“The Latham lawyers are very responsive, practical and creative, and share their substantial expertise in a down-to-earth, business-oriented fashion,” says Chambers USA 2013 about Latham’s Washington-based team.

Washington, D.C.

A client-first attitude backed by industry know-how, bet-the-company litigation strength, regulatory insights and powerhouse corporate capabilities – these are the hallmarks of Latham & Watkins’ Washington, D.C. office.

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Cross-Border Capabilities

Latham's Washington, D.C. lawyers work seamlessly across practices and offices worldwide to ensure that complex issues and major business decisions are successfully addressed.

Regulatory Insights

The office's 280-plus lawyers have a track record navigating the US government in the courts, Executive Branch departments and agencies, and Congress. Many of its team members have previously served in government positions, and are distinguished by a deep knowledge of the inner workings of government.

Bet-the-Company Litigation Strength

The team handles myriad litigation, including criminal matters and investigations conducted by government agencies and/or Congress, litigation in all US courts and the full range of commercial disputes. Chambers USA 2013 noted that “the team has a diversity of strengths and a capacity to look at a contentious issue from all the standpoints necessary for outstanding representation.”

Corporate Power House – Wall Street in Washington

Unique among Washington law firms is Latham's “Wall Street in Washington” group, a premier corporate/M&A and capital markets practice that handles large transactions. Chambers USA 2013 notes that Latham is “internationally recognized as a leading M&A & private equity firm and has led some of the biggest deals in the D.C. Market.”

Industry Know-How and Full-Service Capabilities

Lawyers in Latham’s Washington, D.C. office have extensive experience advising local, small and mid-sized companies, as well as multi-national corporate clients across multiple industries and legal disciplines.

Awards & Rankings

In 2013, Chambers USA recognized many of the firm’s D.C. practices, including Antitrust, Corporate, M&A and Private Equity, Environment, Healthcare, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Technology & Outsourcing, Media & Entertainment and Telecom, Broadcast and Satellite.

Latham’s pro bono work has ranged from obtaining reparations for Holocaust survivors and assisting asylum seekers to defending prisoners’ rights and challenging municipal ordinances affecting the homeless. Latham's Washington team provides pro bono legal services to hundreds of non-profits and supports numerous organizations through local community focused programs, including:

  • Charter Board Partners
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Miriam’s Kitchen
  • The Children’s Law Center
  • Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
  • Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
  • Whitman Walker Clinic

The Washington team also participates in the Generous Associates Campaign, an annual fundraiser for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia led by associates from various D.C. law firms. In 2013, Latham & Watkins raised US$84,083 for the campaign, making the firm the top fundraiser in its category, and the second highest overall.