Joel H. Trotter is the global Co-chair of the firm's Public Company Representation Practice 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.
The Legal 500 US (2016) selected Mr. Trotter as a recommended lawyer for Corporate Governance (Tier 1), and Law Business Research has previously included him in its International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers.