Scott Joiner leverages extensive government experience to lead complex investigations and defend clients in high-profile white collar litigation.

Mr. Joiner regularly advises companies, boards, and individuals who face allegations of:

  • Securities fraud
  • Investment fraud
  • Financial institution fraud
  • Insider trading
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations

Mr. Joiner previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California and as a member of the Organized Crime Strike Force and the Corporate & Securities Fraud Unit. While at the US Attorney’s Office, he worked on a wide range of white collar cases, including matters involving securities fraud, insider trading, public corruption, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act offenses, FCPA violations, and money laundering and cryptocurrency investigations.

From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Joiner served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, where he successfully tried numerous criminal cases to verdict as a judge advocate while handling a wide variety of military justice matters. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Joiner served with a Marine Corps infantry battalion, deploying to Ramadi, Iraq in 2007.

Before joining the Marine Corps, Mr. Joiner practiced with an international law firm, where he focused on complex commercial litigation and white collar matters.

Mr. Joiner’s experience includes representing:

Companies & Individuals

  • A former BP officer and director as a defendant in multidistrict securities litigation, a Presidential Commission investigation, and a federal criminal probe related to the Deepwater Horizon explosion, including leading and supervising a large cross-office team*
  • Sony in a federal criminal antitrust investigation and parallel civil class actions, including leading a team of lawyers and economists in an internal investigation, serving as the senior firm representative overseas, and interviewing dozens of witnesses in Japan and Taiwan*

Government Prosecutions

  • U.S. v. Nuru, as lead prosecutor in the high-profile public corruption investigation that charged the former San Francisco Public Works’ director, three companies, and 11 other individuals (including two department heads and another high-ranking city official) with multiple bribery and money laundering offenses, securing multiple convictions*
  • U.S. v. Chapin, a successful criminal case that convicted the defendant of bank fraud, wire fraud, and securities fraud for engaging in several ploys to lure individual investors, a venture capital firm, and a bank into providing millions of dollars’ worth of capital and credit to his digital advertising company based on false information*
  • U.S. v. Frere, a criminal case in which the founder, majority owner, and CEO of three companies pleaded guilty to an extensive student loan debt relief scam involving more than 40,000 victims and millions of dollars laundered internationally*
  • U.S. v. Williams, et al., as lead trial counsel in a four-month, five-defendant jury trial, securing convictions against all defendants based on RICO charges involving multiple murders, attempted murders, and child prostitution and trafficking*

* Matter handled prior to joining Latham & Watkins

Bar Qualification

  • California


  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2002
    cum laude
  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999
    magna cum laude