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Latham’s white collar practice is recognized for representing clients in “a prodigious range of white-collar cases,” offering “boards, companies and executives the benefit of knowledge gained while in previous government positions.”
— Chambers USA 2015

White Collar Defense & Investigations

Latham & Watkins has been at the forefront of white collar defense, representing clients in bet-the-company government investigations and cases before such matters were dubbed “white collar crime.”

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Decades of Experience

From the uranium export and defense contracting cases of the 1970s and 1980s, through the savings and loan, insider trading, and healthcare fraud cases of the 1990s and 2000s, to today’s mortgage fraud, healthcare fraud, and FCPA cases, Latham’s lawyers have been at the center of each decade’s major government investigations.

Worldwide Knowledge, Resources, and Local Talent

Latham’s team includes more than 30 full-time white collar partners worldwide, with stellar reputations as trial lawyers in every major US jurisdiction. The firm has national practitioners in every major substantive area of government regulation. Latham’s lawyers can draw on the full range of resources of a global firm, while fighting for the client’s rights at the site of the conflict.

Favorable Resolutions or Winning Trials

Latham’s White Collar Practice includes former prosecutors and supervisors from the US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange Commission, and other government agencies, plus dedicated trial lawyers who regularly try defense-side cases. The practice has the experience, reputation, and knowledge of the inner workings of government agencies necessary to broker favorable resolutions. At the same time, the practice has unmatched trial experience, which allows Latham lawyers to take a stand to protect clients’ rights.

Compliance and Investigations with Client Objectives in Mind

The firm’s primary objective for corporate clients is to prevent government investigations through effective compliance programs and internal safeguards. At the same time, Latham’s seasoned investigators have conducted hundreds of internal investigations with a simple goal: understand and solve problems, with as little business disruption as necessary. Compliance programs and internal investigations should not have lives of their own; they should serve the greater context of a business and its role as a corporate citizen.

Comprehensive Attacks Require a Comprehensive Strategy

Almost every government action is accompanied by parallel proceedings in civil, regulatory, political or criminal investigatory forums. Latham constantly explores creative ways to turn these parallel challenges to the client’s advantage. 

Latham’s Philosophy

The firm’s culture encourages teamwork and creativity, and rewards establishing long-term relationships.

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