From multinational Fortune 500 corporations to middle market companies and investment funds, clients turn to Latham for its renowned transactional, litigation and business law practice.

New York

Clients value Latham’s global perspective, domestic and international resources, and ability to meet clients’ needs worldwide. The New York office delivers renowned transactional, regulatory and litigation practice advice to a diverse client base, and is particularly known for an exceptional understanding of the world’s financial markets.

New York Office Building

New York is the largest Latham office, home to nearly 400 lawyers, including some of the most highly ranked and recognized lawyers in the world. Clients describe Latham lawyers as accessible, proactive and creative, providing a commercial perspective and pragmatic advice. Latham leverages considerable experience advising on recent precedent-setting deals and cases to provide clients with creative solutions to some of the most complex legal issues.

Market-leading Practices

The New York office offers clients market-leading Corporate and Finance Departments that have been working at the cutting edge of the high yield and bridge finance markets for more than three decades. Latham’s vibrant Financial Institutions Industry group helps clients comprehensively address the issues facing financial institutions around the world, with complementary insight from Latham’s prominent Latin America Practice’s intimate knowledge of the region. True to Latham’s innovative roots, the firm continues to develop a New York-based FinTech Practice, which seamlessly integrates legal skills and experience from across our Technology TransactionsFinancial Regulatory and Emerging Companies Practices. The office also boasts robust M&A, Capital Markets and Public Company Representation Practices, with former in-house counsel and high-ranking SEC officials who help clients navigate the legal issues associated with business decisions. 

The New York Litigation & Trial team is among the nation’s elite trial and appellate practices. Latham’s litigators are deeply experienced in complex trials, appeals, arbitrations, as well as regulatory and enforcement matters. Latham has successfully handled bench and jury trials in nearly every federal circuit, and in state courts throughout the US, including all courts in New York. The depth of the New York practice, which includes former federal prosecutors, supervisors from the DOJ and other federal agencies, and the former Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, offers clients unparalleled insight into government enforcement strategies, federal and state court procedure and New York law and appellate practice. When litigation is necessary, Latham litigators work to identify and leverage opportunities for early and efficient resolution.

The New York Environment, Land & Resources Department is one of the largest New York-based environmental teams among global law firms, with a comprehensive stand-alone environmental practice. The group is nationally recognized for work advising clients on environmental issues arising in complex corporate and finance transactions, both domestic and international. The group also has significant experience with regulatory and litigation matters, including enforcement litigation, as well as property contribution and cost recovery. The group regularly represents developers and financial interests in connection with large energy and real estate developments. 
The New York Tax Department’s sophisticated and diverse practice includes counseling corporations, LLCs, partnerships, REITs, banks, venture capital and financial advisory firms on US federal income tax and employee benefits issues.

Commitment to the Community

In 2015, Latham & Watkins was honored as one of New York City’s most engaged corporate groups for the firm’s community service. The city recognized the firm with the Mayoral Service Recognition Certificate for demonstrating a substantial impact on improving quality of life with more than 20% of employees engaged in community service in 2014. Latham & Watkins was the only law firm among the recognized corporate groups.

In New York, Latham & Watkins takes on matters in nearly every area of public interest law, working with the city’s key legal services organizations including The Legal Aid Society, New York Legal Assistance Group, Lawyers Alliance for New York, Sanctuary for Families and the Fair Housing Justice Center.

 

 

Latham’s New York office has a long history of pro bono participation and public service. Representative matters include:

  • Immigrant victims of domestic violence
  • Refugees in asylum and human rights matters
  • Tenants fighting housing discrimination

Since 2007, hundreds of lawyers and professional staff from Latham & Watkins’ US and German offices have been working with Holocaust survivors applying for two reparations programs available to them through the German government. The project is run in conjunction with Bet Zedek, an organization that provides free legal services to those in need. Because the metro New York area is home to the largest population of Holocaust survivors in the United States, Latham’s New York office has handled a majority of these matters within the firm, assisting nearly 300 clients since 2007.

The firm’s New York-based lawyers and staff assisted with New York City's 2012 Olympic bid, have advised on nonprofit incorporations and refinancings and freed an innocent man from death row. The firm’s lawyers have received pro bono awards from Sanctuary for Families and The Legal Aid Society.