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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 2014 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

Sharks Need Friends, Too

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : June 27, 2016

Schiff Hardin battles the controversial practice of finning.

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.

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.

Exclusive Survey: Pro Bono Rankings

Nell Gluckman : The American Lawyer : June 27, 2016

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

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.

Oracle Lawyer Slings Mud at Expert Witness

Ben Hancock : The Recorder : June 20, 2016

In the third week of trial against Hewlett Packard, Boies Schiller's William Isaacson did his best to smear a former White House economist who priced HP's damages at $3 billion.

Forget Briefs, How DC Firms Are Wooing Summer Associates

Suzanne Monyak : The National Law Journal : June 20, 2016

From white-water rafting trips to casino nights and parties, Washington's law firms are hosting a slew of social events for this year's summer associates in an effort to prepare them and court them to rejoin the firm as first-year associates after graduation.

K&L Gates' Partner Churn Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 20, 2016

Amid more departures, K&L Gates seeks to grow; Akin Gump and Reed Smith hire from Winston & Strawn; Fox Rothschild reels in a leading Twin Cities litigator; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Law Cautious About Raising Salary of Asia-Based Associates-With Updates

Anna Zhang and Frances Ivens : The Asian Lawyer : June 20, 2016

While Global firms race to match Cravath's new associate salary scale in New York and the rest of the U.S., they are more cautious when it comes to increasing salaries in Asia.

Federal Trial Opens in PG&E Pipeline Blast

Ross Todd : The Recorder : June 17, 2016

Defense team led by Latham & Watkins partner Steven Bauer hopes to fend off criminal charges that could cost the company more than $500 million.

Associate Salary Hikes Are Hard to Swallow, Some GCs Say

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 17, 2016

Some general counsel in Silicon Valley question the need for the recent wave of salary hikes for associates at leading California firms.

Deal Watch: Morgan Lewis Makes Work for BASF

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 17, 2016

From industrial chemicals to traffic cones, one of the last weeks of spring provided a plethora of transactional opportunities for dozens of Am Law 100 firms.

Six Firms Connect to $26.2B Acquisition of LinkedIn Network by Microsoft

James Booth and Brian Baxter : New York Law Journal : June 16, 2016

A half-dozen Am Law 100 firms have landed roles on one of the year's largest technology deals, Microsoft Corp.'s proposed $26.2 billion acquisition announced Monday of LinkedIn Corp.

Lippman to Receive ABA's John Marshall Award

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : June 15, 2016

Former New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has been named the 2016 recipient of an award presented annually by the ABA's Judicial Division for outstanding contributions to judicial independence, justice system reform or for raising public awareness of the justice system.

Judge Won't Sanction Prosecutors in PG&E Case

Ross Todd : The Recorder : June 14, 2016

Thelton Henderson on Tuesday cleared a path for trial over the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.

Am Law 100 Firms Match Pay Raise for Asia Associates-Further Updated

Frances Ivens and Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 14, 2016

Milbank, Kirkland, Simpson Thacher, Paul Weiss, Weil and Davis Polk have confirmed associates pay increase will include those based in Asia.

No Simple Formula: How Chinese Law Firms Pay Their Partners

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 13, 2016

In the second installment of a two-part article, we look at partner compensation at Chinese law firms. In recent years, many firms have overhauled their compensation systems, trying to balance growth with integration.

Baker & McKenzie's Next Chair Paul Rawlinson Fits the Bill

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : June 10, 2016

Baker & McKenzie's decision to elect London managing partner Paul Rawlinson as its next global chair provides telling insight into the mindset and priorities of the firm's partnership.

BAR-ometer: Williams & Connolly on Blast

: The Recorder : June 10, 2016

Plus, pay bumps for (some) associates.

IP Lawyer Is Ruthless—About Simplifying Things

Scott Graham : The Recorder : June 10, 2016

And other trial tips from Latham's Julie Holloway, who scored a big win for Nvidia.

Calif. Firms Slow to the Draw in Salary Wars

Rebecca Cohen : The Recorder : June 10, 2016

It took several days for news of Cravath's associate salary hikes to cause California's largest firms to act.

A 'Chaotic and Thrilling' Month at the Supreme Court

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : June 09, 2016

How best to describe the month of June at the U.S. Supreme Court, when the justices—and their clerks—race toward the finish line? "Chaotic and thrilling," Mayer Brown's Brian Netter, who clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer in the October 2010 term, said. At least for the law clerks.

More Firms Jump on Cravath Pay Scale, as S&C Beats Top End

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 09, 2016

A bevy of big firms continue this week to match the new base pay scale for associates set Monday by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Sullivan & Cromwell sought to up the ante for its most senior associates, as other firms like Latham & Watkins joined the pay raise party.

NYLJ Rising Stars 2016: William Reckler

: New York Law Journal : June 07, 2016

William Reckler co-chairs the litigation and trial department for Latham & Watkins' New York office. He oversees and leads the practice's largest and most high-profile matters for both billable and pro bono clients.

Wilson Sonsini Adds to Tech Transactions Group With Fried Frank Hire

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : June 07, 2016

Daniel Glazer is the latest lawyer in the technology startup world to switch firms in New York.

NYLJ Rising Stars 2016: Benjamin Naftalis

: New York Law Journal : June 07, 2016

As a member of Latham & Watkins' white-collar defense and investigations practice and financial institutions industry group, Ben Naftalis handles internal corporate investigations, civil litigation, cybersecurity matters, and other sensitive situations that occur within the U.S. and the international community.

Sullivan & Cromwell on Softbank $10B Alibaba Share Sale

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 06, 2016

The cash raised will help the Japanese company reduce debt and invest in new startups.