Securities Litigation & Professional Liability

The Securities Litigation and Professional Liability Practice has achieved outstanding results for clients in some of the most high-profile actions filed since passage of the 1995 Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.

Why Latham

The Securities Litigation and Professional Liability Practice at Latham & Watkins has handled more than 1,000 cases during the past decade, ranging from federal and state class, individual, and derivative actions to US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Rule 2(e) and other regulatory proceedings. The more than 80 lawyers in this practice — including many of the profession’s most experienced trial lawyers — work in coordination with the firm’s corporate transactional practice. Considered a “go to” law firm for all of the Big 4 accounting firms, Latham represents a collection of Fortune 500 companies and Wall Street financial institutions.

Battle-Tested, Business-Minded Lawyers

Latham’s securities litigation team includes two former associate directors at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Enforcement, a former deputy general counsel and deputy chief of staff at the SEC, and several former assistant US attorneys. The teams lawyers draw upon years of experience and critically assess each matter to implement a strategy tailored to the particular case and client needs.

Frequently successful in disposing of a case on a motion to dismiss, Latham lawyers save clients from disruption of their business and the expense of litigating a case. For the cases that survive an early motion to dismiss, the extensive trial experience and shrewd negotiation skills of Latham’s lawyers have earned the firm a formidable reputation that provides clients with a distinct advantage when negotiating out-of-court settlements.

Latham’s securities litigators are also skilled at working with insurers to successfully resolve matters within coverage limits and can call on Latham’s insurance coverage lawyers for assistance when needed.

Key Practice Areas

Latham handles every kind of securities litigation and professional liability case, including:

Compendium of Securities Law

Latham has developed a resource related to securities litigation showcasing noteworthy legal decisions and important developments in the area of securities law and litigation. The Compendium summarizes decisions from every federal circuit in the US, plus Delaware; contains sections on the most notable decisions, releases, and guidance from the SEC and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB); and includes a section summarizing significant decisions and legislative actions in the United Kingdom.

Awards & Rankings

  • Joshua Hamilton Named A Top Litigator in Los Angeles - August 12, 2018
  • Litigation & Trial Partner Among Top 40 Under 40 in California - June 19, 2018
  • Local Litigation Co-Chair Receives Visionary of Justice Award - May 17, 2018
  • Seven Latham Partners Honored for Superior Client Service - March 28, 2018
  • Washington, D.C. Partner Named to “Enforcement 40” List - November 02, 2017

“Latham maintains a formidable reputation for undertaking precedent-setting, bet-the-company securities matters, offering notable strengths in regulatory compliance and shareholder litigation.”

– Chambers USA 2018

Media Coverage

Defense Limits Damages in Major Securities Fraud VerdictPrison Co. Stock's Non-Reaction To Disclosures Dooms Cert. Molina Escapes Investor's Suit Over Growth Misstatements


Jury Reaches Verdict in Favor of Latham Client Puma Biotechnology Litigation & Trial Partner Among Top 40 Under 40 in CaliforniaNew York Litigation Team Earns Complete Victory for Aratana Therapeutics in Securities Class Action

Thought Leadership

9th Circuit Puts to Rest Decade-Old Northstar LitigationVideo Series: Germany’s Declaratory Model Action (DMA)Compliance Remains a Key DOJ Priority