Anita P. Wu is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins. Her practice focuses on complex business litigation, and she has achieved highly favorable results representing clients in high-stakes litigation over a variety of matters, including professional liability, corporate governance, securities fraud, intellectual property, bankruptcy and tax issues, as well as government and regulatory investigations. Her clients include industry-leading companies, high-profile executives and major professional services firms. Ms. Wu was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Southern California “Rising Star” in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Ms. Wu has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including trying cases to verdict, taking and defending depositions, working with experts and jury consultants, conducting complex large-scale discovery and negotiating favorable settlements. She has successfully argued many critical motions in high-profile litigation before federal and state courts. Notable achievements include obtaining summary judgment in Edwards v. Arthur Andersen LLP, a lawsuit concerning the sale of Andersen’s tax practice to HSBC during its rapid wind-down; and securing the dismissal of state and federal claims against officers of a major subprime mortgage lender.
Ms. Wu, who worked at the Civil Appellate Division of the US Department of Justice before joining the firm, also has substantial appellate experience. She has authored winning appellate briefs, writ petitions and amicus briefs in matters before the California Courts of Appeal, the US Courts of Appeals for the Third, Ninth and Tenth Circuits and the US Supreme Court. In addition, Ms. Wu has an active pro bono practice, and was named a 2012 Pro Bono Star by the firm for her work with the Ninth Circuit’s Pro Bono Program.
Ms. Wu graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with Distinction in Philosophy, and received her law degree from Yale Law School. While in law school, Ms. Wu served as co-chair of the Yale Moot Court of Appeals and editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. She was elected to represent the law school in the Yale Graduate & Professional Student Senate and was a John Fletcher Caskey Prize Finalist in the Yale Mock Trial Competition.
In recent years, Ms. Wu has served as the national Chair of Law Practice Management for the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, and as the Young Alumni Chair of the Yale Club of Southern California. She has served on the Associates Advisory Board of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles since 2007. In addition, Ms. Wu is active in firm management and has served on Latham’s Associates Committee and its Diversity Committee. She has extensive experience teaching legal writing and oral advocacy.