Natalie Salazar is an associate in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Litigation & Trial Department.

Ms. Salazar leverages her previous experience as a registered Certified Public Accountant on a variety of white collar criminal defense and securities enforcement matters, including government and internal investigations, and other financial litigation matters in both federal and state court. She represents individuals and companies in cases of securities, accounting and healthcare fraud, and bribery.

Ms. Salazar advises clients regarding regulatory compliance and enforcement in connection with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) violations, and insider trading issues. Additionally, she assists with creating and implementing corporate compliance programs, counsels clients on compliance and disclosure issues, and performs due diligence related to the FCPA.

Ms. Salazar defends corporations and individuals in matters involving the SEC, Department of Justice (DOJ), Food and Drug Administration, and state attorneys general.

Ms. Salazar has a robust pro bono practice, representing unaccompanied minors, asylum seekers, students with disabilities, and a federal death row inmate in state and federal habeas proceedings.

Ms. Salazar serves on the board of the Diagnostic Assessment and Student Advocacy Co., a nonprofit serving foster children in Illinois.

Ms. Salazar’s experience includes advising:

  • A private equity fund in response to an SEC subpoena
  • A public company in internal investigations related to accounting and disclosure issues
  • Companies, specifically public company audit firms, in federal securities class action litigation
  • Companies in FINRA enforcement investigations
  • Public companies in NASDAQ delisting proceedings
  • Broker/dealers in SEC enforcement matters
  • A CFO of a publicly traded company in a DOJ/SEC securities fraud prosecution and related civil litigation matters*
  • A company sourcing drug compounding ingredients in a criminal and civil investigation by the Department of Justice*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • Illinois


  • Master in Business Administration, The Ohio State University – Fisher College of Business, 2016
    summa cum laude
  • JD, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 2016
    summa cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • BS in Business Administration, The Ohio State University – Fisher College of Business, 2009
    cum laude