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David Lat

David Lat

David Lat is founding editor of Above the Law, an award-winning website about the legal profession that reaches more than 1.5 million unique visitors a month. David’s writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Prior to Above the Law, he launched Underneath Their Robes, a blog about federal judges. David’s first book, Supreme Ambitions: A Novel, was published in 2014.

In 2019, David left full-time journalism to enter legal recruiting. Today he works as
managing director in the New York office of Lateral Link, a leading legal search firm.

Before entering the media and recruiting worlds, David worked as a federal prosecutor in Newark, New Jersey; a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, in New York; and a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. David graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

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Guest Appearances
November 30, 2020

Jones Day’s Intimidation

David Lat joins us to explain what’s been going on with Jones Day and other law firms publicly scrutinized for election case representation of President Trump and/or the Republican Party.

February 10, 2020

Legalweek 2020: The Path Less Followed – The Rise in Nontraditional Careers

Rose Walker, Zach Abramowitz, David Lat, and Chris Wilson discuss the growing opportunities for nontraditional careers in law.

July 13, 2018

Justice Anthony Kennedy Retires — Judge Brett Kavanaugh Nominated for SCOTUS

Elizabeth Slattery, and David Lat join Laurence Colletti as they discuss Justice Kennedy's retirement and Judge Kavanaugh's nomination.

July 3, 2018

Anthony Kennedy Retires — What’s Next

Joe and Elie chat with David Lat about Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announced retirement.

November 18, 2016

Private Practice Tools and Tech Roundup

Joe and Elie talk to fellow ATL editor David Lat about the recent APP Conference in Philadelphia bringing together practitioners and thought leaders to discuss the future of legal practice. And Elie and Joe argue about public schools.

March 22, 2016

ABA TECHSHOW 2016: Practicing Law in an Age of Mass Surveillance

What has changed for lawyers in this “post-Snowden” world? Although this topic could be discussed for days, we lightly touch on the main themes in this Special Report with David Lat, Ben Wizner, and host Sharon Nelson. Lat and Wizner summarize their ABA TECHSHOW 2016 presentation titled “Can They Hear Me Now? Practicing Law in...

February 19, 2016

Shaping Your Career Path with David Lat

As the law becomes ever more complex and the legal market continues to shift and grow, entering the workforce can be incredibly intimidating to a current student or recent grad. Sifting through the options and finding the career path that is right for you can sometimes feel daunting for even the most well-prepared of students....

August 14, 2015

Ankerwycke Books: The Author’s Journey

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Jonathan Malysiak, executive editor of Ankerwycke Books, and authors David Lat, Ronald Fierstein, and Dina Gold at the 2015 American Bar Association Annual Meeting. Ankerwycke Books is the new consumer trade imprint of ABA publishing, with a broad range of legal books including legal fiction, memoir business biography,...

June 4, 2015

Supreme Ambitions: An Interview with David Lat

On May 13, Above the Law founder and managing editor David Lat gave a presentation for the Colorado Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society in Denver, Colorado. In the presentation, called “Above the Law, Underneath Their Robes, and Everything In Between: David Lat’s Supreme Ambitions”, Lat discussed his path through careers as a law clerk,...

March 25, 2015

Above The Law Editors Discuss Converge Panels

The 2015 Above the Law Converge conference featured discussions of four current legal topics: privacy, reputation, communication strategy, and emerging technical trends. Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti sits down with the Above the Law editors moderating each panel the day before the conference to talk about why each topic is relevant to today’s lawyers....

March 25, 2015

What About Above the Law and Breaking Media?

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews John Lerner, CEO of Breaking Media, and David Lat, Founder and Managing Editor of the Above the Law blog at the 2015 ATL Convergence conference in New York City. Lerner discusses the history of Breaking Media, how they joined with Above the Law, and their relatively recent acquisitions,...

October 22, 2014

Clio Cloud Conference: David Lat Discusses Lawyers and Social Media

Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi interviews David Lat, founder and editing manager of Above the Law, at the 2014 Clio Cloud Conference. Lat talks about different social media platforms (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube), how lawyers can use each to enhance their practice, and ways social media is being misused by lawyers....