Complex Commercial Litigation

Combining business savvy with sophisticated litigation strategies, Latham & Watkins helps clients successfully resolve high-stakes commercial disputes.

Why Latham

A Global Team for Complex Disputes

With approximately 600 lawyers stationed in key business centers around the world, Latham routinely handles complex commercial litigation matters, offering clients unparalleled coverage, experience, and service across industries and jurisdictions.

Latham represents clients in an array of complex commercial disputes including:

  • Business torts
  • Contract and joint venture disputes
  • Financial institution disputes
  • Fraud and unfair competition disputes
  • Insolvency and restructuring related disputes
  • Trade secret disputes
Business Minded Strategic Approach

A hallmark of Latham’s approach is a keen understanding of the client’s business objectives. Latham’s litigation strategy is tailored to the size of the matter, the client’s exposure or up-side, and the significance of the case to the client. Recognizing that litigation is just one part of a larger business strategy, Latham’s lawyers evaluate early exit options such as motions to dismiss, settlement, or summary judgment, as well as indemnification by third parties or insurance to minimize costs.

Best-in-Class Trial Lawyers

When trying a case is unavoidable or the desired strategy, Latham offers a deep and experienced bench of trial lawyers with decades of trial experience, including 17 former US federal prosecutors. Over the past decade, Latham’s team has tried or arbitrated more than 350 cases to verdict in venues across the US and Europe. For matters that do not reach the verdict stage, Latham's lawyers’ shrewd negotiation skills result in the best settlements for Latham's clients.

Awards & Rankings

  • Latham Honored at the National Law Journal’s 2019 Professional Excellence Awards Ceremony - November 11, 2019
  • Co-Chair of New York Litigation & Trial Department Honored as Distinguished Leader - October 24, 2019
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Inducts Kathryn Ruemmler and Honors Judge Jonathan Lippman - October 08, 2019
  • Boston Litigation & Trial Partner Named to Power 50 - October 06, 2019
  • Two Litigators Honored Among Top 100 Lawyers In California - September 22, 2019

With a “stellar reputation,” Latham’s “outstanding” complex commercial litigators are “‘really good at large-scale, sophisticated litigation…and taking very complex cases to trial.’”  

Chambers USA 2016


Securities Enforcement Forum 2019 International Litigation Exchange (ILEX) Annual Conference

Media Coverage

Litigation Leaders: Latham's Michele Johnson on Client Service, Team Culture and Playing to WinLatham Leads With First-Chair Women LitigatorsDistinguished Leader: Eric Leon


California Complex Commercial Litigation Team Scores Jury Trial Victory in Dispute Between Owners of Major E-Commerce Fashion BrandLatham Honored at National Law Journal Awards CeremonyThe American Lawyer Spotlights Latham’s Powerhouse Women Trial Lawyers

Thought Leadership

New Global Regime for Cross-Border Enforcement of JudgmentsEnglish Court of Appeal Confirms Proper Test for Common Mistake RectificationUK SFO Releases Guidance on Corporate Cooperation Credit

Webcasts & Podcasts

Trade Secrets Unlocked: How to Manage Trade Secret Risks When Onboarding and OffboardingTrade Secrets Unlocked: Responding to Trade Secret EmergenciesCFIUS and FIRRMA: What You Need to Know About the New Law Governing Foreign Direct Investment in the United States