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November 3, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Sean Berkowitz, the head of the federal task force that successfully prosecuted former Enron Corp. executives Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling, has joined the Chicago office of Los Angeles-based law firm Latham & Watkins. Berkowitz, 39, became a partner in the firm's litigation department. He is the third director of the Justice Department's Enron Task Force to go into private practice.
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March 23, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton
Is your 401(k) plan any good? Given the significant role of 401(k)s in retirement planning, it's important to know how your company's plan stacks up. BrightScope Inc., a 401(k) rating firm in San Diego, issued a list of the 25 best plans in the Los Angeles area. Rankings are based on factors such as fees, company matching contributions, vesting schedules and quality of investment options. Biotech giant Amgen Inc. claimed the top spot. BrightScope's database covers 1,712 plans of companies within 50 miles of Los Angeles.
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BUSINESS
January 20, 1998 | Russ Stanton
Perry J. Viscounty, a top lawyer at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP's Costa Mesa office, joined Latham & Watkins as a partner, Latham announced Monday. Viscounty, 35, headed Sheppard Mullin's intellectual property and technology practice, and was in charge of a 30-member department whose clients included Mossimo Inc., Houston-based Corestaff Inc., Ultimate Staffing Services of Brea and Prestige Builders of Dana Point.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2011 | By Sam Allen and Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
Vernon has long spared no expense when it comes to hiring attorneys. But this year, as officials fought back an effort to disband their municipal government, the scandal-tainted city turned to lawyers like never before. The blue-chip law firm that helped coordinate Vernon's political battle, Latham & Watkins LLP, was paid nearly $7 million this year, according to records reviewed by The Times. Over $2 million more went to other lawyers and lobbyists working to defend the city.
BUSINESS
July 12, 1990 | LINDA DARNELL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California State Bar President Alan I. Rothenberg has left his firm of 24 years to become a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins, the nation's eighth-largest law firm. Rothenberg was senior litigation partner at Los Angeles-based Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Phillips, a 115-lawyer firm where he earned a reputation as a tough litigator in business and sports law. Latham & Watkins operates in seven cities with about 550 lawyers and will soon open a London office.
BUSINESS
June 3, 1992
Four associates at the Orange County office of Latham & Watkins announced that they are leaving to start their own real estate law firm next week in Irvine. The lawyers had been part of Latham's nine-lawyer real estate department. They will operate under their names--Corey, Croudace, Dietrich & Dragun. "We will offer clients the same quality of service at rates that will be 20% to 40% lower," Daniel E. Corey, a partner in the new firm, said Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1997 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The former financial accounting manager for Latham & Watkins, one of California's largest law firms, sued the firm Wednesday, alleging that she was forced out after she complained to her superiors about numerous financial improprieties. In her Los Angeles Superior Court suit, Ceola Katee Huyghue of Chino contended that she was not allowed to refund to clients millions of dollars that the firm derived in double payments or overpayments.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Oracle Corp., rebuffed for a fifth time in its attempt to wrest control of PeopleSoft Inc., hired law firm Latham & Watkins to provide advice on other potential acquisitions. Latham & Watkins, which helped Oracle defeat a U.S. government challenge to the PeopleSoft offer, will navigate any antitrust problems with other acquisitions, said Dan Wall, a partner at the firm's San Francisco office.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton
Is your 401(k) plan any good? Given the significant role of 401(k)s in retirement planning, it's important to know how your company's plan stacks up. BrightScope Inc., a 401(k) rating firm in San Diego, issued a list of the 25 best plans in the Los Angeles area. Rankings are based on factors such as fees, company matching contributions, vesting schedules and quality of investment options. Biotech giant Amgen Inc. claimed the top spot. BrightScope's database covers 1,712 plans of companies within 50 miles of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Write
U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jay S. Bybee accepted more than $3.2 million in free legal services from a Los Angeles-based firm to fight allegations of ethics violations for providing the Bush administration legal justification to use harsh interrogation tactics that critics called torture, his financial disclosure reports reveal. In his latest report to the Administrative Office of the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Emeka Orjiakor spent his first six months as a real estate lawyer in a sleek glass-and-steel downtown high-rise. Now he's feeling more down to earth in the humble offices of a public-service practice, helping the poor fight foreclosure and eviction. Orjiakor, an associate at Sidley Austin LLP since September, is on loan -- at a substantial pay cut -- to the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice through a program designed to retain young talent whose jobs are disappearing in the recession.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Sean Berkowitz, the head of the federal task force that successfully prosecuted former Enron Corp. executives Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling, has joined the Chicago office of Los Angeles-based law firm Latham & Watkins. Berkowitz, 39, became a partner in the firm's litigation department. He is the third director of the Justice Department's Enron Task Force to go into private practice.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Oracle Corp., rebuffed for a fifth time in its attempt to wrest control of PeopleSoft Inc., hired law firm Latham & Watkins to provide advice on other potential acquisitions. Latham & Watkins, which helped Oracle defeat a U.S. government challenge to the PeopleSoft offer, will navigate any antitrust problems with other acquisitions, said Dan Wall, a partner at the firm's San Francisco office.
BUSINESS
July 5, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW
Digital faux pas redux: In trying to drum up a little legal business by playing up the Y2K bug, Latham & Watkins last week touted a survey it commissioned that found nearly half of Americans would hold the owner of a business responsible for inconveniences caused by the company's lack of Y2K compliance. But Latham, a big-time Los Angeles-based law firm with a significant computer and technology group in Orange County, seems a bit behind the times itself.
BUSINESS
January 20, 1998 | Russ Stanton
Perry J. Viscounty, a top lawyer at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP's Costa Mesa office, joined Latham & Watkins as a partner, Latham announced Monday. Viscounty, 35, headed Sheppard Mullin's intellectual property and technology practice, and was in charge of a 30-member department whose clients included Mossimo Inc., Houston-based Corestaff Inc., Ultimate Staffing Services of Brea and Prestige Builders of Dana Point.
BUSINESS
August 22, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Latham & Watkins Fires 43 Associates: The associates, including 17 in Los Angeles, were notified of the terminations during the "last day or two," said John F. Walker Jr., the law firm's managing partner. The dismissals and reduction in some of the firm's fees are in response to the weakened economy and a changing demand for attorney services, firm officials said. The layoff is the single-largest staff-reducing action taken by a California law firm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1997 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The former financial accounting manager for Latham & Watkins, one of California's largest law firms, sued the firm Wednesday, alleging that she was forced out after she complained to her superiors about numerous financial improprieties. In her Los Angeles Superior Court suit, Ceola Katee Huyghue of Chino contended that she was not allowed to refund to clients millions of dollars that the firm derived in double payments or overpayments.
BUSINESS
September 28, 1995 | From a Times Staff Writer
Scoring a coup in legal circles, Los Angeles-based law firm Latham & Watkins has reached agreement to hire about 30 business attorneys from the venerable but struggling Wall Street firm Mudge, Rose, Alexander, Guthrie & Ferdon, sources familiar with the deal said Wednesday. The lawyers at Mudge, Rose--a 125-year-old firm where former President Richard Nixon worked--include key members of its litigation department, the sources said.
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