White Collar Team Grows with Addition of New York Partner

First-chair securities litigator and former AUSA brings additional private practice and government experience to Latham.

May 16, 2012

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Christopher J. Clark has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Litigation Department. Clark joins Latham with over a decade of experience as federal prosecutor and a private practitioner. Clark has extensive substantive expertise in defending criminal and regulatory investigations, and in providing advice to public companies, hedge funds and investment advisors. Prior to his experience in private practice, Clark served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Securities Fraud Unit of the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York from 1999 to 2005.

Clark’s practice focuses on securities law and foreign and domestic anti-corruption law. He has represented hedge fund clients in precedent setting matters, including a landmark ruling on behalf of a hedge fund client against the SEC in one of the first enforcement actions brought by the Commission concerning the use of short-selling strategies in advance of PIPE offerings. Clark is also a member of the team of attorneys representing Mark Cuban in a matter brought by the SEC. Clark is ranked among the top white collar practitioners in New York by Chambers & Partners. During his tenure at the US Attorney’s Office, he conducted nine federal criminal trials as lead or co-lead counsel.

Clark joins a White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Group comprised of a deep bench of partners worldwide, including former prosecutors and supervisors from the US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange Commission and other government agencies, plus dedicated trial lawyers who regularly try defense-side cases. The team includes Ben Campbell, who joined Latham last year, also from the US Attorney’s Office, where he served as the interim US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. During his tenure, Campbell supervised all federal criminal prosecutions in the Eastern District, including a number of high profile securities fraud, terrorism and public corruption cases. Richard Owens, co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department in New York, served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York from 1994 through 2006.

James Brandt, Latham & Watkins’ Office Managing Partner in New York, said: “Chris is a well-respected lawyer in the New York Bar. His reputation coupled with his deep expertise will add further depth to our accomplished New York litigation capability and our white collar practice.”

Richard Owens, Co-Chair of the Litigation Department in the firm’s New York office, added: “I'm pleased to welcome my former colleague from the US Attorney’s Office as a partner at Latham & Watkins, where he will join a dynamic litigation team. Chris’ considerable talent in the courtroom will be invaluable to our clients.”

“Latham & Watkins has a leading white collar practice and a strong global platform, which will allow me to further grow my practice. I’m look forward to joining the team and to tapping into the firm’s entrepreneurial culture in the service of our clients,” said Christopher Clark.

Clark joins the firm from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, where he chaired the firm’s white collar practice. He received law degree from Columbia Law School in 1996 and his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993.

About Latham & Watkins

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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.


James E. Brandt, Office Managing Partner, New York, +1.212.906.1278

Richard D. Owens, Co-Chair of the Litigation Department in the firm’s New York office, +1.212.906.1396

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