K&L Gates

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K&L Gates
K&L Gates
Headquarters K&L Gates Center
No. of offices 47
No. of attorneys Over 2000
Major practice areas General practice
Key people Peter Kalis (chairman)
Date founded 2007 (Pittsburgh)
Company type Limited Liability Partnership

K&L Gates LLP is a US-based international law firm with offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and the United States.[3] It is the 8th largest law firm in the United States [4] and the 11th largest among law firms worldwide.[5] The company has been described as "a lobbying firm that represents the hi-tech and energy sectors" and in the past has hired former legislators favorably inclined towards their clients.[6]

Corporate governance[edit]

As of 2012, the chairman and global managing partner of the firm is Peter Kalis.[7] He has held that position since 1997.[8]


  • 1883: Preston Gates & Ellis is founded in Seattle,[9] emerging out of the private law offices of Harold Preston.
  • 1858: London-based Nicholson Graham & Jones Ltd is founded
  • 1946: Pittsburgh-based Kirkpatrick & Lockhart is founded
  • 2005: Kirkpatrick & Lockhart and Nicholson Graham merge to become Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham
  • 2007: On January 1, K&L Gates is formed in a merger between Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham and Preston Gates & Ellis to form Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis.[10] The name was later shortened to K&L Gates.
  • 2008: In January, K&L Gates combined with Hughes & Luce, a Dallas-based firm of 150 attorneys with offices in Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth
  • 2008: In July K&L Gates combined with Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman LLP, a North Carolina-based firm of 200 attorneys with offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Research Triangle Park.[11]
  • March 1, 2009: K&L Gates merged with Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, a Chicago based firm with approximately 215 attorneys with offices in Chicago, San Diego and Washington, D.C.
  • 2013: K&L Gates combined with Australian national firm Middletons with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and Brisbane

Notable lawyers and alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ http://www.klgates.com/places/
  4. ^ "The NLJ 250:Our Annual Survey". The National Law Journal. ALM Media Properties, LLC. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "The 2011 Global 100: Most Lawyers". The American Lawyer. ALM Media Properties, LLC. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Carney, Timothy (2011-03-29) Rep. Gordon gives your money to hi-tech and energy industries, then gets hired by them, Washington Examiner
  7. ^ Smith, Jennifer (2012-12-10), With Cross-Border Mergers, Law Firms Enter Arms Race, The Wall Street Journal (paper): B1;B6 
  8. ^ "Kalis elected to fifth terms as head of K&L Gates," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 25, 2012, http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/kalis-elected-to-fifth-terms-as-head-of-kl-gates-654825/
  9. ^ Riggio, Jim (3 November 2005). "Former Congressman, Judge James Rogan Joins Orange County Firm". Metropolitan News Enterprise. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  10. ^ James, Andrea (14 December 2006). "Preston Gates & Ellis OKs merger". Seattle Pi. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Press release from K&L Gates
  12. ^ Nelson, Robert T. (January 27, 1995). "Democratic Firm Learns To Do Business With New Congress". The Seattle Times. 
  13. ^ Postman, David and Bernton, Hal (2006-02-07). "How scheming lobbyist operated in Seattle firm". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  14. ^ Congress is on a health-reform path that will raise premiums
  15. ^ K&L Gates - People - K&L Gates
  16. ^ Thornburgh Shares Lessons From Three Mile Island Crisis
  17. ^ K&L Gates - People - Dick Thornburgh
  18. ^ Testimony of Dick Thornburgh, Former Attorney General of the United States, Counsel, K&L Gates LLP
  19. ^ 10 Things You Didn't Know About Rick Santorum
  20. ^ 9 Things You Need to Know About Rick Santorum
  21. ^ K&L Gates - People - Michael S. Greco
  22. ^ Eric Schneiderman
  23. ^ ABA Journal ABA President to Replace Magowan as Managing Partner of San Francisco Giants
  24. ^ http://support.wilsoncenter.org/page.aspx?pid=429

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