Latham & Watkins Adds Experienced White Collar Litigator in Boston

New partner brings versatility and exceptional capabilities in the healthcare and life sciences industries

February 24, 2014

Boston … Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Michael K. Fee has joined the firm’s Boston office as a partner in the Litigation Department. Fee’s practice focuses on the defense of clients involved in a wide variety of government investigations, as well as criminal, civil and administrative enforcement proceedings.  Fee is well known for his experience in healthcare enforcement and compliance matters at both the federal and state levels, including matters involving  universities, hospitals, physicians and clinical laboratories, as well as medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies.

A former federal prosecutor and native Bostonian, Fee has more than 25 years of litigation experience across the full complement of white collar criminal matters for clients in healthcare and in a range of other industries. For more than two decades, he has defended clients across the US in high stakes cases brought under the US Civil False Claims Act, as well as in investigations and proceedings brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Fee has extensive experience with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, various trade sanctions and export controls, anti-money laundering regulation, and government contracting, among others.

“I’m pleased to welcome Michael to our Boston office. He joins a group of market-leading litigators that includes Ken Parsigian, Gwyn Williams and BJ Trach, adding a depth of talent to our Boston team that will benefit clients here in Boston and globally,” said Phil Rossetti, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Boston. 

“Michael is highly regarded as a first-chair trial lawyer who has successfully handled some of the most complex matters that face companies today,” said Sean Berkowitz, Global Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. “He also has deep knowledge of the numerous government agencies necessary to achieve favorable resolutions for clients facing a range of business-critical challenges. He is a welcome addition to our global litigation team.”  

David Schindler, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group, added: “Michael is a tremendous addition for the white collar practice and the firm. He is a consummate trial lawyer and a go to player for clients facing government investigations. His considerable experience representing healthcare and life science companies further enhances the deep bench of the practice group, which includes more than 30 full-time white collar partners worldwide, with stellar reputations as trial lawyers in every major US jurisdiction. Latham’s team includes former prosecutors and supervisors from the US Department of Justice (DOJ), SEC, and other government agencies, plus dedicated trial lawyers who regularly try ‘bet the business’ cases involving a broad spectrum of issues. We are excited to have such a respected player join the group.”

“Latham’s Litigation Department has a well-earned reputation for its ability to understand and solve clients’ business problems. In my practice, my clients find that government actions are often complicated by parallel civil, regulatory and even legislative actions.  I’m thrilled to join a group at Latham that has a track record of success when it comes to facing these multi-faceted, complex challenges and I look forward to the opportunity to further grow and develop my practice with this team of highly skilled litigators,” said Fee.

Fee joins Latham from Ropes & Gray in Boston.  Previously, he was a federal prosecutor in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division of the DOJ and the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria Division), having joined the DOJ under the Attorney General’s Honors Program. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the Boston College Law School in 1984 where he was Editor in Chief of the Boston College Law Review.  He received his AB, magna cum laude, from Boston College in 1981.  After law school, Fee clerked for the Honorable A. David Mazzone, District Judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with approximately 2,100 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, including: Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Doha, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New Jersey, New York, Orange County, Paris, Riyadh, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information on Latham & Watkins, please visit the website at www.lw.com.

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 practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.

Contacts

Philip P. Rossetti, Office Managing Partner, Boston, +1.617.948.6002
Sean M. Berkowitz, Global Chair, Litigation Department, +1.312.777.7016
David J. Schindler, Global Co-Chair, White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group, +1.213.891.8415 

 
 
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