BJ Trach is a partner in the Boston office of Latham & Watkins and the global Chair of the firm’s Diversity Leadership Committee. He is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation and White Collar Defense & Investigations Practices.
Mr. Trach has extensive experience across a wide variety of complex commercial litigation work, including securities fraud, shareholder derivative suits, consumer class actions, and products liability and mass tort. Mr. Trach also has extensive white collar defense and government investigations experience, representing companies and individuals in criminal and civil investigations by various government entities including the Department of Justice, the SEC, and state Attorneys General.
Mr. Trach is a former Assistant US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. During his tenure, he conducted more than a dozen separate investigations resulting in the indictment of over 30 defendants on charges including drug-trafficking conspiracy, money laundering, and identity theft. Mr. Trach tried numerous cases, including the murder-for-hire trial and conviction of a defendant charged with attempting to hire a hit man to murder several witnesses against him in a separate federal fraud case.
Mr. Trach is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the District of Massachusetts, receiving appointments from the court to represent indigent defendants in federal criminal proceedings. In 2012, he was appointed by Governor Patrick to the Massachusetts Ethics Commission. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Black Lawyer’s association.
After graduating law school, Mr. Trach was a law clerk to Judge Sandra Lynch of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Mr. Trach’s experience includes representing:
- A medical device company in a federal securities fraud suit; secured dismissal of all claims
- ZipCar in connection with a shareholder derivative suit relating to the sale to Avis
- HCA Inc., the largest for-profit hospital chain in the US, in an adversary proceeding related to the largest transfer of non-profit hospital assets to a for-profit entity in US history
- Philip Morris USA Inc. in connection with various individual and class action products liability cases related to smoking and health