Christopher S. Yates is a partner in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins, and is Co-chair of the firm's global Antitrust & Competition Practice.
For 20 years, Mr. Yates has litigated and tried antitrust cases and other complex litigation matters. Many of the cases he has handled involve alleged classes; he has successfully opposed certification of classes of both businesses and consumers. In addition to his recognition in Legal500, Mr. Yates is ranked in Chambers USA, with clients noting that he is “excellent” and has a “fine reputation” in the area of antitrust law.
Mr. Yates has successfully represented clients such as Apple, Emerson Electric, Orbitz, the United States Soccer Federation, Alcatel-Lucent, Guitar Center, Genentech, and Oracle in trial courts throughout the country. As an example, he served as one of the trial counsel for Oracle Corporation in Latham's successful defense of a lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice, named by the National Law Journal as the "Top Defense Win of 2004."
Mr. Yates has also successfully argued before a variety of appellate courts including the 9th United States Circuit Court of Appeals. He also advises clients on issues related to standard setting organizations.
While at Columbia University School of Law, Mr. Yates was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.