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Latham & Watkins launches new LiveWell Center in Los Angeles

Latham & Watkins LLP today opened the LiveWell Center, the firm’s new on-site health center in its Los Angeles office, managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine. The new center expands the firm’s market-leading well-being platform — LiveWell Latham — which, for over a decade, has provided innovative physical and mental well-being programs designed to meet the unique needs of its personnel.

“I’m thrilled to see the center launch in Los Angeles and proud to be the first law firm in the country with an on-site health center managed by the prestigious Johns Hopkins,” said Larry Seymour, Office Managing Partner in Los Angeles. “This is an important and exciting milestone and is further testament to our strong commitment to support the well-being of our employees.”

The LiveWell Center provides a variety of medical and preventive services such as acute care for minor illnesses and injuries, screenings, flu shots, travel immunisations, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, and blood work. The new center will also provide counseling and well-being coaching, chronic disease prevention and management, and physical therapy.

“While many on-site clinics focus primarily on acute care, we intentionally expanded our services to include preventive care, chronic disease management, mental health counseling, and physical therapy,” said Annette Sciallo, Director of Global Benefits & Well-Being at Latham & Watkins. “It’s about removing barriers to care and making it easy for our lawyers and staff to focus on their health proactively.”

These expanded services complement the ongoing programs of LiveWell Latham, the firm’s global health and well-being program, including concerted efforts across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia around mental health, resilience, diabetes prevention, ergonomics, and other areas.

Latham’s Chief Operating Officer LeeAnn Black added: “The LiveWell Center is the latest innovation in our decade-long journey to foster and support a culture of well-being across the firm. The health and well-being of our people remains a top priority for Latham, and we are committed to investing in best-in-class resources that help them thrive.”

LiveWell Center services are available to all lawyers and staff in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles offices, as well as those visiting on firm business — with nearly all services being free of charge.

Johns Hopkins Medicine manages the LiveWell Center in adherence with Johns Hopkins medical protocols. The experienced clinical team is led by an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and includes two well-being counselors, two physical therapists, and a Registered Nurse.

The firm plans to open a second LiveWell Center with Johns Hopkins in New York when the office relocates to 1271 Avenue of the Americas in 2020.

About LiveWell Latham

LiveWell Latham, the firm’s global health and well-being program, launched in 2010 and promotes health, safety and overall well-being for Latham attorneys and staff across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Our initiatives range from customised resilience and mindfulness programs to bespoke mental health trainings; diabetes prevention to executive health; cancer support to telemedicine; and ergonomics assessments by over 100 in-house trained ergonomics specialists. The firm also runs an annual “Spring Challenge,” entering its 12th year, in which approximately 100 team leaders across the firm lead their offices in a Fitbit-based physical activity competition. These efforts are led by a long-standing dedicated and experienced well-being team focused on the development and implementation of the firm’s innovative program.

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Latham & Watkins LLP hires senior IP litigator

Latham & Watkins LLP has hired Rachel Weiner Cohen as counsel in its litigation and trial department.

Cohen joins Latham and Watkins from WilmerHale where she was counsel. She has extensive experience in both US and international intellectual property disputes.

Her practice ranges from international arbitrations and civil investigations to general commercial litigation.

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Commenting on the move, global co-chair of the intellectual property practice David Callahan said: “We are excited to welcome Rachel Weiner Cohen to Latham’s powerhouse IP team.”

“Her experience complements Latham’s formidable courtroom reputation and ability to navigate clients’ highest-profile patent disputes.”

Office managing partner for Latham and Watkins in Washington DC, Michael Egge, added: “Cohen is well-positioned to help us build on our recent string of major appellate victories.”

“Clients will also benefit from her insight into many of the disruptive technologies at the heart of IP disputes.”

Cohen’s addition to Latham & Watkins LLP follows the recent appointment of senior trial lawyers Tara Elliott, Jamie Underwood and Kevin Wheeler.

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Latham adds leading Mergers & Acquisitions partner in New York

Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that Jane Greyf has rejoined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Corporate Department and member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. Greyf’s practice focuses on representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies in leveraged buyouts, private M&A transactions, joint ventures, and growth equity investments. She also advises corporate clients in strategic M&A matters.

Greyf has an extensive track record representing leveraged buyout sponsors, venture capital funds, hedge funds, and other private equity investors and portfolio companies in various acquisitions, dispositions, investments, joint ventures, buyouts, tender offers, co-investments, and leveraged finance transactions. She also advises public and private companies in various corporate and securities law issues, including corporate governance, securities law compliance, and general corporate matters. Her experience spans several industry segments, including energy, general industrials, and technology.

“Jane is an accomplished lawyer who has worked on significant M&A transactions,” said Michèle Penzer, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in New York. “As the New York office continues to grow in a number of areas, including private equity and strategic M&A, we are thrilled to welcome Jane back to the firm.”

“Jane’s practice is a perfect fit for our corporate ambitions in the US and globally. We are focused on building the premier public M&A and private equity practice around the world, advising major listed companies and the world’s leading private equity firms and their portfolio companies on their complex business and legal needs. Jane’s boardroom experience, commercial approach, and mix of skills strongly support our growth in New York, and her arrival marks another step forward in achieving our goals,” added Marc Jaffe, Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Corporate Department.

“We continue to see increased demand and opportunities in all areas of our New York M&A practice with a diversity of clients, both public and private,” said David Allinson, Co-Chair of Latham’s Corporate Department in New York and M&A partner. “Jane’s experience advising on high-stakes M&A adds further depth to our platform.”

“We are delighted to add someone of Jane’s stature to our practice, as we are increasingly working on M&A matters that require substantial support across practice areas and geographies,” said Kathleen Walsh, Global Vice Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Corporate Department. “Jane’s expertise will be of tremendous benefit to our clients not only in New York, but around the globe.”

“I started my career at Latham and I know the culture well. I’ve been excited to watch the firm’s strong growth and the execution of its strategy over the years. I am thrilled to rejoin the team and to be a part of the firm’s continued success in New York and beyond,” said Greyf.

Greyf joins Latham & Watkins from Goodwin Procter in New York. She was an associate in the Corporate Department at Latham & Watkins from 1998 – 2006. She received her JD from Columbia University, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and her BA from New York University.