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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 2013 Global 100 survey, Latham & Watkins ranked as the 3rd 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 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

Latham & Watkins Gets $927K Fee Award in Volvo Patent Suit

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : March 27, 2015

A New Jersey federal judge has awarded $927,000 to Latham & Watkins for its work on a case defending Volvo against a suit claiming the automaker's retractable child safety seats infringed on a patent.

Not Dead Yet: Banks Still Face Aluminum Price-Fixing Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 27, 2015

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports on the death of a multibillion-dollar class action against Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan were somewhat exaggerated.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Foursome Feast on Heinz, Kraft Megamerger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 26, 2015

Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Kirkland & Ellis; Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sullivan & Cromwell have landed lead roles on the Warren Buffett-backed $40 billion union of H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods.

Clifford Chance Leads ChemChina's $7.7B Italian Tire Buy

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 25, 2015

China's Jun He Law Offices, Italy's Pedersoli e Associati, Linklaters and Latham & Watkins are among the others working on what will be the largest overseas acquisition by a Chinese state-owned enterprise since the $15 billion CNOOC-Nexen deal in 2012.

Caesars Loses Bid to Dismiss Creditor Action in Delaware

Gina Passarella : Delaware Business Court Insider : March 25, 2015

The Delaware Court of Chancery has rejected a motion by various Caesars Entertainment entities to dismiss a lawsuit that raises allegations the companies diverted their strongest assets to other related companies in advance of filing for bankruptcy.

Latham Pro Bono Work Helps StoryCorps Launch App

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 24, 2015

Thanks to a $1 million TED Prize grant, StoryCorps has launched an app that will allow users to record personal interviews directly into their phones, many of which will be archived at the Library of Congress. Latham & Watkins, which has served as pro bono counsel for StoryCorps since 2008, helped with a range of IP issues.

Am Law 100 Pair Keep Poaching, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 24, 2015

King & Spalding and Winston & Strawn continue their recent hiring sprees; Latham & Watkins lands one partner and lose two others; a longtime Reed Smith partner departs; Stroock snags a Goldman Sachs alum from Kirkland & Ellis; Wilmer brings back another former federal regulator; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Objectors Pour Cold Water on 'Hot Fuel' Settlements

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 24, 2015

Oil companies have agreed to shell out millions to settle claims that they failed to disclose the impact of hot weather on the price of fuel. But when a judge considers a slew of proposed settlements later this year, at least two groups will be sounding alarm bells.

Weil Brings on PE Partner in Hong Kong

: The Asian Lawyer : March 23, 2015

Tim Gardner has left Latham & Watkins after nearly nine years to join U.S. rival Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

On the Move

: The Recorder : March 23, 2015

Antitrust Headaches Mount for Intellectual Ventures

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 23, 2015

Less than a month after losing a bid to derail antitrust allegations by Capital One, Intellectual Ventures failed to persuade a different judge to shelve Toshiba's claims that IV improperly uses its vast patent portfolio to wield monopoly power.

Cahill Taps Cadwalader for Securities Enforcement Head

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2015

Bradley Bondi, head of the securities enforcement and investigation group at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, has joined Cahill Gordon & Reindel in a rare lateral hire by the Wall Street firm. Bondi, who will work out of New York and Washington, D.C., will lead Cahill's securities enforcement and regulatory group.

Deal Watch: One Skadden Client Ousts Another in Duel for Salix

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2015

Our latest roundup of transactions sees Skadden client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International prevail over fellow firm client Endo International in its bid for Salix Pharmaceuticals, while Latham & Watkins, Ropes & Gray and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advise several private equity clients on their proposed acquisitions of Chicago's Willis Tower and Life Time Fitness.

From Kasowitz to Kickstarter: Iraq Vet Eyes Medical Records Revolution

: The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2015

L. Okey Onyejekwe Jr., an Iraq War veteran and IP litigation partner with Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman in Silicon Valley, left the firm last month to focus on Zobreus Medical Corp., a startup mobile and health technology company that launched a Kickstarter campaign this week to revolutionize medical records.

