Mr. Berkowitz was named as one of the leading White Collar Crime & Government Investigations lawyers in the Illinois market. Clients have said Mr. Berkowitz is "excellent" and "fantastic in bet-the-company cases."Chambers USA 2008-2017

Sean M. Berkowitz

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

Sean Berkowitz is Global Co-Chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice at Latham & Watkins. Mr. Berkowitz is a trial lawyer who focuses on complex litigation and regulatory investigations and has extensive experience in developing creative strategies to solve the issues that confront today’s corporations and executives. He recently completed a five-year term as Global Chair of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department, and has an established record of successfully resolving cases at trial and via dispositive motions in a wide variety of subject areas, including securities fraud, deceptive business practices, antitrust, and complex commercial litigation.

Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Mr. Berkowitz served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and acted as director of the special task force created to investigate the Enron corporate scandal, and 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 is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers who has successfully tried 24 cases to verdict. He has received numerous awards and accolades, including:

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 & 2018 for Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Included in the 2014-2017 editions of Lawdragon 500, a list of leading lawyers in America
  • “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 2016 & 2017
  • Band 1 Ranking - Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers USA 2016 & 2017     
  • Leading lawyer for General Commercial Litigation, Chambers USA 2011-2017
  • Attorney General Award for Exceptional Service - highest award given to a DOJ employee

  • Multiple special achievement awards from the DOJ
  • Commended by sources as a "force of nature" for his litigation practice, which features extensive expertise across the spectrum of commercial and white-collar criminal matters. Commentators call him "a top-flight trial lawyer who has a great courtroom presence." - Chambers USA 2016

Mr. Berkowitz's experience includes representation of:

  • Lundbeck Pharmaceutical Company in a successful multi-week antitrust trial against the Federal Trade Commission, which verdict was subsequently affirmed on appeal
  • General Electric Corporation in multiple jurisdictions around the country in cases seeking billions of dollars in damages for alleged participation in a civil conspiracy arising out of Ponzi scheme
  • Manouch Moshayedi, the former Chairman and CEO of sTec, Inc., in one of the largest insider trading actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where the jury returned a complete defense verdict
  • Live Nation in putative class action alleging violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, obtaining dismissal of the complaint, which dismissal was subsequently affirmed by the Seventh Circuit
  • Oracle Corporation 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 and individual officers in regulatory investigations and actions brought by the SEC
  • Numerous public companies in securities fraud class actions throughout the country
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