Latham & Watkins' automotive lawyers counsel clients such as Honda, Nissan and Ford across a range of practice areas, including finance, antitrust, litigation, environmental and M&A.

Why Latham

Meeting the Automotive Sector's Global Needs

Latham’s global Automotive Industry Group provides outstanding service and innovative legal solutions for its clients. As the economy continues to rebound from the global financial crisis, the automotive industry has regained its footing and is focusing on new strategies to meet changing global demand. 

Whether assisting in the development and acquisition of new technologies, or helping clients to expand into new markets or capitalize on emerging trends, members of the Latham’s automotive team work closely with clients to strengthen and expand their businesses.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Latham’s global automotive lawyers work in the automotive and motor vehicle sectors across a broad range of matters. The team represents major automotive manufacturers, parts suppliers and distributors, as well as companies operating in the research and development of new, cleaner and more efficient technologies. The group also represents financial institutions working with the industry.

Key Practice Areas

Latham’s team understands the industry and offers clients distinctive service in corporate and finance matters. The firm has been active in representing automotive industry clients in the following practice areas:

Our Experience

Latham & Watkins serves as valued business advisors to each of the companies it represents. The firm's experience and breadth of practice allows it to provide top-quality advice in virtually every area that affects the automotive industry.

Latham has been providing premier legal services to automotive companies for almost 20 years, including: 

  • AutoZone
  • Keystone Automotive Industries
  • Rockwell Automation, Inc. 
  • China Yuchai International Limited
  • Mark IV Industries
  • Toyota Deutschland, GmbH 
  • Daimler Chrysler Corporation
  • Mazda Motor of America, Inc.
  • Toyota Motor Sales 
  • Deutz AG
  • Mitsubishi Motors of North America
  • Vectrix Corporation 
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Nissan Motor Company
  • Volvo 
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Piaggio & C., S.p.A.
  • Volvo Construction Equipment Corporation
  • Honda North America
  • Pininfarina, S.p.A.
  • Webasto, AG 
  • Isuzu Motors, Ltd.
  • Proma Group
  • Zipcar 

Awards & Rankings

  • Antitrust Litigation Earns Top Verdicts Honor - February 23, 2018
  • M&A and Private Equity Practices Top League Tables - February 08, 2016
  • General Counsel Names Latham & Watkins a Top 5 Law Firm in Corporate Board Member / FTI Consulting Study - May 10, 2011
  • Corporate Board Member Names Latham & Watkins Among “America’s Best Corporate Law Firms” - May 17, 2010
  • Six Latham & Watkins Matters Cited as Project Finance "Deals of the Year 2008" - May 04, 2009
Latham's Automotive Industry Group has a global focus and counsels clients worldwide regarding emerging trends, such as vehicle electrification and emissions reduction.

Media Coverage

Latham Adds Litigator to Booming ITC PracticeTop Verdicts of 2017: Automobile Antitrust Cases I and IIFed. Circ. Upholds More Ford Wins On Hybrid Vehicle Patents


Firm Expands Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice with New HireLatham Adds Noted ITC Litigator in Washington, D.C.Antitrust Litigation Earns Top Verdicts Honor

Thought Leadership

EPA Maintains Renewable Fuel Standard Status Quo, For NowPolicy Action On Self-Driving Cars Is AcceleratingSelf-Driving Car Legislation: Congress Turns the Ignition