Julie R. F. Gerchik is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm's Litigation & Trial Department and Securities & Professional Liability Practice. Ms. Gerchik currently serves on the firm's Los Angeles Women's Committee, and previously has served on the firm's Pro Bono Committee and the Internal Design Committee. Ms. Gerchik specializes in litigating financial institutions matters, complex business litigation disputes, securities litigation and regulatory matters, and real estate disputes. Ms. Gerchik has considerable experience in all aspects of motion practice, discovery, mediation and both trial and arbitration work in both the federal and state courts.
Ms. Gerchik frequently represents major domestic and international financial institutions and private equity firms, and currently or has represented JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, Societe Generale, the Carlyle Group and the Yucaipa Companies. Ms. Gerchik also has extensive experience successfully defending accounting firms in civil litigation, including Ernst & Young LLP, Deloitte & Touche LLP and KPMG LLP. Additionally, Ms. Gerchik handles government and regulatory investigations, representing accounting firms and companies in connection with SEC and DOJ investigations and FDIC, PCAOB, OTS and FINRA inquiries.
Ms. Gerchik has co-chaired the firm’s Securities and Professional Liability practice group monthly videoconference series for the past four years. Ms. Gerchik is also the co-author of "The State of Scienter: A Comparative Survey Ten Years After the Enactment of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act," Securities Litigation Report, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Dec.-Jan. 2006).
Since joining Latham & Watkins, Ms. Gerchik consistently has been involved in a wide range of pro bono matters, including supervising the Holocaust reparations project, drafting the Bill of Rights for a newly created government, successfully defending Public Counsel in a civil litigation matter, leading the representation of a group of low-income individuals in a slumlord action and guardianship cases.
Ms. Gerchik is a member of the Board of Governors of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Bet Tzedek New Leadership Council, and was recently appointed to the Los Angeles County Bar Access to Justice Committee. Additionally, Ms. Gerchik is a member of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Gerchik ran the Law Program and was Assistant Director for the Institute for Democracy Studies in New York. In addition, she worked in a pro bono capacity for Amnesty International's International Secretariat in London, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and human rights attorney Paul Hoffman. Ms. Gerchik is the Contributing Author to a book on civil rights, and also authored several articles on the same subject.
Ms. Gerchik is a dual citizen of both the United States and Great Britain.