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Latham & Watkins LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 2,100
  • Gross Revenues: $2,612,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,245,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,900,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 2

Latham & Watkins is an USA-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 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 and TX.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 1 2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 1 2 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 : August 27, 2015

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

Panel Rips Oracle for Delaying Trial Against HP

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : August 27, 2015

Eleventh hour anti-SLAPP motion was "utterly without merit," defied the purpose of the statute, and needlessly delayed litigation, ruled the Sixth District Court of Appeal.

Fee Tracker: Summer Fun for LSAC, I-Bank IPOs and Monsanto

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

Pro bono is nice, but it helps to get paid. This week we track fees from the Law School Admission Council's litigation woes, an IPO for investment bank Houlihan Lokey and Monsanto lobbying.

Shout-Out: Latham & Watkins

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 26, 2015

It's been a big week for lawyers at Latham & Watkins, who chalked up major wins in insurance and antitrust disputes.

Quinn Emanuel Co-Founder Joins Davis Wright

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 26, 2015

David Quinto, one of the first partners at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan until leaving the litigation powerhouse last year, is headed to Davis Wright Tremaine with Scott Commerson. The two Quinn Emanuel alums hope for referrals from their former colleagues.

Guitar Center Wins Antitrust Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : August 25, 2015

The Ninth Circuit said plaintiffs hadn't shown a "hub-and-spoke" conspiracy to fix the prices of guitars and amplifiers.

K&L Gates Grows Despite Losses, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

K&L Gates offsets a series of partner departures with hires in Dallas and Asia; Ashurst brings back a private equity pro from Skadden; Boies Schiller bags one from Cravath; a McKenna Long founder decamps; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Clients on Yelp Give Lawyers an Earful

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 25, 2015

Yelp reviews are a great way to choose a restaurant for brunch. But what about for hiring a lawyer?

The Global Lawyer: The Slave Next Door

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

A dozen law firms team up to stop human trafficking, and send Congress a signal.

The American Lawyer's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Our 12th annual awards honor lawyers whose remarkable careers have shaped the legal profession.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Baker & McKenzie Drops Behind DLA Piper as Gross Revenue Leader

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : August 23, 2015

Baker & McKenzie, having lost its position as the world's largest-grossing law firm earlier this year to Latham & Watkins, has now slipped behind second-ranked global rival DLA Piper after announcing declines in both revenue and profit.

Deal Watch: 'Female Viagra' Spawns More Skadden, S&C Deal Work

Jennifer Henderson and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : August 20, 2015

Sprout Pharmaceuticals didn't have to wait long for a big-name buyer to spring big bucks for the nascent drug developer. Sullivan & Cromwell took the lead for the company, founded in 2011, on its $1 billion sale this week to longtime Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.

2015 Lifetime Achievers, Law Firm Leaders Announced

Am Law Daily Staff : The Am Law Daily : August 19, 2015

The American Lawyer honors eight longtime lawyers with distinctive careers and a commitment to public service. Three others are recognized for extraordinary talents managing their firm.

Growing German Market Spurs Latest Latham Lateral Raid

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : August 18, 2015

In the the latest example of U.S. firms with merit-based compensation systems poaching from their lockstep Magic Circle rivals, Latham & Watkins has hired another partner in Germany from Clifford Chance.


: The National Law Journal : August 17, 2015

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

UK Firms Eye Axiom-Like Outsourcing Biz in Asia

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : August 17, 2015

Eversheds and Allen & Overy hope to tap a new revenue source as the region's general counsel suffer the same pressures to cut costs as their peers in London and New York.

V&E, Latham Work on Fertilizer Deal

: Texas Lawyer : August 17, 2015

Vinson & Elkins represents CVR Partners of Sugar Land and Latham & Watkins represents Los Angeles-based Rentech Nitrogen Partners in deal valued at about $839 million.

Spate of Succession Plans at Firms Driven by Age, Innovation

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : August 14, 2015

Reading the legal press over the last two or so years could lead to the natural assumption that law firms are getting better at succession planning, particularly the planning part. A growing number of firms have announced new firm leadership and many have done so upward of a year in advance.

Atlanta Lawyers at Jones Day Help Flowers' Bread Deal Rise

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : August 14, 2015

Atlanta lawyers at three firms, Jones Day, King & Spalding and Alston & Bird, advised clients on several major deals announced this week.

Morning Wrap: An FTC Announcement, Plus Tom Brady and Rose's Luxury

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : August 13, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission has changed the way it handles antitrust cases. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Deal Watch: Google Shakeup Has Its Lawyers Feeling Lucky

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 13, 2015

Google turns to its longtime M&A counsel at Cleary Gottlieb to create a new holding company for the search giant, plus a rundown of this week's other megadeals and the law firms scrambling to keep them on track.

V&E, Latham Work on Fertilizer Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : August 13, 2015

Vinson & Elkins represents CVR Partners of Sugar Land and Latham & Watkins represents Los Angeles-based Rentech Nitrogen Partners in deal valued at about $839 million.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : August 13, 2015

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

Some Reservations About Expedia's Acquisition of Orbitz

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : August 13, 2015

A consumer activist group and the hotel industry are both urging the U.S. Department of Justice to block travel-booking site Expedia Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide Inc.

Brief Argues Against Mandatory Solitary on Death Row

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : August 12, 2015

Sixteen former corrections leaders from across the country are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to use a Virginia case to end the automatic assignment of death row inmates to solitary confinement.

Hot Spot: Law Firms Consolidate in the Middle East

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : August 12, 2015

Is Dubai hotter than Abu Dhabi? Herbert Smith Freehills, Latham and Baker Botts think so.

Former Lyft Exec Squashes Sanctions Motion

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : August 11, 2015

The company, which is suing former COO Travis VanderZanden, said the executive's countersuit was harassment.

Carlyle Group and Others to Purchase Veritas from Symantec for $8 Billion

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : August 11, 2015

Veritas, which provides data storage and server management software, is now under new ownership and will also now have a new CEO and chairman.

Ruling Strengthens ITC's Hand in Patent Cases

Scott Graham : The Recorder : August 10, 2015

An en banc Federal Circuit panel, heavy on Obama appointees, held the ITC can block imports that are later used in ways that cause infringement.