The American Lawyer Recognizes Latham’s Corporate Department and Diversity Initiatives
Latham & Watkins has been named a finalist in six categories of The American Lawyer Industry Awards, an annual program that honors “those lawyers, business professionals, law firms and organizations that are elevating the profession to new heights.”
Four of the firm’s shortlist selections are in The American Lawyer’s (AmLaw) Corporate Practice of the Year program, the most of any law firm in the corporate categories, including:
- General/Overall achievement across a firm’s transactional work
- Energy and Technology/Telecommunications sector categories
- Corporate Attorney of the Year category in which Bay Area Office Managing Partner Tad Freese is a finalist
“These recognitions demonstrate the depth and breadth of Latham’s transactional work across key industries and in multiple areas of practice,” said Charles Ruck, Global Chair of the Corporate Department. “We’re proud to advise the world’s market-movers on their most sophisticated, multijurisdictional deals and to regularly pioneer first-of-their-kind transactions that redefine industries and global markets.”
In addition, Latham is shortlisted in two categories that reflect our values of building an inclusive and supportive culture, and giving back to the communities in which we live and work:
- For the firm’s More Than Words initiative in the Corporate Purpose Award category, which honors an initiative or overall mission that supports the well-being and welfare of a firm’s employees or other stakeholders. Latham’s More than Words initiative aims to combat racism and institutional inequities — a reflection of the firm’s values and belief that advancing racial justice and equality must be supported by words and actions. The pledge reaffirmed and expanded Latham’s commitment to advance racial and social justice and bring resources to bear in the fight for racial equality with a focus on three areas: pro bono, education, and financial support.
- Los Angeles partner Andrew Clark for Young Lawyer of the Year–Beyond Practice, which honors attorneys under age 40 who are making meaningful advancements in service delivery, public or societal interest, or otherwise working to improve the profession or community around them. Clark, a member of the firm’s market-leading Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, has forged a path that reflects the firm’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and extends beyond his practice to his leadership role within the firm’s LGBTQ+ community – including serving as a previous Global Co-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Lawyers Group.
The category winners will be announced at an event on November 10, 2022.