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 A client comments: "If I had a very difficult and complicated matter in which my company was on the line, I would have complete confidence in the firm's representation."

Another comment says: "In general, I think they are phenomenal. I've never felt that anything was beyond their capabilities."

Market sources describe the group as "a powerhouse" and note that "the firm has excellent lawyers in Los Angeles."

Work highlights Represented UnitedHealth in a False Claims Act action brought by the government in connection with Medicare Advantage plans.

Notable practitioners

David Schindler handles major trials and investigations, and is particularly adept at handling False Claims Act matters. A fellow practitioner describes him as "an excellent lawyer" and highlights his "great track record."

"Fantastic lawyer" Manuel Abascal 's white-collar practice covers a broad spectrum of areas, including securities and healthcare fraud. A client commends his "esteemed advocacy skills and wealth of experience in high-stakes cases" and adds: "He has the resources, ability and talent to handle any litigation matter."

Margaret Tough handles significant trials and investigations in the white-collar area. Her capabilities include environmental matters as well as trade secrets and money laundering cases. Peers describe her as "a blazing star in terms of her written work" and she is also described as an "excellent thinker and really good with strategy."

Steven Bauer is renowned as "a fantastic and fearless trial lawyer," with one source noting: "He's gone to trial repeatedly on the most difficult and contentious issues and performed exceptionally." His practice covers a wide range of white-collar matters, including recently False Claims Act and environmental cases.