International Trade Attorney Joins Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C.

Carnegie will specialize in trade sanctions, export controls, FCPA, immigration and US anti-boycott laws.

January 5, 2011

Washington, D.C. ...Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Les P. Carnegie has joined the firm’s Litigation Department as a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office.  Carnegie has more than a decade of experience in US export and re-export controls, trade and economic sanctions, controls on foreign investment in the US, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, immigration laws, and US anti-boycott laws.          

Carnegie has advised and represented clients in a broad range of industries, including energy, defense and aerospace, pharmaceutical and medical devices, life sciences, financial institutions, chemical manufacturers, industrial automation companies, and global transportation and freight forwarding companies.  He has considerable experience in developing and implementing compliance programs, conducting internal investigations and compliance audits, developing and delivering training programs, obtaining US government licensing, and responding to government investigations and enforcement actions.        

“We are pleased to be adding an attorney with Les’ range of expertise on trade-related matters to our Washington, D.C. office,” Eric Bernthal, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. said. “As business continues to globalize, compliance with complex, overlapping, and aggressively-enforced international trade regulations assumes ever-greater importance in corporate boardrooms. Les’ experience adds further depth to our export controls and economic sanctions practice as well as our white collar and government investigations practice.”    

Everett (Kip) Johnson, Jr., Chair of Latham & Watkins' Litigation Department in the Washington, D.C. office, added: “Les will further enhance our ability to serve clients in cross-border transactions, regulatory compliance, corporate due diligence, and internal investigations and enforcement matters arising under national security and anti-terrorism-based legal regimes. He will be a tremendous resource for our clients.”              

Carnegie said: “I am pleased to be joining the dynamic team of professionals at Latham & Watkins.  By taking full advantage of Latham’s global reach and substantial depth of talent, I look forward to continuing to grow my practice as it relates to export controls and economic sanctions matters.”              

Carnegie joins Latham from Covington and Burling, LLP.  He received a JD and LLM with Honors from Duke University School of Law in 1999.  While at Duke, he edited the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law.  Carnegie also received his undergraduate degree with Honors in 1996 from Duke University.  From 1999-2000, Carnegie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.             

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Notes to Editor

1 Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Mohammed Al-Sheikh.


Eric Bernthal, Washington, D.C. Office Managing Partner,  +1.202.637.2236
Everett (Kip) Johnson, Jr., Chair of the Litigation Department in the Washington, D.C. office  +1.202.637.2260

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