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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 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Latham & Watkins has 2101 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 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 and TX.

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 -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

FedEx, PG&E Trials to Test Theory of Corporate Culpability

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 29, 2016

With mega-millions at stake, the Justice Department will try to prove that a company can have collective criminal intent.

Best of the Legal Tech Blogosphere: Updating Digital Communication Law, Fighting Patent Trolls, and More

Ricci Dipshan : Legaltech News : April 29, 2016

A roundup of blog posts and other musings from in and around the legal tech community.

Big Firms Fuel Up on Energy Sector Bankruptcies

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : April 28, 2016

The administrative office of the U.S. Courts said Thursday that bankruptcy filings fell 8.5 percent over the past year. But one sector where Chapter 11 work hasn't dried up is the energy industry, where Kirkland & Ellis and Jones Day are siphoning off new assignments.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : April 28, 2016

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

Deal Watch: A Pharmaceutical Frenzy for a Half-Dozen Firms

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 28, 2016

Abbott Labs seeks to buy St. Jude Medical for $25 billion; Sanofi makes a $9.3 billion bid for Medivation; AbbVie offers $5.8 billion for Stemcentrx; and a look at the big firms behind those proposed megadeals.

Fox Rothschild Bets on Big Wealth, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

The Philadelphia-based firm bolts on smaller wealth management shops in California and Florida; Jenner & Block rebuilds its government contracts group; Sidley Austin hires MoFo's ERISA head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hit With Defections, K&L Gates Stays the Course

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2016

K&L Gates has expanded well beyond its Pittsburgh roots. The firm says it's on the verge of greatness. Others disagree.

Federal Trade Secrets Bill Clears Congress

Ben Hancock : The Recorder : April 26, 2016

IP litigators support reform to simplify the existing state-by-state patchwork.

Growth Slows at Largest New York Law Firms

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : April 26, 2016

Revenue and profit growth cooled at most of the largest New York law firms in 2015 after several years of rapid growth.

More Law Firms Take Aim at Associate Student Loan Debt

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 26, 2016

At least three law firms are now working with First Republic Bank to help their associates pay down hundreds of thousands in law school debt at reduced rates. Dozens of others are working with nontraditional lenders such as SoFi to implement similar programs.

Am Law 100 Firms Pull Back in Chicago

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Even of the city's most prominent native firms are reducing their lawyer numbers there.

Firms Ranked by Gross Revenue

: The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

For the second year in a row, Latham & Watkins holds the top position on our gross revenue rankings, while three new firms moved onto the Am Law 100. Twenty-seven firms posted gross revenue of $1 billion or more.

Law Firms Rooted in Florida Climb Am Law 100 Rankings

Samantha Joseph : Daily Business Review : April 25, 2016

Greenberg Traurig had about $1.3 billion in gross revenue last year, compared with Holland & Knight's $744 million and Akerman's $337 million.

Big Firms Chase Startup Clients in New York

Nell Gluckman : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

As New York emerges as a hot spot for entrepreneurial activity, law firms are hiring partners with expertise in representing early-stage companies.

Beyond The Am Law 100: A Reminder of Why There's More to Practicing Law

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : April 25, 2016

The Am Law 100 comes out today, and it will be eagerly scrutinized by thousands of readers who want to know who made the most money. But it's not the be-all, end-all of being a lawyer. Just ask Ronald Safer, a name partner at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, who got a man wrongly convicted of murder set free last week.

Law Firm Leaders React to a Year of Slow Growth

Susan Beck and MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : April 25, 2016

Firm leaders and industry consultants said that The American Lawyer's Am Law 100 survey mostly confirmed their expectations, and most said that they expected more of the same in 2016.

Firms With NJ Branches Perform (Mostly) Well in Am Law 100

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : April 25, 2016

As in years past, there are no New Jersey homegrown firms among the 100 highest-grossing in the U.S. But of list, released April 25 by Law Journal affiliate The American Lawyer, includes numerous firms with significant number of "boots on the ground" in the state.

The 2016 Am Law 100: Growth Slows for Big Law

: The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

The American Lawyer's annual report on the nation's 100 top-grossing law firms. Full financial results, in-depth analysis, firm profiles, and more.

Valley Firms Surge in The Am Law 100

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 22, 2016

The list is out! And California firms outpaced their peers in a year of glacial growth.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : April 20, 2016

Four firms announce new additions, while Littler Mendelson announces new co-chairs of the firm's financial services industry group and Skadden names six new partners.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

: The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2016

Before The American Lawyer's complete annual Am Law 100 report is released on April 25, take a peek at preliminary reporting on law firm financials from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

U.K. Litigation Funder Taps Proskauer Lawyer for U.S. Debut

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : April 19, 2016

Therium is hoping a trio of former Am Law 100 lawyers can stake its claim to the U.S. litigation finance market.

Am Law Echoes: A Look at Rankings Past and Present

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 19, 2016

Ahead of the publication next week of the annual Am Law 100 list, The Am Law Daily looked back at what has changed since The American Lawyer first published its rankings in 1985. The biggest difference between that year and 2016 is the size of the firms.

Gibson Dunn Partner Reflects on Appointed 'Friend' Role in Supreme Court Case

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : April 18, 2016

Helgi Walker, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, argued on the losing side of a U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down Monday, but she did not have to break the news to a forlorn client.

Dykema Defectors Form New Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 18, 2016

A four-lawyer team leaves Dykema Gossett to start their own shop; Norton Rose Fulbright nabs a dealmaker who nearly died in an African plane crash; a Seyfarth Shaw practice leader joins a high-profile boutique; and other notable additions from The Am Law 200.

Milbank, Latham, Davis Polk Advise on BATS, Big Casino IPOs

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 17, 2016

After a slow start to 2016, capital markets in the U.S. are finally warming up with a bevy of high-profile public listings for a pair of big casino companies, as well as an electronic exchange operator, all of whom are sending millions in legal fees to Am Law 100 coffers.

Meet the 2016 Litigation Department and In-House Impact Winners

: The Recorder : April 16, 2016

The Recorder is celebrating the California lawyers who won big last year and highlighting the departments, litigators and in-house lawyers who delivered exceptional results on their clients' most critical and challenging matters.

Litigation Department of the Year, Antitrust: Latham & Watkins

Rebecca Cohen : The Recorder : April 15, 2016

The firm notched wins pre-trial, post-trial and on appeal.

In-House Impact Winner: Marc Taxay, Arista Networks

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 15, 2016

Hired to help take the company public, Arista's GC found himself fighting a quirky contract dispute.

Lyft's Case Clipped in Fight With Former COO

Ben Hancock : The Recorder : April 15, 2016

The transportation company has been barred from pursuing lost profits in case against an executive who defected to Uber.