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Latham & Watkins.

Latham & Watkins.

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Main Office:
355 South Grand Avenue, | Los Angeles | CA | 90071
Phone: 213-485-1234  | Fax: 213-891-8763 

Year of establishment 1934 Number of Partners 610
Number of offices 31 Partner:associate ratio 0.50
Larget office Los Angeles percent women attorneys 35.60
Number of attorneys 1985 percent minority attorneys 18.60
Number of associates 1253 percent gay attorneys 3.30
Latham & Watkins.


Latham is dedicated to working with clients to help them achieve their business goals and overcome legal challenges anywhere in the world. From a global platform of offices in the world's major financial, business and regulatory centers, the firm's lawyers help clients succeed. Devoted to Client Service Latham is committed to helping clients achieve their business strategies and providing outstanding legal services around the world. Clients depend on the firm’s ability to find innovative solutions to complex business issues, and Latham’s lawyers use the firm’s experience and resources to help clients handle these challenges. Latham’s global platform is comprised of a single, integrated partnership focused on providing the most collaborative approach to client service.

Notable cases

  • Represented Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. in its $4.84 billion sale to the Sony Corporation (September 2004).
  • Advised Bayer AG in its successful 2006

Awards and recognitions


Asian-MENA Counsel "Representing Corporate Asia & Middle East Survey" names two Latham lawyers to External Counsel of the Year list.
Los Angeles Business Journal: Named "IT Team of the Year" at CIO of the Year 2012 Awards.
Women in Law Empowerment Forum: Gold Standard Certification honors commitment to female achievement in the legal profession.
Chambers USA Awards: Firm noted for "excellent coverage" in Patent, Copyright & Trademark.
Latham Garners 2012 Tier 1 Ranking for Telecom Broadcast & Satellite Regulatory in Chambers.
Asian Legal Business: Latham picks up four awards in Asian Legal Business' 2012 South East Asia Law Awards.
Islamic Finance news: Five Latham lawyers named to Islamic Finance news' Leading Lawyers list.
Latham & Watkins won the Excellence for Client Service Award in Italy in the 2012 Chambers Europe Awards.


The American Lawyer's 2011 "A-List" ranked Latham & Watkins 6th in the nation out of more than 200 firms.
It ranked 17th in the 2010 Top Law Firms List, a survey that asks law firm associates to rank the perceived prestige of the major law firms.
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.
Law firm of the year (The Lawyer Awards 2008)
International law firm of the year (PLC Which Lawyer? Awards 2008)
Who's Who Legal's Commercial Arbitration Law firm of the year award in 2010 for the fifth consecutive year
Chambers Global's Arbitration Law firm of the year award in 2008 for the third consecutive year
Ranked first in the Global Arbitration Review's GAR100 in 2010 for the third consecutive year
Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2011
Private Equity Team of the Year (Legal Business Awards)
Internal Communications Team of the Year (The Lawyer HR Awards)
'European Law Firm of the Year' at 2010 Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence.
Voted 'Global Law Firm of the Year' by Who's Who Legal in 2010.
Named 'China Foreign Firm of the Year' by PLC Which Lawyer?
Won Best Partnership Project at the 2010 National Recycling Awards

At the 2008 ALB SE Asia Law Awards, 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,[18] Latham & Watkins was crowned
Deal of the Year - Project Finance Deal of the Year


Achieving diversity and providing equal opportunity has been one of the firm's highest ideals. The firm has consistently conceived, promoted and implemented methods that ensure lawyers are hired and promoted fairly. The firm has a Diversity Committee which addresses issues related to diversity and includes representatives from different committees.

The Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program awards six second year law students with US$10,000 non-renewable scholarships. The partners and associates first review applications and then interview them before finalizing winners.

Latham & Watkins Law Preview Scholars Program helps the law students to get off to a good start and offers scholarships to select students from different law schools. Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Internships involve students who are underrepresented and have been accepted to top law schools.

MPAC: The Multicultural Promotion & Attainment Coalition (MPAC) is an associate-driven, grassroots initiative, which supports retention and promotion of lawyers and gets them participate in all types of activities. The firm also encourages and supports its lawyers' involvement in diversity programming and sponsors registration and travel costs for select number of lawyers.

Summer associate program

In 2011, Latham & Watkins LLP had a class of 168 summer associates and the summer program runs in all of its U.S. offices. All summer associates are paid $3,080 per week, regardless of class. They have to complete 10 projects on average and can also do pro bono work. Summer associates typically bill for around five hours on assignments. The firm has a reputation for giving its summer associates "real work" and most summer associates have said that they learned useful skills during their time in the firm. The firm also hosts several social events for the summer associates and most of them believe that the firm does live up to its reputation of work-hard/party-hard.

Working for the Latham & Watkins.

Full-time associates have to bill a minimum of 1,900 hours every year. The firm also accepts part-time associates and these associates are even eligible for partnership. But entry-level associates cannot avail of this benefit. Associates can claim the time spent on pro bono work in their billable hours. The firm offers the telecommuting option on a case-by-case basis and a flexible timings option as well.


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Latham & Watkins is a fully-integrated, global law firm which believes in a "one-firm" culture. The firm houses around 2,000 lawyers in 31 offices across three ...

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