Securities Litigation & Professional Liability

The Securities Litigation and Professional Liability Practice has achieved outstanding results for clients in some of the most high-profile actions filed since passage of the 1995 Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.

Why Latham

The Securities Litigation and Professional Liability Practice at Latham & Watkins has handled more than 1,000 cases during the past decade, ranging from federal and state class, individual, and derivative actions to US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Rule 2(e) and other regulatory proceedings. The more than 80 lawyers in this practice — including many of the profession’s most experienced trial lawyers — work in coordination with the firm’s corporate transactional practice. Considered a “go to” law firm for all of the Big 4 accounting firms, Latham represents a collection of Fortune 500 companies and Wall Street financial institutions.

Battle-Tested, Business-Minded Lawyers

Latham’s securities litigation team includes two former associate directors at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Enforcement, a former deputy general counsel and deputy chief of staff at the SEC, and several former assistant US attorneys. The teams lawyers draw upon years of experience and critically assess each matter to implement a strategy tailored to the particular case and client needs.

Frequently successful in disposing of a case on a motion to dismiss, Latham lawyers save clients from disruption of their business and the expense of litigating a case. For the cases that survive an early motion to dismiss, the extensive trial experience and shrewd negotiation skills of Latham’s lawyers have earned the firm a formidable reputation that provides clients with a distinct advantage when negotiating out-of-court settlements.

Latham’s securities litigators are also skilled at working with insurers to successfully resolve matters within coverage limits and can call on Latham’s insurance coverage lawyers for assistance when needed.

Key Practice Areas

Latham handles every kind of securities litigation and professional liability case, including:

Awards & Rankings

  • Three Partners Honored as Notable Rising Stars in Law - September 02, 2021
  • New York Partner Christopher Clark Named Crisis Leadership Trailblazer - September 01, 2021
  • Latham Named 2021 Massachusetts Regional Powerhouse - August 08, 2021
  • Two Litigators Named to Prestigious 40 Under 40 List In California - July 28, 2021
  • 10 Latham Lawyers Named 2021 Rising Stars - May 31, 2021

Latham “maintains a formidable reputation for undertaking precedent-setting bet-the-company securities matters, offering notable strengths in regulatory compliance and shareholder litigation.”

– Chambers USA 2020

Media Coverage

Crisis Leadership Trailblazer: Christopher ClarkLitigators of the Week: Two Latham Teams Earn Shout OutsMassachusetts Powerhouse: Latham & Watkins


Crain's Chicago Business Honors Three Partners as Notable Rising Stars in LawNew York Partner Christopher Clark Named Crisis Leadership TrailblazerJury Delivers Complete Defense Verdict in Favor of Latham Client NextGen Healthcare in US$400 Million Fraud Case

Thought Leadership

SPAC-Related Litigation Risks and Mitigation Strategies – Five Key TakeawaysSupreme Court to Decide if PSLRA Discovery Stay Applies in State CourtM&A Pandemic Litigation and The 'AB Stable' Decision

Webcasts & Podcasts

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