LeeAnn Black, Chief Operating Officer, oversees the firm’s global business operations, financial management, and strategic direction. Under Ms. Black’s leadership, Latham has experienced considerable growth while maintaining the distinct culture that underpins the firm’s success.

Latham has ascended to the top ranks of elite global law firms under Ms. Black’s stewardship. She oversaw the firm’s global expansion and the evolution of Latham’s administrative structure to support the firm’s substantial growth. Ms. Black has also been a champion of innovation and a driving force behind the firm’s early adoption of technologies that help Latham deliver efficient, market-leading client service.

Ms. Black is a certified public accountant who previously served as a senior auditor at Arthur Andersen & Co. In overseeing all aspects of the firm’s financial and operational management, Ms. Black draws on her public accounting background and three decades of leadership experience at Latham.

Ms. Black has earned broad recognition as a trailblazer in the legal sector, including by the Financial Times, which named her a 2017 Top 10 Innovative Individual in North America for her work to secure lower interest rates and debt relief for Latham associates.

Outside of Latham, Ms. Black serves as:

  • Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Chapin School, an all-girls K-12 school dedicated to academic excellence, personal integrity, and community responsibility
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Pro Bono Net, an organization dedicated to increasing access to justice
  • Member of Thomas Reuters’ Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law (TWLL) initiative


  • CPA, New York
  • BBA, Adelphi University