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Charles (Chuck) H. Samel



Chuck Samel, a partner with the firm's Litigation practice, is an antitrust and commercial litigator with more than 25 years of experience. His practice focuses on the defense of antitrust and consumer class actions and complex business litigation in federal and state court. Chambers & Partners USA observed that Chuck “enjoys a fine reputation as a superb and highly adept class actions litigator.”

Chuck has represented corporate defendants in major litigation matters involving building materials and construction, energy and natural gas, financial services and insurance, gasoline and petroleum products, high technology, hospital services, musical instruments and equipment, paper and paper products, pharmaceutical drugs, professional sports, television, tobacco, and transportation. He has argued motions for class certification and dispositive motions, taken and defended depositions of fact and expert witnesses, examined witnesses at trial, and argued issues on appeal. Chuck also advises clients on a variety of marketing and distribution issues and provides antitrust compliance training programs for corporate employees.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2007 - Present: Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust
  • Recognized by Chambers & Partners USA as "one of the leading antitrust lawyers in California," 2006 - 2011
  • Listed by Los Angeles Magazine as “Southern California Super Lawyers” for Antitrust Litigation

Professional Leadership

  • Bet Tzedek Pro Bono Legal Services, Annual Dinner Committee Member, 1996 - 2012
  • Georgetown Law School, Law Alumni Board Member
  • ABA Antitrust Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation, past Co-Chair

Related Employment

  • Latham & Watkins LLP, Los Angeles, CA, Partner, 2005 - 2011
  • Howrey LLP, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, CA, Partner, 2002 - 2005; 1994 - 2000; Associate, 1985 - 1993
  • LRN Corporation, Los Angeles, CA, Senior Director, 2000 - 2002


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1985
  • University of Maryland, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1982

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland