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Joel H. Trotter

Joel H. Trotter

Latham & Watkins LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Joel H. Trotter is the global Co-chair of the firm's Public Company Representation Practice Group and the Deputy Chair of the Corporate Department in the Washington, D.C. office. He also serves as Co-chair of the firm's national office, a central resource for clients and Latham attorneys facing complex issues arising under the US securities laws.


Mr. Trotter's practice focuses on capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and general corporate matters. He represents major NYSE and Nasdaq companies and counsels issuers and underwriters in the public offering process and in other SEC-related matters. Mr. Trotter serves as special counsel for boards of directors, audit committees and special committees on governance issues, corporate crises and business combination proposals.

Mr. Trotter has represented public company clients across various industries, from Fortune 500 to emerging companies, including Allergan PLC (formerly Actavis PLC), CACI International Inc., Checkpoint Systems, Inc., Intertape Polymer Group Inc., Kimco Realty Corporation, Omnicom Group, Inc., and Weatherford International, among others.

As one of two lawyers on the IPO Task Force, Mr. Trotter played a leading role in preparing a report to the US Department of the Treasury to increase job creation by improving access to the capital markets for emerging growth companies. He also served as a principal author of the IPO-related provisions of the JOBS Act of 2012, which an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Congress adopted to implement the IPO Task Force's recommendations.

Thought Leadership


JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1995, Virginia Law Review

BA, University of Virginia, 1992, Echols Scholar; Raven Society

Bar Qualifications

District of Columbia, Virginia



Recognition Highlights

Named by Law360 as one of the "10 Most Admired Securities Attorneys" from more than 1,000 nominations. The survey identified him as "one of the firm's go-to sources for advice," noting his "deep expertise and excellent judgment" on sophisticated securities matters, and describing him as a "smart, creative and responsive" counselor who "knows how to listen" and is "always available and never seems stressed."

Mr. Trotter is included in Law Business Research's International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers.

Joel H. Trotter is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters 3 Steps FPI Directors Can Take to Oversee Related-Party Transactions: Developing a Process for Foreign Private Issuers to Pursue Frequently Beneficial Business Opportunities (October 6, 2017) - Global Capital Markets & the U.S. Securities Laws 2018, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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