Robert M. Dell serves as the Global Chair and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins, and is the Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee.
During Mr. Dell's tenure as Chair and Managing Partner, Latham has experienced tremendous success and has grown from nearly 600 lawyers practicing in 11 offices, to its current size of more than 2,000 lawyers in 32 offices, including 600 lawyers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Mr. Dell started his law practice in Chicago at a litigation boutique firm which was acquired by Latham in 1982. In 1990, he relocated to San Francisco to launch a new office for Latham and serve as its first office managing partner. In 1994, when he was 42 years old, Mr. Dell was elected by the partners as Latham's firmwide Chair and Managing Partner. He has been subsequently reelected to a second, third and fourth five-year term.
Mr. Dell has been instrumental in the growth of the firm's pro bono program. Through consistent and focused efforts to encourage pro bono work by the firm's lawyers, Latham has become one of the largest providers of pro bono services in the world. In 2012, lawyers, paralegals, summer associates, trainees and professional staff provided approximately 176,000 hours of free legal services valued at US$91 million.
In addition, Mr. Dell serves on the board of trustees of San Francisco Performances and has been active in the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, serving as its Chair and as a member of its board. He is currently serving as a member of its Executive Committee. He has also served on the Board of the Bar Association of San Francisco.