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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


: The National Law Journal : November 30, 2015

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

Deal Watch: Skadden's Tax Schemes and a Petco Purchase

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

Having recently taken on tax-related engagements for Yahoo and Darden Restaurants, lawyers from Skadden handle Pfizer's controversial $152 billion union with Allergan, while four other firms land a role on the $4.6 billion sale of Petco Holdings.

Corporate Practices Strong in Growth Year for Pa. Firms

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : November 24, 2015

It was a strong year for most large Pennsylvania firms, with revenue growth in 2014 nearly across the board and profits per equity partner showing positive change at most firms. The only declines in both revenue and PPP were modest.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : November 23, 2015

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

Clyde & Co Adds Insurance Partner in Melbourne

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : November 22, 2015

The U.K. shipping and disputes firm has hired away Marcus O'Brien from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Phishing, Attacks Top Data Concerns of Law Firm CIOs

Alan Cohen : The American Lawyer : November 22, 2015

Chief technology officers say that they're trying to anticipate threats to IT systems and sensitive data and eliminate them faster and more effectively than before.

K&L Gates Expands Abroad and Shutters in Spokane, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 18, 2015

New partners join K&L Gates in Sydney and Warsaw as the firm closes a U.S. office; Norton Rose Fulbright loses two practice leaders; Sutherland snags a Kaye Scholer project finance head; and other notable address changes from throughout The Am Law 200.

Pillsbury Lawyer Heads West, Plus More Lateral Moves

Nell Gluckman and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 15, 2015

An environmental law expert heads to Oregon; Greenberg Traurig grabs two from McDermott in New York; Hogan Lovells hires a Latham & Watkins trio in Dubai; Ice Miller brings back a mayor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Kane Changes Plans, Complies With Pa. Senate Subpoena

Ben Seal and Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : November 13, 2015

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane changed course the afternoon of Nov. 13, reversing a decision she had made that morning to ignore a Senate committee's subpoena for information about the operations of the Office of Attorney General since her law license was suspended.

Arnall Golden Gets New Managing Partner

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : November 11, 2015

Arnall Golden Gregory will get a new leader in January. Jonathan Eady will take over as managing partner from Glenn Hendrix, who's had the post for eight years.

Ex-Bryan Cave Lawyer's Role in Maxim Deal Examined at Trial

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : November 10, 2015

Prosecutors on Monday told a jury that a former Bryan Cave lawyer repeatedly lied to lenders in the hopes of obtaining millions of dollars to finance the purchase of Maxim magazine, then lied to his law firm about his client and the deal. But defense counsel for Harvey Newkirk argued that his client was the victim of a fraud perpetuated by a "world-class con man."

Dickinson Wright Debuts Health Care Venture, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright launches a health care affiliate; Duane Morris hires a diversity leader; Quinn Emanuel starts a class action practice in Australia; Sidley expands in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

'Keeping It Simple' Wasn't Working

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : November 09, 2015

Barclays Sued Again Over Dewey & LeBoeuf Capital Loan

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : November 07, 2015

Kenneth Freeling, a former Dewey & LeBoeuf litigation partner now of counsel at Covington & Burling, is suing Barclays, the British banking giant that financed capital contributions for partners at the now-defunct firm.

K&L Gates Continues Growth Spurt, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

After several months of partner losses, K&L Gates continues a recent hiring spree by adding four partners on two continents; another bolt-on by Dinsmore & Shohl; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Lateral Partner Movement Frenzied Late in the Year

Gina Passarella and Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : November 04, 2015

A low-growth market and pressure on rate increases have fostered a lateral hiring boom as firms look to add revenue by acquiring new talent, practices and geographic footholds.

Jones Day Makes Pittsburgh Leadership Changes

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : November 03, 2015

The Pittsburgh office of Jones Day will have new leadership for the first time in 12 years as the current managing partner takes over as head of the firm's global rule of law initiatives.

Judge Tosses Suit Claiming L'Oreal Set Patent Filing Quota

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : November 02, 2015

A retaliatory discharge suit over an alleged quota for patent applications at L'Oreal USA has been dismissed by a federal judge in Newark.

Same Court, Same Judge, Same Facts: What Gibson Dunn Did Differently to Win

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : November 02, 2015

Prism Technologies LLC was on a roll, suing the five largest cellular telephone service providers for infringing the same two patents. The first two cases, against AT&T and Sprint, went Prism's way—until it was Gibson Dunn and T-Mobile's turn.

The Dewey Case: What's Next?

Susan Beck, Nell Gluckman, Christine Simmons and Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : November 01, 2015

Implications for the defense, the prosecution—and Big Law.

White & Case Set to Lose Warsaw Group to International Rivals

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : October 27, 2015

After earlier retreats for White & Case in Hungary and Romania, sources say the firm is now poised to lose virtually its entire Polish litigation practice to Baker & McKenzie and Greenberg Traurig.

The Best Law Firm for Patent Litigation Right Now Is …

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : October 26, 2015

What law firm has the top patent litigation practice? It depends on how you measure it, but new data from Lit Daily affiliate Corporate Counsel suggests one possible answer. When you factor in other surveys, though, it's not so clear-cut.

Computer vs. Lawyer? Many Firm Leaders Expect Computers to Win

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : October 24, 2015

Junior lawyers are used to feeling like cogs in a machine. According to a new report, a surprising number of law firm leaders expect to be able to replace them with actual machines—and soon.

People in the News - Oct. 19, 2016 - PAJ to Present Award to Larrimore

: The Legal Intelligencer : October 19, 2015

The Pennsylvania Association for Justice is set to present a "For Justice Service Award" to Dale Larrimore on Thursday.

Morning Wrap: Influence 50 | Wal-Mart Probe Fizzles | 'Goodfella' Stands Trial

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : October 19, 2015

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: The NLJ's annual report on the lobbying industry, a high-profile federal probe into Wal-Mart comes to a close and Larry Lessig is still running for president.

Legal Industry Reacts to Dewey Mistrial

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : October 19, 2015

The Dewey & LeBoeuf trial has produced reactions ranging from introspection to schadenfreude. Reaction to the mistrial has been mixed as well.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : October 19, 2015

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

Merged Firms Contend With Weak Aussie Dollar

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 19, 2015

Here's how Herbert Smith Freehills, Ashurst and K&L Gates have coped with the falling currency since merging with Australian firms in recent years.

The Influence 50: NLJ's Annual Lobbying Ranking

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : October 19, 2015

The NLJ's annual Influence 50 ranking attempts to capture the third dimension of lobbying: the part of the practice that's never publicly reported. Four law firms said they took in $100 million or more for public-policy work—Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; K&L Gates; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr; and Atlanta-based firm King & Spalding, which reported the most public-policy business in 2014.

Hinckley Prosecutor Roger Adelman Mourned by D.C. Judges and Lawyers

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : October 16, 2015

The D.C. legal community on Oct. 13 filled the ceremonial courtroom at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse downtown to remember Roger Adelman, a longtime federal prosecutor, private practice lawyer and law professor who died last month.