Mr. Berkowitz was named as one of the leading White Collar Crime & Government Investigations lawyers in the Illinois market.Chambers USA 2008-2015

Sean M. Berkowitz

  • 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800
  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • USA

Sean Berkowitz is a trial lawyer who focuses on complex litigation and regulatory investigations, and he has extensive experience in developing creative strategies to solve the issues that confront today’s corporations and executives. Mr. Berkowitz has served as global Chair of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department and global Chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Practice. He has an established record of successfully resolving cases at trial and via dispositive motions in a variety of subject areas, including securities fraud, antitrust and complex commercial litigation.

In addition to his trial work, Mr. Berkowitz also represents multinational companies, boards of directors and individuals involved in criminal or regulatory investigations throughout the world, with an emphasis on international commercial compliance with US laws, securities fraud and whistleblower allegations.

Mr. Berkowitz is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and has received numerous awards and accolades, including:

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 for Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • “Litigation Star” among White Collar Crime attorneys in Illinois, Benchmark Litigation legal guide 2010-2015

  • Acknowledged by peers as "as good as they come," Chambers USA 2015

  • Band 1 Ranking - White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Chambers USA 2015
  • Leading lawyer for General Commercial Litigation, Chambers USA 2011-2015
  • Attorney General Award for Exceptional Service - highest award given to a Department of Justice employee

  • Multiple special achievement awards from the Department of Justice

Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Mr. Berkowitz served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice and served as director of the special task force created to investigate the Enron corporate scandal. He also served as lead prosecutor in the criminal case against Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling. Before joining the Enron Task Force, Mr. Berkowitz served as an Assistant United States Attorney and later as Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section for the United States Attorney's office in the Northern District of Illinois.

Mr. Berkowitz's experience includes representation of:

  • Manouch Moshayedi, the former Chairman and CEO of sTec, Inc., in one of the largest insider trading actions brought by the SEC, where the jury returned a complete defense verdict
  • Registered investment advisor and publicly traded company in a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation
  • Numerous public companies and individual officers in regulatory investigations and actions brought by the SEC
  • Pharmaceutical company in a successful multi-week antitrust trial against the Federal Trade Commission
  • Fortune 100 company and individually named officers in federal securities fraud and insider trading class action, where the court granted summary judgment in favor of our clients a month before trial
  • Numerous public companies in securities fraud class actions throughout the country
  • Numerous public companies and individual officers in regulatory investigations and actions brought by the SEC
  • Public and private companies in internal investigations across multiple jurisdictions in connection with cross-border business activities involving potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”)