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Latham & Watkins LLP

Sean M. Berkowitz

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Sean Berkowitz is global Co-chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice. Mr. Berkowitz is a trial lawyer who focuses on complex litigation and regulatory investigations and has extensive experience in developing creative strategies to solve the issues that confront today’s corporations and executives. He recently completed a five-year term as global Chair of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department, and has an established record of successfully resolving cases at trial and via dispositive motions in a wide variety of subject areas, including securities fraud, deceptive business practices, antitrust and complex commercial litigation.


Litigation Partner


United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Household name corporations and financial institutions turn to the trial-ready lawyers at Latham & Watkins LLP, who are well versed in cases with potential liabilities exceeding the $1bn mark. Facebook retained San Francisco-based Elizabeth Deeley and Andrew Clubok and counsel Susan Engel in Washington DC to represent the company in several matters, including in five consolidated putative nationwide class action lawsuits filed in the Northern District of California involving claims of unfair competition. In a major victory in federal court, a trial team led by Thomas Nolan in Los Angeles acted for CashCall and its CEO in an enforcement action by the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) concerning CashCall's servicing of certain unsecured installment loans; the court rejected CFPB's claims, and the agency has appealed the ruling to the Ninth Circuit. James Brandt and Miles Ruthberg in New York receive praise. Other key figures in the team include Sean Berkowitz in Chicago, New York-based Joseph Serino and Laura Washington in Century City.

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International litigation

Within: International litigation

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘a terrific firm' where the 'team works seamlessly together’. Michele Johnson in Orange County is global chair of the firm’s litigation and trial department, which handles high-value and cross-border white-collar crime matters, antitrust cases and general commercial litigation. The US-based vice chairs are Brian Kowalski in Washington DC and Douglas Lumish in Silicon Valley. Recent highlights include Chicago-based trial lawyer Sean M. Berkowitz assisting General Electric with several lawsuits arising from Thomas Petters’ multibillion-dollar fraud scheme. Other key contacts in the team include New York-based Jamie Wine, Mary Rose Alexander in Chicago and Al Pfeiffer in San Francisco.

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