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Local Litigation Star

National Practice Area Star

Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Practice area:

White collar crime

Sean Berkowitz, Global Chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, represents clients in complex litigation and regulatory investigations. 

Mr. Berkowitz is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who regularly advises Fortune 500 companies and individual executives on their most important litigation matters in courts and venues throughout the United States. He also advises clients on government and regulatory investigations, and develops strategies to resolve those matters short of litigation. 

He has an established track record of successfully resolving cases at trial or before trial in a variety of subject areas, including: 

  • Securities fraud 
  • Antitrust 
  • Deceptive business practices 
  • Complex commercial litigation 

Mr. Berkowitz is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and has successfully tried 28 cases to verdict. Legal 500 US recognizes Mr. Berkowitz as a Leading Lawyer for General Commercial Disputes, and Chambers USA ranks him Band 1 for White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Securities, and General Commercial Litigation. Clients describe him as “a brilliant attorney” and “top flight trial lawyer” who “brings a wealth of experience” and is “impressive in both the courtroom and boardroom”. Mr. Berkowitz was included in the 2020-2021 editions of Lawdragon 500, an annual list of leading lawyers in America. In addition to being named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by Benchmark Litigation and a Litigation Star, Mr. Berkowitz is recognized by Best Lawyer as 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for Bet-the-Company Litigation. 

Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Mr. Berkowitz served in several federal government positions including as: 

  • Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section for the United States Attorney’s office in the Northern District of Illinois 
  • Director of the special task force created to investigate the Enron corporate scandal, and lead prosecutor in the criminal case against Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling 

Mr. Berkowitz recently completed a five-year term as Global Chair of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department. He currently serves as the Illinois Chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is a past president of the Chicago Inn of Court. He serves on the boards of the Chicago Area Project and A Better Chicago, an innovative non-profit organization that invests in and supports a portfolio of educational charities. 


Updated Oct 2021