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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

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.


: The National Law Journal : December 08, 2014

Laterals, new arrivals, and a new practice group in this week's column.

In-House Counsel Profile: The Beer Institute's Mary Jane Saunders

June D. Bell : The National Law Journal : December 08, 2014

Three Kirkland Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 05, 2014

A trio of partners from Kirkland & Ellis and Edwards Wildman Palmer sets up shop in new locales; three more firms hire Bingham McCutchen refugees; Chadbourne & Parke adds a former U.S. ambassador; Skadden brings back a top federal regulator; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Asia Deal Digest: Dec. 4, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : December 04, 2014

*Skadden guides Singapore's GIC on $8.1 billion U.S. logistics acquisition*Reed Smith leads Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties $6 billion upcoming IPO*Shearman on Chinese nuclear power producer CGN Power $3.6 billion Hong Kong IPO

Duties of the Living Dead

Joseph B.C. Kluttz : Corporate Counsel : November 26, 2014

When a company is insolvent, what does a board owe shareholders?

Morgan Lewis Finalizes Bingham Deal, Adds 510 Lawyers

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : November 25, 2014

Philadelphia became home Monday to the largest firm in the United States based on domestic-attorney head count with the addition of 510 lawyers to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Introducing the NJLJ Young Lawyers Advisory Board

Jennifer Genova : New Jersey Law Journal : November 25, 2014

Introducing the New Jersey Law Journal Young Lawyers Advisory Board.


: The National Law Journal : November 24, 2014

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Canal Expansion Creating U.S. Boom

Carlos Harrison : Global Lawyer News : November 21, 2014

Port cities all along the East Coast are talking Post-Panamax.

Korea's Competitive Legal Market Puts Pressure on Price

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 19, 2014

Since free trade agreements opened the country's legal market to foreign firms in 2012, some 20 U.S. and U.K. firms have planted flags in Seoul, putting pressure on legal fees and ramping up competition between foreign and local firms.

On the Move

: The Recorder : November 17, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Hudson County Construction Litigation Ends with $15.71 Million Settlement

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 14, 2014

A Jersey City, N.J., condominium association, acting on behalf of the individual owners in the 225-unit complex, will receive $15.71 million in compensation for faulty construction of their homes.

Freshfields Helps Hachette Strike Deal With Amazon

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 14, 2014

After months of sparring, Hachette Book Group and Amazon.com agreed Thursday to let the New York-based publisher set its own prices for e-books. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer represented Hachette, while Amazon handled the matter in-house.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 14, 2014

A chart of 114 law firms used most frequently by 30 New Jersey companies.

M&A Attorney Joins K&L Gates As Partner in Wilmington Office

: Delaware Law Weekly : November 12, 2014

Lisa R. Stark joined the Wilmington office of K&L Gates as a partner in its corporate/M&A practice.

Bosch Sparkplug Class Action Survives Dismissal Motion

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : November 11, 2014

A Florida federal judge has kept running a proposed class action alleging Robert Bosch LLC deceptively misrepresents that its spark plugs contain platinum.