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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 $2,650,000,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 1st on The American Lawyer's 2016 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

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : May 26, 2016

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

Deal Watch: Four Firms Keen to Create Mega REIT

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 26, 2016

Just in time for Memorial Day, four Am Law 100 firms sought to stoke and celebrate their transactional expertise by advising on an $8.4 billion combination of two leading real estate investment trusts.

PG&E Defense Lashes Out at Prosecutors

Ross Todd : The Recorder : May 25, 2016

Lawyers at Latham & Watkins say federal prosecutors should face sanctions in a criminal case over the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.

Billionaire's Backing of Gawker Suit Raises Transparency Concerns

Ben Hancock : The Recorder : May 25, 2016

PayPal founder Peter Thiel's unique brand of litigation finance highlights what critics say is a troubling secrecy around private funding for lawsuits.

Artificial Intelligence in Legal, 'So Hot Right Now'

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : May 25, 2016

Panelists at the Stanford CodeX FutureLaw Conference separated fact from fiction, explaining how AI truly functions in today's legal world.

Fund for Modern Courts Awards

: New York Law Journal : May 25, 2016

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman presented the Fund for Modern Courts' 2016 John J. McCloy Memorial Award to Harlan Levy, a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner and former chief deputy attorney general.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : May 24, 2016

Seven firms have added new partners, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has appointed a new chief legal officer.

Big Firms Have Paid Big Bucks for Clinton Speeches

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 24, 2016

According to a new database based on financial disclosures by Bill and Hillary Clinton, a handful of large law firms have paid nearly $2 million to the political power couple to make speeches. One talk came at a global partners' meeting for an Am Law 100 firm.

Associates, Want To Reduce Your Student Loans? Read This.

Kim Kleman : The American Lawyer : May 23, 2016

Firms are helping young lawyers refinance student debt. Will other companies follow?


: The National Law Journal : May 23, 2016

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : May 23, 2016

Corporate Department of the Year, Overall Winner: Latham & Watkins

David Ruiz : The Recorder : May 20, 2016

It completed monster pharma and chip deals while helping fund scores of emerging companies.

Latham Represents Company in $13B Pending Merger

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : May 20, 2016

Latham & Watkins represents FMC Technologies in the Houston company's pending merger with French company Technip, creating a $13 billion company.

Meet Silicon Valley's Trusted Advisors

Rebecca Cohen : The Recorder : May 20, 2016

These 10 M&A lawyers are the trusted voices of the region's tech companies.

Oracle, HP Set for Trial in $3 Billion Contract Feud

Ben Hancock : The Recorder : May 19, 2016

Still fighting Google, Oracle is about to begin another high-stakes jury trial. Here's what you need to know.

Sotomayor's Embrace of Mandatory Pro Bono Garners Praise and Pushback

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : May 19, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is winning praise for re-energizing the movement toward mandatory pro bono for lawyers with her recent remarks on the subject, but some advocates in Big Law think the requirement poses significant challenges and won't work for everyone.

Deal Watch: Amid Oil Price Plunge, Two Big Energy Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 19, 2016

A half-dozen big firms are advising on two key transactions in the embattled energy space, as a pair of oil field services companies and natural gas producers agree to combine.

Practice Leaders Pick Up Stakes, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A half-dozen big firms shuffled practice leaders within the past week; Skadden snags a high-profile arbitration expert in Hong Kong; the founding partner of Weil's Rhode Island office departs; and other notable laterals from throughout The Am Law 200.

Meet the 2016 Corporate Department of the Year and In-House Impact Winners

: The Recorder : May 18, 2016

Latham & Watkins has taken the top honor, followed by finalists Skadden and Wilson Sonsini.

Ciena: Small Ball in the Big Leagues

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : May 17, 2016

These lawyers know how to mesh with the business. They also know how to take on the competition.

Key Patent Judge to Leave Northern California Bench

Scott Graham : The Recorder : May 17, 2016

Ronald Whyte, a senior judge in San Jose, plans to retire in November after 24 years on the federal bench.

Blurred Lines at Oracle

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : May 17, 2016

No, their lawyers aren't dancing to that tune. But they know the business from top to bottom, and think nothing of inviting engineers to speak their mind at hearings.

Kirkland, Weil Divvy Up Latest Batch of Energy Bankruptcies

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

The restructuring practices at the two top Am Law 100 firms are advising on two more Chapter 11 cases filed Monday by Breitburn Energy Partners LP and SandRidge Energy Inc.

'Don't Scream,' and Other Advice for Appellate Lawyers and Law Students

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : May 16, 2016

, a new book, delves into the craft of framing, researching, writing and arguing cases on appeal at the Supreme Court and lower courts.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : May 16, 2016

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Lateral Hiring By US Firms in London Reaches New High

Frances Ivens : The Am Law Daily : May 15, 2016

Research into recent recruitment trends by international firms in London has found that they brought in over 20 percent more partners in 2015 than the year before, with total partner numbers climbing by 6 percent across the group year-on-year.

Alioto's Airline Injunction Bid Fails to Take Off

Ben Hancock : The Recorder : May 13, 2016

U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney refused to block airlines from implementing policy that hikes prices for multiple-city tickets.

Latham Hires Away Kirkland Private Equity Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : May 13, 2016

U.S.-qualified Frank Sun moves over in Hong Kong.

Shout-Out: Latham's Hat Trick

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : May 12, 2016

Latham & Watkins antitrust litigators racked up three wins in the past week, prevailing in federal court on behalf of Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and Ticketmaster; Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.; and Blue Rhino propane gas seller Ferrellgas.

Kirkland's Quest for All the Energy Bankruptcies Continues

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 12, 2016

The Chapter 11 filings of Linn Energy LLC and Penn Virginia Corp. brought two more big energy-related bankruptcies into a stable of cases collected by Kirkland & Ellis. The Linn case alone is the third-largest bankruptcy filed so far this year.