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K&L Gates LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 1,852
  • Gross Revenues: $1,065,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $575,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $870,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -3

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 $1,065,000,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 24th on The American Lawyer's 2016 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 24 -3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 24 -3 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

Local Rental Ordinances Used to Banish Residents

Sara J. Rose : The Legal Intelligencer : May 23, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court called it "a form of punishment more primitive than torture," but banishment, a government action that bars someone from living in a given area, is having a resurgence in Pennsylvania. Municipalities that want to keep out certain kinds of residents are ­turning to their rental ordinances to restrict who can live in their communities.


: The National Law Journal : May 23, 2016

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

Sheppard Mullin's Growth Surge Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 23, 2016

Steptoe & Johnson's Korea practice co-head finds a new home; a Bryan Cave practice leader joins the Kentucky Derby; a longtime Paul Weiss litigator becomes a regulator; Perkins Coie hires from Microsoft; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Rising Stars: John Owens

: Daily Business Review : May 19, 2016

John Owens, a partner with K&L Gates, excels in building relationships with companies at the beginning stages to represent investors through seed, angel and venture financing and assist throught the business life cycle with IPOs and M&A.

K&L Gates Bolsters Taipei With Baker & McKenzie Hire

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : May 17, 2016

Corporate partner Stephen Tan advises on cross-border deals and compliance matters.

After a Half Century in the Legal Industry, Law Firm Mergers Are Just as Hard

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : May 16, 2016

Richard Phillips, the founder of K&L Gates' Washington office, shares what he learned by building his Washington practice in the 1970s and merging it with a Pittsburgh law firm.

Morning Wrap: George Mason Profs Support 'Scalia Law' Renaming | Judge Paul Grewal Takes Facebook Job

C. Ryan Barber : Legal Times : May 13, 2016

George Mason law professors support renaming the school in honor of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Paul Grewal, a federal magistrate in California, is taking a legal post at Facebook. The Supreme Court last night split 4-4 in a death case, a ruling that keeps in place the Eleventh Circuit's execution stay. SEC Chair Mary Jo White criticizes pending legislation that she says would hamper law enforcement. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: K&L Gates D.C. Forefather Retires | So long, Michael Ratner | Legal Battle of John and Yoko

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : May 12, 2016

K&L Gates renames a conference room after a retiring partner, plus coverage of law firms on Jeopardy!, the legacy of Michael Ratner, and the immigration ballad of John and Yoko.

Ecuador Wins $4 Million Award Against Company With Orlando Real Estate

Monika Gonzalez Mesa : Daily Business Review : May 12, 2016

Ecuador is entitled to $4.3 million from a company that owns a 77-acre Orlando property linked to a 20-year-old bank fraud case.

I'll Take Law Firms for $800

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : May 11, 2016

It was like winning the PR lottery: 15 seconds of unexpected fame for law firms featured on the TV game show "Jeopardy!"

Chadbourne's TMT Chair Goes Solo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 09, 2016

The former Beltway-based leader of Chadbourne & Parke starts his own shop; Bracewell and Sidley make some big New York hires; a boutique investment bank recruits from Sullivan & Cromwell; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dozens of Big Firms to Appear in New 'Panama Papers' Database

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 08, 2016

Plenty of familiar names from The Am Law 200 and Global 100 appeared in an early version of a searchable online database drawn from the leaked files of offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

$310M Deal Tapped 58 Lawyers Across a Dozen Offices

: Daily Business Review : May 07, 2016

Partners Clayton Parker and Matt Ogurick in the K&L Gates Miami office acted as primary counsel for NeoGenomics when the cancer genetics diagnostic testing company purchased Clarient Inc. from General Electric Healthcare Life Sciences in a deal valued at $310 million last October. Parker and Ogurick drafted and negotiated the stock purchase agreement, conducted a due diligence review, assisted in the preparation of a 450 page proxy statement, and prepared an additional listing application for the issuers common stock on NASDAQ. The K&L lawyers also had to negotiate and draft a $55,000,000 credit agreement with Alliance Bernstein, a $25 million credit facility with Wells Fargo, and assist in the preparation and filing of a Hart Scott Rodino antitrust filing.

