deadline May Loom for Certain REITs -  June 07, 2013
  • What’s the Deal with Regulation M? -  May 30, 2013
  • The JOBS Act After One Year: A Review of the New IPO Playbook -  April 04, 2013
  • Q&A: New SEC Disclosure Requirements Take Effect -  February 07, 2013
  • US Sanctions Against Iran Continuing To Expand -  January 28, 2013
  • Giving Good Guidance on Earnings -  January 01, 2013
  • The JOBS Act, Part Deux: Frequently Asked Questions About Title II of the JOBS Act -  December 13, 2012
  • Giving Good Guidance: What Every Public Company Should Know -  October 18, 2012
  • Rules of Engagement: Building Relationships with Your Shareholders Through Effective Communication -  October 18, 2012
  • SEC Adopts "Conflict Minerals" Rules -  September 20, 2012
  • The Working World, Issue 15, May 2012 -  May 10, 2012
  • The JOBS Act After Two Weeks: The 50 Most Frequently Asked Questions -  April 23, 2012
  • Video: Joel Trotter and Alex Cohen Discuss the IPO Task Force -  April 17, 2012
  • The JOBS Act and General Solicitation: Impact on Private Offerings During the Period Prior to SEC Rulemaking -  April 05, 2012
  • The JOBS Act Establishes IPO On-Ramp -  March 27, 2012
  • The Bought Deal Bible -  March 15, 2012
  • Corporate Governance Commentary: Proxy Access and Advance Notice Bylaws in the Wake of Invalidation of the SEC’s Proxy Access Rule: An Approach to Private Ordering -  November 30, 2011
  • Corporate Governance Commentary: Future of Institutional Share Voting Revisited: A Fourth Paradigm -  September 7, 2011
  • Recent Developments In Recent Developments — Using “Flash” Numbers in Securities Offerings -  June 1, 2011
  • Corporate Governance Commentary: Private Ordering in the Brave New World of Proxy Access -  November 3, 2010
  • Cheap Stock: An IPO Survival Guide -  August 12, 2010
  • A Tale of Two Clawbacks: The Compensation Consequences of Misstated Financials -  August 10, 2010
  • Upsizing and Downsizing Your IPO -  July 14, 2010
  • Second Circuit Wades Into the PSLRA Safe Harbor
    The Lessons of Slayton v. American Express for Forward-Looking Statements
     -  June 10, 2010
  • Rules of the Road for the SEC's Corp Fin Review Process -  May 17, 2010
  • Fourth Update: New Short-Selling Restrictions in the United States and Recommendations For a Pan-European Short-Selling Disclosure Regime -  March 22, 2010
  • Adjusted EBITDA Is Out of the Shadows as Staff Updates Non-GAAP Interpretations -  February 22, 2010
  • Proposed Amendments to Rule 10b-18 Under the Exchange Act -  February 2, 2010
  • Interpretive Issues Related to Recent Changes to the New York Power of Attorney Law -  January 27, 2010
  • Corporate Governance Commentary: Proxy Access Bulletin No. 4, Proxy Access Rules will not be in Effect for Upcoming Proxy Season -  October 5, 2009
  • Merger Arbitrage, Beneficial Ownership Reporting and Proxy Contests: Reflections on the Commission's Perry Order -  October 1, 2009
  • Zacharias and Implications for Section 5 Liability -  August 3, 2009
  • Corporate Governance Commentary: Proxy Access Bulletin No. 3, Proxy Access Proposed Rules Published by SEC -  June 15, 2009
  • Declining Market Capitalizations and the Impairment of Goodwill -  February 10, 2009
  • SEC Accepts Financial Statements From Foreign Private Issuers Without Reconciliation to US GAAP If Prepared Under International Financial Reporting Standards -  January 16, 2008
  • Christmas in July — The SEC Improves the Securities Offering Process -  August 2005
Mr. Trotter is "adept at handling complex issues for major corporate clients."Who's Who Legal 2013
Bar Qualification
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
Education
  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1995
    Virginia Law Review
  • BA, University of Virginia, 1992
    Echols Scholar; Raven Society
Industries
  • Aerospace, Defense & Government Services
  • Healthcare Services & Providers
  • REITs
Practices
  • Capital Markets
  • Activism
  • Public Company Representation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Emerging Companies
  • Corporate Governance
  • Takeover Planning & Defense