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:

Awards & Rankings

  • Four Latham Lawyers Named Among Top 250 Women in Litigation 2020 - September 02, 2020
  • Two Latham Trial Victories Honored Among California’s Top Verdicts - February 26, 2020
  • Latham Named 2019 Life Sciences Group of the Year - February 12, 2020
  • Latham Named 2019 Securities Group of the Year - January 15, 2020
  • Latham Among 2019 Firms of the Year - January 12, 2020

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 2020


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Thought Leadership

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Webcasts & Podcasts

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