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 an extensive range of issues, including commercial disputes, false claims, fraud, professional liability defense, antitrust, securities law, and trusts/estates. Simon’s criminal defense work has involved allegations of 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 LLP in 2007 after clerking for Judge Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. District 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 and 2015 Washington, DC Rising Stars list in litigation.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Simon’s experience includes:
- Represented a former Central Intelligence Agency senior official in a criminal investigation
- Represented United States Senator Ted Stevens in a federal corruption trial
- Represented health care clinics in a government false claims investigation
- Represented the former Chief Executive of a Fortune 100 company in a class action securities lawsuit
- Represented the Audit Committee of a Fortune 500 company in an internal investigation
- Represented a national pharmaceutical company in a government false claims investigation
- Represented the heirs in litigation challenging a multi-billion dollar estate plan
- Represented real estate developers in litigation against a fellow developer and various banks
- Represented a large bank in a dispute with a bond insurer
- Represented a manufacturing plant manager in an environmental criminal investigation
- Represented a senior intelligence official in an investigation involving the destruction of interrogation videotapes
- Represented a senior real estate executive in New York federal corruption investigation
- Represented a publicly-traded company in a political corruption investigation