“He is phenomenal.” 
“He is exceptional as a counselor - he’s a thoughtful, balanced, strategic adviser.”

Chambers USA 2020

Miles N. Ruthberg


Miles Ruthberg is of counsel in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. He retired from the partnership on December 31, 2019. He was the former Global Chair of the firm's Litigation & Trial Department. Mr. Ruthberg also has been a member of Latham’s Executive Committee, Local Chair of the New York Litigation & Trial Department, and Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice. He has successfully represented many major companies in their most important litigation, including securities law, class actions, and complex commercial disputes with a particular emphasis on accounting and financial issues.

Mr. Ruthberg is described as an “exceptionally well-regarded trial attorney who is considered to be a ‘national force in securities litigation’” by Chambers USA. According to clients, "Miles brings a blend of intelligence, knowledge of the law, sophistication and humility which make him a formidable force in securities litigation. He has a great perspective. What he has really perfected is how to be smart and know all of the different angles, but at the same time be low-key and calm." Lawdragon 500 repeatedly has recognized him as a leading lawyer in America, noting that he is a “true standout on Latham's impressive litigation team,” and “a master at defending companies in complex cases.” Mr. Ruthberg has been named New York City’s Lawyer of the Year in both Securities Litigation and Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement by Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Ruthberg has achieved highly favorable results in trial, on motion, in settlement, and on appeal. He has won complete defense victories at trial on claims totaling more than US$4 billion; obtained dismissal of numerous multibillion-dollar securities class actions; and successfully renegotiated the then largest class action settlement in mass tort history. He has handled more than 100 cases involving accounting and financial issues for banks, companies, and accounting firms.

Mr. Ruthberg served as law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court and for Judge Carl McGowan of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He is an elected member of The American Law Institute, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the New York, California, District of Columbia, and American Bar Associations. Mr. Ruthberg serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of New York and is an inaugural recipient of the Robert M. Dell Prize for Extraordinary Pro Bono Service. 

  • Education
    • JD, Harvard Law School, 1976
      magna cum laude; Developments Editor, Harvard Law Review
    • BA, Yale University, 1973
      summa cum laude; 1st in Class
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