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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

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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, London, MA, NC, NJ, NY, OR, PA, Paris, 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

Law Firms React to Mass Protests in Hong Kong

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : September 30, 2014

Street demonstrations by tens of thousands of pro-democracy advocates have made commutes difficult and disrupted some office operations.

Circuit Upholds Rejection of EEOC's Gender Pay Lawsuit

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : September 30, 2014

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has lost its appeal of a case alleging that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey paid some of its female attorneys far less than their male counterparts.

Women Find a Way Back Into Big Law Careers

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : September 29, 2014

The OnRamp Fellowship, which places women who have been out of the profession for at least three years into one-year positions paying $125,000 at large firms, represents a small step toward changing the perception that major law firms are not places where women or minorities thrive.

Area Firms Join Program for Women Reentering Practice

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 26, 2014

Two Pennsylvania law firms are part of a crop of 15 firms nationally that have agreed to hire fellows as part of the OnRamp Fellowship, a program designed to help female attorneys reenter the workforce after taking a few years off.

Drinker Biddle Partner Receives Award from Land Trust

: New Jersey Law Journal : September 26, 2014

Richard Goldman, a partner with Drinker, Biddle & Reath in Florham Park, N.J., received the Donald B. Jones Award, presented annually by D&R Greenway Land Trust to a person or group embodying their mission to inspire a conservation ethic.

Baker Donelson Seeks Two ATL Lawyers as Part of Program Aiding Women's Re-Entry to Law

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : September 23, 2014

Baker Donelson is one of 15 big law firms participating in a new fellowship to give women a bridge back to practicing law after taking a hiatus to raise children.

Lifetime Achiever: Charles Queenan Jr.

Susan Hansen : The American Lawyer : September 23, 2014

From his base in Pittsburgh, the former managing partner helped turn K&L Gates into a national firm.

Morgan Lewis Merger With Bingham a 'Strategic Change'

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 23, 2014

A full-scale law firm acquisition would be somewhat of an outlier in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' growth strategy, but it may be just what the firm is about to do with reports this weekend that leadership at Morgan Lewis and Boston-based Bingham McCutchen have agreed to press forward with a merger.

OnRamp Program Adds More Destinations

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : September 22, 2014

Eleven firms sign up, creating 50 new fellowships for women reentering the profession.

Drinker Biddle Prepares for Leadership Transition in 2015

Gina Passarella 
and Hank Grezlak : The Legal Intelligencer : September 22, 2014

Longtime Drinker Biddle & Reath Chairman Alfred W. Putnam Jr. will hand over leadership of the firm next year to his second-in-command, executive partner Andrew C. Kassner, a number of sources have confirmed to The Legal.

Christina Paul: K&L Gates

: Daily Business Review : September 17, 2014

Dentons' New LatAm CEO Eyes Mergers, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 17, 2014

Jorge Alers, a former head of the Latin American practice at two Am Law 100 firms and most recently general counsel for the Inter-American Development Bank, is on the lookout for potential combinations as the new CEO of Dentons' Latin American and Caribbean group. The Am Law Daily takes an in-house focused look at the latest round of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Apple, HP Snag Attorney Fees From Repeat Patent Plaintiff

Scott Graham : The Recorder : September 17, 2014

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken said Linex Technologies shopped the same "groundless claims" to different venues.

Mike Evans

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : September 15, 2014

Inadmissible: Admissions Investigation

: Texas Lawyer : September 15, 2014

Kroll investigators are questioning present and former deans of the University of Texas School of Law as part of the risk-assessment consulting firm's review of the admissions process at UT.


: The National Law Journal : September 15, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Paul Hastings Helps Tate's Whip Up Private Equity Buyer

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 12, 2014

Thomas Kruger, a corporate partner with Paul Hastings in New York, earlier this month helped good friend Kathleen King sell her famous Tate's Bake Shop this week to private equity firm The Riverside Company. The deal marks the end of a long journey for King, who more than a decade ago lost the name to the company she founded in Southampton, N.Y.

'Uncle Darrell' reunites with former colleagues

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : September 10, 2014

Dallas lawyer Darrell Jordan joined Diamond McCarthy, where a number of lawyers he used to work with now practice.

K&L Gates Boosts Australia With Mining Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 08, 2014

Having launched in Australia last year through a merger with national firm Middletons, K&L Gates has continued to expand down under with hire of Norton Rose Fulbright mining partner Robert Milbourne.


: The National Law Journal : September 08, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Lure of the Legal Giants, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 07, 2014

Baker & McKenzie, Jones Day, Norton Rose Fulbright and Squire Patton Boggs all experienced churn to their robust partnership ranks in the first week of September; a high-profile in-house lawyer joins Ballard Spahr as a Bingham McCutchen partner heads the other way; and Milbank brings on a top federal prosecutor in our latest look at notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

The American Lawyer Announces 2014 Lifetime Achievement Awards

: The American Lawyer : September 05, 2014

Our 11th annual awards honor distinctive careers and public service.

Global Legal Awards: Global Citizenship Awards of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : September 02, 2014

In this category, The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Awards honor global matters dedicated to the spirit of pro bono and social responsibility.

Lifetime Achiever: Kim Askew

Mary Alice Robbins : Texas Lawyer : September 01, 2014

"She's hell on wheels," said Mark Sales, a partner in Diamond McCarthy about Kim Askew. "She's smart, incredibly prepared, hard-working."

Welcome, Freshmen! A New Class Leads Am Law 100 Firms

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : August 29, 2014

A remarkable transformation is taking place among The Am Law 100 as nearly one in four firms takes on a new leader.

SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar's Disturbing Dissent

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : August 29, 2014

Luis Aguilar lashed out at his fellow SEC commissioners for the weak penalties they imposed on a former CFO. But the most disturbing part of his dissent was his accusation that the agency waters down the facts it releases to the public about cases it settles.

Meet Texas Lawyer's 2014 Winning Women

: Texas Lawyer : August 29, 2014

Don't mess with Texas women lawyers. That's the takeaway from a long list of accomplishments racked up by this group of outstanding female attorneys.

Twenty-Five Things Your Associates Want You to Know

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : August 27, 2014

The one thing that midlevels want to tell their managing partner.

O'Melveny Sees Wave of Departures in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Am Law Daily : August 27, 2014

Over the past nine months, the Los Angeles-based firm has lost 14 lawyers in its city-state office. Why have so many left, and what does O'Melveny plan to do next?

Deal of the Week: Steel Deal for $600M Cash

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : August 25, 2014

K&L Gates represented Trinity Industries of Dallas in its purchase of assets of Meyer Steel Structure of Memphis in a $600 million cash deal.