Latham & Watkins' automotive lawyers counsel clients such as Honda, Nissan and Ford across a range of practice areas, including finance, antitrust, litigation, environmental and M&A.

Why Latham

Meeting the Automotive Sector's Global Needs

Latham’s global Automotive Industry Group provides outstanding service and innovative legal solutions for its clients. As the economy continues to rebound from the global financial crisis, the automotive industry has regained its footing and is focusing on new strategies to meet changing global demand. 

Whether assisting in the development and acquisition of new technologies, or helping clients to expand into new markets or capitalize on emerging trends, members of the Latham’s automotive team work closely with clients to strengthen and expand their businesses.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Latham’s global automotive lawyers work in the automotive and motor vehicle sectors across a broad range of matters. The team represents major automotive manufacturers, parts suppliers and distributors, as well as companies operating in the research and development of new, cleaner and more efficient technologies. The group also represents financial institutions working with the industry.

Key Practice Areas

Latham’s team understands the industry and offers clients distinctive service in corporate and finance matters. The firm has been active in representing automotive industry clients in the following practice areas:

Our Experience

Latham & Watkins serves as valued business advisors to each of the companies it represents. The firm's experience and breadth of practice allows it to provide top-quality advice in virtually every area that affects the automotive industry.

Latham has been providing premier legal services to automotive companies for almost 20 years, including: 

  • AutoZone
  • Keystone Automotive Industries
  • Rockwell Automation, Inc. 
  • China Yuchai International Limited
  • Mark IV Industries
  • Toyota Deutschland, GmbH 
  • Daimler Chrysler Corporation
  • Mazda Motor of America, Inc.
  • Toyota Motor Sales 
  • Deutz AG
  • Mitsubishi Motors of North America
  • Vectrix Corporation 
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Nissan Motor Company
  • Volvo 
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Piaggio & C., S.p.A.
  • Volvo Construction Equipment Corporation
  • Honda North America
  • Pininfarina, S.p.A.
  • Webasto, AG 
  • Isuzu Motors, Ltd.
  • Proma Group
  • Zipcar 

Awards & Rankings

  • Bay Area Antitrust Partner Named to Esteemed Silicon Valley Women of Influence List - August 16, 2021
  • Latham Lands Two Partners on Annual Honor Roll of Top IP Lawyers in California - April 25, 2021
  • Latham Earns Honors for Top Defense Verdict and Top Appellate Reversal in California - February 09, 2021
  • Latham Litigators Among Most Honored in 2020 - December 30, 2020
  • Latham Named White Collar Group of the Year - February 04, 2020

Latham's Automotive Industry Group has a global focus and counsels clients worldwide regarding emerging trends, such as vehicle electrification and emissions reduction.

Media Coverage

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Thought Leadership

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