A former federal prosecutor and accomplished trial lawyer, Alex Wyman represents clients in high-profile white collar litigation and investigations and in high-stakes commercial litigation.

Mr. Wyman advises individuals and organizations on business-critical matters relating to:

  • Internal corporate investigations
  • Government investigations
  • White collar criminal litigation
  • Regulatory compliance and enforcement
  • Complex civil trial litigation

A first-chair trial lawyer with wide-ranging trial experience, Mr. Wyman has tried both criminal and civil cases to verdict, he has tried cases in both federal and state courts, and he has achieved victories in jury trials, bench trials, and arbitration hearings. He has also successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in defending his trial victories on appeal. 

Mr. Wyman draws on his extensive government experience to help clients navigate their highest-stakes litigation and investigations. Prior to joining Latham, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for five years in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, where he was the Corporate Fraud Coordinator and Securities Investment Fraud Coordinator in the Major Frauds Section.

As an AUSA, Mr. Wyman successfully prosecuted diverse fraud crimes and served as the lead or co-lead prosecutor on eight jury and bench trials. For his role as the co-lead prosecutor in a complex insurance fraud and murder prosecution that resulted in across-the-board guilty verdicts following a three-week jury trial and the maximum sentence allowable by law, Mr. Wyman earned the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney – Criminal, one of the highest awards available to federal prosecutors.

Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Mr. Wyman was an associate at an international law firm, where he represented clients in complex commercial litigation and in federal criminal investigations. He previously served as a law clerk to Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell in the Central District of California.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Wyman has published articles on a variety of cutting-edge legal issues, including issues related to FCPA enforcement, health care fraud, private securities litigation, copyright infringement, and sports law.

During law school, Mr. Wyman served as executive editor of the Virginia Law Review.  

Mr. Wyman’s experience includes advising:

  • A private equity holding company in a successful seven-day arbitration hearing involving allegations of fraud against a seller company in connection with an acquisition, resulting in a finding of fraud against the seller and an eight-figure damages award
  • A startup company being investigated by the Department of Justice for alleged theft of trade secrets
  • A diagnostic laboratory company in an investigation by the Department of Justice into allegations of health care fraud and violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute
  • A leading consumer electronics company in a successful arbitration against a large telecommunications company involving contract claims and fraud and mistake counterclaims*
  • A private equity portfolio company in an expansive criminal price-fixing investigation and prosecution by the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice involving conduct by the company’s sales force, resulting in a negotiated fine among the lowest ever issued by the Antitrust Division due to the quality of the company’s cooperation*
  • An educational company in nationwide class actions alleging violations of civil RICO, fraud, and other consumer protection laws*

As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Wyman prosecuted high-profile cases alleging violations of securities fraud, insider trading, health care fraud, investment fraud, financial institution fraud, tax fraud, corporate embezzlement and kickbacks, government contract fraud, insurance fraud, receiving illegal kickbacks for health care referrals, theft of government funds, obstruction of justice, and money laundering, among others. Some of Mr. Wyman’s notable prosecutions include the following:

  • U.S. v. Michael Avenatti, in which celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti was convicted for embezzling over US$12 million from his clients and sentenced to 14 years in prison*
  • U.S. v. Ali Elmezayen, in which a man was convicted of mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering for an elaborate insurance fraud scheme in which he murdered his children to obtain insurance proceeds, resulting in a 212-year sentence*
  • U.S. v. Julian Omidi et al., a US$350 million health care fraud scheme involving the promotion and performance of Lap-Band weight-loss surgeries through the enterprise 1-800-GET-THIN*
  • U.S. v. Antonio Wilson, a romance scam and investor fraud case that was featured on a recent episode of the television show American Greed*
  • U.S. v. Carol Pedersen, in which an accountant was convicted of executing a US$27 million Ponzi scheme for which she was sentenced to eight years in prison*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Thought Leadership

  • Monaco Deputy Director of Justice Reveals Corporate Crime Policy Changes, Latham & Watkins Client Alert, Sept. 27, 2022
  • Avoiding Film Industry Fraudsters: Key Tips For Investors, Law360, Apr. 7, 2022
  • SPAC-Related Enforcement and Litigation: What to Expect in 2022, Latham & Watkins Client Alert, Mar. 28, 2022 (Reposted by the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance)
  • Recent Supreme Court Cases Could Affect Future FCPA Enforcement, Just Anti-Corruption, Aug. 5, 2016
  • Companies Should Note Joint AKS, FCPA Action, The Daily Journal, Mar. 31, 2016
  • Anti-Kickback Statute Enforcement Trends, The Health Lawyer, Vol. 28, No. 2, Dec. 2015
  • The Modern Right of Publicity, 15 Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law 167, 2014
  • Mashing Up the Copyright Act: How to Mitigate the Deadweight Loss Created by the Audio Mashup, 14 University of Denver Sports & Entertainment Law Journal 117, 2013
  • Note, Making a Statement About Private Securities Litigation: The Merits and Implications of the Supreme Court’s Janus Capital Case, 98 Virginia Law Review 1621, 2012
  • Note, Collective Bargaining and the Best Interests of Basketball, 12 Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal 171, 2012
     

Bar Qualification

  • California

Education

  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law
  • BA in Politics, Princeton University