An integrated approach to service and its work for emerging and public companies, venture capital and private equity firms, investment and commercial banks, and financial services firms are cornerstones of Latham’s practice.

Silicon Valley

The Silicon Valley office offers clients the vast resources only a global firm can provide, while serving as the hub of the Emerging Company Practice and offering extensive knowledge of regional and industry-specific issues.

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Since opening in 1997, lawyers in Latham & Watkins’ Silicon Valley office have provided the region’s businesses with sophisticated legal services by drawing on Latham’s deep strength and internationally recognized expertise.

Today, the Silicon Valley office is one of the largest in the area and one of the few firms in Silicon Valley regularly advising companies in all stages of growth across the myriad business and legal issues that they face every day, from start-up formation and capital raising to complex cross-border merger and acquisitions, technology transactions and high-stakes litigation for multinational corporations.

A Market-Leading Combination of Transactional and Trial Expertise

The lawyers in Latham's Silicon Valley office provide day-to-day corporate and strategic advice to companies at all stages of growth. They regularly represent clients in venture capital and debt financings, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and technology transactions.

Trial lawyers in the Silicon Valley office handle a variety of civil business disputes at both the federal and state level, with a focus on intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust and securities litigation. These lawyers provide in-depth counseling and extensive experience in litigation, alternative dispute resolution and internal investigations to plaintiffs and defendants, focusing on high-stakes disputes and cutting-edge legal issues.

The Silicon Valley office’s clients come from a variety of industries, including:

Awards & Rankings

Latham’s Silicon Valley lawyers have received several high-profile awards, including:

  • “Top 100 Lawyers,” “Top Verdicts,” “Top Emerging Companies Lawyers” and “Top IP Litigators” in California by the Daily Journal in 2014
  • Ranked in Band 1 in Northern California for Corporate and M&A by Chambers USA 2014
  • “IP MVP” by Law360 in 2013
  • Ranked in Band 1 in California for Life Sciences, IT & Outsourcing, and Capital Markets – Debt & Equity by Chambers USA 2014
  • “2014 Women Leaders in Tech Law,” and “2012 Attorneys of the Year” by the Recorder

The Silicon Valley office has made a strong commitment to serve the community. Its lawyers routinely handle a variety of pro bono matters in the areas of domestic violence, immigration, guardianship and consumer law, among others, in an effort to provide high-quality legal representation to individuals and organizations in the Bay Area who would not otherwise be able to afford them.

In 2008, the Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley awarded Latham & Watkins' Silicon Valley office its Foundation Award for work the firm's lawyers have done with clients in the Domestic Violence Limited Scope Representation Program.

In addition, for the past six years, Latham attorneys and professional staff in Silicon Valley have volunteered for the Reading Buddies program at the Beechwood School. Reading Buddies are pairs of readers, one student and one adult, who meet one day a week during the lunch hour to read and discuss a good book and work on reading skills.

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