Lucas Novaes is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins, where he was a summer associate prior to joining Latham full-time.

Mr. Novaes earned his JD from the American University Washington College of Law, graduating magna cum laude and receiving the Order of the Coif. He served as the vice president of the Moot Court Honors Society and was a senior staff member of the American University Law Review. While attending law school, Mr. Novaes interned for Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the US District Court for the District of Columbia and the US Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Novaes attended the University of Florida, graduating with a BA in Political Science, and with additional areas of focus in US History and Portuguese. After graduating, Mr. Novaes joined Teach For America.

Mr. Novaes primarily advises on white collar defense, US government and internal investigations, and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Mr. Novaes has experience conducting internal investigations and anti-corruption risk assessments in Portuguese for clients with operations and/or interests in Brazil, including:

  • Conducted an internal investigation following whistleblower complaints for a major US energy manufacturer with operations in Brazil
  • Led a multi-year review of an international professional services firm’s risk and compliance policies and procedures, including the firm’s processes for managing and tracking legal exposure from labor and criminal disputes in coordination with a market leading law firm in Brazil
  • Represented a Canadian publicly traded fertilizer company seeking to acquire entities in Brazil
  • Conducted an anti-corruption risk assessment and compliance review for a US publicly traded, multinational aerospace and defense conglomerate with operations in Brazil
  • Advised a US multinational investment management corporation exploring assets in Brazil

Mr. Novaes also represents corporate clients in litigation matters, including complex civil litigation and US government contracts litigation.

Mr. Novaes also maintains a diverse pro bono practice, having been recognized by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals’ Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll in 2019 and 2020.

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia


  • JD, American University, Washington College of Law, 2018
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • BA in Political Science, University of Florida, 2013

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese