Lara A. Flath

Lara A. Flath

Partner, Complex Litigation and Trials

Lara Flath represents a wide variety of clients in complex, high-stakes commercial, securities and antitrust litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country. Her experience extends through all phases of litigation, including trials.

Bio

In addition, Ms. Flath assists clients in connection with complex regulatory investigations, including enforcement matters before the Department of Justice, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and other domestic and international regulators. She also has represented individuals in connection with white collar crime investigations and litigation brought by the Department of Justice.

Ms. Flath’s representative experience includes:

  • representing JPMorgan Chase in antitrust class actions alleging conspiracy in the trading of federal agency bonds;
  • representing Barclays in antitrust class actions and state False Claims Act litigations alleging anticompetitive activity related to variable rate debt obligations;
  • representing Barclays and over 40 current and former directors, officers and employees named as individual defendants in shareholder derivative litigation;
  • representing Société Générale and over 20 current and former directors and officers named as individual defendants in shareholder derivative litigation;
  • defending Peco Foods in multiple antitrust class actions and opt-out litigation around the country in connection with alleged conspiracies, including among broiler chicken producers to reduce output; among poultry producers to fix and suppress wages of processing plant employees; and among broiler chicken producers to fix and suppress compensation of contract broiler chicken growers;
  • defending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in an eight-day federal trial regarding the constitutionality of the university’s use of race in undergraduate admissions;
  • securing the complete dismissal of all claims for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty on behalf of Lincoln International LLC and Lincoln Partners Advisors LLC in the Platinum-Beechwood fraud litigation;
  • defending UBS in a first-of-its-kind federal trial involving over $2 billion in claims relating to residential mortgage-backed securities;
  • representing JPMorgan Chase & Co. in the successful resolution of government investigations into the propriety of trading activities within its foreign exchange business, both in London and other jurisdictions globally. Skadden successfully negotiated resolutions with the Department of Justice, the Federal Reserve, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority;
  • assisting Fortune 500 companies and senior executives with sensitive internal and regulatory investigations; and
  • representing the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools in criminal litigation brought by the Department of Justice.

Ms. Flath also has extensive experience working with expert witnesses on issues involving residential mortgage-backed securities, loss causation, damages, class certification and other economic analyses. Additionally, she is a member of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois’ Trial Bar.

Ms. Flath maintains an active pro bono practice and has handled a variety of matters in this capacity, including a recent federal trial relating to constitutional issues. She has represented the interests of minors as a guardian ad litem and child representative in trial and due process hearings; represented individuals in federal criminal matters; and submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on Fourth Amendment issues.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., The University of Chicago Law School, 2006
  • B.A., Yale University, 2003

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Seventh and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Lara A. Flath

Partner, Complex Litigation and Trials
lara.flath@skadden.com