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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 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 $1,145,500,000 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

NJ Justices Limit Defamation Damages

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : May 27, 2015

Plaintiffs in defamation cases may not recover both actual and presumed damages, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled May 27.

Justice Alito's Son Quits Gibson Dunn for Capitol Hill Job

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : May 27, 2015

Philip Alito, the son of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr., has left Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to become a staff counsel to Republicans on a Senate investigative subcommittee. The Duke law grad and former clerk to Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is one of three counsels on the subcommittee, led by Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.

On the Move

: The Recorder : May 26, 2015

Reed Smith Adds Seven as Sports Pro Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 24, 2015

A seven-partner team will open a new Frankfurt office for Reed Smith, which saw a top sports lawyer head for greener fields; Foley Hoag brings on Massachusetts' former attorney general; Cravath hires from Crowell & Moring; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Reed Smith to Open in Frankfurt

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : May 22, 2015

Reed Smith is set to open an office in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 1 with the addition of seven lawyers from four different firms. The new location, which will focus heavily on the financial services industry, will be managed from the firm's 10-year-old Munich office.

They're Coming Up: ACC's Top In-House 30-Somethings

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : May 22, 2015

The Association of Corporate Counsel announced its "Top 10 30-Somethings" list, recognizing the outstanding achievements of in-house counsel between the ages of 30 and 39.

Litigation Department of the Year

: New Jersey Law Journal : May 21, 2015

We asked law firms across the state to tell us what makes their litigation departments the best: the big victories and important cases that demonstrate why clients choose them when litigation is on the table. The final list highlights firms' 2014 successes in the categories of general litigation, products liability, insurance, class action, employment and intellectual property.

Thinking Like a Client

Zack Needles : New Jersey Law Journal : May 21, 2015

K&L Gates' New Jersey litigators know that the best way to serve their clients is to look at each case from the client's perspective.

Gordon Silver's Last Name Partner Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : May 19, 2015

Dickinson Wright hires a name partner from struggling Las Vegas legal mainstay Gordon Silver; Jones Day hires a Kelley Drye & Warren practice leader; Sidley Austin snags two partners in Houston and Singapore; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: The Recorder : May 18, 2015

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

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : May 18, 2015

Jonathan A. Willens and Edward Scarvalone, former Southern District assistant U.S. attorneys have opened Willens & Scarvalone, a litigation boutique, and other announcements.

Numbers Flat at Top 25 Firms in Summer Associate Survey

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : May 18, 2015

Large Texas firms hired 533 summer associates in Texas in 2015, up four from 2014.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

: The Legal Intelligencer : May 13, 2015

The following attorneys were selected for Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The American Lawyer Announces Transatlantic Legal Awards Finalists for 2015

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

The American Lawyer announced this week the finalists of its 2015 Transatlantic Legal Awards. These awards recognize law firms for excellence in handling transatlantic matters across the key areas of corporate, finance and disputes, as well as highlighting law firm innovation, commitment to pro bono, outstanding transatlantic strategy and in-house leaders.

Three Firms See Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 11, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge, O'Melveny & Myers and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman see more partners peel away; a former Bingham McCutchen tax partner rejoins her former colleagues at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; a Latham & Watkins antitrust litigator launches her own boutique; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: The Recorder : May 11, 2015

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

Mine in Peru Sold for $7 Billion to Meet Antitrust Dictates

: Daily Business Review : May 11, 2015

Fernando de la Hoz focused on the merger side and liaising with Peruvian counsel as a Chinese consortium bought the cooper mine.

Chicago Suffers Setback in Painkiller Suit

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : May 10, 2015

A Chicago federal judge on Friday dismissed most of the city's lawsuit, which alleges that several drug manufacturers concealed the true addiction risks of OxyContin and other opioid painkillers.

K&L Gates Hires Three Laterals in Austin

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : May 07, 2015

The lawyers, who came from Moltz Morton & Glenn of Austin, do environmental and administrative law.

HWL Ebsworth Hires Sydney Corporate Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : May 06, 2015

Rowan McDonald most recently spent 12 years as a partner at K&L Gates and Australian legacy firm Middletons.

Morgan Lewis Adds Two More Laterals in Dallas

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : May 05, 2015

Two government contracts lawyers move to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' Dallas office from K&L Gates.

K&L Gates Absorbs Austin Shop, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 05, 2015

Despite a recent spate of departures, K&L Gates absorbed three-partner Moltz Morton & Glenn in Austin, Texas; Cozen O'Connor brings on a 10-lawyer state attorneys general group from Dickstein Shapiro; White & Case raids Clifford Chance in the Middle East; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Kirkland Looks to Gibson Dunn in Mylan Conflicts Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : May 05, 2015

The firm has tapped Kevin Rosen, the chair of Gibson Dunn's law firm defense group, to contest claims that it ignored a conflict of interest when it agreed to advise Teva in its hostile takeover bid for Mylan Inc.

Revenge Porn Bill Weaker Than Expected. Here's What Backers Want to Do About it

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : May 04, 2015

A coalition of women's groups and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle win passage of legislation criminalizing revenge pornography.

Disruptive Defendant Keeps Testing Alsup's Patience

Ross Todd : The Recorder : May 01, 2015

Luke Brugnara, a once successful real estate investor, is defending himself at trial—and frequently getting under the judge's skin.

Lisa Haugh Goes to the Head of Udemy Law Department

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : April 30, 2015

Online learning company Udemy Inc. has enrolled Lisa Haugh in its executive team as general counsel.

On The Move: NJ's Legal Moves

: New Jersey Law Journal : April 30, 2015

Lateral moves and promotions in and around New Jersey.

Kayak.com Suit Sheds Light on Emerging IP Issue

Zack Needles : New Jersey Law Journal : April 30, 2015

The parties in a New Jersey federal suit over whether a travel search engine infringes a patent for quote-generating software are wrestling with a relatively new question in intellectual property law: When is a technology's function too abstract to patent?

John J. Farmer Jr.

: New Jersey Law Journal : April 29, 2015

John J. Farmer Jr.'s distinguished legal career has spanned service in high-profile government appointments, private practice in diverse areas of criminal law, and teaching.

Fox Rothschild Joins Eight Other Pa. Firms in Am Law 100

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : April 28, 2015

One more Pennsylvania-based firm, Fox Rothschild, has joined the Am Law 100 after a year of significant revenue growth helped it to jump 10 spots in the rankings. The firm grew its revenue more than 10 percent to $331.5 million, making it one of 17 firms in the country to experience double-digit growth.