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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

In Google-Apple Rivalry, a Conflict Not Easily Waived

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : April 17, 2015

Both companies spread out their work and demand loyalty, which can wall out would-be laterals.

Deal Watch: Am Law Firms Get Electric With $26.5 Billion GE Capital Deal

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 16, 2015

As hundreds of Am Law 100 lawyers work on the dissolution of General Electric's financial unit, three more big firms grab roles on Nokia's $16.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : April 16, 2015

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

Introducing The National Law Journal's Outstanding Women Lawyers

: The National Law Journal : April 15, 2015

The National Law Journal presents 75 of the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today.

Deal of the Week: V&E, Latham Work on Houston Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : April 13, 2015

Quantum Energy Partners will initially invest up to $1 billion in oil and gas entity that will be managed by Linn Energy of Houston.


: New York Law Journal : April 13, 2015

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, brought to you free by : "Does Use of Self-Destructing Messages Raise Spoliation Concerns?," "Nature-Based Claims and the Patent-Eligibility Landscape," "Proper Litigation Budgeting Delivers True Value to Clients" and "Handling Foreign Plaintiffs' Requests for Access to U.S. Discovery."

Brian McManus

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : April 13, 2015

Guidant Financial Group Inc. counts on outside tax attorney Brian McManus to steer the company and its clients away from some of the potential perils of "ROBS," a financing method that has nothing to do with stickups.

Under ABS Structure, Cahill Makes London Litigation Debut

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

Cahill Gordon & Reindel officially launched an English law litigation practice in London after hiring Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Kelly. The announcement comes with a twist: U.K. regulators approved Cahill's application to become the first major U.S. firm in London to be licensed under an alternative business structure.

Finnegan Henderson Joining Competitors in Seoul

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 13, 2015

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner will open an office in Seoul, the firm said on Monday. The D.C.-based intellectual property firm follows some 20 U.S. and U.K. firms that have opened in South Korea since 2012.

Counsel to Counsel in the Emerald City

: The National Law Journal : April 13, 2015

The National Law Journal this week spotlights lawyers who serve as outside counsel to some of the top in-house legal teams at companies based in the Seattle area.

In-House Counsel Profile: DSM North America's Hugh Welsh

: The National Law Journal : April 13, 2015

DSM North America is a division of Koninklijke DSM N.V., a Dutch firm that North America president and general counsel Hugh Welsh calls "the biggest company you've never heard of."

On the Move

: The Recorder : April 13, 2015

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

Wilson Sonsini Partner Sets Sail for New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

J. Christopher Groobey spent 25 years in Big Law before heading for the high seas; Fried Frank makes more litigation hires; Latham & Watkins lures three from Sidley Austin; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Latham, Clifford Chance Advise on GF Securities $3.6B IPO

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : April 10, 2015

The Chinese brokerage ranks as the biggest initial public offering so far this year in Asia.

Morning Wrap: Tsarnaev Verdict Reaction | Dentons and McKenna Long Tie Up

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 09, 2015

This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country, focused on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Ted Cruz, West Virginia's attorney general and the major merger law firms.

Abbvie Scores Again in Humira Patent Fight

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : April 08, 2015

Siding with Abbvie Inc. and its lawyers at Latham & Watkins, the Federal Circuit again rejected efforts by the Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research to extend a patent license for the blockbuster anti-inflammatory drug Humira.

The Take-No-Prisoners Battle Over Allergan

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : April 07, 2015

In a year filled with hostile bids, the Allergan-Valeant fight had it all: strange alliances, trash talk, lawsuits and plenty of scorched earth.

Acacia Feels Fallout From Schlumberger Ruling

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : April 07, 2015

Former Schlumberger lawyer Charlotte Rutherford was supposed to help Acacia deploy its patent arsenal against the Texas oil industry. Schlumberger and its lawyers at Latham & Watkins had other ideas.

Three Am Law 100 Firms Tap Transactional Trio for M&A Expertise

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 06, 2015

With deal volume up during the first quarter, O'Melveny & Myers, Shearman & Sterling and Covington & Burling made notable additions Monday to bolster their M&A ranks in New York.

Sixth Circuit Tosses $657M Award Against United Technologies

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : April 06, 2015

Latham & Watkins' Gregory Garre helped convince a federal appeals court to throw out the mega-award on Monday, reversing a government victory in a roller-coaster case against UTC over fighter jet contracts.

Judgment Fund: Feds Paid $87M in Patent Cases

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : April 06, 2015

The U.S. government paid more than $87 million to settle patent infringement suits last year — a sharp uptick after a decade of mostly negligible payments in a handful of cases.

Firms Make It Hard for Partners to Say Goodbye

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : April 03, 2015

Leaving a law firm can be painful and protracted—and that's often by design, says Shartsis Friese partner Joel Zeldin.

Ecotality Investors Say Letter Is Smoking Gun in Securities Suit

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 03, 2015

The electric car charging company was on notice it had problems with the Department of Energy before closing a $6.4 million PIPE deal, plaintiffs lawyers contend.

About Those Firms That Didn't Score Pro Bono Honors …

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 03, 2015

Although two dozen firms earned honors for their pro bono work in D.C. earlier this week, more than a few important Big Law names were missing. Is pro bono work on the decline across the city?

Deal Watch: Four Am Law Firms Advise on UnitedHealth's $12.8 Billion Catamaran Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 02, 2015

This week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more features UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s $12.8 billion acquisition of Schaumburg, Illinois-based pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. Sullivan & Cromwell, Blake, Cassels & Graydon and Squire Patton Boggs advised UnitedHealth in the transaction, while Sidley Austin and Baker & McKenzie worked on behalf of Catamaran.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : April 02, 2015

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

Schlumberger Wins on Conflict; Thwarts IP Lawsuit

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : April 02, 2015

Schlumberger wins ruling that pitted it against former in-house lawyer in battle for software patents.

April Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : April 01, 2015

Lawyers Resist Plan to Trim Length of Appeals Briefs

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : April 01, 2015

Forcing lawyers to write shorter briefs is not the solution to the problems federal appeals court judges have with outsized filings, an advisory panel was told on Wednesday.

Let the PTAB Decide

Bob Steinberg, Michael Morin and David Frazier : Corporate Counsel : April 01, 2015

Federal courts are increasingly deferring to the Patent Trail and Appeals Board.