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Latham Expands Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice with Addition of Counsel in Chicago

March 17, 2020
Jack Barber brings substantial accounting and professional services experience.

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that John J. (Jack) Barber has joined the firm in Chicago as counsel in the Litigation & Trial Department and as a member of the Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice. He is a registered Certified Public Accountant in Illinois, and brings substantial experience managing litigation and government regulatory matters, conducting internal investigations, and advising on transactional and employment-related diligence matters.

“Jack has nearly two decades of experience both as an outside lawyer advising professional services and corporate clients, and within a leading accounting firm,” said Cathy Birkeland, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Chicago. “He is an excellent addition to our team whose background and first-hand experience will be valuable to our clients here in Chicago and around the globe.”

Andrew Clubok, Global Chair of Latham’s Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice Group added: “I’m pleased to welcome Jack to Latham. His background makes him an ideal fit with our market leading team as they advise boards and audit committees, and accounting and other professional services firms facing complex regulatory investigations and professional liability matters. His experience will also add value to Latham’s issuer and underwriter clients as they navigate regulatory, audit, and enforcement-related inquiries.”

Barber joins Latham from Crowe LLP, where he served as Assistant General Counsel. Prior to Crowe, Barber was a partner at a boutique law firm in Chicago, where he focused on professional liability matters, tax litigation with a focus on state and local government issues, and other commercial litigation. He received his JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School and received his BBA from the University of Notre Dame as well.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

Notes to Editors

1Latham & Watkins operates worldwide as a limited liability partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware (USA) with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as an affiliated partnership conducting the practice in Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins works in cooperation with the Law Firm of Salman M. Al-Sudairi, a limited liability company, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.