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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 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


: The National Law Journal : August 31, 2015

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

Newsmakers: Week of August 31

: Texas Lawyer : August 28, 2015

Glenn A. Ballard Jr. has joined Dentons as managing partner of the firm's Houston office and a member of the litigation and dispute practice.

First-Year Salaries Hit $160K Mark at More Pa. Firms

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : August 28, 2015

The average starting pay for first-year associates in Pennsylvania will be noticeably higher for this fall's class, with several firms increasing pay to $160,000 or just below, according to the National Association for Law Placement and data submitted by the firms.

K&L Gates Boosts Banking Team in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : August 25, 2015

Markus Blenntoft moves over from the recently closed office of Dentons.

K&L Gates Grows Despite Losses, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 25, 2015

K&L Gates offsets a series of partner departures with hires in Dallas and Asia; Ashurst brings back a private equity pro from Skadden; Boies Schiller bags one from Cravath; a McKenna Long founder decamps; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Takeaways From the First Cyberinsurance Lawsuit

Roberta Anderson : The Legal Intelligencer : August 25, 2015

Cyberinsurance litigation is coming. This reality is underscored by CNA's recently filed lawsuit against its insured, , No. 2:15-cv-03432 (C.D. Cal., filed May 7, 2015). Through its preemptive lawsuit, which is one of the first cyber/data privacy disputes under a cyberinsurance policy that has resulted in litigation, CNA seeks to avoid coverage for the defense and settlement of a data breach class action lawsuit against its insured and a related regulatory proceeding.

Distinguished Leader: Robert Dell, Latham & Watkins

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

He built Latham & Watkins into a global player.

Big Suits

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Franklin California v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; Smartflash v. Apple; Jang v. Boston Scientific; Amphastar v. Sanofi

People in the News - Aug. 20, 2015 - Fogdall Named Pro Bono Chair

: The Legal Intelligencer : August 20, 2015

Stephen Fogdall of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis was named the new chair of the firm's pro bono committee.

State of Mind on False Statements and Application of 'Omnicare'

Roberta S. Karmel : New York Law Journal : August 20, 2015

In her Securities Regulation column, Roberta S. Karmel discusses 'Omnicare v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund', in which the U.S. Supreme Court decided that an issuer may be liable for opinions set forth in a registration statement if the issuer did not genuinely hold the stated opinion, or if the issuer failed to disclose material facts relating to the foundation for the opinion, and the application of 'Omnicare' to recent and pending cases.

Remembering White House Rejects Who Shaped Big Law

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : August 18, 2015

One thing is certain about the 2016 presidential race: It's going to leave a lot of former Republican candidates looking for something to do. Luckily they've got some role models.

Norton Rose Fulbright Nabs New Partner in Hong Kong

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : August 14, 2015

Terence Lau will make the move from rival Hogan Lovells early next month.

Morgan Lewis Hires Ex-Head of US Attorney's Office in Trenton

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : August 12, 2015

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has been focused on deepening its white-collar defense bench over the past several months, most recently adding Harvey Bartle IV as a partner in the firm's Philadelphia and Princeton, New Jersey, offices.

White & Case Opens in Seoul

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : August 11, 2015

Korea practice head James Lee has relocated from Los Angeles to lead the three-partner office.


: The National Law Journal : August 10, 2015

Lateral moves in this week's column.

King & Spalding Is California Bound, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 09, 2015

Eight lawyers are leaving DLA Piper's outpost in Sacramento for King & Spalding; Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses two structured finance partners; more partnership changes at K&L Gates; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Where Have All the K&L Gates Partners Gone?

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : August 05, 2015

Large law firms have been quietly trimming partners, and many of those attorneys are not able to find new or similar positions given the premium placed on books of business, consultants have repeatedly said in recent months.

Marvell Knocks $1.2 Billion Off Carnegie Mellon Patent Win—For Now

Scott Graham : The Recorder : August 04, 2015

Federal Circuit panel says patent damages off limits for products manufactured, used and sold outside the U.S.

Firm Partnership Ranks at K&L Gates Being Trimmed

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : August 04, 2015

When more than 90 partners in seven months leave a law firm, no matter how large, eyebrows are raised and at least 91 different stories can be had about the cause. For K&L Gates, those stories have played out publicly across legal media in recent weeks as former partners and the firm's chairman offer up their explanations for departures across the 2,000-lawyer firm's increasingly global platform.

Merry-Go-Round at Milbank, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy brings on a Jones Day M&A duo in New York, as the firm watched two others head for the door; Morrison & Foerster adds a pair from Crowell & Moring; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Jones Day Nabs Pair of Big Mining and Media Bankruptcies

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 03, 2015

Bankruptcy filings might be down 12 percent over the past year, according to a recent report released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, but Jones Day has landed key roles on two new notable filings on the business bankruptcy docket.

Moving Offline

: Corporate Counsel : August 01, 2015

A lawyer migrates from a virtual world to the tangible kind; and other Moves.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : August 01, 2015

Newsmakers: Week of Aug 3

: Texas Lawyer : July 31, 2015

Bruce Pinegar has joined The Woodlands office of Winstead as an associate in the firm's wealth preservation practice group.

K&L Gates Adds Two Amid Departure Wave, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 29, 2015

K&L Gates, which has watched more than 90 partners depart this year, saw another handful leave within the past week; Morrison & Foerster picks up an Asian litigation leader; O'Melveny & Myers adds one in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Gingrich, Howard Dean Appear Unified in First Joint Appearance for Dentons

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : July 29, 2015

Newt Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the House, and Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman, made their first public appearance as Dentons colleagues Wednesday on a panel discussion at the firm offices on K Street. They spoke almost entirely in agreement about the future of Medicaid and Medicare.

Despite New Role, Saylor's Pen Keeps Flowing

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : July 28, 2015

Nearly seven months into a calendar year when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is operating with two vacant seats, the justices appear to be issuing opinions at a reasonable pace, observers said, while the court's leader has taken an especially active role in writing.

Tyco Electronics Owes Millions in Shareholder Suit

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : July 28, 2015

Tyco Electronics is liable to a group of former Com-Net Critical Communications shareholders for $125.8 million, an Allegheny County judge ruled last week.

Sidley Takes Two from Manatt in L.A.

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : July 28, 2015

Firm leaders say it's a good time to invest in Southern California talent.

FCC Open Internet Order Creates Uncertainty and Risk

Marty Stern, Sam Castic and Christian Dippon : Corporate Counsel : July 27, 2015

Broadband providers and the companies that work with them should explore the new obligations that apply to broadband customer information.