Manuel A. Abascal, JD
Partner, Litigation Department, Latham and Watkins, LLP
Mr. Abascal is a partner at Latham and Watkins, with a focus on government
investigations, internal investigations, and complex business litigation.
He focuses on several industries, including healthcare, financial institutions,
financial services, investment advisers, accounting, construction, food
and agriculture, e-commerce, and technology. Before joining Latham and
Watkins, Mr. Abascal was an assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles,
where he prosecuted major fraud cases. A substantial portion of Mr. Abascal's
responsibilities is focused on representing clients in the health care
industry. He has successfully represented nonprofit hospital systems and
free-standing hospitals in complex regulatory matters.
Mr. Abascal graduated from Claremont McKenna College magna cum laude, where
he was student body president and from Yale Law School, where he was chair
of Articles Committee, Yale Law Journal.
Mr. Abascal has also served on the following nonprofit boards and organizations
and brings a vast amount of experience and insight to the mission of the
MLK-LA Healthcare Corporation:
- Board of directors of Public Counsel, the largest pro bono public interest
law firm in the world, providing free legal services to disadvantaged
Los Angeles-area residents.
- Formerly a board member of Five Acres, a family services agency that provides
residential treatment, group home care, education and other services to
child abuse victims and families in need.
- Board of directors of the Mexican American Bar Foundation, which provides
scholarships to underprivileged Latino law students.
- Founded Buildable Hours of Los Angeles, which solicits volunteers and donations
from Los Angeles law firms for the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
- Co-founder of Food from the Bar, which raises money and collects food from
Los Angeles law firms in support of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
- Former board member of the Villa Malaga Housing Corporation, which is affiliated
with Ability First to build and operate low- income housing for families
with disabled children.
- Former board member of the Fulfillment Fund, which provides mentoring and
college scholarships to promising and underprivileged students in the
Los Angeles Unified School District.