"Their corporate practice in Orange County is very strong.... They're almost like Wall Street lawyers practicing in Orange County," said Jason Liljestrom, general counsel at William Lyon Homes.

Orange County

Latham & Watkins’ Orange County office is among the largest and most diverse legal practices in the region, representing a mix of local, national and international companies in transactional, litigation and regulatory matters.

Orange County Office Building
Combining Regional Knowledge with Extensive Practice and Industry Depth

The lawyers in Latham’s Orange County office offer clients the vast resources of a global law firm paired with a strong community presence and extensive knowledge of regional and industry-specific issues. Latham prides itself on its “one-firm” global platform, encouraging the firm’s lawyers to work together with colleagues around the globe to provide clients with the best legal representation.

Awards & Rankings   
  • “Elite” M&A Top Tier Ranking – The Legal 500 US 2014
  • #1 by deal value and deal count for US West Coast M&A – mergermarket 2013
  • Band 1 – Southern California Corporate M&A – Chambers USA 2014
  • Band 1 – California Environmental Litigation – Chambers USA 2014
  • Tier 1 for Capital Markets: Equity offerings and Capital Markets: High Yield – The Legal 500 US 2014
  • “Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts by Impact” in California – Daily Journal 2013
Key Practice Areas

The Orange County office’s corporate lawyers have considerable experience in:

Latham serves as counsel to public and private companies across many industries, including:

The firm also routinely represents underwriters, venture capitalists, financiers and financial advisors on public and private securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

Comprehensive Expertise

Latham’s trial lawyers litigate a variety of matters before juries, judges and arbitrators both locally and throughout the United States. Litigators with the Orange County office regularly represent clients in disputes arising from patent, copyright, trademark and other intellectual property matters. The firm also litigates securities and mergers and acquisitions matters as well as real estate and construction disputes. Clients facing tort claims, including toxic torts, product liability and environmental litigation also turn to Latham for representation.

Lawyers in Latham’s Orange County office are at the forefront of complex environmental issues, providing clients with counseling and representation in administrative proceedings, litigation, enforcement and legislative matters relating to all of the major environmental, energy and resource laws.

The firm's Environment, Land & Resources Department lawyers are recognized leaders around the globe. Orange County lawyers assist clients with projects as varied as the permitting, entitlement and environmental review of complex infrastructure development projects, including fossil-fuel fired and renewable generating facilities, petroleum refineries, and pipelines and terminals.

On the finance side, Latham’s lawyers have extensive experience representing REITs and institutional clients in the acquisition, disposition, exchange, financing, purchase and sale and leasing of commercial, industrial and residential properties.

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Since opening in 1972, Latham’s Orange County office has developed strong ties to the Orange County business and civic communities. The firm supports a number of local organizations and causes. Latham continues to partner with two local law schools – the University of California, Irvine and Chapman University – to provide students learning opportunities on a variety of legal issues.

The Orange County office is consistently the leading contributor of pro bono hours to the Public Law Center, which has honored Latham as the “Large Law Firm of the Year” on numerous occasions.

The Orange County office also has a long history of providing family violence survivors a full complement of legal services to assist them in breaking the cycle of violence and starting their lives anew. Working with several local domestic violence shelters and referral organizations, Latham attorneys, paralegals and professional staff have provided pro bono support to hundreds of domestic violence victims in seeking restraining orders, resolving custody issues and/or immigration support. The office also sponsors school supply and holiday gift drives each year to benefit shelter residents.