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At a Glance

Uppers

“The client base is interesting and the matters we handle are the most complex and interesting.”

“The people and general atmosphere. It's been comfortable and nurturing from day one—neither of which are words I ever really expected to apply to a BigLaw firm.”

“Ability to try different practice groups through the unassigned program.”

Downers

“There's so much deal flow, you can be on 10 different matters at once with 10 different partners, which can be tough to manage.”

“The difficulty of getting stand-up trial experience in litigation as a junior to mid-level associate.”

“The staffing process for Unassigned associates is a little unclear.”

About Latham & Watkins

Latham is one of the world’s largest law firms. With more than 3,000 attorneys in 30 offices around the world, Latham practices in all the major jurisdictions in the U.S., 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, litigations and trials, and tax services.

Small Shop Gets Super-Sized

Dana Latham—former commissioner of the IRS—and Paul Watkins founded the firm in 1934 to focus on tax and employment law. In the latter part of the 20th century, the firm began aggressively and steadily expanding around the globe. The firm’s largest office is its New York location, an iconic space on the Avenue of the Americas. Despite its sprawling footprint, Latham has long disavowed the notions of headquarters and “satellite” offices, with the firm proudly touting its “one firm” culture. 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.

Wide-Ranging Experiences

Junior associates at Latham are part of the firm’s “Unassigned Program” and can experience assignments across practice areas—which, at Latham, includes multiple top-ranked practices. In Vault’s recent practice area rankings, the firm placed in a whopping 25 areas. Latham’s recognized practices are wide ranging and include everything from environmental law and project finance to healthcare and securities to intellectual property and white collar defense—plus so much more. 

But just because juniors are unassigned doesn’t mean they have no direction; the firm offers extensive training at all levels. First years are trained through the firm’s core curriculum, which focuses on practical lawyering skills like legal research, persuasive writing, contract drafting, practice management, document review, due diligence, and more. The firm also offers training academies to support attorneys at all levels, from summer associates through partners, that take place over several days and cover skills including trial advocacy, contract drafting, communications and leadership, and more.

Perks for Parents

In addition to the firm’s generous parental leave policies (up to 26 weeks of paid leave for delivering parents; 22 weeks of paid leave for parents who welcome children via adoption, surrogacy, or gestational carrier; and 14 weeks of paid leave for other parents), Latham also helps new parents transition into and out of parental leave through its PRO-RATA “pace reduction” program that allows for reduced hours for six months prior to and after returning from leave. The firm’s new Parent Career Connection program also supports parents through individual and group coaching, enhanced leave of absence support, and tailored connections with other parent lawyers. In addition, the firm ensures that bonus-eligible associates on paid leave (including all paid family leave offerings) receive 100% credit towards their annual hourly budget (and related bonus) for up to 26 weeks in a calendar year. Latham parents who travel for business can take advantage of breastmilk shipping from the birth mother or surrogate to the child’s home, and this resource is also available to the spouses and domestic partners of Latham attorneys who don’t have access to a similar program through their employers. And benefit-wise, the firm offers reimbursement for surrogacy, adoption, and donor/egg sperm assistance to all eligible colleagues—as well as medical plan coverage—for fertility and advanced reproductive assistance (including egg-and sperm-freezing) for those who choose to enroll. 


The perks for parents don’t stop there, with parent and caregiver support that includes backup childcare, preferred enrollment and free registration for child care centers, premium membership to a self-directed online resource for sourcing local in-home care, and nanny placement services. Parents can also access discounted tutoring and test prep services, as well as enrichment programs and camps for several age groups. No wonder the firm has been recognized as one of Seramount’s (formerly Working Mother’s) “Best Law Firms for Women” for more than 10 years.

News & Awards

NOTABLE CASES
  • Latham represented Reddit, Airbnb, and Rivian Automotive in their landmark IPOs and pioneered direct listings, first for Spotify in 2018, followed by Slack, Warby Parker, and Coinbase, among others.
  • Two sports-focused M&A deals exemplify Latham’s reach and industry acumen: Endeavor’s $21+ billion merger of UFC and WWE and Premier League football club Manchester United’s sale of a 25% stake to Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
  • Latham litigators obtained a full dismissal of federal antitrust and state-law tort claims brought against Chess.com and Play Magnus Group by chess grandmaster Hans Niemann, bringing a decisive end to the sport’s greatest scandal.
  • Latham litigators helped civil rights groups, civic organizations, and tribal and local governments achieve a historic settlement to guarantee a fair and accurate US Census.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • For 21st consecutive year, Latham named to Am Law’s exclusive A List, 2023—The American Lawyer
  • Latham named Law Firm of the Year and Practice Group of the Year in six categories including Cybersecurity & Privacy, Energy, Fintech, Life Sciences, M&A, and Securities Litigation 2023—Law360
  • Latham amassed the most practice and individual rankings for the fourth consecutive year, 2023—Chambers USA
  • Latham received Mansfield Certification Plus status for sixth consecutive year, 2023—Diversity Lab
  • Latham named among “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality” and received 100% score in Corporate Equality Index, 2023—Human Rights Campaign
Latham & Watkins

1271 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Phone: (212) 906-1200

Firm Stats

Chair and Managing Partner: Richard M. Trobman
Recruiting Chairs: Michèle O. Penzer (Global Chair), Aaron Chiu (Vice Chair—U.S.), Emily Cridland (Vice Chair—EMEA)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
3K - 3.5K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
48
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1,900

Base Salary

1st year: $225,000
2nd year: $235,000
3rd year: $260,000
4th year: $310,000
5th year: $365,000
6th year: $390,000
7th year: $420,000
8th year: $435,000
9th year: $445,000
Summer Associate: $9,375/semi-monthly

Employment Contact

James Boyle
Director of Associate Recruiting
(212) 906-4581
james.boyle@lw.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 12

No. of International Offices: 17

Major Office Locations

Austin, TX
Boston, MA
Century City, CA
Chicago, IL
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Orange County, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC
Beijing
Brussels
Dubai
Düsseldorf
Frankfurt
Hamburg
Hong Kong
London
Madrid
Milan
Munich
Paris
Riyadh
Seoul
Singapore
Tel Aviv
Tokyo

Major Departments

Corporate
Finance
Litigation & Trial
Tax
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.