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K&L Gates LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 1,952
  • Gross Revenues: $1,145,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $585,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $830,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -4

K&L Gates is a Pittsburgh-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, K&L Gates has 1952 attorneys and is the 8th largest firm in the United States.  With $1,145,500,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 21st on The American Lawyer's 2015 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 21 -4 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 21 -4 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

Moving Offline

: Corporate Counsel : August 01, 2015

A lawyer migrates from a virtual world to the tangible kind; and other Moves.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : August 01, 2015

Newsmakers: Week of Aug 3

: Texas Lawyer : July 31, 2015

Bruce Pinegar has joined The Woodlands office of Winstead as an associate in the firm's wealth preservation practice group.

K&L Gates Adds Two Amid Departure Wave, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 29, 2015

K&L Gates, which has watched more than 90 partners depart this year, saw another handful leave within the past week; Morrison & Foerster picks up an Asian litigation leader; O'Melveny & Myers adds one in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Gingrich, Howard Dean Appear Unified in First Joint Appearance for Dentons

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : July 29, 2015

Newt Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the House, and Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman, made their first public appearance as Dentons colleagues Wednesday on a panel discussion at the firm offices on K Street. They spoke almost entirely in agreement about the future of Medicaid and Medicare.

Despite New Role, Saylor's Pen Keeps Flowing

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : July 28, 2015

Nearly seven months into a calendar year when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is operating with two vacant seats, the justices appear to be issuing opinions at a reasonable pace, observers said, while the court's leader has taken an especially active role in writing.

Tyco Electronics Owes Millions in Shareholder Suit

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : July 28, 2015

Tyco Electronics is liable to a group of former Com-Net Critical Communications shareholders for $125.8 million, an Allegheny County judge ruled last week.

Sidley Takes Two from Manatt in L.A.

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : July 28, 2015

Firm leaders say it's a good time to invest in Southern California talent.

FCC Open Internet Order Creates Uncertainty and Risk

Marty Stern, Sam Castic and Christian Dippon : Corporate Counsel : July 27, 2015

Broadband providers and the companies that work with them should explore the new obligations that apply to broadband customer information.

In China's Crackdown on Rights Lawyers, Big Law Says Little

American Lawyer staff reporting : The Asian Lawyer : July 24, 2015

Am Law 200 and Global 100 firms active in China appear reluctant to join the bar associations around the world that have expressed support for the lawyers detained by the Chinese government in July.

Schiff Hardin and Steptoe Make Squire Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 22, 2015

Squire Patton Boggs sees more partners depart; two more lawyers peel away from O'Melveny & Myers; another IP litigator leaves Kenyon & Kenyon; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Review Honors Young Lawyers Who Are Rising Stars

Review staff : Daily Business Review : July 22, 2015

The Daily Business Review announces its 2015 class for Rising Stars—a selection of South Florida lawyers under the age of 40 who are making a difference in the community and will continue to do so in the future.

Judge Orders Tyco Entity to Pay $126M in Shareholder Suit

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : July 22, 2015

Tyco Electronics is liable to a group of former Com-Net Critical Communications shareholders for $125.8 million, an Allegheny County judge ruled last week.

High Court Allows Insureds to Settle Without Insurer Consent

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : July 22, 2015

An insured does not have to demonstrate bad faith in order to settle certain claims without its insurance company's consent, the state Supreme Court has ruled, thereby reinstating an $80 million settlement in personal injury actions against a nuclear facility owner.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : July 17, 2015

Additions and promotions at Akerman, Davis Polk, Sheppard Mullin, Seyfarth Shaw and more.

Embryo Case Could Break New Ground

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : July 17, 2015

Dr. Mimi Lee, a 46-year-old breast cancer survivor, gave two days of emotional testimony in a trial that could shape California law on the topic.

Ex-Wrestlers, WWE Square Off Over Concussion Claims in Conn. Federal Court

Michelle Tuccitto Sullo : The Connecticut Law Tribune : July 17, 2015

In their years in the ring, pro wrestlers such as "Blackjack Mulligan" and the "Dynamite Kid" battled opponents, using such signature moves as the diving shoulder block. It's no secret that the match outcomes are scripted, but retired wrestlers say the physical contact is real and often painful.

Litigator of the Week: William Dawson of Gibson Dunn

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : July 16, 2015

Dawson successfully defended drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis against a novel False Claims Act case alleging that his client defrauded the government by improperly getting a drug patent on a blood thinner.

Firms Brawl Over Lead Counsel Slots in Lenovo MDL

Ross Todd : The Recorder : July 15, 2015

Things have gotten tense between Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, Robbins Geller and other plaintiffs firms suing the laptop maker over embedded adware.

Hausfeld Rides Big Fees Into New York, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 14, 2015

High-powered plaintiffs shop Hausfeld hires two antitrust litigators from Greenberg Traurig to open in the Big Apple; Greenberg Traurig opens its first office in Germany; Pillsbury picks up two; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: The Recorder : July 13, 2015

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

Eric Holder Jr.'s Next Challenges

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : July 13, 2015

Eric Holder Jr.'s next two years at Covington & Burling, the firm where he worked before becoming U.S. attorney general, may be a smooth transition for one of the Obama administration's most high-profile officials turning to private practice in corporate law.

Kirkland Pro Joins Sports Analytics Shop, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 12, 2015

A Kirkland & Ellis corporate partner heads to a Silicon Valley sports analytics startup; Epstein Becker & Green snags some epic eyebrows; Morgan Lewis lands a structured transactions trio in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

More Shake-Up Among 'Second 20' Firms

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : July 10, 2015

As in past years, the margin for making or missing the second installment of the Law Journal's Top 40 was slim, and there was a greater degree of shake-up than in the first installment earlier this year.

Pa. Firms' Pro Bono Stats Buck National Trend

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : July 10, 2015

While pro bono work appears to have declined slightly last year at Am Law 200 firms nationwide, large Pennsylvania firms are showing improvements in pro bono participation.

The 2015 New Jersey Top 40: 21-40

: New Jersey Law Journal : July 10, 2015

In this year's survey, the has ranked firms based on head counts and revenue from New Jersey offices and lawyers only, even for firms headquartered in the state.

$59M Bond for Legal Fees Sought From Avaya in Antitrust Case

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : July 08, 2015

A judgment creditor of Avaya Inc. says the company's weakened financial condition should dictate that it promptly post a bond to cover $59 million in legal fees from an antitrust case while an appeal is pending.

Akin Gump Adds High-Powered Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 08, 2015

The Beltway base of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld absorbs two veteran litigators; Hogan Lovells hires three Baker Botts litigators in Texas; McDermott and Pillsbury poach new partners; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Former SEC Lawyer Joins Dechert

David Ruiz : The Recorder : July 07, 2015

Mark Perlow, who advises a range of investment groups, had been with K&L Gates.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : July 06, 2015

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