Kevin Metz is a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Washington D.C. office and a member of its Securities Litigation & Professional Liability and White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Groups. He concentrates his practice on:
- Complex corporate governance litigation
- Internal investigations
- Accountant defense
Mr. Metz has represented clients in state and federal court and before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice (DOJ) and other regulatory bodies, in cases involving insider trading, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), accounting fraud and other securities-related issues. He has conducted numerous management and audit committee investigations concerning accounting fraud, FCPA violations, and insider trading. He also has defended public company auditors in civil and SEC litigation, including the rare, successful defense of an auditor in a trial on charges brought by the SEC Division of Enforcement under SEC Rule 102(e). Mr. Metz is recommended by The Legal 500 US as one of the nation's top lawyers in securities litigation.
Mr. Metz is a member of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section and serves as the co-chair of the Business Law Section’s Class Action and Derivative Litigation Subcommittee. He recently moderated a panel discussion on the future of securities litigation in light of the Supreme Court’s landmark 2014 decision to uphold the “Fraud on the Market” presumption of reliance in securities class actions.
Mr. Metz joined Latham in 2000 following a judicial clerkship for Judge Michael S. Kanne on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to law school, he spent several years as a newspaper reporter for The Tampa Tribune, where he wrote about state politics and the governor's office. In 2004, while on leave from Latham, Mr. Metz served as a deputy finance director for Sen. John Kerry’s presidential campaign.