Manny Abascal is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Abascal’s practice focuses on government investigations, internal investigations and complex business litigation. Mr. Abascal, former Co-chair of the Litigation & Trial Department in Los Angeles, has handled a variety of litigation matters, including multiple criminal and civil jury trials; SEC proceedings; criminal, civil and administrative investigations; internal investigations; voluntary disclosures and testimony before Congress and state legislative bodies. These matters have involved several industries, including healthcare, financial institutions, financial services, investment advisors and hedge funds, entertainment, accounting, construction, food and agriculture, e-commerce and technology.
Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Mr. Abascal was an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles, where he prosecuted and tried numerous and diverse business and financial fraud cases. Mr. Abascal served as the Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Coordinator for the Los Angeles office, where he directed the office’s prosecution of computer and intellectual property crimes.
While at Latham, Mr. Abascal has dedicated a substantial amount of his time towards pro bono work for needy individuals and worthy organizations. Representative engagements include: representing numerous victims of domestic violence, including conducting a trial on behalf of a disabled domestic violence victim; representing a non-governmental organization in efforts to halt human trafficking, child exploitation and other human rights violations; and representing multiple refugees seeking political asylum. Mr. Abascal is also very active in various non-profit organizations, including serving as Chair of the Board of Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, and director of Public Counsel and the Mexican American Bar Foundation.