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About K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP comprises more than 2,000 lawyers who practice in fully integrated offices located on five continents: Anchorage, Austin, Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Brisbane, Brussels, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Doha, Dubai, Fort Worth, Frankfurt, Harrisburg, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Miami, Milan, Moscow, Newark, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Paris, Perth, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, San Francisco, São Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Spokane, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington and Wilmington.

K&L Gates represents leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals. Our practice is a robust full market practice — cutting edge, complex and dynamic, at once regional, national and international in scope. Over each of the last five years our revenues exceeded $1 Billion and, as stated in the July 2010 issue of the UK publication Legal Business, the firm “has further cemented its position as the Global 100’s fastest growing firm.”

Additional info
Year of establishment 2007 Number of Partners 1345
Number of offices 41 Partner:associate ratio 1.40
Biggest office Pittsburgh Percentage of women attorneys 30.40
Number of attorneys 2889 Percentage of minority attorneys 11.20
Number of associates 985 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 0.90
Notable cases
  • Well Fargo Bank was represented by K&L Gates in the $25 billion global settlement with the various American governmental organizations related to residential mortgage loan default servicing practices. The settlement was awarded in February 2012.
  • K&L Gates also represented Kraft Foods Global Inc. when Sara Lee filed a lawsuit against Kraft alleging false advertising. After two years of litigation and a trial that lasted two weeks, the case was dismissed.
  • A cross-continent team of lawyers from K&L Gates LLP has advised leading action sportswear retailer Zumiez Inc. on the acquisition of the Blue Tomato group for a purchase price of
Area of practice

K&L Gates LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Appalachian Basin: Marcellus And Utica Shale
  • Bend Arch ' Ft Worth Basin: Barnett Shale
  • Class Action Litigation Defense
  • Corporate Debt Securities
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Acquisition And Asset Based Finance
  • Derivatives & Structured Products
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plans
  • Energy Storage
  • Executive Compensation
  • Federal State And Local False Claims Act
  • Health Care Reform
  • Hedge Funds And Venture Funds
  • Immigration
  • Internal Investigations
  • International
  • Oil And Gas
  • Islamic Finance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Probate Trust And Related Fiduciary Duty
  • Professional Liability
  • Project Finance
  • Public Finance
  • Real Estate ' Commercial Ownership
  • Leasing And Management
  • Real Estate ' Development
  • Real Estate ' Sustainable Development
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Securities Enforcement
  • Securitization And Structured Finance
  • Transportation Finance
  • White Collar Crime
  • Criminal Defense
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Africa
  • Aim The Worlds Leading Growth Market In The London Stock Exchange
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust Competition & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Aviation Industry
  • Banking & Asset Finance
  • Benefits Esops And Executive Compensation
  • Betting & Gaming
  • Biosimilars
  • Follow On Biologics
  • Broker Dealer
  • Capital Markets
  • Caribbean
  • Climate Change And Sustainability
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Commercial Transactions And Outsourcing
  • Construction And Engineering
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Consumer Product Safety
  • Corporate
  • M&A
  • Cross Border Canada
  • Cyber Law And Cybersecurity
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Depository Institutions
  • Distressed Real Estate
  • E Discovery Analysis And Technology
  • Group
  • Emerging Growth And Venture Capital
  • Energy
  • Energy & Infrastructure Projects And Transactions
  • Environmental Land And Natural Resources
  • European Regulatory
  • Uk Regulatory
  • Financial Institutions And Services Litigation
  • Financial Services Policy
  • Food Industry
  • Food Drugs Medical Devices And Cosmetics
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Anti Corruption
  • German
  • Global Boardroom Risk Solutions
  • Global Employer Solutions
  • Global Financial Markets
  • Global Government Solutions
  • Global Insurance Coverage Solutions
  • Government Contracts & Procurement Policy
  • Government Enforcement
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • India
  • Indian Law
  • Indonesia
  • Infrastructure
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Interactive Entertainment
  • International Arbitration
  • International Trade
  • Investment Management Hedge Funds And Alternative Investments
  • Ip Litigation
  • Ip Procurement And Portfolio Management
  • Labor Employment And Workplace Safety
  • Latin America
  • Life Sciences
  • Liquefied Natural Gas
  • Maritime
  • Mining And Metals
  • Nuclear
  • Oil & Gas
  • Patent Office Litigation
  • Payment Systems
  • Privacy Data Protection And Information Management
  • Private Clients Trusts And Estates
  • Private Equity
  • Product Liability
  • Projects
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Public Policy And Law
  • Real Estate Investment Development And Finance
  • Real Estate Land Use Planning And Zoning
  • Resort Hospitality And Leisure
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • School Districts
  • Securities And Transactional Litigation
  • Securities Arbitration
  • Social Media Law
  • Sports
  • Tax
  • Tax Reform Resources
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Nonprofit Institutions
  • Technology Transactions
  • Telecom Media And Technology
  • Toxic Tort
  • Travel & Leisure
  • World Trade Organization
  • Dispute Settlement And Counseling
  • Corporate And Transactional
  • Cross Practice Services
  • Energy Infrastructure And Resources
  • Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation And Dispute Resolution
  • Policy And Regulatory
  • Real Estate
Awards and recognitions

