Managing Officer: Cameron Garrison
Number of partners: 190
Number of other lawyers: 186
Lathrop GPM LLP is a national law firm with nearly 400 attorneys and 14 offices from coast to coast. Lathrop GPM relentlessly pursues its clients’ interests to help anticipate trends, plan for challenges, and bring their vision to life. As a full-service firm with deep roots and a broad reach, Lathrop GPM collaborates with clients to shape the future. Lathrop GPM is an affiliate member of Multilaw — a multinational association of more than 6,000 lawyers in over 50 countries.
Main Areas of Practice:
Franchise & Distribution:
Lathrop GPM has one of the world’s leading franchise and distribution law practices, with attorneys who serve franchisors at all stages of their development, in the U.S. and throughout the world. Lathrop GPM has an expansive and seasoned group of franchise litigators who represent franchisors in system-wide disputes, enforcement of non-compete obligations, and supply chain and antitrust matters. Lathrop GPM offers clients a wide range of experience in virtually every facet of international and domestic franchising.
Corporate & Business:
Lathrop GPM handles corporate transactions, with strength in corporate finance, entrepreneurial services, M&A, private equity, securities and corporate governance, tax, and technology. Clients ranging from privately held businesses to multinational companies depend on Lathrop GPM attorneys for day-to-day legal counsel for high-profile transactions and everything in between. Lathrop GPM also supports agribusiness and food clients on a wide array of matters, including finance, environmental and food safety issues, as well as animal welfare.
Lathrop GPM resolves complex regulatory issues for health care organisations and proactively implements sensible plans for the future in an ever-shifting regulatory landscape. Clients range from large multistate delivery systems and health plans to solo rural practitioners. Areas of deep understanding include health care compliance and regulatory matters, health care transactions — including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and financing — and health care litigation.
Lathrop GPM provides clients with comprehensive domestic and cross-border IP solutions. Lathrop GPM helps clients acquire, protect, and defend their copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets, while minimising risk of infringement. The team is experienced in domain name disputes, social media and internet advising, privacy and data security counselling, and advertising law.
Labour, Employment & Higher Education:
Lathrop GPM offers clients experience in every aspect of employment and labour law, from defending employers in litigation to representing unionised employers in collective bargaining and grievance arbitration. Lathrop GPM also advises employers on personnel situations and employment compliance. Clients include large corporations, small businesses, nonprofits, public entities, and higher education institutions.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Lathrop GPM provides experience across a range of practice areas, including antitrust, employment, financial services, franchise, general commercial, government investigations, health care, IP, products liability, real estate, shareholder disputes, trust and estate, and white collar defence. Clients range from Fortune 100 corporations with global operations, to colleges and universities, to corporate executives, employees, and professional practice groups.
Lathrop GPM has considerable experience in commercial lending, bond financing, payment systems, consumer finance, regulation, reorganisations, and bankruptcy. Lathrop GPM represents creditors, including banks and other lenders, creditors’ committees, and indenture trustees.
Insurance Recovery & Counseling:
Lathrop GPM is one of the largest firms in the United States representing policyholders. The firm’s attorneys are uniquely qualified to provide policyholders with the necessary guidance and legal counsel to handle insurance disputes and insurance recovery, including commercial claims, insolvencies, and wrongful conviction.
Real Estate & Development:
Lathrop GPM represents developers, government agencies, lenders, public and private corporations, builders, contractors, and investors with real estate legal needs of all types, including development/construction, financing, and acquisitions and sales. Lathrop GPM’s interdisciplinary team combines experienced real estate, corporate, tax and environmental professionals to provide clients with the resources to meet business objectives on both traditional real estate transactions and complex development projects.
Lathrop GPM attorneys have exceptional environmental law experience, including in the areas of air and water regulation, chemical regulation, litigation, national resource damages, occupational safety, solid/hazardous waste regulation, superfund, and toxic tort. The team frequently analyzes insurance coverage and contracts, interprets current and emerging environmental legislation, and advises on the pros and cons of legal actions.
Lathrop GPM’s toxic & mass tort team has a long history and considerable experience representing manufacturers, food production operations, distributors, formulators, and applicators of agrichemical products in chemical exposure and toxic tort cases, with single plaintiffs and in class action cases. At the intersection of law and science, the firm is adept at dealing with complex scientific issues and defend hundreds of personal injury and property damage claims involving various chemicals, and claims of toxic exposure.
Trust, Estate & Legacy Planning:
Lathrop GPM attorneys offer comprehensive estate and wealth planning strategies for individuals and multigenerational families with significant wealth (and the advisors who support them), nonprofit foundations and family offices – employing savvy navigation of the ever-changing tax landscape, the most cutting-edge estate planning techniques, and – when needed – advocacy in disputes involving trusts or estates.
Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Organisations:
Lathrop GPM provides legal counsel in the highly specialised and complex nonprofit legal environment to schools, colleges, and universities; health care organisations; human services programs; community foundations; political organisations; private foundations; startup nonprofit organisations; and social enterprise nonprofits.