Latham & Watkins LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “People, people, people”
  • “Top of market compensation”
  • “Culture is one-of-a-kind”

Downers

  • “Hours can be grueling”
  • “Unpredictability”
  • “Very intensive—not for everyone”

The Buzz

  • “Excellent IP litigation”
  • “Very social”
  • “Transaction-focused”
  • “Boom and bust”

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; Sharon Bowen, Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC);  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 of 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.

IN THE NEWS

April 2015

Topping the Charts
Latham received 31 top ten rankings across a range of corporate and finance categories in The American Lawyer's 2015 Corporate Scorecard. The stellar results include four #1 rankings in the areas of high-yield debt, IPOs and equity investments, with strong showings by many other practices, including M&A, project finance, bankruptcy and REITs. Dubbed an "A-List All-Star" by The American Lawyer, Latham is one of only three firms to appear on the A-List each year since its inception in 2003. The A-List recognizes "the most well-rounded" law firms based on financial performance and firm culture.

March 2015

Investing in Diversity
Latham launched its inaugural Diversity Leadership Academy, bringing together diverse attorneys from around the globe and talented law students from across the U.S. to develop future leaders of the legal profession and build community among the participants. The firm also announced its 1L Fellowship Program, which gives students an opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and mentoring early in their careers. In addition, six U.S. law students were awarded $10,000 scholarships through the firm's Diversity Scholars Program. The program has provided nearly $500,000 in scholarship funds since its inception in 2005.

January 2015

Committed to Combatting Human Trafficking
Latham has developed a robust program to fight human trafficking, ranging from direct representation of victims to counseling advocacy organizations and developing strategies for systematic reform. Latham attorneys are currently advising on one of the largest human trafficking cases in U.S. history, representing 47 plaintiffs asserting violations of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. This effort is a key part of the firm's strong commitment to public service; in 2014, Latham provided over 170,000 hours of pro bono legal services, worth approximately $105 million.

November 2014

Headlining in Hollywood
The firm now has a second outpost in Los Angeles with the opening its new office in Century City, the business center of the West Coast entertainment industry. This move coincided with the arrival of a team of six lateral partners and a number of other attorneys with unparalleled experience advising top U.S. and international clients in entertainment, sports and media transactions.

Dealing and Defending
Latham represented Allergan, Inc. in its high profile defense of a hostile takeover bid and eventual acquisition by Actavis plc for $71 billion, one of the largest global M&A deals of the past year, which involved a broad team of transactional and litigation lawyers. The lead corporate partners were named "Dealmakers of the Year" by The American Lawyer, which called the takeover defense "a really brilliant strategy" and detailed a series of legal maneuvers that advanced the client's interests.

August 2014

International Litigation Innovation
In one of the most widely watched international cases of 2014, Latham delivered a milestone victory for the London Metal Exchange, a 140-year-old global commodities exchange, when a federal district court held that it is immune from suit in the U.S. under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. Several news outlets including Reuters, Law360 and the Global Competition Review hailed Latham's innovative approach, and partner Peggy Zwisler was named "Litigator of the Week" by The American Lawyer and the Global Competition Review. The outcome reflects the firm's cross-border strengths, trial experience and highly strategic litigation approach.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman & Managing Partner: Robert M. Dell
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 2,000

  • Employment Contact
    Debra Clarkson
    Director of Global Recruiting
    Phone: (858) 523-5456
    Email: debra.clarkson@lw.com

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

  • Summer Associate Offers
    162 out of 162 (2014)

  • 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 • Entertainment, Sports & Media • 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

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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