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Latham & Watkins LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 2,177
  • Gross Revenues: $2,650,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,215,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,905,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Latham & Watkins is a Los Angeles-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2016 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Latham & Watkins has 2178 attorneys and is the 6th largest firm in the United States.  With $2,650,000,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 1st on The American Lawyer's 2016 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2015 Global 100 survey, Latham & Watkins ranked as the 1st highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, IL, MA, NJ, NY, TX and VA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 1 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 1 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 7 0 Lawyer head count
The A-List 7 -1 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 23 -1 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 65 -7 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 11 15 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 65 -3 Summer programs

In the News


: The National Law Journal : July 11, 2016

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Two Partners Join Jones Day, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 11, 2016

Jones Day recruits two new partners on opposite coasts after a top restructuring duo departs; Milbank makes a rare lateral hire; Paul Hastings makes some high-profile additions; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Tech Continues to Drive Growth at Calif. Firms

Rebecca Cohen : The Recorder : July 08, 2016

Valley specialists like Gunderson saw head counts surge, while firms with more general practices like Latham & Watkins also saw an uptick in the state and nationally.

SEC Official Expects to Fill 'Niche' at Latham

Anna Ward : New York Law Journal : July 06, 2016

Latham & Watkins has hired Paul Dudek, chief of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's office of international corporate finance.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : July 05, 2016

Among other moves, Jared Hershberg joined Reed Smith as a partner in its corporate and transactional advisory group, and Morgan Lewis named six of its attorneys as partners.

Latham Hires SEC's Chief of International Corporate Finance

Anna Ward, Legal Week : The American Lawyer : July 05, 2016

Paul Dudek, chief of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's office of international corporate finance, has joined Latham & Watkins to help the firm's global clients, particularly in Europe, access U.S. capital markets.

Time is Right for Tackling Blocking Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : July 01, 2016

Lawyers say it now may make sense to launch an offensive attack on iffy patents standing in the way of a client seeking to enter a new market.

HP Wins $3 Billion in Suit Against Oracle

Ben Hancock : The Recorder : July 01, 2016

A Santa Clara jury bought the company's argument that Oracle had damaged its Itanium server business.

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : Focus Europe : July 01, 2016

The law firms with roles in the largest recent M&A deals across Europe.

Judge: State Law Forces PG&E to Pay Employee Legal Bills

Ross Todd : The Recorder : June 30, 2016

The federal judge overseeing the criminal trial of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has granted the company's request to tell jurors that it was required under California law to pay the legal fees of its current and former employees called to testify about their work.

Gibson Dunn Grabs Latham Duo for New Frankfurt Office

Rose Walker : The Am Law Daily : June 30, 2016

On the heels of the U.K.'s vote to leave the European Union, two corporate partners are leaving Latham & Watkins, including the latter's Frankfurt office leader, to open a new outpost for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Deal Watch: Four Firms Punch Ticket on $4.4 Billion Film Deal

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 30, 2016

A look at the Am Law 100 firms behind Lions Gate's bid to buy Starz; Apollo's latest acquisition effort; and a pair of big health care transactions.

Lawyers Put Final Spinon HP-Oracle Spat

Ben Hancock : The Recorder : June 29, 2016

The $3 billion dispute, now in a jury's hands, stems from Oracle's withdrawal of software support for the Itanium chip.

Recruiter's Wage Case Against Lateral Link Dismissed

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : June 29, 2016

A lawsuit claiming that the company underpaid its workers was withdrawn, but a lawyer for a former recruiter said that the dispute will continue in arbitration.

June Laterals: Firms Snap Up Ex-Government and White Collar Litigators

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : June 29, 2016

Many of June's most notable lateral hires involved litigators exiting the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Other significant moves featured lawyers who specialize in being adverse to the government. Thanks, Uncle Sam.

Uber, Lyft Appear to Bury Hatchet

Ben Hancock : The Recorder : June 28, 2016

Battle over business data that had targeted company executives is seemingly resolved short of trial.

U.S. Firms Ponder London Adjustments in Wake of Brexit

Jennifer Henderson, Nell Gluckman and Gina Passarella : New York Law Journal : June 28, 2016

The United Kingdom's historic vote to leave the European Union came among one of the busiest lateral hiring sprees by U.S. law firms in London, but that growth may be put to the test as clients themselves ponder exiting the market.

Sharks Need Friends, Too

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : June 27, 2016

Schiff Hardin battles the controversial practice of finning.

White House Vets Latham Partner for D.C. Federal Court

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : June 27, 2016

Abortion, Immigration Capped Active Supreme Court Term for Keller

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : June 27, 2016

Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller, who spent his recent Mondays and Thursdays like most other Supreme Court watchers — glued to social media — reflects on his first year as Texas' top advocate before the U.S. Supreme Court, which was capped Tuesday by a defeat on abortion restrictions but was also marked by an effective victory that stopped enforcement of the Obama administration's executive actions on immigration.

Q&A: Legal AI Pioneer ROSS Takes Stock After First Year

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : June 27, 2016

Andrew Arruda, the 27-year-old founder of ROSS Intelligence, says his company's technology is already serving hundreds of lawyers.

For Small Businesses, a Hand Up

Zachary Melvin : The American Lawyer : June 27, 2016

Simpson Thacher, Debevoise and other firms partner with a nonprofit to foster commerce in the South Bronx.

Reed Smith Rebuilds Partner Ranks, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 27, 2016

Several new recruits join Reed Smith; Latham & Watkins welcomes a former Sullivan & Cromwell partner in New York; Gibson Dunn grabs one and loses another; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Exclusive: Best Firms for Pro Bono

Nell Gluckman : The American Lawyer : June 27, 2016

Hughes Hubbard is tops for U.S. pro bono; Dechert leads the international scene.

Energy Transfer Can Escape Williams Merger Deal

Tom McParland : Delaware Business Court Insider : June 24, 2016

Energy Transfer Equity can escape its now-unwanted merger with the Williams Companies, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III ruled Friday, just ahead of a stockholder vote slated for June 27.

Partners Warn of Serious Implications for Clients as Britain votes to Leave the E.U.

Frances Ivens and Rose Walker : Legal Week : June 24, 2016

Clifford Chance senior partner Malcom Sweeting and others weigh in as Brexit sends shock waves to global stock and foreign exchange markets.

Billionaire's Backing of Gawker Suit Raises Questions

BEN HANCOCK : The Connecticut Law Tribune : June 23, 2016

Reports that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel bankrolled Hulk Hogan's privacy suit against gossip news site Gawker took the legal industry by surprise. The details also provide a window into the largely self-regulated and growing world of litigation funding.

Flush With Cash, Latham & Watkins Extends Lateral Spree

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : June 21, 2016

Prime partners at lockstep firms are favored targets as the firm surfs the lateral market.

Longtime Allergan Lawyer Named GC of Ultragenyx

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 21, 2016

Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc., which develops treatments for raise diseases, has hired a new general counsel from Allergan, Karah Parschauer.