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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, London, MA, NC, NJ, NY, OR, PA, Paris, 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

Pro Bono Week: The Ultimate Roundup of Giving and Representing

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 20, 2014

In recognition of Pro Bono Week, National Law Journal lists recent coverage of legal aid projects and Big Law pro bono.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : October 20, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Pa. Firms Use Global Footprints to Get Fortune 500 Clients

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : October 20, 2014

While there are only a few Pennsylvania firms among those most frequently used by Fortune 500 companies, some of the largest corporations in the world call on Pennsylvania firms of all sizes for a variety of legal needs.

Edwards Wildman's Tech Cochair Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 18, 2014

Another Edwards Wildman Palmer partner departs ahead of the firm's proposed merger later this year with Locke Lord; a Bingham partner heads to the FCC; Fried Frank and Kirkland & Ellis add a pair of new partners; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Associates Class of 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 17, 2014

The highlights the state's up-and-coming attorneys in the Associates Class of 2014.

On the Move

: The Recorder : October 17, 2014

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

Associates Class of 2014: A-C

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 17, 2014

The highlights the state's up-and-coming attorneys in the Associates Class of 2014.

On The Move: New Fall Associates at Sills Cummis

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 17, 2014

Sills Cummis & Gross in Newark adds four new associates to the Newark office.

New Jersey Firms Getting Their Share of Big-Name Clients

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : October 15, 2014

New Jersey homegrown firms are competing to represent the country's richest corporations in litigation matters, while outside firms with strong presences in the state are doing just as well if not better, a recent survey has shown.

$80M Indemnification Case Argued Before Pa. Justices

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : October 14, 2014

Two insurance companies' failure to consider negotiating a settlement in the face of a potential billion-dollar loss on behalf of an insured should be sufficient justification for the insured to settle its claims for $80 million without the consent of the carriers, an attorney representing Babcock & Wilcox argued last week before the state Supreme Court.

$80M Indemnification Case Argued Before Pa. Justices

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : October 14, 2014

Two insurance companies' failure to consider negotiating a settlement in the face of a potential billion-dollar loss on behalf of an insured should be sufficient justification for the insured to settle its claims for $80 million without the consent of the carriers, an attorney representing Babcock & Wilcox argued last week before the state Supreme Court.

INADMISSIBLE: Lawyers Line Up To Fight Trial Subpoenas

: The National Law Journal : October 13, 2014

Lawyers are lining up to fight subpoenas requiring them to testify remotely via video in a Boston antitrust trial, but the battle is over for Covington & Burling chairman Timothy Hester. Plus more in this week's column.

Federal Circuit Scolds Texas Judge, Sends Rockstar-Google Feud to California

Scott Graham : The Recorder : October 09, 2014

The appeals court said U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of Texas abused his discretion by moving forward with duplicative litigation.

Philadelphia Firm Nabs Steptoe Securities Leader

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 08, 2014

Jeffrey McFadden, former head of Steptoe LLP's securities litigation and enforcement practice, has jumped to Philadelphia's Stradley Ronon, a regional firm half of Steptoe's size.

In-House at Large Public Companies

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Chart tracking In-House Counsel at Large Public Companies.

Texas Market Limited, but Pa. Firms Finding Ways to Grow

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : October 08, 2014

They say everything is bigger in Texas, but the supply of lawyers isn't endless, making the successful entry of out-of-state firms into the market all the more challenging as the most sought-after talent is only going to lateral so often.

Largest Law Firms

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Largest Law Firms

Pro Bono Help Arrives for Victims of Revenge Porn

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : October 07, 2014

Last month, K&L Gates launched the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project, a first-of-its kind pro bono initiative to represent victims of revenge porn.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : October 06, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

K&L Gates Adds Banking Partner in Sydney

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : October 03, 2014

Tom Lennox has moved over after a year with Squire Patton Boggs.

Haynes and Boone Hires in Shanghai

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : October 03, 2014

The Dallas-based firm has recruited Louis Meng from Allbright Law Offices to cohead its Asia practice.

London Calling for US Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 03, 2014

Gibson Dunn, Kaye Scholer and Paul Hastings all made major lateral hires in London this week by raiding their British brethren. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and more in our latest tally of hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fox Rothschild Enters Texas Via David & Goodman Merger

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : October 01, 2014

Fox Rothschild is set to enter the Texas market today with the acquisition of 18-lawyer Dallas firm David & Goodman.

Law Firms React to Mass Protests in Hong Kong

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : September 30, 2014

Street demonstrations by tens of thousands of pro-democracy advocates have made commutes difficult and disrupted some office operations.

Circuit Upholds Rejection of EEOC's Gender Pay Lawsuit

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : September 30, 2014

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has lost its appeal of a case alleging that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey paid some of its female attorneys far less than their male counterparts.

Women Find a Way Back Into Big Law Careers

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : September 29, 2014

The OnRamp Fellowship, which places women who have been out of the profession for at least three years into one-year positions paying $125,000 at large firms, represents a small step toward changing the perception that major law firms are not places where women or minorities thrive.

Area Firms Join Program for Women Reentering Practice

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 26, 2014

Two Pennsylvania law firms are part of a crop of 15 firms nationally that have agreed to hire fellows as part of the OnRamp Fellowship, a program designed to help female attorneys reenter the workforce after taking a few years off.

Drinker Biddle Partner Receives Award from Land Trust

: New Jersey Law Journal : September 26, 2014

Richard Goldman, a partner with Drinker, Biddle & Reath in Florham Park, N.J., received the Donald B. Jones Award, presented annually by D&R Greenway Land Trust to a person or group embodying their mission to inspire a conservation ethic.

Baker Donelson Seeks Two ATL Lawyers as Part of Program Aiding Women's Re-Entry to Law

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : September 23, 2014

Baker Donelson is one of 15 big law firms participating in a new fellowship to give women a bridge back to practicing law after taking a hiatus to raise children.

Lifetime Achiever: Charles Queenan Jr.

Susan Hansen : The American Lawyer : September 23, 2014

From his base in Pittsburgh, the former managing partner helped turn K&L Gates into a national firm.