George Chipev is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Litigation & Trial Department.

Mr. Chipev primarily represents clients in complex civil litigation.  His experience includes representing leading social media, technology, healthcare, and other service companies, with a particular focus on consumer class actions and cases alleging privacy or unfair competition claims, and qui tam litigation, at all stages of complex civil litigation matters. He was a member of the trial team representing the State of Florida in the Florida v. Georgia water rights litigation in the US Supreme Court, and has represented clients in connection with governmental investigations into alleged violations of the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and other laws and regulations.

Mr. Chipev also has an active pro bono practice representing individuals and non-profit organizations in connection with civil rights litigation and initiatives. He was the lead counsel in a successful week-long civil tort trial against the federal government in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, and has successfully presented oral argument before the US Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits in immigration and prisoner rights matters.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Chipev served as a law clerk for Judge Joseph F. Bianco of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and Judge James V. Selna of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude, where he was an executive editor of the American Criminal Law Review. While attending law school, Mr. Chipev interned with the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, the US Securities & Exchange Commission, and the US Department of Justice in the Human Rights & Special Prosecutions Section.

Mr. Chipev’s experience includes:

  • Defending a major social media company in a putative consumer class action alleging UCL and fraud claims about advertising reach estimates. (N.D. Cal.)
  • Defending an automotive software/technology company in various class actions regarding the valuation of total loss vehicles
  • Representing a major social media company in Federal Trade Commission investigations related to consumer protection and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Representing the sponsors of special economic zones in developing laws and regulations for the autonomous governance of the special economic zones
  • Successfully defending against a consumer class action arising out of a criminal attack on Facebook’s web platform. Latham defeated the UCL and contract claims to narrow the case to a negligence action, then defeated class certification on a US$6 billion damages claim. The parties reached a no-damages settlement. (N.D. Cal.) 
  • Successfully representing the American Beverage Association in a First Amendment compelled commercial speech litigation against the City of San Francisco regarding beverage advertising
  • Representing an internet service provider against claims of consumer fraud and deceptive business practices by the New York Attorney General
  • Representing healthcare providers in response to DOJ health care fraud and antikickback scheme investigations

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2012
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • BS, Georgetown University, 2009
    magna cum laude

Languages Spoken

  • Bulgarian
  • Spanish