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

  • Partners Recognized for Client Service Excellence - February 06, 2017
  • Firm Earns Trials “Practice Group of the Year” Award - January 29, 2017
  • New York Litigation & Trial Chair Named a “Rainmaker” - October 25, 2016
  • Firm Named a “Powerhouse” for Wide-Ranging Litigation Work - September 22, 2016
  • Michele Johnson Honored by Orange County Women Lawyers Association - September 22, 2016
According to clients, Latham “does a phenomenal job in representing companies through the litigation process,” providing “an impressive level of expertise, responsiveness and value for executive management and boards of directors.” — The Legal 500 US 2014

Media Coverage

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Latham Further Expands Litigation & Trial Department in New YorkTwo More Powerhouse Trial Lawyers Join Latham & WatkinsFirm Earns "Trials Practice Group of the Year” Award

Thought Leadership

Tolling Securities Claims: “In No Event” Means ... What It Says Whistling a Common TuneUS Supreme Court: Disgorgement Is a Penalty, Limiting SEC’s Reach