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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

Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Hong Kong Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : March 02, 2015

Former K&L Gates partner David Johnson will lead the firm's U.S. securities team in Asia.

New Partners: Jackson Lewis

: Daily Business Review : March 02, 2015

Milbank Adds Euro Trio, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 01, 2015

Milbank expands in London and Frankfurt; Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani loses a top sports lawyer, but picks up more than a dozen others in Pittsburgh; Barclays and Deutsche Bank raid big firms for two in-house legal chiefs; Cadwalader brings on a top federal prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

BAR-ometer: Wilmer Wins Circuit Do-Over

: The Recorder : February 27, 2015

Plus, Jeffrey Bornstein's on the case, and Michelle Lee's nomination inches forward.

Trying to Comply With E-discovery Requests Can Be Enough

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : February 26, 2015

A court recently held that companies generally retain electronic data for a certain length of time, and then it's acceptable to dispose of it.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 26, 2015

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Courthouse Escapee Draws Big Law Defender

Ross Todd : The Recorder : February 26, 2015

K&L Gates partner Jeffrey Bornstein, a former federal prosecutor, stepped in after the accused art thief's escape created a possible conflict with his prior lawyer.

The Toughest Job in Big Law?

Douglas McCollam : The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

Long-haul flights. Time zone shifts. Calls and emails around the clock. When did the job of managing partner become so grueling?

Troutman Sanders Expands in California with San Francisco Office

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : February 24, 2015

Troutman Sanders is opening a San Francisco office to expand its presence in California and China.

Henry Waxman: The Big Law Adviser Who Wasn't

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : February 24, 2015

Former Rep. Henry Waxman, who has tangled with industries including Big Tobacco, Big Coal and Big Pharma, thought his congressional experience would position him to help a large law firm advise corporations. After more than a month of searching, Waxman has changed his mind. K Street, it seems, isn't for everyone.

Failed Suit Won't Extend Oil and Gas Lease

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : February 24, 2015

Unsuccessfully challenging an oil and gas lease should not extend the terms of the lease for the duration of the litigation, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

On the Move

: The Recorder : February 23, 2015

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

The Post-Congress Job Hunt

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : February 23, 2015

A month and a half after Congress set free almost 50 former House members and a dozen former Senators, the courtship is hot.

K&L Gates Sees Revenue Fall 1.2 Percent, PPP Down Less Than 1 Percent

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : February 20, 2015

K&L Gates saw modest changes in its key financial metrics in 2014, with gross revenue and average head count each dropping by about 1.2 percent.

Judge Nixes Constitutional Challenge to PTAB Patent Reviews

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : February 19, 2015

A federal judge in Alexandria ruled that plaintiff eCharge Licensing brought its case prematurely, and that its constitutional arguments were likely to fail in any case.

Whistleblowers' Lawyer Blasts US Government

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : February 18, 2015

An attorney for whistleblowers who was fined $1.6 million for talking to the news media while their claims were sealed has lashed out against federal prosecutors for "animus" against his clients.

K&L Gates Boosts Finance Practice in Sydney

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : February 17, 2015

Jason Opperman is joining the U.S. firm after spending much of his career at Henry Davis York.

Firm Refugees Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 17, 2015

Big firms take on more partners from Bingham McCutchen and Edwards Wildman Palmer; Dentons heads to Northern Virginia; King & Spalding snags a rival's IP litigation co-head; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Troutman Sanders Increases Gains Over 2013

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : February 16, 2015

Troutman Sanders continued to grow last year, posting strong gains in revenue and profit on top of a solid 2013.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : February 16, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 12, 2015

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Winston, Orrick, K&L Gates Get Call on Solar Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 12, 2015

Winston helps First Solar ink deal with Apple; K&L, Orrick aid Duke Energy's buy of REC Solar.

DBR Announces Lifetime Awards, Attorney of the Year Finalists

Review staff : Daily Business Review : February 10, 2015

The Daily Business Review announces its first Professional Excellence Awards winners.

Holland & Knight Heads to Denver, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Fresh off successful financial years in 2014, Holland & Knight opens a Denver office with six lawyers from Lathrop & Gage; Akin plucks a practice leader from Paul Hastings; Covington & Burling adds a former federal prosecutor; a handful of departures from Dickstein Shapiro; Kirkland & Ellis grows in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : February 09, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

An Early Look at The 2015 Am Law 100

: The American Lawyer : February 09, 2015

The Am Law Daily's early coverage of 2014 financial results of The Am Law 100/200 includes an examination into what's going on behind the numbers. This list will be updated as new results become available. Final rankings and full results for The Am Law 100 will be published in The American Lawyer's May 2015 issue and The Am Law Second Hundred will be published in the June issue.

Newsmakers: Week of Feb. 9

: Texas Lawyer : February 09, 2015

Ryan Roberts has joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges as an associate in its Dallas office. Roberts is a member of the firm's tax, benefits and executive compensation department.

Locke Lord Lures Boies Litigator, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2015

Boies Schiller & Flexner partner Kathleen Smalley is headed to newly merged Locke Lord; Davis Polk poaches Greenberg Traurig's real estate chair in New York; three DLA Piper finance lawyers depart; Littler Mendelson heads to Maine; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

K&L Gates Hires Funds Partner in Hong Kong

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : February 02, 2015

Michael Wong was most recently a counsel at Allen & Overy.

Skadden Once Again Snags Top Spot in Branding Survey

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : February 02, 2015

Although Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom landed at the top of research firm Acritas' annual survey measuring the strength of U.S. law firm brands for the fourth consecutive year, its rivals are closing in.