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Latham & Watkins

Headquarters: 885 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Attorneys: 2,000
Chairman and Managing Partner: Robert Dell

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Founded in 1934, Latham & Watkins has grown into one of the world's largest law firms with more than 2,000 attorneys in 31 offices around the world. Latham lawyers speak more than 60 languages.

The firm's main departments of expertise are:
* Corporate
* Environment, Land & Resources
* Finance
* Litigation
* Tax

Latham & Watkins' New York office, the firm's largest office with more than 300 lawyers, features a highly regarded, full-service business law practice. The New York office combines transactional and litigation practices that both have strong US and international capabilities.

Lawyers in the New York office represent a broad array of US and multi-national clients, from Fortune 500 corporations to middle market companies to privately held entities.

The firm has a long and rich history in tax matters, dating back to founding partner Dana Latham, former Commissioner of the US Internal Revenue Service.

Latham lawyers and professional staff performed approximately 173,000 hours of pro bono work in 2011 and more than 1.8 million hours in the past decade, valued in excess of $675 million.

The firm says it has no headquarters even though NYC is its largest office. Chairman and Managing Partner Robert Dell is based in the San Francisco office.


Incoming first year associates in the US, London and Asia offices receive a base salary of $160,000. In addition to base salary, merit-based bonuses, determined at the end of each year, are available and awarded according to each associate's performance and contributions for the year.

Associates are considered for admission to the partnership after eight years. The Associates Committee evaluates each candidate's record over the course of his or her career in line with a formal partnership admission standard. The Committee then presents its recommendations to the partnership for voting. Thus, partnership admission is based in part upon the recommendations of fellow associates through the Associates Committee.

Updated December 21, 2012

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