Litigation & Trial Practice

We are trial lawyers, and we play to win. At every stage of litigation, whatever the venue, whatever the dispute, Latham draws from a constellation of litigation stars to match the right skill and experience to the fight at hand.

Why Latham

Latham represents major companies, institutions, and individuals in virtually every industry, from tech titans facing existential challenges to their business model to life sciences giants fighting to protect billions of dollars of investment in lifesaving drugs. Latham litigators leverage the firm’s vast global platform to incorporate into our litigation strategies firm insights about the dynamics driving major industries — from autos to energy, financial services to heavy industry. We pair our industry fluency with a trial-ready mindset at the outset of any dispute so we’re always several steps ahead of the opposition.

Defeating a well-resourced and determined opponent requires familiarity with the battlefield, insight into the opposition’s likely strategy, and a willingness to go to the mat. With a team of more than 800 top-flight litigators, Latham has developed a fearsome reputation for bringing experience, insight, and determination to the table — and to the courtroom and the boardroom — every time.

We regularly try civil and criminal cases in courts and arbitration venues around the world. Over the last decade, Latham has tried or arbitrated more than 350 cases to a verdict, affording us unique insight that comes only from trial experience. Nearly 30 of our litigators are former US federal prosecutors, with experience that enables us to provide clients facing enforcement proceedings with insight into the inner workings of the prosecuting agencies.

Latham regularly takes over cases on the eve of trial, when the stakes are high and defeat is not an option. When our names appear on the docket, opposing counsel know our track record of winning means returning to the negotiating table is often their best course of action. If a matter proceeds to trial, we neutralize the opposition’s best facts, or even incorporate them as part of our client’s affirmative story, and we win.

Awards & Rankings


  • Litigation & Trial Department Among Most Honored by The American Lawyer Two Years Running - January 02, 2022
  • Three New York Partners Named Notable Women in Law by Crain’s - January 02, 2022
  • Latham Earns Multiple Recognitions for Litigation Successes - December 27, 2021
  • Nine Latham Litigators Celebrated as Top International Arbitration Practitioners - December 19, 2021
  • Firm’s Elite Antitrust & Competition Practice Rises to Third in the World - December 09, 2021

Latham is praised for its “top knowledge and experience in the market,” with clients reporting, “they are always available and are extremely responsive,” and “very professional, extremely efficient, pragmatic and well prepared.”

Chambers Global 2020


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Media Coverage

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Thought Leadership

Why Music Deals Sound Attractive to PE New Year, New Considerations for PE Under UK’s National Security and Investment ActThe Complex Commercial Litigation Law Review – France

Webcasts & Podcasts

Private Equity and Healthcare: Enforcement Trends and Investor RiskJamie Wine on the USWNT Players’ AppealThe Biden Administration’s Regulatory and Enforcement Priorities: A Six-Month Update