Christopher S. "Topher" Turner is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm's Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice. He has broad experience in complex commercial litigation, with a concentration on corporate governance litigation and defense of accounting and auditing firms in securities class actions. Mr. Turner has conducted internal investigations and defended companies and individuals in securities fraud investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He has represented Big Four auditors in investigations by the SEC and defended auditors against the SEC Division of Enforcement in administrative hearings. Mr. Turner also has substantial experience defending companies and individuals in class actions brought by employee benefit plan participants under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Turner served as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas W. Thrash of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He has served for six years on the Board of Directors of Miriam’s Kitchen, a social services organization committed to ending chronic homelessness in Washington, D.C.