Richard Owens is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. He principally represents corporations and individuals in criminal and regulatory matters, conducts internal investigations, and advises on compliance matters.
Mr. Owens served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York from 1994 through 2006. For four years he served as Chief of its Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and supervised many of the nation's highest profile corporate fraud and insider trading prosecutions, including WorldCom, Adelphia Communications, American BankNote, ImClone Systems, Impath, Inc., and Royal Ahold, N.V. He also coordinated the office’s criminal prosecutions with parallel civil matters brought by the SEC, CFTC, the Federal Reserve Banks, and state regulators.
Mr. Owens twice received the Attorney General’s annual Distinguished Service Award: in 1996 for the prosecution of Daiwa Bank and in 2000 for the prosecution of Patrick R. Bennett relating to the then-largest financial fraud in US history. He has tried 12 felony cases, including two of the three largest criminal accounting fraud cases ever prosecuted in New York. According to Chambers USA, clients say he is "very responsive" and "thorough." Mr. Owens has been recognized by The Legal 500 US and International Who's Who. He has also been named a Banking MVP by Law360 2017.
Mr. Owens frequently speaks on securities law, corporate governance, and criminal law matters. He has spoken at programs sponsored by the US Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center, the SEC, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Bar Association, PLI, ALI-ABA, and the Institute of Government of the University of North Carolina.