J. Christian Word

  • Partner
  • Echristian.word@lw.com
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA
  • T +1.202.637.2223


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.

Thought Leadership

  • Second Circuit Holds That Post-Disclosure Price Rebound Does Not Preclude Loss Causation -  August 28, 2012
  • Early Feedback on the Viability of “Say-on-Pay” Derivative Litigation: Two Courts Are Divided -  November 7, 2011
  • US Supreme Court Limits Private Liability Under Rule 10b-5 By Defining the “Maker” of A Statement Narrowly -  June 20, 2011
  • Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. v. Siracusano: Changes in Adverse Event Reporting -  April 7, 2011
  • Disclosure Standard for Security Fraud Claims Muddled With Uncertainty -  March 31, 2011
  • A Tale of Two Clawbacks: The Compensation Consequences of Misstated Financials -  August 10, 2010
  • Supreme Court Closes The Border To Section 10(b) Plaintiffs -  July 7, 2010
  • Second Circuit Wades Into the PSLRA Safe Harbor
    The Lessons of Slayton v. American Express for Forward-Looking Statements
     -  June 10, 2010
  • Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Special Litigation Committee’s Motion to Dismiss -  May 19, 2010
  • Virginia “Rocket Docket” Deemed Proper Venue for Securities Fraud Actions Based Upon Filing of Financial Statements with SEC through EDGAR -  January 11, 2008
  • Tellabs, Inc. v. Makor Issues & Rights, Ltd.: Pleading Scienter in Securities Fraud Cases -  June 22, 2007
  • In re Vivendi Universal, S.A. Securities Litigation: The Long Arm of US Jurisdiction -  June 6, 2007
  • Securities Litigation and Professional Liability Practice, Issue 13 -  First Quarter 2006
Bar Qualification
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1997
  • BSBA, University of Missouri, 1993
  • Financial Institutions
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Insurance Counseling & Recovery
  • Securities Litigation & Professional Liability
  • Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Public Company Representation
  • White Collar Defense & Investigations
  • Corporate Governance
  • Takeover Planning & Defense