Latham & Watkins

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Latham & Watkins LLP
Latham & Watkins
No. of offices28 [1]
No. of attorneys2,858 [1]
No. of employees≈4,500
Major practice areasGeneral corporate, mergers & acquisitions, banking and finance, litigation
Key peopleRichard Trobman, Chair and Managing Partner
RevenueIncrease US$4.3 billion (April 2021)[1]
Date foundedFebruary 8, 1934; 88 years ago (1934-02-08)
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Latham & Watkins LLP is an American multinational law firm. Founded in 1934 in Los Angeles, California, Latham is the second-largest law firm in the world by revenue.[1] As of 2021, Latham is also one of the most profitable law firms in the world, with profits per partner exceeding US$4.5 million.[2]


The firm was founded in January 1934 in Los Angeles, California, by Dana Latham and Paul Watkins. Latham's practice focused on state and federal tax law, and he eventually served as Commissioner of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under President Dwight Eisenhower. Watkins's practice focused primarily on labor. At first, the firm grew slowly, with only 19 attorneys employed as of 1960.[3] Beginning in the 1970s, the firm began growing rapidly, opening new offices in Orange County, Washington D.C., San Diego, Chicago, and New York. In the 1990s, the firm opened its first international office in London. Since then, it has continued to expand internationally with 18 international offices spanning Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East.[citation needed]

The company is known for lobbying and litigating against actions to mitigate climate change.[4][verification needed] According to the Law Students for Climate Accountability, "Latham & Watkins is the only firm to be in the Top 5 Worst Firms for both transactions and litigation exacerbating climate change."[5]

Amid the global recession in 2009, the firm laid off 190 lawyers and 250 paralegal and support staff, representing twelve percent of the firm's total associates and ten percent of the support staff.[6] At a time when many firms were conducting layoffs, the term "Lathamed" became legal slang for being laid off.[7]

At one time Latham & Watkins was considered to be the world’s largest law firm by total revenue when, in February of 2018, it surpassed $3billion in annual revenue.[8]

As of February 2021, Latham's largest office is in New York City, with more than 450 lawyers.[9] The firm claims it is the only fully integrated multinational law firm with no single headquarters.[10] In 2007, Latham became the first American law firm to attain more than $2 billion in yearly revenue, and in 2018 it was the first law firm to report more than US$3 billion in gross revenue.[11][12][13] It was briefly the highest-grossing law firm in the world, but has since lost the number one spot to Kirkland & Ellis.[14][15]

Latham opened its first office in Moscow in 1992, and thereafter represented a number of Russian state-owned companies.[16] These clients include the state-owned bank VTB and the natural gas producer Novatek.[17] Latham ended its Russia operations in March 2022, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.[18]

Latham's largest office is located at 1271 Avenue of the Americas


Latham was ranked as the #1 firm in the Am Law 100 rankings for 2017.[19] In 2021, the firm received the highest number of practice and lawyer rankings from Chambers and Partners.[20] Dubbed an "A-List All-Star" by The American Lawyer, the firm is one of three firms to appear on the A-List each year since its inception in 2003.[21] named Latham one of the top five most prestigious firms in the United States and the most prestigious firm in Southern California.[22]

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  5. ^ "The 2020 Law Firm Climate Change Scorecard" (PDF). 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Haynes, V. Dion (February 28, 2009). "Latham & Watkins Cuts 190 Lawyers". Washington Post. Retrieved February 28, 2009.
  7. ^ Mystal, Elie (June 14, 2010). "How Did Latham Become the Poster Child for Layoffs?". Above the Law. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
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  10. ^ "Legal Technology Journal" (PDF). April 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2021.
  11. ^ Jones, Ashby (February 11, 2008). "Latham & Watkins Breaks $2 Billion Revenue Barrier". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  12. ^ Strom, Roy (February 22, 2018). "Latham & Watkins Makes History with $3 Billion in Revenue". Retrieved February 12, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "Latham & Watkins LLP". Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  14. ^ "Kirkland Overtakes Latham as World's Biggest Firm by Revenue | The American Lawyer". The American Lawyer. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  15. ^ Rubino, Kathryn. "Behold: The First Firm To Crack $3 Billion In Revenue". Above the Law. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  16. ^ "Here Are the Biggest Legal Advisers to Russia's Major State-Owned Companies". International. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  17. ^ Binham, Caroline; Rovnick, Naomi; Thompson, Barney (May 31, 2018). "London law firms feel chill from icy relations with Russia". Financial Times. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  18. ^ "Latham & Watkins, Morgan Lewis Latest to Shut Russia Operations". International. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  19. ^ Lat, David. "The 2017 Am Law 100: A Turning Point For Biglaw?".
  20. ^ "Latham & Watkins LLP - About Us - Awards & Rankings - Latham Tops the Rankings in Chambers USA 2021 Guide". Retrieved December 27, 2021.
  21. ^ "Latham & Watkins LLP-Company".
  22. ^ "Latham & Watkins | Company Profile". Retrieved December 27, 2021.
  23. ^ "Dana Latham, 75, Former Head Of the Internal Revenue, Is Dead (Published 1974)". The New York Times. February 9, 1974. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  24. ^ "Loughlin, Giannulli lawyer is prosecutors' 'worst nightmare'". April 20, 2021. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
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  26. ^ "Latham & Watkins Thomas J. Heiden Latham & Watkins". Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  27. ^ "Homeland Security". Archived from the original on October 10, 2006. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  28. ^ "Latham & Watkins LLP".
  29. ^ "Judge Jonathan Lippman | Latham & Watkins LLP". Retrieved January 11, 2023.

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