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K&L Gates LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 1,975
  • Gross Revenues: $1,159,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $585,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $830,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 1

K&L Gates is a Pittsburgh-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, K&L Gates has 1975 attorneys and is the 8th largest firm in the United States.  With $1,159,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 17th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, K&L Gates ranked as the 22nd highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in AK, CA, DC, DE, FL, ID, IL, MA, NC, NJ, NY, OR, PA, SC, TX and WA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 17 1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 17 1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 8 0 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 123 5 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard NR N/A Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 105 20 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 51 6 Summer programs

In the News

Siga to Appeal $194.6M Award in Smallpox Vaccine Dispute

Gina Passarella : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 21, 2015

The Delaware Court of Chancery granted a final award and judgment of $194.6 million in a contract dispute over the development of a smallpox vaccine.

Report: Nixon Peabody in Merger Talks With Chicago Firm

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2015

Nixon Peabody, having had unsuccessful tie-up talks in recent years with Blank Rome and Locke Lord, is now reportedly looking at a potential acquisition of Chicago's 100-lawyer Ungaretti & Harris. With roughly 100 lawyers, Ungaretti & Harris has seen its fortunes slip along with many midsize Windy City shops in recent years.

Weyerhaeuser Co.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

The legal department at Weyer­haeuser Co. has spent much of the past two years helping the forest products powerhouse cut multibillion-dollar deals.

Davis Polk Partner Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2015

A Davis Polk & Wardwell corporate partner in Silicon Valley leaves the firm to return to the business side; Greenberg Traurig grows in Mexico City; Hogan Lovells expands in Vietnam; Wilmer adds a new lobbying cochair and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Can Your Construction Contracts Take a Snow Day?

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 14, 2015

Snow days should be factored into your construction contracts, as should heavy rains, ice, wind and extreme heat.

Vaccine Contract Dispute Could Reach $194.5M Resolution

Gina Passarella : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 14, 2015

Drug manufacturer PharmAthene Inc. is seeking Delaware Court of Chancery approval of a more than $194.5 million judgment against a company with which it developed a smallpox vaccine.

Financial Litigation Hiring Heats Up, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2015

Paul Hastings, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Debevoise & Plimpton and Boies, Schiller & Flexner make high-profile litigation hires; an Akin project finance head goes in-house; Kelley Drye & Warren adds a Bingham McCutchen refugee but loses its private equity chair; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Firms Hire in Bulk, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2015

Davis Wright Tremaine and Dentons absorb two small shops; Cadwalader adds a seven-strong team from Latham & Watkins; a former senator signs on at DLA Piper; McDermott's European antitrust head goes in-house; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Same-Sex Marriages Bring Benefits Review at Work

John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : January 05, 2015

With same-sex marriage legal, employers are getting ready to tweak benefits where needed while lawyers think litigation.


: The National Law Journal : January 05, 2015

Lateral moves, new arrivals, promotions and a new practice group in this week's column.

A Buyers' Bonanza in Seoul

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2015

An influx of foreign firms in Korea has led to rock-bottom rates for some legal services.

The Asia 50: Growth Spurt

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2015

Our annual survey names the biggest law firms in the Asia-Pacific region. This time, we found more law firms embracing ambitious expansion plans.

Pa. Law Weekly - People in the News - Dec. 30, 2014 - Erie Bar President Installed

: The Legal Intelligencer : December 30, 2014

Richard A. Lanzillo of Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett was installed as the 2015 president of the Erie County Bar Association.

Statute of Limitations Dooms Deutsche Bank in Foreclosure

Samantha Joseph : Daily Business Review : December 30, 2014

How slow is too slow on a foreclosure? After a seven-year foreclosure action, the Third DCA sides with a condo association and bars a lender's foreclosure play, but the court does not wipe out the mortgage.

Ex-Law Firm Leaders Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 30, 2014

A pair of ex-firm leaders head elsewhere; embattled Japanese air bag maker Takata hires a high-profile Simpson Thacher litigator to become in-house legal chief of its North American unit; a Skadden tax lawyer heads to the federal bench; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

En Banc Superior Court Tosses $14.5M Asbestos Verdict

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : December 29, 2014

After hearing reargument over whether a jury that awarded a $14.5 million asbestos verdict had been told to award a specific number for noneconomic damages in the case, an en banc Superior Court panel threw out the verdict.

Energy Pipeline Firm Fuels Three Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 21, 2014

Locke Lord, Norton Rose Fulbright and Vinson & Elkins reshuffle some energy industry legal chairs in Houston; a K&L Gates partner with a conflict moves on; more Bingham McCutchen refugees find new homes; the federal bench lands some big-firm talent; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Lawyers Size Up New Players on the Northern District Bench

Ross Todd : The Recorder : December 19, 2014

With four new judges confirmed in 2014, litigators are scrambling for intel.

IP Partner Involved in Client Dispute Leaves K&L Gates

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 18, 2014

Charles Holland, a former IP litigation partner with K&L Gates' Palo Alto office, has joined the Strategic Innovation IP Law Offices in Silicon Valley following a dispute with a client about a conflict.

Collateral Order Appeals on the Rise in Pennsylvania

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : December 16, 2014

Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court took a marked step away from narrowing the window for collateral order appeals, Pennsylvania has continued to clear a path for addressing the orders, appellate lawyers have noticed.

Law Firm Leaders Struggle With Setting Firmwide Rates

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : December 16, 2014

The collective weight of the season is upon law firm managing partners this month, with the season of course being that of collections, partner compensation and rate-setting. And the latter has proven a bit vexing for firm leaders this year as they grapple with setting rates in an era where firms span multiple markets and practice concentrations, clients aren't willing to pay the published rates and alternative fee deals are a growing part of firm revenue.

Paul Weiss Media Pro Heads to Vice Media, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 16, 2014

James Schwab, head of the media and entertainment practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, is poised to become president at Vice Media; a former Bingham McCutchen partner heads to the federal bench; Vorys Sater adds nine litigators in Houston; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Goodwin Nabs IP Partner from Morgan

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : December 15, 2014

Brett Schuman, who led Morgan Lewis' San Francisco litigation practice, is Goodwin Procter's second IP partner in the Bay Area.

Women Still Less Than One-Third Of Lawyers at Pa.'s Largest Firms

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : December 11, 2014

In the last 10 years, there has been no movement in the percentage of women lawyers practicing in the Pennsylvania offices of the state's 100 largest law firms.

FINRA Fines Banks for Mixing Research, Investment Banking Biz

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : December 11, 2014

A decade after a crackdown that was supposed to rein in research conflicts at Wall Street banks, the industry's self-regulator levied $43.5 million in penalties Thursday against 10 leading banks accused of using their research analysts to drum up investment banking business.

Big Law Still Makes Too Few Women Partners

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : December 10, 2014

Fewer than a third of new partners at Am Law 200 firms are women. It's time for fresh approaches.

Pa. Law Weekly - People in the News - Dec. 9, 2014 - McGrory Elected to Home Builders Association of Berks County Board

: The Legal Intelligencer : December 09, 2014

Joseph J. McGrory Jr., chairman of the municipal law department at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, was elected to the board of directors of the Home Builders Association of Berks County.

Firms See Strong Revenue, PPP in 'Investment' Year

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : December 09, 2014

Several firm leaders referred to 2013 as a year of investment, and that characterization is borne out by the numbers, with gross revenue generally outpacing profits per equity partner (PPP) and the majority of firms seeing significant increases in head count.

Moves at Perkins Coie, OmniVere

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : December 09, 2014

Plus new hires at Complete Discovery Source, Paragon and LawBase.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : December 08, 2014

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.