It is with great sadness that we mourn the death of retired partner Alan Halkett, who passed away January 30, 2020. A longstanding figure in the Latham family, he leaves behind an inimitable legacy and will be remembered for his many contributions and accomplishments.
Prior to Latham, Alan served with distinction as a lieutenant and aviator in the United States Navy. He joined Latham in 1961 — just three days after graduating law school — and spent the entirety of his decades-long legal career with the firm.
As an early joiner, Alan played a crucial role in setting the foundation for the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department and building Latham into the premier firm that it is today.
Alan N. Halkett retired from Partnership on December 31, 1994. He served as a Chairman of the Litigation Department, a member of the Executive Committee (four years), and as Chairman of several other firm committees. In his 33 years with Latham & Watkins, he served as lead trial lawyer in numerous cases in such areas as construction, securities, real estate, and other brokerage disputes, and civil litigation of nearly every kind.
Mr. Halkett retired as an active member of the firm in January, 1995. Since his retirement, Mr. Halkett served as a consultant in a highly visible trial held in the bankruptcy court in Kansas City in which the client received a complete defense verdict. He also served on the panel of arbitrators of the Center for Public Resources.
He was a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Chancery Club, and also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He served as co-chairman of the litigation sub-section of the Center for Public Resources and served two terms as Chairman of the California State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a past president of the UCLA Law Alumni Association.
Prior to entering law school, Mr. Halkett served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator.