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.