Eric Chen is an associate in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm's Litigation & Trial Department. His practice involves a range of litigation in federal and state courts, including securities litigation and professional liability matters, white collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation, and trade secrets and intellectual property disputes.
Mr. Chen maintains an active pro bono practice representing clients in the areas of immigration, consumer protection and prisoners’ rights.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Chen held externships with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, and with the Honorable Gladys Kessler of the US District Court for the District of Columbia. He also worked as a law clerk at San Francisco non-profits Kiva Microfunds and the AIDS Legal Referral Panel. Prior to law school, Mr. Chen worked as a paralegal in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.
While attending law school, Mr. Chen was a member of the California Law Review, served as supervising editor of the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, and received a book award in Federal White Collar Crime. As a member of the Board of Advocates, Mr. Chen competed in alternative dispute resolution and transactional negotiation competitions.
Mr. Chen graduated from Stanford University with honors in Public Policy and Economics, along with a minor in Biological Sciences.