Robert Crockett


Bob Crockett was a partner in the international law firm of Latham & Watkins until December 31, 2014. He had practiced there since 1982, became an equity partner in 1990 and is a trial lawyer.

Mr. Crockett has extensive appellate experience. Mr. Crockett has dozens of weeks in jury and bench trials.

Mr. Crockett has handled cases which involve intellectual property; airline and hotel antitrust, real estate development of large-scale residential and commercial development (including as lead counsel for 20 years to resist challenges to the Playa Vista development), the Lanham Act, trade secret, personal injury tort defense (wrongful death in a chemical tank; sexual abuse of minors, pipeline gas explosion), mass tort defense (pipeline adjacency), airport regulation and eminent domain, pipeline and power line eminent domain, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species permit challenges, Coastal Zone development, California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act permitted developments, real estate developments involving major league football and baseball stadiums and the Staples Center and Import/Export Clause taxation of an air frame manufacturer.

For over ten years he represented a major automobile tire manufacturer in catastrophic rollover cases against some of the nation’s best personal injury plaintiff’s lawyers, achieving settlements or dismissals in all cases. For several years after 2010, Bob represented a major public utility in the defense of personal injury claims for a natural gas pipeline explosion in a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, California. For twenty-five years he has represented churches and a school in the defense of sexual abuse cases, and with one exception for $500,000, all cases have resulted in nominal settlements or outright dismissals.

In 2014, the State Bar’s California Lawyer magazine named him, along with 61 others, “Lawyer of the Year” for work he did on behalf of the ACLU in an education matter.

Thompson Reuters has named him a “Los Angeles Super Lawyer” in 2005, 2010, 2017 and 2018. He served as an editor of the County Bar’s Los Angeles Lawyer magazine for several years in the 1980s.

Mr. Crockett has been a panelist on MCLE presentations relating to expert witnesses, trial techniques and environmental issues.

Mr. Crockett has published Robert D. Crockett, “Religious Free Speech and Somebody Else’s Civil Rights, etc.,” Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion (2012) 13:364; Robert D. Crockett & Jonathan Jenkins, “Taking it to the Bank: A Recent Survey of Jury Verdicts in Los Angeles, etc.”, L.A. Law., Sep. 2001, at 47. He also published two tax-related notes as a law review member and has published two articles in 2003-04 on nineteenth-century criminal jurisprudence.

While a member of his firm’s Technology Committee circa 1990, he helped guide Latham & Watkins to networking, email, document management and litigation support platforms.

Mr. Crockett graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif with a J.D. from Brigham Young University in 1982. He was a member and editor of the B.Y.U. Law Review and winner of the Welch Third Year Writing Award. Mr. Crockett graduated from Brigham Young University in 1978 with a B.S. cum laude in Economics and minors in Finance and Computer Science. He worked his way through the university and law school as an academic and scientific computer programmer.

Mr. Crockett was an economics professor for a Los Angeles County junior college in the 1980s. In 1979 he worked as an engineer for Boeing Computer Services on the Air-Launched Cruise Missile competition with General Dynamics.

Mr. Crockett competes in marathons, ultrathons and bicycle centuries, placing as high as fourth overall in one 100 mile ultrarun event. He has run the Boston Marathon and is qualified to run for 2018. Bob is the father of eleven children.