After graduating with honors from Amherst College, Lateef received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where he was the co-founder and later editor-in-chief of the Harvard BlackLetter Journal.
He is admitted to the New York and Pennsylvania bars and has practiced intellectual property, bankruptcy, and commercial law, including a decade in private practice with the international law firm of Coudert Brothers.
Currently, a member of the advisory council for the United States Court of Federal Claims, Lateef has held the post of Distinguished Libra Visiting Scholar in Residence at the University of Maine School of Law, is a past President of the Giles S. Rich Inn of Court for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and was a member of the founding editorial board for the American Bar Association intellectual property periodical Landslide.
He is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, an accredited non-governmental organization member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).