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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

Canal Expansion Creating U.S. Boom

Carlos Harrison : Global Lawyer News : November 21, 2014

Port cities all along the East Coast are talking Post-Panamax.

Korea's Competitive Legal Market Puts Pressure on Price

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 19, 2014

Since free trade agreements opened the country's legal market to foreign firms in 2012, some 20 U.S. and U.K. firms have planted flags in Seoul, putting pressure on legal fees and ramping up competition between foreign and local firms.

On the Move

: The Recorder : November 17, 2014

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

Hudson County Construction Litigation Ends with $15.71 Million Settlement

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 14, 2014

A Jersey City, N.J., condominium association, acting on behalf of the individual owners in the 225-unit complex, will receive $15.71 million in compensation for faulty construction of their homes.

Freshfields Helps Hachette Strike Deal With Amazon

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 14, 2014

After months of sparring, Hachette Book Group and Amazon.com agreed Thursday to let the New York-based publisher set its own prices for e-books. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer represented Hachette, while Amazon handled the matter in-house.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 14, 2014

A chart of 114 law firms used most frequently by 30 New Jersey companies.

M&A Attorney Joins K&L Gates As Partner in Wilmington Office

: Delaware Law Weekly : November 12, 2014

Lisa R. Stark joined the Wilmington office of K&L Gates as a partner in its corporate/M&A practice.

Bosch Sparkplug Class Action Survives Dismissal Motion

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : November 11, 2014

A Florida federal judge has kept running a proposed class action alleging Robert Bosch LLC deceptively misrepresents that its spark plugs contain platinum.

Latham Raids O'Melveny for Six Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 11, 2014

Latham & Watkins makes a major bid to become a Hollywood heavyweight by luring six high-profile media and entertainment partners from O'Melveny & Myers; Proskauer Rose loses three while Duane Morris adds two; Sidley Austin and Wilson Elser partners go in-house and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Sidley, Goodwin Snag Patent Litigation Partners

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : November 11, 2014

Steven Baik is joining Sidley's Valley office while Shane Brun moves to Goodwin's S.F. office.

Intel Short Circuits Networking Patent Suit

Ross Todd : The Recorder : November 10, 2014

Judge Claudia Wilken handed the chipmaker and a host of technology companies a complete win on summary judgment.


: The National Law Journal : November 10, 2014

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

Asia Deal Digest: Nov. 6, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : November 06, 2014

*Simpson, Sullivan & Cromwell on Danone's $565 million Yashili investment*Davis Polk, Clifford Chance on China Hongqiao high-yield bond offer*Herbert Smith Freehills on Tata Motors $750 million bond offer

Fifth Circuit Unleashes WWE on WrestleMania Counterfeiters

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : November 04, 2014

World Wrestling Entertainment suffered a smack-down when a federal judge refused to "deputize" the company to take on bootleggers. WWE's lawyers at K&L Gates persuaded the Fifth Circuit that the judge's squeamishness was mostly misplaced.

Corporate Lobbyists Target Taxes, ACA

Katelyn Polantz, Jenna Greene and Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : November 04, 2014

Even before voters went to the polls, the chances the elections would produce a Republican-controlled Congress inspired optimism among Washington's top lobbyists, who saw opportunities to negotiate tax, health care and budget policy issues.

Dentons Grows in New Jersey and Africa, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 04, 2014

One of the world's largest firms expands in the Garden State and Casablanca; Katten Muchin Rosenman adds a former Dealmaker of the Year; Norton Rose Fulbright gets into cybersecurity; Willkie Farr & Gallagher goes to Houston and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Positive Energy

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : November 03, 2014

Although working in-house was Julie Lennon's original plan when she went to law school, it wasn't until after almost 20 years in private practice that she finally made the move in-house.

Ex-Lawmakers Predict Post-Election Return of Earmarks

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : November 03, 2014

Former Republican Congressman James Walsh, now at K&L Gates, has predicted that federal earmarks could return to Congress next year. The change could revive the lobbying industry and spark a now-stagnant Congress by giving it more discretionary power after the mid-term elections Tuesday, he said during a webinar sponsored by his firm.

Stockton Bankruptcy Yields Big Bucks for Orrick

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 31, 2014

After more than two years and nearly $14 million in legal and consultant fees, a judge has approved the city of Stockton, Calif.'s plan to exit from bankruptcy. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is raking in the bulk of those fees as lead counsel to the municipality.

Stamford-based WWE Faces Class Action Over Concussion Claims

Isaac Avilucea : The Connecticut Law Tribune : October 31, 2014

Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment used its muscle to market and "sell" violence to a euphoric fan base at the expense of the mental and physical health of its performers, according to a federal lawsuit filed by a former wrestler.

This Week's Deals

: The Recorder : October 30, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Special Report: Big Law's Reality Check

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014

Amid generally flat revenue but rising partner profits, four fundamental changes are roiling the legal marketplace. Is your firm prepared?

Who in Big Law Cut Checks for the Midterms?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

The NLJ looks at how the legal industry supports certain interests and people, and where lobbying horsepower could focus in the coming years. In this report, we've highlighted midterm election contributions to three powerful members of Congress.

Aiding Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in Pa.

Judith Bernstein-Baker : The Legal Intelligencer : October 27, 2014

This past summer, the media was filled with images of children, largely from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, crossing the border without their parents and turning themselves in to immigration authorities. They are youths like HIAS Pennsylvania's client, Maria, 16 years old, who was abused by her stepfather, and whose mother told smugglers to "have their way with her" in lieu of payment. She was held hostage for five days but, eventually, with the help of an adult, reached the U.S. border. Maria is a victim of human trafficking.

Power Players Benefit by Law Firm Contributions

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : October 27, 2014

Law firms, lobbyists prefer safe bets when making political contributions.

Women and Minority New Associates

: Texas Lawyer : October 23, 2014

New Associate Statistics 2014

: Texas Lawyer : October 23, 2014

New Associates' Law Schools

: Texas Lawyer : October 23, 2014

Big Law Offer Rates to Summer Associates

: Texas Lawyer : October 23, 2014

This chart depicts the number of law students who were summer associates at large firms in Texas during the summer of 2014 and the number of permanent job offers extended to those summer associates.

What Are the Hot Practice Areas for New Associates?

: Texas Lawyer : October 23, 2014

More than 300 law school students who worked at Texas' largest firms as 2014 summer associates have full-time jobs waiting for them. For the fall of 2015.