10 Years On, South Florida Dealmakers on Bigger Stage

: Daily Business Review : May 07, 2016

The 10th annual Top Dealmakers special section highlights the work of top attorneys, brokers and others on big-dollar transactions.

Dallas-based Hermes Law Promotes Gino Rossini to Partner; Plus Other 'On The Move' News

Mary Alice Robbins : Texas Lawyer : May 06, 2016

Gino J. Rossini has been promoted to partner in Dallas-based Hermes Law. Rossini's practice is devoted to handling post-trial and appellate matters in state and federal court as well as providing related support at all stages of litigation.

Dentons Cyber Group Chair Jumps to Cooley

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : May 04, 2016

Cooley is poised to hire Andy Roth, head of the global privacy and cybersecurity group at Dentons, as a partner for its privacy and data protection practice in New York.

Recognition for Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : May 02, 2016

Among other honors and appointments, Fund for Modern Courts has elected new directors, Robert Giuffra was elected board chairman of the American Swiss Foundation and Sarah Baird and Stavros Karageorgiou of Farrell Fritz were recognized for their pro bono service at the second annual Access to Justice event hosted by the Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau/Suffolk Law Services and The Safe Center LI.

Tom Brady Bunch: Morgan Lewis Lands Lawyer With QB Ties

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 02, 2016

Tom Brady may have added Gibson Dunn's Ted Olson to his Deflategate appellate litigation team, but his own NFL franchise, the New England Patriots, saw its outside firm Morgan Lewis recently land an in-house lawyer who had worked for its star quarterback's father.

Spotlight: Locke Lord Finds Its Way in Hong Kong

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : April 29, 2016

It has taken five years for Locke Lord's Hong Kong office to break even. Now what?

Fox Rothschild Bets on Big Wealth, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

The Philadelphia-based firm bolts on smaller wealth management shops in California and Florida; Jenner & Block rebuilds its government contracts group; Sidley Austin hires MoFo's ERISA head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hit With Defections, K&L Gates Stays the Course

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2016

K&L Gates has expanded well beyond its Pittsburgh roots. The firm says it's on the verge of greatness. Others disagree.

Litigation, Real Estate Work Pays Off in Pennsylvania

Gina Passarella and Lizzy McLellan : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Expecting a tough year, many of the state's biggest firms were pleasantly surprised.

Jones Day, K&L Gates Bulk Up Cybersecurity Practices

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 25, 2016

The two Am Law 100 firms brought on new partners in the cybersecurity and data privacy space by making hires from Blank Rome and Hunton & Williams.

The Am Law 100: A Mixed Outlook

Kim Kleman : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

From the editor: Key metrics are up at Am Law 100 firms, but growth has slowed.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : April 25, 2016

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

The Am Law 100: Signs of a Slowdown

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

The Am Law 100 eked out gains across major financial metrics in 2015. But growth was the slowest in years.

Firms With NJ Branches Perform (Mostly) Well in Am Law 100

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : April 25, 2016

As in years past, there are no New Jersey homegrown firms among the 100 highest-grossing in the U.S. But of list, released April 25 by Law Journal affiliate The American Lawyer, includes numerous firms with significant number of "boots on the ground" in the state.

The 2016 Am Law 100: Growth Slows for Big Law

: The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

The American Lawyer's annual report on the nation's 100 top-grossing law firms. Full financial results, in-depth analysis, firm profiles, and more.

Ex-Bryan Cave Lawyer Gets Six-Month Jail Term for Fraud

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : April 22, 2016

Harvey Newkirk, who was convicted in connection with a scheme to fraudulently induce lenders to provide tens of millions of dollars toward the purchase of Maxim magazine, was sentenced Thursday to six months incarceration and three years of supervised release.

Pa. Firms Make Waves in Am Law 100 Rankings

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : April 22, 2016

Amid the slowest rate of revenue growth the Am Law 100 has seen in two decades save the Great Recession, Pennsylvania firms made strong gains in core financial metrics and great waves on this year's Am Law 100 rankings by Legal affiliate The American Lawyer.