Mr. Latham represents Fortune 200 companies, major government agencies, and other complex organizations in a variety of legal matters, including crisis management, corporate diversity counseling, employment law, internal investigations, and government relations.
Mr. Latham advises clients in crisis management and diversity representation, complex civil rights reviews and employment law audits, as well as dispute resolution, investigations and defends class action lawsuits involving allegations of race, gender, and age discrimination and harassment law. He also directs confidential litigation assessments, corporate diversity compliance reviews, internal legal vulnerability assessments, and assists clients in developing best practice, benchmarking, and diversity enhancement action plans.
Mr. Latham has over 20 years of senior partner level direction of major crisis management, civil rights program reviews, and employment discrimination litigation. Mr. Latham has a distinguished record of public service. He has served as Assistant General Counsel, White House Office of Management and Budget; General Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Captain, Secretary of the Air Force, General Counsel’s Honors Program; member of the Defense Department Advisory Committee on Procurement and Technical Data Rights; Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army; member of the U.S. Small Business Administration National Advisory Council; served on the Board of the Maryland Stadium Authority; and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, as Chair of the Legal Committee.
Mr. Latham is a columnist for DiversityInc and regular contributor to Bloomberg Law Reports. In recent years, he has discussed diversity, civil rights and political issues on ABC News Nightline, CNBC Power Lunch, Bloomberg Business News, Court TV, The Washington Post, and other national media. He also serves as a keynote speaker to Boards of Directors, CEOs, and executive management teams of major corporations, as well as business and trade associations on the subject of diversity and inclusion as a “business imperative,” “competitive advantage,” “legal vulnerability,” and the Washington political scene.
In 2016, Mr. Latham was named by President Obama to be a Member and the Lead Attorney for the Barack Obama Foundation Inclusion Council. He is a member of the American Employment Law Council, the National Employment Law Council, and the Economic Club of Washington. Among his other numerous professional and community activities, Mr. Latham served as Counsel to the PepsiCo Global Diversity and Inclusion Governance Council and the Omnicom Group Diversity Advisory Committee. He was previously the National Co-Chair, Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign; Chair, Legal Committee, Metropolitan Washington Airports (Reagan National & Dulles) Authority; Chair, Deloitte External Diversity Advisory Board; and Secretary, Greater Washington Board of Trade.
Mr. Latham is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and a Guest Professor at both the University of Virginia and Howard University Schools of Law. He also served on the Board of Trustees (Visitors) of the American University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and George Mason University.
Honors and Recognitions
•AMTRAK A. Philip Randolph Leadership Award
•Howard University Distinguished Alumni for Post Graduate Achievement in the Field of Law
•National Action Network Excellence Award
•National Black MBA Association Ronald H. Brown Service Award
•Savoy Magazine, Most Influential Black Lawyer
•Small Business Administration Private Industry Advocate of the Year Award
•SmartCEO Magazine, Legal Elite of Washington, D.C.
•Washington Bar Association Hall of Fame Award
•Who’s Who Among African Americans
•Who’s Who In America
•Who’s Who In American Law
• Diversity and Inclusion: What Does This Look Like for the Workforce of the Future?, Bloomberg Law (June 2017) [Author]
• Silicon Valley Diversity Wake-Up Call: Turning Business Risk Into Competitive Advantage, Bloomberg Corporate Law and Accountability Report (November 2015) [Author]
• Another Look at Diversity, Automotive News (July 2013) [Author]
• GM Goal: 25 More Minority Stores, Automotive News (July 2013) [Author]
• NBC News/WSJ Poll: Affirmative Action Support at Historic Low, NBCNews FirstRead (June 2013)
• Supreme Court Reaffirms Affirmative Action in Public University Setting Requires Strict Scrutiny, Jacksonlewis.com (June 2013) [Author]
• It's a Systemic World Out There, Corporate Counsel (April 2013) [Co-Author]
• Business Risks That Keep CEOs Up at Night: Effective Diversity Programs Can Ease Some Tensions, Bloomberg Corporate Accountability Report (January 2013) [Author]
• Business Risks That Keep CEOs Up at Night: Effective Diversity Programs Can Ease Some Tensions, Bloomberg BNA (January 11, 2013) [Author]
• Workplace Diversity Programs: Debunking 3 Myths, Bloomberg Law Reports (August 2010) [Author]
• Retaliation Claims Rising, DiversityInc (June 2010) [Author]
• Is Affirmative Action on Life Support? DiversityInc (February 2010) [Author]
• Is Your Company Accommodating? DiversityInc (November 2009) [Author]
• ADA: Proposed Protections for Employees With Disabilities, DiversityInc (September 2009) [Author]
• Layoffs Require Careful Analysis, GC New England (September 2009) [Author]
• Supplier Diversity Is Good for Business, Minorities and Women in Business (Jan 2006) [Author]
• When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies, Diversity Journal (October 2005) [Author]
• Women and the Workforce, Profiles inDiversity Journal (December 2003) [Author]
• Downsizing Workforce Without Downsizing Diversity, Profiles in Diversity (October 2003) [Author]
• University of Michigan - Supreme Court Case, Profiles in Diversity Journal (August 2003) [Author]
In the News
April 2, 2019
Jackson Lewis Announces D&I Advancements
NEW YORK, NY (April 2, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, continues to make significant strides towards advancing the firm’s commitment to inclusivity, including appointing the firm’s first-ever Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Jana Simon, renaming the firm’s law school scholarship...
July 31, 2018
Working Mother Names Jackson Lewis Among the Best Law Firms for Women
WHITE PLAINS, NY (July 31, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Working Mother has designated the firm among their 2018 “Best Law Firms for Women,” a report distinguishing the U.S. law firms who are utilizing best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers. I am...
July 25, 2018
Weldon H. Latham Recognized Among “2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers” By Savoy Magazine
RESTON, VA (July 25, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Principal and Board Member Weldon H. Latham has been selected for inclusion on the “2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers” list by Savoy Magazine. The list is comprised of the “best of the best” of Black lawyers...
May 11, 2017
Diversity, Inclusion and Training: What Does This Look Like for the Workforce of the Future?
Corporate Diversity and Inclusion (“D&I ”) programs have evolved from the concern of a few forward-thinking corporations over 25 years ago, to a mainstream business imperative today. Rapid U.S. population demographic changes are remaking the workforce. Companies large and small are already facing the reality of overwhelmingly diverse...
Professional Associations and Activities
•American Bar Association
•American Employment Law Council
•Economic Club of Washington
•Maryland Stadium Authority
•National Bar Association
•National Employment Law Council
•The Obama Foundation Inclusion Council