2024 Vault Rankings
- Pro Bono#20
- Firm Culture#24
- Health Care#11
- New York#7
At a Glance
“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.”
“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.
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.
Our 2021 Summer Program was held remotely, running the full ten weeks, from May 17 through July 23. Summer associates were invited to participate in in-person social activities the last two weeks of the program, in line with local health guidance. We expect to return to a fully in-person summer program in 2022. While our remote programs have been highly successful and substantive, we look forward to resuming the in-person activities that foster the connections and culture of collaboration that is at the heart of the Latham community.
Latham is committed to hiring the best and brightest talent, and we continue to engage with recruits remotely.
News & Awards
- Latham represented Airbnb and Rivian Automotive in their landmark IPOs and pioneered direct listings, first for Spotify in 2018, followed by Warby Parker and Coinbase, among others.
- Two entertainment, sports and media-focused M&A deals exemplify Latham’s reach and industry acumen: Endeavor’s $21+ billion merger of UFC and WWE and MGM’s $8+ billion acquisition by Amazon.
- Latham’s frequent Supreme Court appearances include successfully defending the University of Texas’ factoring race in admissions.
- 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.
- Named to Am Law’s exclusive A List for 20th consecutive year, 2022—The American Lawyer
- Named Practice Group of the Year in eight categories including Appellate, Bankruptcy, Competition/Antitrust, Life Sciences, Securities Litigation, Tax, Technology, and Trials, 2022—Law360
- Amassed the most practice and individual rankings for the third consecutive year, 2022—Chambers USA
- Mansfield Certification Plus status for fifth consecutive year, 2022—Diversity Lab
- Named among “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality” and received 100% score in Corporate Equality Index, 2022—Human Rights Campaign
1271 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Phone: (212) 906-1200
Chair and Managing Partner: Richard M. Trobman
Recruiting Chairs: Michèle O. Penzer (Global Chair), Kendall Johnson (Vice Chair—U.S.), Emily Cridland (Vice Chair—EAME)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
3K - 3.5K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
9th year: $425,000
Summer Associate: $4,135/week
Director of Associate Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 12
No. of International Offices: 18
Century City, CA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Orange County, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC I
Litigation & Trial
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.