The American Lawyer's 2005 "Corporate Scorecard" ranked K&L Gates as the leader among all firms in representation of fund clients in the mutual fund industry, and it is a leader in municipal finance, PIPE, private equity, and venture capital transactions.
The firm has been named among "Global Powerhouse" firms in 2012 Law360 Global 20 for the second year in a row.
In 2012, Corporate Board Member magazine, in association with FTI Consulting, Inc, ranked K&L Gates as one of the top 25 law firms in its annual list of "America's Best Corporate Law Firms." The firm ranked No. 16. The ranking was based on a survey of nearly 2,000 general counsels of U.S. publicly held companies. The survey focused on which law firms those general counsel would engage in a variety of important legal subject matters.


K&L Gates believes that establishing and maintaining a diverse, fully inclusive, and community-minded workforce is essential to a strong law firm. K&L Gates has implemented a number of programs to promote diversity and inclusion, and is an industry leader in this regard. In 2003, the firm appointed the profession's first Chief Diversity Officer.

Similarly, the firm's appointment of the industry's first Director of Professional and Personal Life Integration and the launching of its innovative Balanced Hours Initiative received acclaim throughout the profession. q

Summer associate program

K&L Gates' eight-week summer program is quite different than the ones offered by other law firms. Most of the "real work" done by the associates during the summer program is used by the firm. The associates' work product is either incorporated into a legal brief, presented to a client, or incorporated into articles, presentations or other publications.

A summer associate is expected to complete 11 to 15 projects in various practice areas. The summer program offers training and mock trial program. The firm also provides a wide variety of social activities ranging from a low-key but intimate dinner at a partner's house to a baseball game in a luxury suite.

K&L Gates made offers to 61% of 60-members summer class in 2009 and in 2010, it made offers to 100% of its 32 summer associates. The Class of 2011 summer will join the firm in September 2011.

Working for the K&L Gates LLP

For many, working at K&L Gates is advantageous as the working hours are not crazy for a big firm, it provides meaningful mentorship opportunities and gives great resources with a small office feel. However, some aspects like mediocre compensation levels, difficulty in getting work during lean periods and lack of transparency in determination of performance, do raise concerns.

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K&L Gates LLP Headquarters

210 Sixth Avenue ,

Pittsburgh, PA


K&L Gates LLP Office

214 North Tryon Street ,
Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC

704-331-7400 phone


K&L Gates LLP Office

1615 L Street, NW ,
Suite 1200
Washington, DC

202-466-6300 phone
202-463-0678 fax


K&L Gates LLP Office

70 West Madison Street ,
Suite 3100
Chicago, IL

312-372-1121 phone
312-827-8000 fax


K&L Gates LLP Office

44th Floor, Edinburgh Tower ,
The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central

852-2230-3500 phone
852-2511-9515 fax

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