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Latham & Watkins
Type Limited liability partnership
Founded 1934
Headquarters 24 offices - Los Angeles, CA
Key people Robert Dell, Chairman and Managing Partner
Industry Legal services
Products Full legal services
Revenue N/A
Employees 2,100 Attorneys

Latham & Watkins LLP is a global law firm, one of the largest in the world. Latham currently employs approximately 2,000 attorneys in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.[1] The firm was started in Los Angeles in 1934 and has extensive California roots, but its largest office is now in New York City.

Latham has historically been one of the most profitable law firms. In 2008, Latham & Watkins became the first US-based law firm to attain more than $2 billion in yearly revenue.[2] During 2009 the firm has been in the news for its financial difficulties and subsequent employee layoffs, likely the key factors in its drop from the 7th most prestigious firm as rated by Vault in 2009 to the 17th most prestigious firm as rated by Vault in 2010.[3][4]



The American Lawyer's 2008 "A-list" ranked Latham & Watkins 2nd in the nation out of more than 200 firms[3] taking into account factors such as revenue per lawyer, pro bono, diversity and associate satisfaction. It ranked 7th in the 2009 Vault Prestige List, a survey that asks law firm associates to rank the perceived prestige of the major law firms[4]. Further, in 2007 the Vault ranked Latham as one of the "Best 20 Firms to Work For," one of only three large firms with New York offices to make the list.[5]. These surveys occurred prior to the mass layoffs. Since that time, Latham has dropped to 17th in rank.

Latham was ranked first by Legal500, along with two other firms in the U.S., for project finance. Latham was also identified in the December 2006 issue of The American Lawyer as the Am Law 200's "most admired firm." Legal Business magazine awarded Latham the coveted title "Law Firm of the Decade" for its ability to handle the immense challenges posed by the legal industry globally over the last ten years and its financial and strategic success during the period.

On October 10, 2007, Latham & Watkins was included in a ranking of law firms by the national law student group Building a Better Legal Profession.[5][6] The organization ranked firms by billable hours, demographic diversity, and pro bono participation. The results can be found on the organization's website,[7]

At the 2008 ALB SE Asia Law Awards[8 ], Latham & Watkins was crowned:

  • Deal of the Year - Project Finance Deal of the Year
  • Deal of the Year - Equity Market Deal of the Year

At the 2008 ALB China Law Awards[8 ], Latham & Watkins was crowned:

  • Deal of the Year - Project Finance Deal of the Year

Notable clients and cases

Notable Latham & Watkins attorneys


Latham currently has 1,900 attorneys throughout its offices in: Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Brussels, Chicago, Dubai, Doha, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Newark, New Jersey, New York City, Costa Mesa, California, Paris, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley(Menlo Park), Singapore, Tokyo and Washington D.C.

Notable Latham & Watkins alumni


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  2. ^ Ashby Jones, "Latham & Watkins Breaks $2 Billion Revenue Barrier", Wall Street Journal, February 11, 2008.
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  5. ^ Amir Efrati, You Say You Want a Big-Law Revolution, Take II, "Wall Street Journal", October 10, 2007.
  6. ^ Adam Liptak, In Students’ Eyes, Look-Alike Lawyers Don’t Make the Grade, New York Times, October 29, 2007,
  7. ^ Thomas Adcock and Zusha Elinson, Student Group Grades Firms On Diversity, Pro Bono Work, "New York Law Journal," October 19, 2007,
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  9. ^ "$4.84 billion acquisition". International Law Office. 2004 September 13. Retrieved 2009 October 18.  
  10. ^ "Rise of Latham & Watkins". Vol. 7, No. 1. (M&A Journal). 2007 March 31. Retrieved 2009 October 18.  
  11. ^ "India Awards". Asia Law. 2008 December. Retrieved 2009 October 18.  
  12. ^ Reckard, Scott (2006 November 8). "Scientology groups to pay back $3.5 million". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008 April 24.  
  13. ^ Gray, Tyler (2008-03-31). "Anonymous on Trial? Scientology Steps Up Skirmish". Radar. Retrieved 2008-12-16.  
  14. ^ Lat, David (2008-04-01). "Latham & Watkins to Free Stress Tests?". Above the Law. Retrieved 2008-12-16.  
  15. ^ Lee, Lisa; David Marcus, Amy Wu (2008-10-10). "Latham gilds Lilly's ImClone offer". The Deal. Retrieved 2009-10-18.  
  16. ^ Mideast Legal Business Online. 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2009-10-17.  
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  18. ^ Bowman, Lisa (1999 October 3). "Schindler heads toward life post-Mitnick". ZD Net. Retrieved 2008 April 24.  

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