Latham & Watkins is a full-service international firm with 11 domestic offices and more than 150 U.S.-based lawyers handling a range of IP litigation and transactional services. Along with a historically strong technology transactions group, the firm is increasingly making waves in the realm of high-stakes patent litigation. "I think they are building a nice group there," says one peer. "I think they are really trying to grow what they're doing." Another peer, referring to patent litigation, confirms the same sentiment, saying, "We are seeing Latham more and more."
The firm's visibility and depth in life sciences-oriented work has grown markedly under global co-chair Maximilian Grant. "They have such a strong name," says one competitor, referring to the firm as a whole. "To see them growing within both IP and life sciences isn't much of a surprise." Partner Richard Bress has served as lead counsel in a number of Supreme Court arguments, including one closely-watched case on behalf of Monsanto in Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farm. "Richard is so good with his words and his arguments in the courtroom," says a peer. "It is no wonder as to why he keeps getting chosen to represent clients in these cases."