Miles Ruthberg is a litigation and trial partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins and 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.
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.
Ruthberg has achieved highly favorable results in trial, on motion, in
settlement, and on appeal. In recent years, 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.
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.
Mr. Ruthberg's experience includes representation of:
- Ernst & Young as lead counsel in all of its litigation related to the collapse of Lehman Brothers
- GE Capital Corporation in obtaining dismissal of multiple lawsuits related to the Thomas Petters Ponzi scheme
- Fannie Mae as lead strategic counsel in connection with litigation and regulatory matters arising out of one of the largest financial statement restatements in history
- Goldman Sachs and Beckman Coulter in various multibillion-dollar M&A-related litigations
- Arthur Andersen as lead counsel in the multibillion-dollar Enron civil litigation
- HCA, Inc., the largest for-profit hospital chain in the US, in an adversary proceeding related to the largest transfer of nonprofit hospital assets to a for-profit entity in US history
- All of the Big Four accounting firms