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Matthew D. Harrison

Latham & Watkins LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

Matthew Harrison is a member of Latham's Securities Litigation and Professional Liability Practice Group.  He has an established record of successfully resolving a broad array of cases involving allegations of financial fraud and complex accounting issues at every stage of litigation.


Mr. Harrison has significant experience representing issuers, executives and accounting firms in:

  • Securities class actions
  • Derivative litigation
  • Regulatory and internal investigations


Mr. Harrison’s relevant experience includes representing:

  • Deloitte & Touche LLP in a complex, multi-district securities class action lawsuit involving claims arising out of the failure of Washington Mutual
  • LDK Solar Co., Ltd. and its senior executives and directors in a securities class action involving complex allegations of inventory discrepancies
  • Oracle Corporation and certain of its senior officers in securing summary judgment in one of the largest “missed forecast” securities class actions in the Northern District of California
  • A group of auditors in securing a successful trial verdict against the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy in a case involving numerous complex accounting and auditing issues relating to off-balance sheet structured finance transactions
  • Ernst & Young LLP
    - in securing dismissal of all claims based on plaintiffs’ failure to adequately plead demand futility in the JDS Uniphase Corporation shareholder derivative suit
    - in obtaining a defense verdict on all claims resulting from services performed for Clarent Corporation, in one of only a few jury trials of a securities class action since the PSLRA 
  • Arthur Andersen LLP in the consolidated class actions and other civil and regulatory proceedings arising from the collapse of Enron Corporation
  • A national accounting firm in obtaining a complete defense verdict on professional liability claims in a confidential arbitration


JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2000, Editor, UCLA Law Review; Order of the Coif
BA, University of Washington, 1996

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