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James E. Brandt is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, where he formerly served as the Managing Partner. Mr. Brandt is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department and the Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts, Securities Litigation and Professional Liability and Takeover Defense Practices. He focuses extensively on complex litigation involving financial matters, including securities and corporate transactions, and insolvency matters, including litigation in bankruptcy court and commercial matters.

Position

Litigation & Trial Partner

Career

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Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > 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.

United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

Latham & Watkins LLP has an outstanding reputation in M&A litigation cases in Delaware and across the US involving both public and private companies. Michele Johnson in Orange County and Blair Connelly in New York, who is ‘the person to go to for complex cases‘, lead the practice and were the key lawyers in one of the standout cases of the year: the firm acted for ExamWorks in a Delaware Chancery Court case based on allegations of a flawed buyout process, and achieved a rare award of sanctions against the plaintiffs for discovery abuses in advance of trial. Connelly also worked with San Francisco-based partner Peter Wald in the defence of a shareholder derivative case against Oracle’s board of directors, which alleged breaches of fiduciary duty causing the company to overpay for NetSuite Inc. The firm has a deep bench of respected partners, including Los Angeles-based Brian Glennon, who worked with Johnson to defend Avago Technologies in matters arising from its $37bn acquisition of Broadcom; James Brandt in New York; and Colleen Smith in San Diego.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation - defense

Latham & Watkins LLP‘s securities litigation and professional liability group had a successful year in 2018, having handled precedent-setting cases for a growing roster of blue-chip clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions and large accounting firms. An example is its work for Apple in a securities class action in which the plaintiffs allege that the company is liable as a ‘control person’ for allegedly false and misleading statements made by one of its third-party suppliers. Miles Ruthberg and up-and-coming partner Jason Hegt in New York, along with Matthew Rawlinson in Silicon Valley, were the lead lawyers in that case. Rawlinson, Jeff Hammel in New York and Andrew Clubok in Washington DC lead the practice. Veteran litigator James Brandt in New York and Robert Perrin in Los Angeles are representing PG&E in class actions arising from the wildfires in northern California in 2017. The firm’s work in the life sciences sector includes defending a class action for biopharmaceuticals company Aratana Therapeutics, in which New York partners Kevin McDonough and Jamie Wine secured a dismissal with prejudice.