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Lathrop B. Nelson, III

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Lathrop B. Nelson, III is a partner in the Litigation Department at Montgomery McCracken. His practice concentrates on complex commercial litigation and government investigations and white collar crime. Lathrop received a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2001 and a B.A. degree, cum laude, in History and Politics from Washington and Lee University in 1997.


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Jul 13

Second Circuit Vacates Sheldon Silver’s Conviction: Parsing Official Act “Quids” and “Quos”

Today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the conviction of Sheldon Silver, the former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, concluding that the court’s jury instructions regarding the “official act” element of honest services fraud and Hobbs Act extortion were erroneous in light… Read More

Dec 07

Insider Trading and Brotherly Love at the Supreme Court

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Salman v. United States, wading into the “personal benefit” requirement necessary to establish criminal insider trading liability.  Justice Alito, writing for a unanimous Court, didn’t think the question presented was particularly difficult, stating that the Court’s… Read More

May 19

Mickelson Seeks Relief from Insider Trading Hazard

Almost two years ago, the Wall Street Journal and New York Times first reported an insider trading investigation involving sports gambler William “Billy” Walters and pro golfer Phil Mickelson.  At the time, the investigation appeared to focus on trading activity surrounding a potential take-over bid… Read More

Feb 24

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Indictment Dismissed as Unconstitutional

Today, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals held that the prosecution of former Texas Governor Rick Perry was as much an “oops” as his own slip that famously felled his 2012 Presidential campaign.  The court remanded the case to the district court with orders to… Read More

Feb 12

Second Circuit Accepts Rajat Gupta’s Insider Trading Appeal

This week I spoke with Fox Business reporter Serena Elavia about the Second Circuit’s decision to grant a certificate of appealability in the Rajat Gupta insider trading prosecution.  Gupta is the high-profile former McKinsey & Co. Managing Director and Goldman Sachs board member who was… Read More

Jan 19

Supreme Court Takes on Insider Trading “Personal Benefit” After All

Just when the Supreme Court appeared to be turning its collective attention away from the standard for insider trading convictions by denying the writ for certiorari in United States v. Newman, the Court today granted cert. in Salman v. United States, which addresses the “personal… Read More

Oct 06

Supreme Court Denies Review of Second Circuit’s Newman Insider Trading Decision

We’ve taken a summer (early fall?) recess here at White Collar Alert but have been jolted back into the blogosphere with the news of the Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in United States v. Newman. We’ve written and blogged repeatedly (and here, too) about the… Read More

Jun 25

Don’t Text with an Informant and iPads are Not Phones

While Dora the Explorer’s cousin, Diego, may proudly proclaim that “helping out each other is good for everyone,” apparently defendant Curtis Diego’s “friend,” Gary Still, had no such interest. Mr. Still, when confronted by police about his suspected theft of numerous firearms, quickly confessed to… Read More

May 29

Former Speaker Hastert Indicted: Structuring a Costly Cover-Up

Yesterday, the Department of Justice charged former House Speaker Dennis Hastert in an indictment stemming from his alleged agreement to pay an unknown individual $3.5 million “to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct” against that unknown person. According to the indictment, Mr. Hastert, a… Read More

Jan 07

What To Do At Your Federal Sentencing: Lessons Learned from Ex-Virginia Governor McDonnell

Yesterday, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison following his public corruption conviction for using the governor’s office to help a dietary supplement executive in exchange for loans, gifts, and, as we’ve noted before, a Rolex and a joy ride… Read More