Elizabeth Latif is an experienced trial lawyer who regularly represents companies and individuals in connection with the defense of regulatory, white-collar criminal and complex civil-litigation matters. She is a partner in the Commercial Litigation department and is a member of the Firm's White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations and Securities Enforcement Defense practice groups.
Prior to joining the firm, Elizabeth was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in both the Eastern District of New York and the District of Connecticut. In these roles, she investigated and prosecuted criminal matters involving allegations of investor fraud, money laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud, tax fraud, export control violations, mortgage fraud, international terrorist financing, embezzlement and others, including one of the largest commercial cases out of the New York office of Customs and Border Protection. In addition to trying several cases to verdict, Elizabeth also briefed and argued numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Elizabeth served as a law clerk to The Honorable Chester J. Straub of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to The Honorable Christopher F. Droney, then in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Elizabeth is a member of the firm's Hiring Committee. She also serves in a leadership role with the Day Pitney Attorneys of Color Network and is actively engaged in the firm's efforts to promote diversity in the legal profession.
Represented public company in connection with enforcement proceedings brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC")
Represented executive of multinational corporation in connection with investigation by the Department of Justice ("DOJ") into alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA")
Represented audit firm in response to subpoenas from the SEC for documents and testimony
Represented controller of commodities trading firm in relation to SEC investigation regarding allegations of insider trading
Represented financial adviser in relation to SEC investigation regarding allegations of insider trading
Represented corporation in connection with investigation by the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") alleging violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations
Counseled individual clients on compliance with OFAC regulations
Advised a Fortune 500 company on its export control policies and compliance systems
Represented national corporation in a federal investigation alleging False Claims Act ("FCA") violations
Represented defense contractor in civil FCA litigation
Conducted internal investigation on behalf of public company in connection with errors in accounting related to restated financials
Conducted internal investigation on behalf of utility regarding bidding practices and claims of environmental contamination
magna cum laude2001managing editor, Boston University Law Review
magna cum laude1998University Professors Program
Appointed to the Criminal Justice Act Panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
Appointed to the Criminal Justice Act Panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Named one of the Connecticut Law Tribune's "New Leaders in the Law" for 2013
Completed The Partnership Inc.'s leadership development program for professionals from diverse backgrounds
Board of Directors, CT STAR, Inc.