Former US Attorney Joins Latham & Watkins in New York

Campbell was with the Department of Justice as US Attorney for the Eastern District of NY for 16 years.

February 14, 2011

New York ...Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Benton J. Campbell has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Litigation Department. Campbell joins Latham after more than 16 years with the US Department of Justice, which was marked by his tenure from 2007 to 2010 as the interim United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

During his tenure as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Campbell supervised all federal criminal prosecutions in the Eastern District, including a number of high profile securities fraud, terrorism and public corruption cases.

During Campbell’s distinguished government service, he has held several prominent positions including Acting Chief of Staff and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Criminal Division in Washington DC, where he assisted the Assistant Attorney General in managing almost 500 trial attorneys, and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney's Office for Eastern District of New York, where he oversaw more than 100 Assistant US Attorneys handling complex criminal matters. Campbell also served as a member of the Enron Task Force, where he handled the three-month fraud trial of senior executives from Enron’s Broadband Services Unit.

Jimmy Brandt, Latham & Watkins’ Office Managing Partner in New York, said: “Ben is widely respected in the New York Bar and he has earned a stellar reputation for his trial skills, legal acumen and leadership. We are thrilled that Ben has decided to join Latham, and his wide-ranging experience will add further depth to our New York litigation capability and more generally to our US white collar and government investigations practices.”

“Ben’s tenure at the helm of the Eastern District of New York was the capstone of a very successful career at the Department of Justice. He prosecuted numerous cases of national significance,” said Peter Wald, Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Litigation Department. “Ben’s credentials are first-rate and he’ll add more firepower to our accomplished white collar and government investigations group -- which includes some of the brightest, most experienced talent in the US.”

Richard Owens, Co-Chair of the Litigation Department in the firm’s New York office, who was formerly the Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, added: “The regulatory environment has changed significantly since the 2008 financial crisis and there has been an increase in the number and complexity of corporate investigations and SEC and regulatory enforcement matters. Ben’s knowledge and perspective, coupled with his talent as an outstanding and formidable trial lawyer, make him an exciting addition to our team.”

“It has been an honor to have served in a number of government positions alongside terrific colleagues who worked tirelessly and with an unwavering commitment to public service. As I move on to the next phase of my career, I am equally honored to join Latham and Watkins. Latham’s reputation in the white collar and government investigations area is among the best, and its focus on growing that capability is particularly attractive to me. The talent within the group is widely known and I am excited about joining the team,” said Campbell.

Campbell received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1988, cum laude, and his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1991. While he was with the Department of Justice, Campbell received the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service, the Department's highest award.

Campbell’s arrival follows Maria Barton joining the firm in New York. Barton was the head of the White Plains Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York where she managed a staff of prosecutors and supervised cases involving the broad spectrum of federal criminal offenses, including white collar and corporate fraud, tax evasion, domestic and international money laundering, public corruption, foreign corrupt practices and racketeering enterprises.

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Notes to Editor

1 Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Mohammed Al-Sheikh.


James E. Brandt, Office Managing Partner, New York, +1.212.906.3003
Peter Wald, Global Chair of the Litigation Department, +1.415.395.8006
Richard Owens, Co-Chair of the Litigation Department in the New York office, +1.212.906.1396

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