Melanie M. Blunschi is a partner in the Litigation Department of the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins. Ms. Blunschi specializes in cases involving accounting, auditing and other financial issues.
Ms. Blunschi’s practice focuses on defending securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation and professional liability matters for major accounting firms, public companies, financial institutions and corporate officers and directors. Ms. Blunschi also has significant expertise in governmental and regulatory investigations stemming from whistleblower claims or other allegations of financial irregularities.
Ms. Blunschi has extensive experience representing professional services firms, including Deloitte & Touche LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Arthur Andersen LLP and major foreign accounting firms. She has successfully defended these clients in numerous securities class actions and other shareholder litigation, professional liability matters (including trustee litigation) and private arbitrations. Ms. Blunschi also possesses deep experience in successfully defending issuers and financial institutions in securities litigation and regulatory matters.
Ms. Blunschi is a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation, a non-profit corporation dedicated to funding legal services organizations that serve needy members of our community.
Ms. Blunschi is admitted to practice before all California courts as well as the Ninth Circuit and Second Circuit federal courts of appeals, and she has practiced pro hac vice before federal district courts in New York, Texas, Nevada and the District of Columbia.