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 1946 (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 firm delivers legal services at both an individual office level and through nine broad firmwide practice areas: Corporate and Transactional; Energy, Infrastructure and Resources; Finance; Financial Services; Intellectual Property; Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety; Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Real Estate; and Regulatory and Policy, each of which also include a number of subject matter and industry-based practice groups.[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] In 2013, Kalis was named both one of the top legal innovators of the past 50 years by The American Lawyer magazine [9] and among the legal industry’s most innovative and groundbreaking thinkers on The National Law Journal’s inaugural list of “Top 50 Legal Business Trailblazers & Pioneers”[10]


  • 1883: Preston Gates & Ellis is founded in Seattle,[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]
  • 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]


  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. ^ http://www.klgates.com/aboutus/xpqGC.aspx?xpST=AboutUsGeneral&key=ec9cb923-6322-4cc9-838c-bda359f6626e&activeEntry=7cc28745-1d6a-44fc-8d41-33be565591ac
  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. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2013/07/30/peter-kalis-among-top-50-innovators.html
  10. ^ http://pdfserver.amlaw.com/nlj/LBTP2013Web.pdf
  11. ^ Riggio, Jim (3 November 2005). "Former Congressman, Judge James Rogan Joins Orange County Firm". Metropolitan News Enterprise. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  12. ^ James, Andrea (14 December 2006). "Preston Gates & Ellis OKs merger". Seattle Pi. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Press release from K&L Gates
  14. ^ Thornburgh Shares Lessons From Three Mile Island Crisis
  15. ^ K&L Gates - People - Dick Thornburgh
  16. ^ Testimony of Dick Thornburgh, Former Attorney General of the United States, Counsel, K&L Gates LLP
  17. ^ Congress is on a health-reform path that will raise premiums
  18. ^ K&L Gates - People - K&L Gates
  19. ^ http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202667573523/Lifetime-Achiever-Charles-Queenan-Jr-
  20. ^ http://support.wilsoncenter.org/page.aspx?pid=429
  21. ^ ABA Journal ABA President to Replace Magowan as Managing Partner of San Francisco Giants
  22. ^ K&L Gates - People - Michael S. Greco
  23. ^ Nelson, Robert T. (January 27, 1995). "Democratic Firm Learns To Do Business With New Congress". The Seattle Times. 
  24. ^ Postman, David and Bernton, Hal (2006-02-07). "How scheming lobbyist operated in Seattle firm". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  25. ^ Eric Schneiderman
  26. ^ 10 Things You Didn't Know About Rick Santorum
  27. ^ 9 Things You Need to Know About Rick Santorum

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