Technology In Practice Specialist (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – July 29, 2015
Latham & Watkins definitely hired and promoted the best of the best. The partners at the firm were all superiorly intelligent and demanded the best supporting teams. What I enjoyed most was the amicable work environment. The hours were long, but everyone was friendly, respectful and professional.
Document Specialist (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – June 30, 2015
Starting off the day,checking for any Job Postings(PDF) from Latham & Watkins facility Team.Making a Job Ticket and Verifying the Jobs Instructions to the Jobs Time Limit,Processing the Print Job/ Hard Copy.Management at Latham is Way Different from the small Shop's that I started in,Working with the BEST has given me an Upgrade to Blending in! Do to the Fact that I have Knowledge in a TEAM where I really do belong.You never feel Alone,the Co-worker's are their to Assist you and make you feel wright at Home.This Line of work is not hard,it's All based on you,if you are willing to Learn New Methods,then Every assignment that is given to you is a peace of cake,just ask Questions if you feel that something is not wright.Learning,meeting Great People,knowing that you have accomplish your Dream."I MADE IT" Here is where I Belong!!
Paralegal (Former Employee) – Los Angeles – June 15, 2015
Latham is a very diverse, hard working law firm. I was lucky to be employed here as my first taste of the legal world. Several paralegal and attorneys assisted with my legal education and ascension in the paralegal department.
Conflicts Assistant (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – January 28, 2015
My responsibilities at Latham & Watkins as a Conflicts Assistant included updating and inputting data into the conflicts database using both internal and external information resources and confirming the accuracy of information pertaining to clients and all relevant parties. I also assisted with the processing and completion of new business intake forms encompassing billing for new and existing clients using Elite. I have extensive experience processing engagement letters, waiver letters and other essential documents relating to clients and adverse parties. Lastly, I was responsible for reviewing corporate tree relationships for clients and modifying client records to reflect the current parent/subsidiary relationships.
Corporate Paralegal (Former Employee) – Silicon Valley – October 23, 2012
I have worked at several biglaw firms in the past ten years, always in corporate. This review pertains to the SV office only. Because L&W is an amalgamation of partners from many firms (the SV office is about 15 years old), there are many different work styles, expectations, and, often, competing partner interests. This can lead to partners fighting over your time, not respecting that you might be overstaffed on highly active transactions, or...getting an A+ on an assignment done in one way and getting yelled at by the next partner for doing the exact same thing. Yes, I understand that this is biglaw, and we don't all hold hands and sing, but...even for biglaw, this firm was very contentious internallly.
I've never worked in such a dysfunctional place. Many of the people I worked with (staff and attorneys) were lovely. It was mostly the partners who could be incredibly mercurial. Most associates do not stay long--L&W is very much a "get the name on your resume" and run, run, run. Even junior partners tend to stay only as long as they have to before they run too!
I did have some very cool clients--consumer products household names, tech companies you'd know...but that did not make up for the fact that any given day your phone could ring with someone yelling about something (often which had nothing to do with you or your projects). In short, it was not a happy place to work.
I would also advise that the location is very isolating (but great if you want to commute from SF or anywhere near 101). There's very little food nearby and you are essentially stuck with the not-greatmore... (but discounted) cafe food (which is brought in) or BYO lunch.
If you are looking to be a paralegal on the corporate side, I would warn any newcomer that the worst, messiest, most difficult clients will be handed to you to "fix" with little attorney oversight or assistance. It can be truly awful to deal with the incredibly high corporate paralegal turnover that causes major "aftermath" problems.
This office (and L&W in general) is/are really fantastic about their commitment to pro bono work, and I applaud the firm for emphasizing pro bono in a genuine and meaningful way.less
The company's culture was healthy, productive and inspiring
Administrative Assistant to the CFO (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – May 16, 2012
I completed a temporary assignment of three months working in the finance division. The staff were always friendly, helpful and it was an honor to be part of this team. My greatest accomplishment was completing all projects successfully, whereby the management team became very comfortable with my work and found me to be reliable. The company takes great care of their employees. They invest in their well being and health and promote healthy living.
Legal Secretary (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – April 27, 2012
On a typical day would entail checking in with my attorneys to see the what the work day would be like. This included creating documents, edit, redlining for review by the attorneys, travel arrangements both domestic and international, reimbursements, drafting out monthly billing for review and posting, open new matters, obtain the new matter number then create redwell files through Records Center, scanning and Federal Expressing documents as needed.
The attorneys and staff were all nice people and I enjoyed coming to work all the time.
generous pto time, annual christmas party, summer outings and the 10 holidays per year.