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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 2014 Global 100 survey, K&L Gates ranked as the 27th 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

Square's IP Chief Talks Patents and Pastry

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 05, 2016

Kirupa Pushparaj discusses the payment company's approach to patents and how it's been impacted by the U.S. Supreme Court's 'Alice' decision.

Troutman Sanders Posts 'Eye-Popping' Year

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : February 04, 2016

Troutman Sanders had a blockbuster year in 2015, reporting $468.5 million in revenue, up 11 percent, and net income of $180.8 million, up 14 percent. Profit per equity partner jumped from $805,000 to $970,000—after a $55,000 increase in 2014.

Three Practice Leaders Leave DLA Piper, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 03, 2016

DLA Piper loses three practice leaders but merges in Europe; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; Jones Day opens in Brisbane; Orrick unveils its Houston hires; Quinn Emanuel adds an Israel expert; and other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Justices Take Up Products Liability Jury-Charge Issue

Ben Seal : The Legal Intelligencer : February 02, 2016

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has granted allocatur in a pair of cases to answer the question of whether a jury should decide if a product is “unreasonably dangerous.” The cases are the first the court has agreed to hear that deal with its 2014 ruling in Tincher v. Omega Flex, which reshaped products liability law in the state, as well as the first it has agreed to hear since adding three new justices this year.

Under Pressure on Social Media, Eos Quickly Settles Class Action

Stephanie Forshee : Corporate Counsel : February 01, 2016

The settlement terms, which must be approved by a judge, are not yet public so it's unclear if Eos made a cash payment.

Litigator Joins K&L Gates in Bicoastal Role

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 01, 2016

John Pierce will split time between the firm's Palo Alto and Pittsburgh offices.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : February 01, 2016

Law Firms Still Optimistic as Chinese Stock Markets Swoon

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : February 01, 2016

Even as the Chinese stock market bubble bursts, lawyers report that they're keeping busy with M&A, tech deals, and restructuring work. Don't count out Hong Kong IPOs, either.

Houston Hiring Market Stays Hot, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2016

Paul Hastings and Kirkland & Ellis and several other big firms make key additions in Texas; Greenberg Traurig, Orrick and Sidley Austin keep hiring; Wilson Sonsini welcomes back a favorite son; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 25, 2016

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

The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for Asia Legal Awards 2016

The Asian Lawyer : The Asian Lawyer : January 25, 2016

For our third annual Asia Legal Awards, we have selected a short list of 27 categories of deals and matters from the region's leading firms and practitioners. Winners will be announced on Feb. 23 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

K&L Gates Going Gangbusters, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2016

After a series of lateral losses, K&L Gates hits the ground running with some new hires to start 2016; Dickstein Shapiro's departures mount; Fried Frank launches a London restructuring practice and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : January 25, 2016

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

Lenovo Lawyers Fight Suits Over Security Glitch

Ross Todd : The Recorder : January 22, 2016

The company's K&L Gates defense team argues that no customers were hacked as a result of pre-installed adware.

Suits & Deals: Essex Suit Linking Worker's Fall to OSHA Violations Settles for $3.5M

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 22, 2016

A construction worker who suffered a head injury when he fell 20 feet off the roof of a townhouse under construction received a $3.5 million settlement in his Essex County suit, Tenezaca v. Toll Brothers, Inc., on Dec. 15, 2015.

For Lobbyists, a Busy Congress Means a Boom Year, But Squire Patton Sees Revenue Drop

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2016

The lobbying numbers are in, and the fears of Squire Patton Boggs are confirmed. Although every other law firm lobbying group among the largest in Washington saw their revenues rise in 2015, the legacy firm of the late Thomas Hale Boggs Jr. did not. Its year-end total dropped 20 percent. Squire Patton Boggs—whose Washington lobbying department has faced dozens of departures since 2013—is now the third-largest lobbying organization in Washington, behind Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Greenberg Traurig Goes Beyond Rudy, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2016

Besides allying with Rudy Giuliani in an election year, Greenberg Traurig has hired several other notable partners this month; Orrick opens in Houston; Paul Weiss litigators start their own boutique; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

$59M Fee Application in Avaya Case Lacks Detail, Judge Says

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 20, 2016

A federal judge in Camden has refused to consider an application by Telecom Labs Inc. seeking $59 million in attorney fees from Avaya Inc. until the applicant submits daily billing records for the lawyers who worked on the long-running antitrust case.


: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2016

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

Four South Florida Lawyers, Firm Honored for Pro Bono Service

Celia Ampel : Daily Business Review : January 14, 2016

South Florida attorneys Lyndall Lambert, Jason Lazarus, Russell Miller-Thompson and Elisa D'Amico will receive Florida Bar pro bono awards, along with the Duane Morris firm.

K&L Hires Partners in Shanghai and Singapore

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2016

M&A lawyer Ian Liao and construction specialist Glenn Cheng arrive from Jones Day and U.K. firm Nabarro, respectively.

K&L Gates Hires First Pennsylvania Lateral Partner in More Than a Year

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 12, 2016

K&L Gates has added two new partners in Pittsburgh, continuing its yearlong growth of its investment management practice firmwide. But overall, the firm has seen more than triple the number of partners leave since the start of January 2015 as it has hired.

Pa. Firms Played Big Role in Record Year for Mergers

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2016

The legal community set a new record in 2015 for the number of law firm mergers, with Pennsylvania firms comprising nearly 11 percent of that record-high.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : January 04, 2016

Lateral moves, new arrivals, and promotions in this week's columns.

Court: Governor Can Veto Fiscal Code Amendments

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : December 31, 2015

In determining that a governor's line-item veto power extends to appropriations made under fiscal code amendments, the Commonwealth Court has ruled that former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett properly used his veto power to nix money state legislators allocated themselves for salaries and expenses.

High Court OKs $113M Award Over Abortive Merger, Licensing Talks

Michael A. Riccardi : Delaware Business Court Insider : December 30, 2015

The Supreme Court of Delaware has upheld an award of $113 million in expectation damages to a biotech company over a prospective acquirer's bad faith in merger and licensing negotiations.

Ex-Mayer Brown Partner's Novel 'The Revenant' Hits the Big Screen

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : December 29, 2015

Michael Punke, a former Mayer Brown partner currently working in Switzerland for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, wrote "The Revenant," a 2002 book that has been adapted into a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Boutique Firm Grabs and Leadership Shuffles Highlighted Big Law's Year

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : December 29, 2015

Pennsylvania's largest law firms were busy scooping up boutiques across the country in 2015, while out-of-state firms opened up shop in cities such as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

The Year in Opinion

: The National Law Journal : December 28, 2015

Snapshots of the controversies and issues NLJ readers explored on our op-ed pages in 2015.

K&L Gates Adds Two Before Year's End, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 28, 2015

More partner movement at K&L Gates before year's end; DLA Piper closes its Tampa office; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton brings back a former partner from IMG College; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.