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

  • Two Latham Litigators Among “Most Influential IP Attorneys in Los Angeles” - August 14, 2017
  • Firm Earns Trials “Practice Group of the Year” Award - January 29, 2017
  • New York Litigation & Trial Chair Named a “Rainmaker” - October 25, 2016
  • Firm Named a “Powerhouse” for Wide-Ranging Litigation Work - September 22, 2016
  • Firm Named a “Litigation Powerhouse” in Inaugural Competition - August 08, 2016

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

Media Coverage

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Thought Leadership

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