Latham & Watkins LLP

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations Department

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What the team is known for Offers top-tier skills representing both individual and corporate clients in major criminal investigations and administrative enforcement, with strengths in areas including healthcare fraud, insider trading and FCPA violations. Excels in complex multi-jurisdictional work, with expert abilities in defending clients against major SEC and DOJ actions. Its impressive client base includes a number of household names in the energy, financial services and healthcare sectors.

Strengths Clients say: "The team is highly integrated and high-functioning; they are knowledgeable and responsive and stay on top of things."

Another reports: "Their client service is excellent."

Work highlights Represented the LA Dodgers in connection with a grand jury investigation by the Department of Justice and the DC US Attorney's Office, concerning alleged FCPA violations in its recruitment of international baseball players.

Notable practitioners

David Schindler
is regularly engaged by high-profile clients on significant corruption and False Claims Act mandates, and is noted in particular for his experience in the healthcare sector. An impressed source calls him a "superb attorney," adding: "He is responsive, sensitive to the needs of in-house counsel, extremely knowledgeable and confidence-inspiring."

"Mover and shaker"
Leslie Caldwell
boasts "a tremendous reputation" among market observers. As a former Assistant Attorney General in the DOJ's Criminal Division, she brings considerable wealth of experience to bear in a range of white-collar mandates.

The "fantastic"
Manuel Abascal
represents large corporations as well as individual executives in internal and government investigations. A client reports: "You can rely on him to give you good, practical business guidance."

Margaret Tough
handles trials and investigations on a range of white-collar concerns. She demonstrates particular experience in defending clients in the energy sector on environmental matters.

Steven Bauer
is an experienced practitioner whose recent experience includes high-stakes mandates for major clients in the energy and chemical sectors. Peers highlight his "very significant trial experience," and one adds: "He is tenacious, fearless and whip-smart."