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Melanie M Blunschi

Melanie M Blunschi

Latham & Watkins LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

Melanie Blunschi is a partner in the Litigation Department of Latham's San Francisco office.

Ms. Blunschi's practice focuses on complex business litigation involving significant financial issues. She specializes in defending securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation and professional liability matters for major accounting firms, public companies, financial institutions and corporate officers and directors.

Ms. Blunschi has extensive experience with matters involving accounting, auditing and other financial issues, from missed earnings forecasts to complicated lost revenue claims. She also has significant expertise in governmental and regulatory investigations stemming from whistleblower claims or other allegations of financial irregularities.

Ms. Blunschi frequently represents professional services firms, including Deloitte & Touche LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Arthur Andersen LLP and major foreign accounting firms. She has successfully defended these clients in numerous securities class actions and other shareholder litigation, professional liability matters (including trustee litigation) and private arbitrations.

Ms. Blunschi also has deep experience successfully defending issuers and financial institutions in securities litigation, derivative claims and regulatory matters.

Ms. Blunschi is admitted to practice before all California courts as well as the Ninth Circuit and Second Circuit federal courts of appeals, and she has practiced pro hac vice before federal district courts in New York, Texas, Nevada, Washington and the District of Columbia.

Bar Qualification

JD, Stanford University Law School, 2004
With Distinction
BA, University of Southern California, 2001
magna cum laude

Securities Litigation & Professional Liability
Supreme Court & Appellate
International Arbitration
White Collar Defense & Investigations

Financial Institutions
Energy - Power


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