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Latham & Watkins LLP

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Latham & Watkins LLP was founded in 1934, in Los Angeles, California. Starting with strong practices in tax and labor law, Latham & Watkins embarked on its path toward becoming a full-service legal powerhouse all around the world.



When Latham & Watkins began, it started with only three attorneys. Growth was gradual, with most expansion occurring internationally. Today, Latham & Watkins employs approximately 2000 attorneys in over 30 offices worldwide. The firm credits its policy of being “one firm” as one of the keys to its success, incorporating financial transparency and a different management style, emphasizing productive teamwork over individual success.[1]

Latham & Watkins, initially known for only a couple of strong practice areas, has grown to become a leader in many legal fields, including, transactional and finance work, litigation, and corporate and regulatory law. Latham & Watkins recently achieved notoriety for grossing over $2 billion in annual revenue in 2007, as well as for freezing second-year associate salaries at the first-year level in 2008 during the recent financial crisis.[2]

Latham & Watkins is also known for its pro bono work and public service. With its worldwide reach, Latham & Watkins not only offers pro bono work in the United States, but also in communities around the world, providing over 200,000 hours of complimentary legal services in 2010 alone.[3]

Diversity is also an issue of importance to Latham & Watkins. Through various diversity initiatives and programs targeting women and minorities as well as its own Diversity Committee, Latham & Watkins strives to promote diversity and the benefits it brings to an organization by promoting equal opportunity firm-wide.[4]

Latham & Watkins Areas of Practice

Latham & Watkins has over 50 areas of specialized practice. A list of their departments is as follows:[5]

  • Corporate Law
  • Environment, Land & Resources Law
  • Finance
  • Litigation
  • Tax

Latham & Watkins Offices

Latham & Watkins has 30 offices worldwide. It is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.[6]

  • Chicago
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orange County
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Silicon Valley
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Barcelona
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Doha, Qatar
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Hamburg
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Madrid
  • Spain
  • Milan
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Riyadh
  • Rome
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo


Latham & Watkins LLP
355 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Phone: (213) 485-1234
Fax: (213) 891-8763
Web: www.lw.com

Latham & Watkins Size

Latham & Watkins employs approximately 2000 attorneys worldwide.[7]

Latham & Watkins Recruiting

Associates at Latham & Watkins praise the great reputation of the firm, the quality of their colleagues, and the intellectual challenges that the work often presents. Complaints bemoan the size of the firm, leading to a good deal of administrative red tape, as well as a feeling that making partner is nearly impossible.[8]

Latham & Watkins often hires from its pool of summer associates, but also visits various campuses and legal job fairs to interview law students for first-year positions. Latham & Watkins is also known for hiring former judicial law clerks, experienced attorneys, and also hires legal professionals in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.[9]

New associates at Latham & Watkins have the freedom to explore different practice areas within the firm for two years before choosing a department. Many flexible options for parents/primary caregivers are offered to associates, including up to 18 weeks of paid leave, subsidized childcare, and flexible scheduling. Other perks include a full technology suite to make managing your practice easier and more comprehensive.[10]

Latham & Watkins Salary & Bonuses

Associate Base Salary Bonus Range Bonus Comments
Low High Discretionary

1st Year
$50,000 Yes
2nd Year
$60,000 Yes
3rd Year

4th Year $210,000 Yes
5th Year $230,000 Yes
6th Year


Based on May 2007 figures.

New York salaries are higher than those listed above. U.S. Supreme Court clerks are given two years credit (assuming they have clerked at least two years) plus $60,000 upon arrival at the firm. U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit clerks receive one year of credit plus $30,000 upon arrival at the firm. Generally, the firm gives one year of credit plus $15,000 upon arrival to clerks of federal court judges and highest state court judges (including those which last more than one year).[11]


  1. http://www.lw.com/AboutLatham.aspx?page=75thAnniversary
  2. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Latham-&-Watkins-LLP?companyId=399
  3. http://www.lw.com/AboutLatham.aspx?page=ProBono
  4. http://www.lw.com/AboutLatham.aspx?page=Diversity
  5. http://www.lw.com/Practices.aspx
  6. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/profile?companyId=399
  7. http://www.lw.com/AboutLatham.aspx?page=About
  8. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Latham-&-Watkins-LLP?companyId=399
  9. http://www.lw.com/Careers.aspx?page=CareersUSLawStudents
  10. http://www.lw.com/Careers.aspx?page=CareersJustTheFacts
  11. http://www.infirmation.com/shared/lss/one-payscale.tcl?employer_id=IL0660



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