Eric Pettis is an associate in the Litigation & Trial Department of the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins.

Mr. Pettis’ primary practice areas include securities and professional liability litigation, complex commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense. He has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including drafting and arguing motions, taking and defending depositions, managing complex, large-scale discovery, and taking cases through trial.

In securities and corporate governance litigation, Mr. Pettis has represented clients in securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions, corporate/derivative governance disputes, and “deal cases” challenging mergers and acquisitions. Many of these cases involve claims arising out of public offerings, disclosure obligations, proxy contests, alleged insider trading, accounting practices, or allegations of breaches of fiduciary duties.

Mr. Pettis also regularly represents clients in complex commercial matters in trial and appellate court and in internal investigations and investigations and proceedings initiated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, US Department of Justice, and other government agencies.

Mr. Pettis serves as the firm’s liaison to the Learning Rights Law Center. In that role, he connects Latham associates and partners with at-risk students who have disabilities, face discrimination, or are involved in foster care or juvenile justice systems to provide free legal services, education advocacy, and community training.

Mr. Pettis received his JD from UCLA School of Law, where he was a Masin Scholar.

Prior to law school, Mr. Pettis played professional baseball in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

Mr. Pettis' representative matters include:

  • Representing LogMeIn and its senior executives in a string of high-profile securities class actions filed in federal and state court, as well as a shareholder derivative lawsuit, following LogMeIn’s US$1.8 billion acquisition of Citrix’s “GoTo” business, and obtaining complete dismissals with prejudice of all lawsuits at the pleadings stage
  • Representing the founder, former Chairman, and CEO of Banc of California in a securities class action and three shareholder derivative lawsuits arising out of a short-seller report which resulted in a stock drop; at the conclusion of fact discovery, the plaintiff dismissed the client with prejudice (with a full release, but no payment), and agreed to state in the dismissal papers that the key allegations made about the client lacked any proof, while the plaintiffs in the three related shareholder derivative cases voluntarily dismissed their cases
  • Representing majority partner of various real estate partnerships in dispute with its minority partner and manager relating to control of hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate assets, which culminated in a victory at arbitration
  • Representing the former Chief Operating Officer of one of the largest publicly traded trucking companies in private civil stockholder litigation and criminal and SEC cases asserting charges for securities fraud and conspiracy

Bar Qualification

  • California

Education

  • JD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016
  • BA, University of California, Irvine, 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English
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March 19, 2021 Our Work

LogMeIn Escapes Investor Suit Over Merger 'Hangover'

A cross-office Latham litigation team successfully defended LogMeIn against parallel federal and state court putative class actions in Massachusetts and Florida, securing dismissals for both cases over the course of three days.