Latham & Watkins LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Great spirit and culture”
  • “Transparent management”
  • “Little face-time requirement”

Downers

  • “Billable hour pressure”
  • “Unpredictability of schedule”
  • “Intense client demands”

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 more than 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.

Quite the impressive roster.

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. Latham also has a breast milk shipping program for nursing mothers (including attorneys' spouses and domestic partners) who travel for business. 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 2017
Head of the Class
The firm's financial and practice strengths were reconfirmed when Latham was named the #1 law firm by gross revenue for the third year in a row, topping the AmLaw 100 list.

Diversity Matters
Latham is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting diverse legal talent at the firm and in the profession at large. Diversity Leadership Academy brings together attorneys and law students to develop leaders in the legal industry. Latham invests in its 1L Fellowship Program, which provides an opportunity to work both at Latham and with a client; and, through the 2L Diversity Scholars Program, select U.S. law students receive a $25,000 scholarship and employment offer. Latham's Diversity Leadership Committee spearheads the firm's global diversity initiatives together with its Women Enriching Business Committee, affinity groups and Multicultural Promotion and Attainment Coalition.

March 2017
Stepping Up to the Bar
A team of Latham IP lawyers recently drove an impressive effort to organize nearly 50 law firms and other stakeholders in creating the PTAB Bar Association, the first new U.S. bar association formed in three decades. The organization held its first national conference to share knowledge and promote best practices at the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), which has emerged as the de facto venue for litigating patent validity.

January 2017
Serving Those Who Served
In 2016, Latham provided over 200,000 hours of pro bono, worth approximately $135 million. The firm is on the frontlines of helping veterans secure the benefits to which they are due, including naturalization for veterans with uncertain immigration status. Latham represented the first deported veteran to receive U.S. citizenship as a result of his honorable military service, overcoming significant legal and logistical hurdles to do so, and the firm continues to represent deported veterans in Ecuador, India and Mexico. Latham is also the only firm to partner with the ACLU in its campaign on behalf of deported U.S. veterans.

August 2016
Render Unto Caesar
In just one example of the firm's cross-border deal making prowess, Latham recently advised Caesars Interactive Entertainment in the $4.4 billion all-cash sale of its social and mobile games business, Israel-based Playtika, to a consortium including an affiliate of China's Shanghai Giant Network Technology Co. The Latham deal team included 80 lawyers in seven offices across seven practice groups.

June 2016
Landmark Litigation
In a historic victory for Latham's client, the University of Texas at Austin (UT), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of UT's consideration of race as one of many factors in undergraduate admissions-widely regarded as the most important challenge to admissions policies in more than a decade. A team of Latham lawyers has defended UT against a broad-scale attack on its admissions plan, and on affirmative action in higher education more generally, for more than four years and through two trips to the Supreme Court and one to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman & Managing Partner: William H. Voge
  • Recruiting Chairs: Andrea Hogan (SF), Kem Ihenacho (London), Laurence Seymour (LA)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 2,000

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    8th year: $315,000
    Summer associate: $3,470/week
    2L Scholar: $3,470/week
    1L Fellow: $3,470/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    204out of 205 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Departments and practice groups include: Corporate (including Activism, Capital Markets, Communications Law, 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 Project Siting & Defense, Environmental Litigation, Environmental Regulatory, Environmental Transactions) • Finance (including Banking, Financial Regulatory, Islamic Finance, Private Equity Finance, Project Development & Finance, Public & Tax-Exempt Finance, Real Estate, Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts, Structured Finance) • Litigation & Trial (including Antitrust & Competition, CFIUS & US National Security, Complex Commercial Litigation, Creditors Rights & Bankruptcy Litigation, Export Controls, Economic Sanctions & Customs, Government Contracts, Information Law, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity, Insurance Coverage Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, International Arbitration, Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions, Securities Litigation & Professional Liability, Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation, White Collar Defense & Investigations) • Tax (including Benefits, Executive Compensation & Employment, 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-Systems & Solutions • 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 Barcelona • Beijing • Brussels • Dubai • Düsseldorf • Frankfurt • Hamburg • Hong Kong • London • Madrid • Milan • Moscow • Munich • Paris • Riyadh • Rome • Seoul • Shanghai • Singapore • Tokyo