Three Latham Partners Named Top Women Lawyers in California

November 9, 2020
Judith Hasko, Michele Johnson, and Laura Washington recognized for practice excellence.

Three Latham & Watkins partners have been named among California’s Top Women Lawyers 2020 by the Daily Journal in its annual report honoring female attorneys at the top of their respective areas of law.

Judith Hasko, Global Vice Chair of the firm’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice, advises life sciences companies and investors in cutting edge, technology-based commercial transactions for development and commercialization of novel therapeutic and medical device products. Her published profile highlighted her recent work for a biotechnology company in early clinical development of a potential treatment of Covid-19, as well as a deal among industry leaders to co-develop and commercialize a potential treatment for breast, gastric and other cancers.

Michele Johnson, Global Chair of Latham’s Litigation & Trial Department, is a leading national litigator who represents financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, boards of directors, and individuals in securities, M&A, and other complex commercial litigation. Her published profile reviewed the groundbreaking defense of pharmaceutical company Puma Biotechnology in the first federal securities class action to reach a verdict in nearly 10 years, as well as a trial victory defending the U.S. Soccer Federation in an equal pay case brought by the U.S. Senior Women’s National Team.

Laura Washington, a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation practice, primarily handles complex commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation, including copyright and trademark. In her published profile, she was recognized for her work advising clients in the media and entertainment sector, particularly in litigation connected to the #MeToo movement.

Hasko and Johnson have been named multiple times as Top Women Lawyer in California, including last year, and Washington’s honor marks her first appearance on the prestigious list.


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