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Latham & Watkins LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 2,060
  • Gross Revenues: $2,285,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,110,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,490,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Latham & Watkins is a Los Angeles-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Latham & Watkins has 2060 attorneys and is the 7th largest firm in the United States.  With $2,285,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 3rd on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2012 Global 100 survey, Latham & Watkins ranked as the 3rd highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, IL, London, MA, NJ, NY, Paris, TX and VA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 3 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 3 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 7 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List 6 1 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 22 1 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 62 -13 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 11 15 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 65 -3 Summer programs

In the News

September 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : September 01, 2014

The Churn: Kirkland IP Duo Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 29, 2014

Two more IP litigation partners leave Kirkland & Ellis, a Bingham McCutchen corporate partner goes in-house, Jones Day scores a Latin American dealmaker and Ropes & Gray grabs a high-profile private equity partner in our latest look at notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Welcome, Freshmen! A New Class Leads Am Law 100 Firms

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : August 29, 2014

A remarkable transformation is taking place among The Am Law 100 as nearly one in four firms takes on a new leader.

Global Legal Awards: Global M&A Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : August 29, 2014

In this category, The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards honor the 10 cross-border deals and disputes of 2013 that best exemplify the challenges of transnational legal practice.

Parrish v. Latham & Watkins

: The Recorder : August 28, 2014

Litigator of the Week: Margaret Zwisler of Latham & Watkins

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : August 28, 2014

Reports of aluminum price-fixing by big investment banks and the London Metal Exchange sparked widespread outrage—and class action litigation. Zwisler led LME to an early victory this week, leaving the other defendants to face the plaintiffs on their own.

Asia Deal Digest: Aug. 28, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : August 28, 2014

*Kirkland & Ellis advises Orchid Asia on $920 million China fund*HSF, KWM lead AGL's $1.1 billion rights issue for MacGen acquisition*Simpson Thacher, Gunderson Dettmer on Murata's $465 million acquisition of chipmaker Peregrine

A Day in the Life of a Managing Partner

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : August 27, 2014

Aspire to the top job at your law firm? Here's what you're in for.

The Morning Wrap

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : August 27, 2014

A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: IMF head Christine Lagarde under investigation; a daring win for Latham; does the Supreme Court shield bad cops?

Jones Day Nabs Shearman's LatAm M&A Head

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 27, 2014

Michael McGuinness, a corporate partner and former head of the Latin American M&A practice at Shearman & Sterling in New York, has left the firm for Jones Day, which over the past year has sought to slake its thirst for south-of-the-border clients by opening an office in Miami and making key lateral hires.

LA Appeals Court Revives Malicious Prosecution Suit Against Latham

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : August 27, 2014

There is evidence Latham & Watkins pursued a trade secrets case that lawyers knew had no merit, wrote Presiding Justice Joan Dempsey Klein.

Global Legal Awards: Global Finance Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : August 27, 2014

In this category, The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards recognizes the 10 deals that best exemplify the challenges of transnational finance practice, from capital markets offerings to capital restructurings to infrastructure projects conceived on a vast scale.

Survey: New Firm Leaders Differ from Their Predecessors

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : August 27, 2014

Incoming leaders are older than their predecessors and less interested in managing full time.

O'Melveny Sees Wave of Departures in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Am Law Daily : August 27, 2014

Over the past nine months, the Los Angeles-based firm has lost 14 lawyers in its city-state office. Why have so many left, and what does O'Melveny plan to do next?

Latham Knocks Out Antitrust Case Against LME

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : August 26, 2014

A daring and novel argument by Latham & Watkins persuaded a federal judge that the London Metal Exchange Ltd., a private for-profit entity, should get sovereign immunity.

Debevoise, Latham Tapped for Amazon's Twitch Purchase

Alexandra Wilson : The Am Law Daily : August 26, 2014

The e-commerce giant will pay $970 million cash for San Francisco-based Twitch Interactive Inc., a videogame streaming company that attracted about 55 million unique users last month.

O'Melveny Sees Wave of Departures in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : August 25, 2014

Over the past nine months, the Los Angeles-based firm has lost 14 lawyers in its city-state office. Why have so many left, and what does O'Melveny plan to do next?

In-House Counsel Profile: Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc.'s Robert Guttman

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : August 25, 2014

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : August 22, 2014

Eight firms announce new additions, including Steptoe & Johnson, Latham & Watkins and Hunton & Williams.

Am Law Firms Take Lead on Dynegy's Power Plan Purchase

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : August 22, 2014

Dynegy Inc. will buy power plants and other assets from Duke Energy Corp. and private equity firm Energy Capital Partners in two separate deals worth a combined value of $6.25 billion. Skadden, White & Case, Bracewell & Giuliani and Latham & Watkins are all advising.

What In-house Counsel Can't Quite Leave Behind

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : August 19, 2014

What are the duties that an in-house counsel owes to her company once she leaves for a new job?

The Churn: Squire Patton Boggs and Ashurst Adjust Alliances, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 19, 2014

Ashurst and Squire Patton Boggs, two growing global legal giants that have recently gone the merger route, both reshuffled overseas alliances this week as the latter saw 23 lawyers in the Middle East decamp en masse, while the former was busy raiding two Am Law 100 rivals. The Am Law Daily looks at those developments and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : August 18, 2014

Personnel changes at Washington-area law firms.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : August 18, 2014

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

Asia Deal Digest: Aug. 14, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : August 14, 2014

*Linklaters leads Dairy Farm's $925 million investment in Shanghai-listed Yonghui Superstores*Norton Rose Fulbright advises Fosun International on its winning bid for Roc Oil in Australia*Amarchand advises on a $349 million share sale by Bharti Airtel's tower unit

In-house Counsel Sued for Trade Secret Theft SLAPPs Back

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : August 14, 2014

A former Schlumberger Ltd. in-house counsel sued by the company for allegedly revealing trade secrets has countered with a claim that the company filed a "frivolous" lawsuit against her.

At Kirkland, Another Hire Amid Steady Stream of Departures

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 14, 2014

Kirkland & Ellis has hired again in Houston, adding former Baker Botts associate David Castro Jr. as a partner. But while the firm continues to make headlines on the transactional and lateral fronts, it's also dealing with the loss of more than 50 partners since the start of this year, many of whom have left its IP group.

New Deals

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : August 14, 2014

In a reversal of trend of U.S. companies moving overseas to save on taxes, Walgreens said on Wednesday it would buy the stake in Alliance Boots it doesn't already own, for $15.3 billion in cash and stock but keep its current Illinois tax address once it takes full ownership of the chain. Also, NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. said on Tuesday it would acquire Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II Inc. for approximately $3.4 billion in cash and stock.

In-house Counsel Sued for Trade Secret Theft SLAPPs Back

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : August 14, 2014

A former Schlumberger Ltd. in-house counsel sued by the company for allegedly revealing trade secrets has countered with a claim that the company filed a "frivolous" lawsuit against her.

Six Firms Assist on Latest Health Care REIT Merger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 13, 2014

Arnold & Porter, Sidley Austin, Shumaker Loop and a trio of leading Canadian firms are advising on a deal that will see Health Care REIT, the largest U.S. health care landlord by market value, acquire HealthLease Properties for $950 million. The transaction value could surge to $2.3 billion when accounting for sidecar deals with Mainstreet Property Group.