Christian Word is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department of Latham & Watkins' Washington, D.C. office, a member of the Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice and a member of the firm's Ethics Committee.
Mr. Word is experienced in complex commercial litigation, with his principal focus on securities litigation, including shareholder class actions, derivative litigation and SEC enforcement proceedings. He has represented major issuers, directors, officers and other individuals in federal and state court, and in investigations by the SEC, the Department of Justice and state governmental authorities concerning potential violations of the securities laws. Mr. Word also has significant experience conducting internal investigations of companies regarding their financial reporting, disclosures and internal control procedures.
Mr. Word's clients in these areas include the following companies and individuals employed by them: Booz Allen Hamilton; HCA, Inc.; Fannie Mae; SandRidge Energy, Inc.; Carlyle; Acura Pharmaceuticals; Biglari Holdings; The Mills Corporation; Sunrise Senior Living, Inc.; Choice Hotels International; UBS AG; Checkpoint Systems, Inc.; Kratos; America Online, Inc.;
Bear Stearns; VERITAS Software Corporation; Northwestern Corporation; Shuffle Master, Inc.; and Ernst & Young.
Mr. Word has published several articles on a wide range of securities law issues, and is a frequent speaker on such topics. He is a member of the bars of the US Courts of Appeals for the First, Fourth, Eighth, Ninth and D.C. Circuits and numerous US District Courts.