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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, London, MA, N/A, NJ, NY, Paris, 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

Patent Litigation Shows No Signs of Going Out of Style

Lisa Shuchman : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014

The number of suits keeps rising, with Fish & Richardson topping our law firm rankings for the most cases handled.

Judge Shuts Door on Hotel Price-Fixing Class Action

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : October 28, 2014

Eight months after Hagens Berman got a second chance to press claims that top Internet booking sites and the country's biggest hotel chains conspired to fix room prices, on Tuesday a federal judge in Dallas dismissed the case for good.

Who in Big Law Cut Checks for the Midterms?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

The NLJ looks at how the legal industry supports certain interests and people, and where lobbying horsepower could focus in the coming years. In this report, we've highlighted midterm election contributions to three powerful members of Congress.

Realtors Network Sues Zillow Over 'Coming Soon' Listings

Ross Todd : The Recorder : October 27, 2014

Lawyers for an online community of real estate agents claim Zillow stole the idea while feigning interest in a deal.

Top Candidate Turns Down Position of Attorney General

: The Associated Press : October 27, 2014

The chance that one of New York City's two top federal prosecutors will get a promotion to U.S. attorney general may have gotten a boost after former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler reportedly told President Barack Obama she doesn't want to be nominated.

Victories Against the Odds

: The National Law Journal : October 27, 2014

The National Law Journal presents five lawyers and their teams who faced tough odds at trial and prevailed by using creative litigation strategies, sharp trial techniques and plenty of legal brainpower.

OpenTable's Connie Chen

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 27, 2014

With the company broadening its offerings beyond online reservations, the in-house team has a lot on its plate.

His Confidence In the Client Won the Day

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : October 27, 2014

Patrick Gibbs and his Latham & Watkins team prevailed in a major SEC insider-trading trial.

New Law Takes Aim at Hong Kong's Oligopolies

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 27, 2014

But the question is whether or not the so-called Competition Ordinance will succeed. Lawyers say it may not introduce significantly more competition into the local economy. In fact, the real winners may be the lawyers themselves.

Willkie Adds Another Ex-Kirkland Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 24, 2014

Eight months after leaving Kirkland & Ellis for McDermott Will & Emery, private equity partner Leonard Klingbaum is on the move again; Greenberg Traurig hires a former California Senate leader; Weil, Gotshal & Manges adds a high-yield partner in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

AG Picks Narrow After Ruemmler Pulls Name From Consideration

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 24, 2014

Latham partner Kathryn Ruemmler has withdrawn from consideration for U.S. attorney general, the White House said Friday. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. and Labor Secretary Tom Perez remain in the mix to replace Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.

Asia Deal Digest: Oct. 23, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : October 23, 2014

*Three firms on Medibank Private Ltd.'s $4.8 billion Australian IPO*Hong Kong firm Deacons advises Chinese state-run Bohai Steel Group Co. on bond sale*Herbert Smith Freehills acts for Energy Development Corp. on financing for Philippines' largest wind farm

2014 Patent Litigation Survey

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : October 22, 2014

Patent trolls continue to up the lawsuit count as companies fight back. Which means plenty of work for the law firms chosen to file or defend patent suits.

Six Am Law 100 Firms Smooth Way for Another Pipeline Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 20, 2014

As the U.S. moves to become the world's largest oil producer, lawyers from Cooley, Latham & Watkins, McGuireWoods, Norton Rose Fulbright, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are helping QEP Resources unload its natural gas pipeline and processing unit for $2.5 billion in cash to Tesoro Logistics, a refinery operator owned by Tesoro Corp.

Russian Legal Market Turns Bearish for International Firms

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : October 19, 2014

As sanctions have dried up cross-border deal flow in Russia, U.S. firms are feeling the pinch.

Edwards Wildman's Tech Cochair Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 18, 2014

Another Edwards Wildman Palmer partner departs ahead of the firm's proposed merger later this year with Locke Lord; a Bingham partner heads to the FCC; Fried Frank and Kirkland & Ellis add a pair of new partners; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: The Recorder : October 17, 2014

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

Report: Atlanta U.S. Attorney Could Replace Departing Deputy AG

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : October 16, 2014

U.S. Attorney Sally Yates is being mentioned as a possible replacement to fill the second highest post at the U.S. Justice Department, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.

How Global 100 Firms Rate on Pro Bono Work

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : October 15, 2014

Our first survey of pro bono efforts among non-U.S. global firms shows good effort—and room for improvement.

Fenwick & West Advises Symantec on Split

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 15, 2014

The Mountain View, Calif.-based antivirus software maker announced that it would separate its businesses, joining a recent wave of technology companies such as Hewlett-Packard and eBay that have decided that two is better than one.

John Giouroukakis

Len Maniace : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014

Not all lawyers born to immigrants go on to lead a pro bono effort of more than 350 attorneys and other staff assisting newcomers to this country, but John Giouroukakis did.

Geberit Taps Latham for $1.35 Billion Buy of Sanitec

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 14, 2014

The Swiss bathroom-piping maker said on Tuesday that it would purchase Sanitec Group, a Nordic ceramic toilet maker, for $1.35 billion in an all-cash deal.

3 Key Takeaways for GCs When Data Breaches Occur

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : October 13, 2014

As more companies experience data breaches, GCs need to come up with an action plan.

EnergyBuzz: $340M Property Deal in Bakken/Three Forks Play

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : October 09, 2014

Natural Resource Partners expects to pay about $340 million for assets in North Dakota.

Coveris Executive Team Gets New GC

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : October 09, 2014

Coveris has its in-house legal team covered, naming Kathleen McJohn general counsel.

Latham Leads Starbucks' $914M Japan Buyout

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : October 09, 2014

The Seattle-based coffee giant is taking control of its Japanese operations through a buyout of its joint venture partner and the purchase of all outstanding shares.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : October 09, 2014

Becton, Dickinson and Company is buying CareFusion Corp. in the latest in a record-setting series of mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries following the Affordable Care Act. Also, Encana Corp. is acquiring Athlon Energy Inc. for $5.3 billion in the largest-ever U.S.-Canada transaction in the exploration and production sector.

Asia Deal Digest: Oct. 9, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : October 09, 2014

*Five firms on Anbang Insurance's $1.95 billion purchase of the Waldorf Astoria New York*Ashurst advises state-run PT Pertimina on $2 billion acquisition of Murphy Oil's Malaysian assets*Herbert Smith Freehills guides Australia's Regis Healthcare on its recent IPO.

Fee Tracker: Bingham, Fried Frank Bag Old Mutual IPO Roles

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 09, 2014

Initial public offerings for such companies as British insurer Old Mutual's Boston-based asset management arm and Royal Bank of Scotland-backed Citizens Financial helped fill the coffers of firms such as Bingham, Cleary Gottlieb, Davis Polk and Fried Frank while Detroit's bankruptcy continued to be a boon to Jones Day and Honigman. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to examine $4.1 million in Baker Botts bankruptcy fees in our latest look at notable legal billings from throughout The Am Law 200.

Am Law 100 Firms Capitalize on Big Pharma Deals

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 09, 2014

Sullivan & Cromwell, Latham, McDermott and Sidley Austin advised on Impax Laboratories' purchase of Tower Holdings for $700 million. Sullivan & Cromwell also counseled Endo International on a separate pharmaceutical deal in which the company agreed to pay $2.6 billion for Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, itself advised by Morgan Lewis and Willkie. Meanwhile, Debevoise and Wilmer took the lead on a third transaction in the pharmaceutical sector, this one worth $675 million.