Derek Linkous is an associate in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm's Litigation & Trial Department. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation matters with particular emphasis on developing and drafting critical motions and appellate briefs. He also has substantial experience in managing written discovery and preparing witnesses for testimony.
Mr. Linkous has represented clients before trial and appellate courts as well as government regulators, including the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and international arbitrators. His representative matters include class action defense, a shareholder derivative suit, a defamation case and contract disputes. His individual and corporate clients, including public companies, come from a diverse array of industries ranging from consumer goods and manufacturing to accounting and government contractors to athletic, healthcare and religious organizations.
Notably, Mr. Linkous was significantly involved in obtaining a jurisdictional dismissal on behalf of the London Metal Exchange, Ltd. in a multi-district, putative antitrust class action. The dismissal on the grounds of foreign sovereign immunity was the result of an argument described as “daring and novel” by The AmLaw Litigation Daily.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Linkous served as a law clerk for Judge Edward C. Prado of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 2011–2012 and for Judge Eric L. Clay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 2012–2013. During law school, he was a senior editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and a member of the Supreme Court Clinic, drafting petitions for certiorari and merits briefs for clients before the United States Supreme Court.