Tyler Young is an associate in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins and member of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department focusing on antitrust and white collar litigation.
Mr. Young's white collar practice involves representing clients and their senior executives in various state, federal, and regulatory proceedings, including investigations by the Department of Justice and the US Securities Exchange Commission. He also has extensive experience conducting confidential investigations on behalf of large corporations, including leading technology companies, and defending clients and their executives who have been charged with federal crimes both in plea negotiations and at trial.
His antitrust practice involves representing clients and senior executives in investigations by the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in cases involving allegations of price-fixing, bid-rigging, and obstruction of justice.
Mr. Young also has extensive experience defending clients in civil litigation, including managing expert discovery, taking and defending depositions, briefing Daubert and dispositive motions, and stand-up trial experience. Mr. Young has worked with clients in an array of industries, including technology, energy, packaged food, advertising, and manufacturing.
A former member of Latham’s Pro Bono Committee, Mr. Young has an active pro bono practice, representing prisoners and arrestees in civil rights litigation. He recently represented a class of arrestees in San Francisco in a matter that resulted in the federal order invalidating the San Francisco bail schedule for discriminating against the poor.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Young clerked for Judge David G. Campbell of the US District Court for the District of Arizona and Judge Edith H. Jones of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Mr. Young’s experience includes representing:
- United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), a Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer indicted for alleged theft of trade secrets and economic espionage.
- Pacific Gas and Electric Company in its trial defense against federal criminal charges of violating federal pipeline safety regulations following a gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California. The case started with government allegations that could have resulted in a fine of over US$1 billion, and ended with dismissal or acquittal on 22 of the 28 counts charged, and a total fine of US$3 million.
- StarKist Co. and its Korean parent company, Dongwon Industries Co., Ltd. in a grand jury investigation of price fixing in the packaged seafood industry. Mr. Young represented the same companies in the follow-on multidistrict civil cases brought by several large grocery stories, as well as nationwide classes of direct and indirect purchasers of packaged seafood products.
- An international technology company in multiple, confidential internal investigations.
- Two FedEx executive witnesses in United States v. FedEx Corporation, a federal criminal trial that stemmed from allegations related to the shipment of prescription drugs. The Department of Justice dropped all charges against FedEx several days into trial.
- The President of a Japanese automotive part maker in a criminal antitrust and obstruction of justice investigation.
- A prisoner in his excessive force claim against a prison guard who shot him in the head with a rubber bullet. Mr. Young defended a deposition, drafted expert reports, and drafted and argued pretrial motions. At the federal jury trial, Mr. Young served as co-first chair, directing the Plaintiff’s examination, cross-examining a witness, and giving the closing argument.
- A class of all arrestees detained in in San Francisco because they could not afford bail. The case resulted in a federal court order invalidating the use of the money bail schedule in San Francisco because it violated the constitutional rights of the poor.