White collar lawyer Pamela Naughton joins DLA Piper’s Litigation practice in San Diego

15 JUN 2015

DLA Piper announced today that Pamela Naughton has joined the firm’s Litigation practice as a partner in the San Diego office.

Naughton focuses her practice on white-collar defense, internal investigations, complex business litigation and government investigations. She has extensive experience in civil, criminal and administrative cases involving accounting, securities, healthcare, consumer and tax fraud, class actions, government investigations, breach of contract and business torts.

“Pam has more than 30 years of experience as a trial attorney with a strong track record in the state and federal courts,” said Patrick Smith, co-chair of DLA Piper’s White Collar, Corporate Crime and Investigations practice. “In particular, her representation of high net worth individuals and C-suite executives on tax controversy matters fits well with the firm’s global platform.

Earlier in her career, Naughton served as an attorney at the Main US Department of Justice. She then became an Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of California, serving as a federal prosecutor in the Fraud Unit. She was selected to serve as Associate Counsel to the US House of Representatives’ Iran/Contra Committee and later as Special Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee in charge of the impeachment of a federal judge.

Naughton joins several other recent additions to the firm’s US Litigation practice, which recently welcomed: Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey and Amor Esteban in San Francisco; Mike Piazza and Linda Smith in Los Angeles; Tom Shakeshaft in Chicago; Justice Henry duPont Ridgely in Wilmington; and Rodney Villazor in Short Hills.

“Pam’s government experience and handling of high-profile investigations will be invaluable to our clients involved in complex business litigation,” said Robert Brownlie, managing partner of DLA Piper’s San Diego office. “She is a seasoned white collar defense lawyer who will add depth to our team on the West Coast and nationally.”

Naughton joins the firm from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, and her B.A. from St. Olaf College.