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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

February Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : February 01, 2015

Dealmakers of the Week: Ryan Maierson and Debbie Yee of Latham & Watkins

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2015

Maierson and Yee advised Energy Transfer Partners in its $18 billion merger with Regency Energy Partners.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

PetSmart, Riverbed LBOs; Merck / Cubist; Visteon Stake Sale; GIC / IndCor Properties; NextEra / Hawaiian Electric; Paramount Group IPO

Oil Shock for Law Firms

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

Energy lawyers are about to find out how well their practices run on cheap oil.

Recognitions

: New York Law Journal : January 29, 2015

John Mendez, a partner at Latham & Watkins, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the newest chairman of the board of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, among other announcements and honors.

Lateral Hiring Stays Strong, but Firms Curb Pay Pledges

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

Lateral hiring remains at a near record, but more firms seek to manage risk by pulling back on compensation guarantees.

The Lateral Report: 2014's All-Star Hires

: The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

Twenty of the most notable and intriguing lateral moves of the year.

Deal Watch: Three Am Law Firms Advise on $18 Billion Energy Buy

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

The $18 billion merger between Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Energy Partners tops a roundup of nine deals breaking the billion-dollar mark this week.

Firms Will Thrive as Agencies Enact U.S. Regulations

David L. Brown : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

Congress may stall, but as agencies speed to enact Obama's regulatory agenda, firms will have plenty of business.

Ford, Jaguar Beat Infringement Claims Over Visual Displays

Gina Passarella : Delaware Law Weekly : January 28, 2015

A patent battle between a vehicle technology company on one side and Ford and Jaguar on the other came down to the definition of "page." And Ford and Jaguar won.

King & Spalding Keeps Hiring, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2015

Five lawyers join King & Spalding, as two others depart; Haynes and Boone heads to Denver; Pillsbury Winthrop adds 10 in Texas; Latham & Watkins lures a well-pedigreed litigator and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Morning Wrap: Confirmation Clash | White House Drone Fallout

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : January 27, 2015

Senate Republicans announce the witnesses scheduled to testify at Loretta Lynch's confirmation hearings. A federal appeals court upholds the campaign finance conviction of a prominent Nevada lawyer. A drone's unannounced visit at the White House is causing a few problems. This is a roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 26, 2015

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

Deal of the Week: Four Firms Work on Energy Partnership Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 26, 2015

Vinson & Elkins, Latham & Watkins, Andrews Kurth and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld each have a piece of a deal involving Marlin Midstream Partners, NuDevco Midstream Development and Azure Midstream Energy.

Baker Botts, Latham Work on $18 Billion Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 26, 2015

Dallas-based energy companies announce definitive merger agreement.

Top Rainmaker Leaves Kirkland for Paul Weiss

Julie Triedman and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2015

Taurie Zeitzer, a leading M&A lawyer who joined Kirkland & Ellis two years ago from Latham & Watkins, is taking her private equity expertise to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

McDermott Taps New COO, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2015

Two firms shuffling their COOs saw partners depart in January; DLA Piper and Kirkland & Ellis make some high-profile labor and employment hires; Quinn Emanuel grows in Houston; Wilmer raids MoFo for a new cybersecurity chair; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Market for Patent Litigators Remains Strong Despite Troll Thrashing

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : January 23, 2015

Patent filings dropped after Supreme Court rulings, but firms still see high demand for a long-hot practice.

Jaguar, Ford Defeat Auto Display Patent Claims

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : January 22, 2015

Barring a reversal, Wednesday's ruling signals the successful conclusion of a three-year patent battle for the two automakers, which were represented by lawyers at Latham & Watkins and the boutique firm Erise IP.

Farella Adds Two IP Litigators

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : January 21, 2015

James Day, who had been at Latham, will allow the litigation boutique to handle matters at the PTO.

$137.5M Derivative Accord Contained 'Unprecedented' Terms

Gina Passarella : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 21, 2015

The parties in several shareholder derivative suits filed over a Phoenix company's $19 billion acquisition of two copper and gold mining operations have jointly settled for $137.5 million, according to a settlement agreement signed by the parties.

Latham Hires From Freshfields in Hong Kong

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2015

The Los Angeles-based firm brings on partner William Woo following the loss of a seven-lawyer corporate team.

Sullivan & Cromwell on China Shenhua's $1.5B Bond Sale

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 19, 2015

Latham & Watkins is acting for the underwriters on the state-run company's first entry into the international bond market.

Expedia Inc.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

Expedia Inc.'s legal department has struck the right combination of in-house expertise and outside talent to help make the Internet travel company a top competitor in a fast-paced industry.

Splitting the Baby in International Arbitration

Claudia T. Salomon : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

In certain cases, arbitrators should consider dispositive motions and bifurcated proceedings.

Guidant Financial Group Inc.

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

Providing advice on corporate compliance is an inside — and outside — job for the lawyers at Guidant Financial Group Inc.

Four Firms Work on Energy Partnership Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2015

Vinson & Elkins, Latham & Watkins, Andrews Kurth and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld each have a piece of a deal involving Marlin Midstream Partners, NuDevco Midstream Development and Azure Midstream Energy.

Credit Suisse in Plaintiffs' Sights After Freeport-McMoRan Deal

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2015

There was plenty about this week's $137.5 million Freeport-McMoRan settlement to fire up the shareholder M&A litigation bar. But the next chapter in the Freeport case could be even more interesting.

Apple Asks Ninth Circuit to Nix Antitrust Suit

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 16, 2015

Plaintiffs lawyers claim Apple illegally forced early-model iPhone buyers into AT&T contracts.

Leading 2014 M&A Transactions

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2015

The leading M&As of 2014, where the target or acquirer was based in NJ.