Latham & Watkins Plans Middle East Consolidation

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 18, 2015

Latham & Watkins will shrink its number of offices in the Middle East from four to two, leaving the firm with locations in Saudi Arabia's capital city of Riyadh as well as in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Polsinelli Sets Up Shop in Raleigh, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 17, 2015

After raiding Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough for five health care partners, fast-growing Polinselli will open an office in Raleigh; Gibson Dunn and Winston & Strawn add new practice leaders; the NSA's top lawyer returns to Mayer Brown; three former federal prosecutors flock to Robins Kaplan and Wilmer; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

From Lateral to Chairwoman in Eight Years at Crowell & Moring

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : March 16, 2015

Eight years is not a long time to propel a lawyer from lateral recruit to firm chairwoman. But Angela Styles did it.

Musical Chairs at McKenna Long, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 15, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge, poised to vote Monday on a union with Dentons, saw two new partners depart because of conflicts; Morgan Lewis lures eight partners in Dallas ahead of another merger in Singapore; Winston & Strawn poaches 10 more partners from Pillsbury; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

In Unique Deal, Morgan Lewis Merges With Singapore's Stamford Law

Brian Baxter and Anna Zhang : The Am Law Daily : March 15, 2015

Having just absorbed the bulk of Bingham McCutchen, a first-of-its-kind merger now awaits Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which will announce a union Monday with Singapore's Stamford Law Corp. The combination will make Morgan Lewis the largest global firm in the city-state and the only one with the capacity to practice local law across a range of practice areas.

In Unique Deal, Morgan Lewis Merges With Singapore's Stamford Law

Brian Baxter and Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 15, 2015

Having just absorbed the bulk of Bingham McCutchen, a first-of-its-kind merger now awaits Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which will announce a union on Monday with Singapore's Stamford Law Corp. The combination will make Morgan Lewis the largest global firm in the city-state and the only one with the capacity to practice local law across a range of practice areas.

$700M CorePharma Purchase Completed

Jennifer Genova (compiled from ThomsonReuters Financial and other sources) : New Jersey Law Journal : March 12, 2015

CorePharma in Middlesex, N.J., along with other pharmaceutical companies Amedra Pharmaceuticals LLC and Lineage Therapeutics Inc., both of Horsham, Pa., have been sold in a deal worth $700 million, completed on Mar. 10.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 12, 2015

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 12, 2015

Biopharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc. will buy Pharmacyclics, which specializes in cancer treatment, for $21 billion.

Shearman Takes Kirkland China M&A Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 11, 2015

Stephanie Tang specializes in delisting Chinese companies from U.S. exchanges.

Goodwin Procter Grabs Another Partner From Kenyon & Kenyon

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 11, 2015

Marcia Sundeen, head of Kenyon & Kenyon's International Trade Commission practice, joins five recently departed former colleagues at Goodwin Procter.

Latham & Watkins Appoints New London Managing Partner

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : March 11, 2015

Latham & Watkins has appointed finance partner Jay Sadanandan as the new head of its London office, replacing corporate partner Nick Cline, who finished a five-year term as office managing partner in February.

Two Texas Partners Leave Vinson, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 10, 2015

Sidley Austin and Katten Muchin Rosenman snag Vinson & Elkins partners in Houston; Honigman adds a former U.S. senator; K&L Gates bags eight lawyers in two cities; Mayer Brown and Chadbourne & Parke make additions in Mexico City; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Latham, Kirkland Face Off in Hostile Bid for Retail REIT

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 10, 2015

Latham & Watkins is advising Simon Property Group Inc. in its $22.4 billion hostile bid for retail real estate investment trust The Macerich Company, which has turned to Kirkland & Ellis for counsel.

Judge Casts Skeptical Eye on Intellectual Ventures Verdict

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : March 08, 2015

Lawyers at Susman Godfrey initially sought $300 million over claims that Symantec infringed two IV patents. Now the judge says he may slash their $17 million verdict even further—or toss it altogether if Symantec's lawyers at Latham & Watkins can show that the patents shouldn't have been issued in the first place.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: O'Melveny Down, But Eyes Rebound

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 07, 2015

O'Melveny & Myers saw gross revenue, profits per partner, revenue per lawyer and attorney head count all fall in 2014 as the firm sought to refill a pipeline of high-end litigation work. Bradley Butwin, chairman of the firm, spoke with The Am Law Daily about O'Melveny's performance and its outlook for the future.