Simon Latcovich has broad experience representing clients in civil litigation, criminal defense, and government investigations. He has represented corporations, professional firms, senior executives, senior government officials including a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and other individuals in cases in both federal and state courts. He has advised clients facing investigations conducted by grand juries, government agencies, and congressional committees.
Simon has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation covering a range of issues, including commercial disputes, partnership disputes false claims, fraud, professional liability defense, antitrust, securities law, and trusts/estates. Simon’s criminal defense work has involved allegations of health care fraud, securities fraud, political corruption, false statements, bank fraud, obstruction of justice, disclosure of classified information, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and environmental crimes.
Born in Washington, D.C., Simon grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and Richmond, Virginia. He received his B.S. in Economics, with distinction, from the United States Naval Academy in 1998 and a M. Phil. in Economics from Oxford University in 2000. After serving as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, he graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006. Simon joined Williams & Connolly in 2007 after clerking for Judge Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Simon’s first major criminal trial was as a member of the team representing United States Senator Ted Stevens, who was indicted on ethics charges fewer than 100 days before he was to stand for re-election. Senator Stevens was ultimately exonerated after it was established that the prosecutors had intentionally withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense. The American Lawyer has described the firm’s work on the case as “one of the best criminal defense performances in memory, resulting in a heightened scrutiny of prosecutors that will affect the Justice Department for years to come.”
Along with two of his partners, Simon is the co-author of a treatise, Federal Criminal Discovery, published in 2011. The American Bar Association describes the book as an “invaluable resource for judges, academics, prosecutors, and defense lawyers.” Simon has also taught Trial Practice and Federal White Collar Crime at Georgetown University Law Center.
Simon was selected for inclusion in the 2014 through 2017 Washington, DC Rising Stars list in litigation. He was named to the Georgetown Law Board of Visitors in 2017.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Simon’s experience includes:
- Currently representing Army veteran Nick Slatten pro bono in first degree murder trial
- Lead trial counsel in partnership dispute; judgment issued for both compensatory and punitive damages after jury trial
- Represented United States Senator Ted Stevens in a federal corruption trial; government dismissed based on misconduct uncovered by the defense
- Represented the heirs in litigation challenging a multi-billion dollar estate plan; case settled favorably after successful bench trial that led to removal of the trustee
- Represented the former Chief Executive of a Fortune 100 company in a class action securities lawsuit; favorable settlement reached in which client paid nothing
- Represented a national pharmaceutical company in a government false claims investigation; government declined to intervene and ultimately moved to dismiss qui tam relator’s claims
- Represented health care clinic owner in federal criminal trial
- Represented real estate developers in litigation against a fellow developer and various banks; obtained settlement in which clients paid nothing
- Represented a manufacturing plant manager in an environmental criminal investigation; government declined to prosecute
- Represented health care clinics in a government false claims investigation; government declined to prosecute
- Represented a senior intelligence official in an investigation involving the destruction of interrogation videotapes; government declined to prosecute
- Represented a senior real estate executive in New York federal corruption investigation; government declined to prosecute
- Represented bank charged with criminal securities fraud; government settled with a civil resolution on eve of trial
- Represented the Audit Committee of a Fortune 500 company in an internal investigation
- Represented a former Central Intelligence Agency senior official in a criminal investigation
- Represented multiple pro bon clients at trial, including successful criminal defense and judgment for renter in dispute with condo association
Selected to Washington, D.C. “Rising Stars” list, Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
Law Clerk, Judge Thomas B. Griffith, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2006-2007
United States Navy, Lieutenant, Surface Warfare Officer, 1998-2003