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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 2016 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, K&L Gates has 1852 attorneys and is the 9th 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 2015 Global 100 survey, K&L Gates ranked as the 31st 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 103 20 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 121 14 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 105 20 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 51 6 Summer programs

In the News

South Florida Experiencing 'Exponential Interest' From Law Firms With Varied Focus

Gina Passarella : Daily Business Review : July 11, 2016

Law firms with an appetite for expansion are coming to South Florida, but it's a challenging venture.

From Golden Girls to Tracing Lincoln's Footsteps: How These Pa. Lawyers Survived the Bar Exam

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : June 30, 2016

We asked several prominent Pennsylvania lawyers how they managed the stress of studying for the bar exam.

Compensation Handcuffs Partners, Delaying Lateral Move Season

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : June 28, 2016

In the wake of a busy late spring for lateral announcements, it appears that May and June movement may be the new normal, as more firms find ways to keep partners from leaving. Several recruiters who work in Pennsylvania said the late spring has become a busy time. In particular, two Pittsburgh-area recruiters said there has been a noticeable increase in lateral movement in May and June.

Help for Victims of 'Revenge Porn'

Rebecca Blair : The American Lawyer : June 27, 2016

K&L Gates has aided more than 500 people who have discovered intimate pictures of themselves all over the Internet.


: The National Law Journal : June 27, 2016

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

Partners Warn of Serious Implications for Clients as Britain votes to Leave the E.U.

Frances Ivens and Rose Walker : Legal Week : June 24, 2016

Clifford Chance senior partner Malcom Sweeting and others weigh in as Brexit sends shock waves to global stock and foreign exchange markets.

K&L Gates' Partner Churn Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 20, 2016

Amid more departures, K&L Gates seeks to grow; Akin Gump and Reed Smith hire from Winston & Strawn; Fox Rothschild reels in a leading Twin Cities litigator; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.


: The National Law Journal : June 20, 2016

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

Federal Judge Rejects Asbestos Defendant's Bid to Eliminate $325K Liability

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : June 16, 2016

Company argued that its share of $1 million verdict should have been offset by six other defendants' settlements with plaintiffs.

After Dechert's Pay Hike, Pa. Firms Watch and Wait, for Now

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : June 16, 2016

Dechert has raised its associate salaries across the country, starting at $180,000 for first-year associates.According to a memo obtained by The Legal, the new salary scale will be effective July 1. It includes salary increases for each class of associates, up to $315,000 for eighth-year associates and above.

Miami's Landmark Southeast Financial Center on Market

Carla Vianna : Daily Business Review : June 15, 2016

The 55-story tower and 15-story garage being offered by JPMorgan Chase is expected to trade for north of $645 million.

K&L Gates Continues Miami Expansion With Baker & McKenzie Hire

Lizzy McLellan : Daily Business Review : June 15, 2016

Former prosecutor and longtime Baker & McKenzie partner Lee Stapleton has joined K&L Gates in Miami, becoming the fifth lawyer to join the office since May.

Ropes & Gray Patent Litigator In Tokyo Moves to Jones Day

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 15, 2016

Movement of IP attorneys in Asia has been active this year

Key Lessons for GCs From Two FCPA Cases

Sue Reisinger and Ed Silverstein : Corporate Counsel : June 13, 2016

The Justice Department revealed how it reached decisions under its new pilot enforcement program.

K&L Gates' Lobbying Arm Picks Up Top Army Official

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : June 09, 2016

K&L Gates has added a fourth former member of Congress to its lobbying group with the hire of John McHugh.

LA Firm Launches in Windy City as Part of Three-Stage Growth Spurt

Roy Strom : The Am Law Daily : June 06, 2016

A week after expanding in New York, Los Angeles-based Michelman & Robinson is poised to set up shop in Chicago.

5 Cases that Address the E-Discovery FRCP Amendments from Spring 2016

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : June 01, 2016

Six months after the new rules went into effect, courts are beginning to discern case law surrounding proportionality and spoliation sanctions.

Firms Face Big Risks in High-Profile Internal Investigations

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : May 31, 2016

From lawsuits alleging defamation to threats of physical violence from ­disgruntled employees, attorneys who conduct high-profile internal investigations face a bevy of risks as they delicately balance the needs of the client with what the public may come to learn.

Pa. Firms See Big Boost in Minority Partner Numbers

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : May 31, 2016

It would take a long trip down Legal ­affiliate The American Lawyer's diversity rankings to find a Pennsylvania-based law firm, but of the 16 firms in the state that were ranked based on percentages of minority attorneys, many saw notable improvements while a handful slid further down the ranks.

Am Law 100 Firms' Delaware Presence Stresses State's Strategic Importance

Tom McParland : Delaware Law Weekly : May 27, 2016

Of the nation's 100 top-grossing law firms, 21 operate offices in Wilmington, highlighting both the prominence of Delaware's legal market and the influence national firms have been able to exert in the First State.

Hunton Makes Two Big Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Amid merger talks with a U.K. firm, Hunton & Williams added two practice leaders from Katten Muchin Rosenman; Bo Dietl's GC finds a new home; Jenner & Block launches a private wealth practice; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fenwick & West Heads to NYC, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 25, 2016

Silicon Valley stalwart Fenwick & West is poised to set up shop in the Big Apple; Boies Schiller brings on two more litigators; Ropes & Gray grabs another private equity pro in London; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

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.