Latham & Watkins LLP at a Glance


  • “Working with friendly, open-minded people”
  • “Transparency of decisions”
  • “Very prestigious with large clients”


  • “You can get a bit lost at a firm of this size”
  • “Unpredictable volatility in hours”
  • “High billing rates”

The Buzz

  • “High quality”
  • “Good at everything”
  • “Fun California firm”
  • “Workaholics”

About Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham is one of the world's largest law firms, a bona fide member of the clique that includes the Magic Circle and the elite U.S. heritage firms. With more than 2,000 attorneys in over 30 offices around the world, Latham practices in all the major jurisdictions in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia and regularly represents companies doing business in Latin America and Africa. The firm is a global leader in corporate transactions, environmental law, finance matters, litigation and tax services―founding partner Dana Latham was a former commissioner of the IRS.

Hollywood Goes Global

Over its more than 80-year history, Latham has determinedly grown beyond its SoCal roots and evolved into a global player. As a small Los Angeles outfit in 1934, the firm was well-positioned to take advantage of Southern California's swiftly-escalating postwar industrialization and population growth. By 1969, Latham employed 42 lawyers-a healthy practice, but still undeniably local. Over the ensuing three decades, Latham aggressively and steadily expanded around the globe. So successful was the expansion that the New York office is now the firm's largest. Latham has long disavowed the notions of headquarters and "satellite" offices, with the firm proudly touting its "one firm" culture and insisting that it has no dominant practice or power base.

A+ Alumni

As might be expected of a firm of Latham's stature, firm alumni have held weighty titles and responsibilities: Bruce Babbitt, former governor of Arizona and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior; Christopher Cox, former Chairman of the SEC; David Hayes, former Deputy Secretary of the Interior; Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security; DeMaurice Smith, the Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA); and Donald Remy, General Counsel of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

One Firm

Despite having its hand in nearly every cookie jar around the globe, Latham's guiding management principle is the idea of "One Firm." Not only does the firm eschew the notion of a headquarters, but it also actively works to emphasize the team effort of legal work, rather than elevating individual star attorneys. Latham extends this cultural ideal in a truly unique way: by including an equal number of partners and associates on its Associates Committee, which plays a central role in the firm's evaluation and promotion process as well as in determining associate compensation and other policy issues.

Perks for Parents

In addition to the firm's generous parental leave policies (we're talking at least 18 weeks leave for "birth mothers" and adoptive parents who are primary caregivers), Latham also helps attorneys successfully reintegrate into practice, offering a "pace reduction" program that automatically gives new parents the option of returning at a reduced schedule for six months, with no prior approval necessary. The firm hopes that the program will help new parents transition back to work without the immediate pressures of a full-time billable hours requirement. No wonder the firm has been recognized as one of Working Mother magazine's "Best Law Firms for Women" and a Gold Standard Firm by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum.


April 2014

Topping the Charts
Latham received 24 top ten rankings across a range of corporate and finance categories in The American Lawyer's 2014 Corporate Scorecard. The firm's stellar results include four No. 1 rankings in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and both U.S. and non-U.S. IPOs. Many other practice areas also made strong showings, including in the categories of high yield debt, private equity, project finance and REITs. The firm also made its tenth appearance on The American Lawyer's A-List, making it one of only four firms to appear on the list for each of the past 10 years.

March 2014

Supporting the Next Generation
Entering its tenth year, Latham's Diversity Scholars Program awarded six $10,000 scholarships to eligible law school students in the U.S. The program has awarded more than $420,000 in scholarship funds since its inception, with no requirement that recipients work at the firm. Latham also sponsors approximately 90 rising 1L students as part of the Law Preview Diversity Scholars program, an initiative designed to give students the best opportunity to succeed during their first year of law school.

Project Finance Powerhouse
Latham advised on seven Project Finance Magazine 2013 "Deals of the Year" in North America, Europe and the Middle East, and the firm also picked up five "Deal of the Year" awards from Project Finance International. Both publications recognized Latham for its work in connection with the Solar Star project, comprised of two solar energy facilities near Los Angeles, California. Latham represented the lenders in a $1 billion bond offering, the largest-ever renewable energy bond issue.

February 2014

Translating Victory
Latham scored a significant victory as lead counsel for the online translation service TransPerfect in a high-profile patent dispute with its competitor MotionPoint. Working closely with the client, the Latham litigation team won a decisive verdict, with the jury finding that MotionPoint had infringed TransPerfect's patent and was liable for damages. The case was named a "Top Plaintiffs' Verdict by Impact" by the Daily Journal.

January 2014

Combating Human Trafficking
In 2013, over 200 Latham attorneys across 20 offices logged more than 12,000 hours to pro bono anti-trafficking efforts. These matters ranged from providing direct representation to trafficking victims to offering pro bono counsel to several organizations working to end modern-day slavery, including Not For Sale and Equality Now. Latham attorneys also worked on one of the largest human-trafficking cases in U.S. history, representing 47 plaintiffs asserting violations of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The firm provided nearly 191,000 hours of pro bono legal services, worth approximately $102.5 million, in 2013.

Boom Town
Citing the firm's burgeoning energy practice and its deft lateral hiring strategy, The American Lawyer profiled Latham's successful entry and growth in the Houston market, which had been dominated for years by a handful of Texas-based firms. The coverage noted Latham's success in competing with indigenous firms for transactional work, particularly in connection with master limited partnerships, which are publicly traded partnerships that play a central role in the oil and gas industry.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

885 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 906-1200


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman & Managing Partner: Robert M. Dell
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 2,000

  • Employment Contact
    Debra Clarkson
    Director of Global Recruiting
    Phone: (858) 523-5456

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,080/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    148 out of 149 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Departments and practice groups include: Corporate (including Capital Markets, Communications, Corporate Governance, Derivatives, Emerging Companies, Investment Funds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Public Company Representation, Technology Transactions) • Environment, Land & Resources (including Air Quality & Climate Change, Energy & Infrastructure Siting & Defense, Environmental Litigation, Environmental Regulatory, Environmental Transactional Support, Land Use) • Finance (including Banking, Financial Regulatory, Islamic Finance, Private Equity Finance, Project Development & Finance, Public & Tax-Exempt Finance, Real Estate, Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts, Structured Finance & Securitization) • Litigation (including Antitrust & Competition, Employment Law, Export Controls, Economic Sanctions & Customs, Government Contracts, Insurance Coverage, Intellectual Property, International Arbitration, Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions, Securities Litigation & Professional Liability, Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation, White Collar Defense & Investigations) • Tax (including Benefits & Compensation, International Tax, Tax Controversy, Tax-Exempt Organizations, Transactional Tax).

    Industry groups include Aerospace, Defense & Government Services • Automotive • Cleantech • Communications • Energy-Oil & Gas • Energy-Power • Financial Institutions • Healthcare Services & Providers • Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure • Industrials & Manufacturing • Information Technology-Hardware, Software & Services • Internet & Digital Media • Life Sciences • Mining & Metals • REITs • Retail & Consumer Products • Semiconductors • Sports, Media & Entertainmentüü

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA • Chicago, IL • Houston, TX • Los Angeles, CA • New York, NY • Orange County, CA • San Diego, CA • San Francisco, CA • Silicon Valley, CA • Washington, DC • Abu Dhabi • Barcelona • Beijing • Brussels • Doha • Dubai • Dusseldorf • Frankfurt • Hamburg • Hong Kong • London • Madrid • Milan • Moscow • Munich • Paris • Riyadh • Rome • Shanghai • Singapore • Tokyo

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