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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.

Expertise

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

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

Experience

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

Education

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

Bar Qualifications

California
Languages
English

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