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Tahler, Kristin N.

Kristin N. Tahler

Direct Tel: +1 213-443-3615, Direct Fax: +1 213-443-3100
Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Kristin Tahler is a partner in the Los Angeles Office. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and complex civil matters most often related to criminal or quasi-criminal charges. A principal focus of her practice in recent years has been representing clients from the Middle East whose activities were investigated by US regulators. She has represented individuals, companies, Boards, and special committees of boards in a variety of civil and criminal actions involving criminal and regulatory government investigations, internal corporate investigations, government contracting fraud allegations, insider trading allegations, False Claims Act litigation, securities litigation, and class action antitrust litigation.

  • Agility, a Kuwaiti-based, multi-billion dollar integrated logistics company
  • William J. Ruehle, former CFO of Broadcom
  • James V. Mazzo, former CEO of Advanced Medical Optics
  • UBS Securities
  • UBS Financial Services
  • Individuals in connection with criminal and regulatory government investigations
  • Representing Agility, a Kuwaiti-based, leading multinational and multi-billion dollar logistics company against a criminal indictment and civil False Claims Act charges in the largest government contracting cases ever brought by the U.S. government.
  • Represented former CEO in criminal and civil cases involving allegations of insider trading.
  • Defended William J. Ruehle, the former CFO of Broadcom Corporation, in the largest stock options backdating case brought by the federal government, and obtained major victory where District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney in the Central District of California dismissed all criminal and civil charges against Mr. Ruehle, as well as other defendants in separate, but related cases.
  • Defended a key executive of a broker-dealer in a FINRA enforcement action.
  • Represented a top securities firm in a civil fraud action.
  • Represented top securities firm in SEC investigations involving allegations of defrauding investors and failures to supervise.
  • Represented individuals in connection with DOJ investigations involving pharmaceutical companies and allegations of off-label marketing and other violations.
  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
    (J.D., 2002)
    • The Southern California Law Review:
      • Senior Editor
  • Princeton University
    (A.B., 1998)
  • The State Bar of California
  • The State Bar of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Ninth Circuit
    • Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court:
    • Central District of California
    • Southern District of California
    • Northern District of California
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
    • Counsel, 2012-2015
    • Associate, 2002-2012
  • Selected to the Lawdragon 500 Global Litigation for Global Disputes, esp. White Collar (2021)
  • “Recent Trends in Government Enforcement in White Collar Defense Cases",Managing White Collar Legal Issues (2014)