Former Federal Prosecutor Joins Latham’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice in Chicago

Partner Terra Reynolds expands firm’s capabilities in healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceuticals investigations.

July 25, 2017

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Terra L. Reynolds has joined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department, in the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice. A former federal prosecutor, Reynolds’ practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal and government investigations, and complex litigation for clients in the healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceutical industries.

“We are thrilled to welcome Terra to our Chicago office, where she joins a market-leading White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice,” said Cathy Birkeland, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Chicago. “Terra has an excellent reputation in the Chicago legal community, and her deep knowledge and experience in the healthcare and life sciences industries brings a unique set of capabilities to the practice and our clients.”

Reynolds has represented multinational pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies and domestic healthcare companies in investigations before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including matters involving the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Food Drug Cosmetic Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. She also has experience representing individuals and companies before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Internal Revenue Service and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

“Healthcare and life sciences companies increasingly require legal counsel like Terra, who has in-depth experience handling investigations and compliance matters for this highly regulated industry,” said Kathryn Ruemmler, global Co-chair of Latham’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice. “Terra’s background is perfectly complementary to our formidable white collar team, and she further bolsters the insights and capabilities we bring to our clients.”

Prior to entering private practice, Reynolds served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois from 2003 to 2014, most recently as a Deputy Chief in the General Crimes Unit. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she was responsible for a broad range of investigations and prosecutions, having tried more than a dozen federal criminal cases and led numerous complex investigations involving a diverse array of subject matters, including racketeering, health care fraud, corporate fraud, securities fraud, tax fraud and multi-national narcotics trafficking conspiracies. She also has briefed and argued many matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Sean Berkowitz, global Co-chair of Latham’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice and former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the DOJ, said, “I have known Terra for many years and she is a great addition to our growing Litigation & Trial Department. She has excellent trial experience, having served more than 10 years as a federal prosecutor, and is extremely skilled at helping clients navigate their most complex legal and business challenges.”

“Latham & Watkins is a leading firm in Chicago and globally and I am excited to join such a talented group of lawyers,” said Reynolds. “The firm’s global White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice is second to none, complemented by the extensive resources of the Litigation & Trial Department’s dynamic and growing platform.”

The addition of Reynolds continues the firm’s momentum of growing its Litigation & Trial Department. The White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice in June added former Deputy Counsel to President Barack Obama in the White House Counsel’s Office, Nicholas McQuaid, and announced that Leslie Caldwell, the former Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, will join the practice in September.

Reynolds joins Latham & Watkins from Paul Hastings in Chicago. She earned her BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and her JD, cum laude, from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 2002. After law school, from 2002-2003, Reynolds clerked for Judge Marvin E. Aspen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Reynolds currently teaches trial advocacy at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law as an adjunct professor and serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Legal Clinic.

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Notes to Editors

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 operates in Seoul as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.


Cathy Birkeland, Chicago Office Managing Partner, +1.312.876.7681

Sean Berkowitz, Global Co-chair, Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, +1.312.777.7016

Kathryn Ruemmler, Global Co-chair, White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice, +1.202.637.2179

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