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Latham & Watkins LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 2,100
  • Gross Revenues: $2,612,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,245,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,900,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 2

Latham & Watkins is an USA-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 $2,612,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 1st on The American Lawyer's 2015 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 and TX.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 1 2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 1 2 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

Dealmaker of the Week: Robert Schumer of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 29, 2015

The veteran dealmaker took the lead for Time Warner Cable on its proposed $55 billion merger with Charter Communications, a deal that comes a month after the former's proposed combination with Comcast Corp. fell apart due to regulatory opposition.

Pharma Looks to Circuit to Call Tune for Biosimilar 'Patent Dance'

: The Recorder : May 29, 2015

Arguments in fight over $1.2 billion cancer drug expected to flesh out procedures around 2010 biologics law.

New Dean Hopes to Promote Toledo Law's Intimate Environment

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : May 28, 2015

The University of Toledo College of Law has named Benjamin Barros as its next dean.

LA Law: Sidley, Barnes & Thornburg Make Notable Hires

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 28, 2015

The two Am Law 100 firms have brought on a pair of entertainment industry experts in the City of Angels.

Deal Watch: When Cable Calls, Am Law 100 Firms Pick Up for Big-Buck Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 28, 2015

Latham & Watkins and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom both had roles on two megamergers in the telecommunications and technology space this week: Avago's $37 billion buy of semiconductor maker Broadcom and the proposed $78 billion union of Charter Communications, Bright House Networks and Time Warner Cable.

Former Bio-Rad GC Files Whistleblower Suit Over Firing

David Ruiz : The Recorder : May 28, 2015

Sanford Wadler claims he was blocked from investigating corruption in China as the company worked to nail down its $55 million FCPA settlement with the federal government.

Big Suits

Scott Flaherty and Rebekah Mintzer : The American Lawyer : May 28, 2015

U.S. v. United Technologies; Pao v. Kleiner Perkins; Spinelli v. NFL; Pesante v. Pfizer

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : May 28, 2015

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : May 28, 2015

Big Deals

Tali Arbel : The Associated Press : May 28, 2015

As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion, and executives say they're confident regulators will allow the creation of another U.S. TV and Internet giant.

New Challenge to Native American Adoption Rules

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : May 27, 2015

A husband-wife team from two Washington law offices filed suit Wednesday challenging new government guidelines for adopting Native American children in the aftermath of a landmark 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Quinn Emanuel Heads to Shanghai, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 26, 2015

Litigation giant Quinn Emanuel opens its first office in mainland China; Steptoe & Johnson snags four in Silicon Valley; Dentons follows up on its Newt Gingrich hire with several new additions; and other hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

$2.1 Billion Shale Deal: Noble Energy to Buy Rosetta Resources

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : May 22, 2015

Houston-based Noble Energy is poised to acquire all of the common stock of Rosetta in an all-stock transaction valued at $2.1 billion, plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8 billion.

Reed Smith to Open in Frankfurt

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : May 22, 2015

Reed Smith is set to open an office in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 1 with the addition of seven lawyers from four different firms. The new location, which will focus heavily on the financial services industry, will be managed from the firm's 10-year-old Munich office.

Deal Watch: Four Am Law 100 Firms Prescribed Work on CVS-Omnicare Merger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 21, 2015

Firms Prescribed Work on $12.7 Billion CVS, Omnicare Deal

Cadwalader Hong Kong Partner Leaves for Simmons & Simmons

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : May 20, 2015

The departure of U.S. securities lawyer David Neuville follows the arrival of former Latham & Watkins China partner Michael Liu and a six-lawyer capital markets and transactions team at the firm in January.

PTAB Chief Judge to Step Down

Scott Graham : The Recorder : May 19, 2015

James Smith helped implement the now popular postgrant procedures authorized in the America Invents Act.

Supreme Court Tackles Class Action 'Pick-Off' Settlements

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : May 18, 2015

Granting a cert petition lodged by Latham's Gregory Garre, the high court agreed to consider whether defendants can derail class actions before they're certified by offering the named plaintiff full individual relief.

US vs. UK: Which Firms Have the Best India Practices?

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : May 18, 2015

A new ranking from London-based RSG Consulting shows that U.S. firms continue to take market share in India, challenging the dominant position once held by their U.K. peers.

Dealmaker Spotlight: Latham & Watkins' Cathy Yeung

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : May 14, 2015

So far in 2015, Yeung has already advised the largest three IPOs and the largest follow-on offer in Hong Kong

Deal Watch: Weil, Wachtell Dial Up for Verizon's $4.4 Billion AOL Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 14, 2015

Verizon Communication Inc. cites AOL Inc.'s market success in digital content and advertising platforms as reasons behind the purchase. Also in this week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more: Williams' acquisition of its master limited partnership Williams Partners in an all-stock deal valued at $13.8 billion, led by Gibson Dunn and Baker Botts.

Intellectual Ventures Clears Hurdle in Capital One Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : May 13, 2015

Two weeks after JPMorgan Chase persuaded a federal judge that three Intellectual Ventures patents failed the test for patent eligibility under Section 101 of the Patent Act, IV has beaten back a parallel defense in its related infringement case against Capital One.

Morgan Lewis, Winston & Strawn Enter NFL's Deflategate Drama

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 13, 2015

The fiasco surrounding underinflated footballs in a key National Football League playoff game earlier this year continues to draw more high-powered Am Law 100 lawyers, including a pair of litigators from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Winston & Strawn that previously worked at now-defunct firms, in the aftermath of a controversial investigative report released last week by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Justices Give Houston Associate His Supreme Court Debut

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : May 13, 2015

William Peterson, an associate at Beck Redden in Houston, was not expecting a phone call from a U.S. Supreme Court justice. But there was Justice Antonin Scalia on the line, asking Peterson in January whether he would be interested in arguing a case before the court a few months hence.

The American Lawyer Announces Transatlantic Legal Awards Finalists for 2015

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 12, 2015

The American Lawyer announced this week the finalists of its 2015 Transatlantic Legal Awards. These awards recognize law firms for excellence in handling transatlantic matters across the key areas of corporate, finance and disputes, as well as highlighting law firm innovation, commitment to pro bono, outstanding transatlantic strategy and in-house leaders.

Dentons Shuttering Singapore Office on Heels of Dacheng Combination

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

The global legal giant will close its banking and finance outpost in Singapore as a result of its tie-up with China's Dacheng, a union that creates the world's largest law firm with 6,600 lawyers.

Three Firms See Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 11, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge, O'Melveny & Myers and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman see more partners peel away; a former Bingham McCutchen tax partner rejoins her former colleagues at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; a Latham & Watkins antitrust litigator launches her own boutique; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal of the Week: $2.1 Billion Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : May 11, 2015

Big firms work on Houston-based Noble Energy's planned acquisition of Rosetta Resources, also of Houston.

On the Move

: The Recorder : May 11, 2015

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

A Conversation With The Minister for Law in Singapore

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : May 11, 2015

Speaking with The Asian Lawyer, Minister K. Shanmugam outlines his vision of building the city state into the New York of Southeast Asia's legal services.