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

  • Hong Kong Partner Named Outstanding Practitioner of the Year - September 25, 2018
  • Joshua Hamilton Named A Top Litigator in Los Angeles - August 12, 2018
  • Partner Phil Perry Named Litigation Trailblazer - August 07, 2018
  • Four Partners Named to 2018 Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers List - July 31, 2018
  • Local Litigation Co-Chair Receives Visionary of Justice Award - May 17, 2018

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


International Litigation Exchange (ILEX) Annual Conference

Media Coverage

On Appeal, Latham Locks Up Win for Dubai BankTop Litigators in Los Angeles: Joshua HamiltonAttorney of the Year: Kevin McDonough


Chicago Partner Inducted into American College of Trial LawyersHong Kong Partner Named Outstanding Practitioner of the YearPartner Phil Perry Named Litigation Trailblazer

Thought Leadership

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Webcasts & Podcasts

CFIUS and FIRRMA: What You Need to Know About the New Law Governing Foreign Direct Investment in the United States