Jason M. Ohta

San Diego
  • 12670 High Bluff Drive
  • San Diego, CA 92130
  • USA

Jason M. Ohta is counsel and a member of the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Group in the Litigation & Trial Department of Latham & Watkins' San Diego office, where he focuses on white-collar criminal defense and complex healthcare litigation. Mr. Ohta has extensive trial experience and has been involved in a variety of complex and high profile matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ohta was an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney's Office in San Diego where he successfully prosecuted numerous cases to trial involving healthcare fraud, money laundering, drug trafficking, alien smuggling and other immigration violations. Mr. Ohta also successfully briefed numerous appeals and argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney's Office, Mr. Ohta served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan, United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

Mr. Ohta’s representative cases include advising:

  • A large, private healthcare system in a national Department of Justice investigation regarding allegations of Medicare fraud
  • A mobile healthcare provider against violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute
  • A former President and COO of a public company against federal criminal allegations of securities fraud
  • A property developer and his company against criminal allegations of improper storage and removal of asbestos, where Mr. Ohta obtained dismissal of the felony charges before arraignment
  • A public utility company against federal criminal violations of the Clean Air Act and false statements. After extensive litigation and a six-week trial, the government dismissed all charges against the company
  • A technology supply company in a complex arbitration involving several nationally prominent law firms regarding control and ownership of a large, privately held financial services firm. After three days of trial, the matter settled favorably for the client
  • A public company in connection with alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, where no charges were filed
  • An automotive products company against alleged violations of California’s Proposition 65 laws. Mr. Ohta obtained favorable settlements in three separate cases before discovery commenced
  • A public utility company in its successful application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity before the California Public Utilities Commission for a US$1.5 billion high-voltage electric transmission line
  • Pro bono clients involving immigration and landlord-tenant issues
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