Sean M. Berkowitz

Sean Berkowitz is a trial lawyer who focuses on complex litigation and regulatory investigations, and he has extensive experience in developing creative strategies to solve the issues that confront today’s corporations and executives. Mr. Berkowitz has served as global Chair of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department and global Chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Practice. He has an established record of successfully resolving cases at trial and via dispositive motions in a variety of subject areas, including securities fraud, antitrust and complex commercial litigation.

In addition to his trial work, Mr. Berkowitz also represents multinational companies, boards of directors and individuals involved in criminal or regulatory investigations throughout the world, with an emphasis on international commercial compliance with US laws, securities fraud and whistleblower allegations.

Mr. Berkowitz is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and has received numerous awards and accolades, including:

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 for Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • “Litigation Star” among White Collar Crime attorneys in Illinois, Benchmark Litigation legal guide 2010-2015

  • Acknowledged by peers as "as good as they come," Chambers USA 2015

  • Band 1 Ranking - White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Chambers USA 2015
  • Leading lawyer for General Commercial Litigation, Chambers USA 2011-2015
  • Attorney General Award for Exceptional Service - highest award given to a Department of Justice employee

  • Multiple special achievement awards from the Department of Justice

Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Mr. Berkowitz served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice and served as director of the special task force created to investigate the Enron corporate scandal. He also served as lead prosecutor in the criminal case against Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling. Before joining the Enron Task Force, Mr. Berkowitz served as an Assistant United States Attorney and later as Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section for the United States Attorney's office in the Northern District of Illinois.