K&L Gates LLP at a Glance


  • “Real possibilities for upward advancement”
  • “Global platform”
  • “Decent work-life balance as far as BigLaw goes”


  • “Lack of transparency about compensation”
  • “Inconsistent workload”
  • “Bureaucracy”

The Buzz

  • “Cutting edge”
  • “Excellent insurance practice”
  • “Too big”
  • “Middle-market”

About K&L Gates LLP

What a difference a couple of years make: the firm now branded K&L Gates has undergone a series of identity-shifting mergers in modern times. On the strength of several such deals, the firm has grown into one of BigLaw's more massive operations while working on everything from corporate transactions and complex litigation to environmental law and policy work.  

Gathering Momentum

The new Millennium saw a flurry of mergers, which formed what we now know as K&L Gates. In January 2007, Seattle's Preston Gates & Ellis got hitched to Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham (itself the product of one of the largest U.S.-U.K. mergers in legal history: the 2005 pairing of Pittsburgh-based Kirkpatrick & Lockhart and London's Nicholson Graham & Jones). A year later, the reshaped firm merged with Texas-based Hughes & Luce, increasing K&L Gates' presence in the Lone Star State.  In July 2008, the firm combined with Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, a household name in Carolina legal circles; the merger gave K&L Gates a significant presence throughout the Carolinas. The addition of Chicago firm Bell, Boyd & Lloyd's 250 lawyers and lobbyists eight months thereafter (in March 2009) bolstered K&L Gates' ranks in Chicago and DC and provided an entrée into the San Diego region's thriving biotech industry.

With all of these parts comes a lot of history. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart dates back to 1946, when a team of seven Reed Smith attorneys hung out a shingle together. After flourishing in Pennsylvania, the firm reached the Washington, DC area through a 1981 tie-up with Hill Christopher & Phillips, a boutique focused on securities law. From there, the firm spread to Boston, Miami, New York, Texas and California. The merger with Nicholson Graham-a firm that dated back to mid-19th-century England-cemented K&L Gates' status as an international firm.

As for Preston Gates-as in William H. Gates Sr., father of Microsoft honcho Bill-the West Coast firm was well-known for its work in the IP, technology and public policy sectors, as well as its lobbying clout.

Still Going…

International expansion has been on K&L Gates' agenda in recent years. The firm has broadened its presence in Europe and Asia with the opening of offices in Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, Milan, Moscow and Warsaw; has debuted in the growing Middle East markets with Dubai and Doha offices; and entered the South American market with an office in São Paulo. In January 2013, K&L Gates combined with Australian national law firm Middletons, adding four offices in Australia and extending the firm's presence in the Asia Pacific region. 2013 also saw a few strategic moves in the United States, with office openings in Wilmington and Houston, along with the consolidation of the four-lawyer San Diego office and the firm's growing Orange County office to allow the firm to take advantage of the synergies in practice between the two.

At the same time, the firm has expanded the scope of its practice, taking a full-service approach to its work with clients across many industries (don't be fooled by the short list of core practice areas; each contains a slew of specialist and industry sub-groups). Unlike some big firms that rely on a few key clients for the bulk of their billings, K&L Gates' policy of diversification means that its revenues are spread widely across many clients.  




Riding the Iron Rails
K&L Gates is advising Qatar Railways Company on the development of one of the most comprehensive rail networks in the Gulf. Specifically, the firm is advising on the $8 billion systems and signaling integration (SSI) contract for the Doha Metro Project and the $10 billion long term maintenance of these systems.

Protecting Privacy
K&L Gates lawyers from around the world have teamed up in a global assault on perpetrators of so called "revenge porn" by launching the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project to provide pro bono legal help to victims of nonconsensual pornography or cyber exploitation. Case work consists of removing the offending images from websites worldwide and/or bringing civil lawsuits to help victims seek legal recourse against perpetrators.

December 2014

Powering L'Hexagone
K&L Gates advised Québec-based Boralex Inc., a renewable energy power producer, on its acquisition of French wind farm owner and operator Enel Green Power France SAS for a total net consideration of approximately €280 million in cash. The transaction makes Boralex the largest independent wind power producer in France, and the third largest onshore wind player, behind only the two incumbent French utilities.

July 2014

Bonjour Customers!
K&L Gates represented Microsoft Corporation in its acquisition of SyntaxTree SARL, a French company that provides app developers with application usage analytics and the ability to send push notifications based on customer usage patterns.

Sit Back and Relax
K&L Gates represented Brookstone Company Inc. and its affiliates in its Chapter 11 reorganization. The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware confirmed Brookstone's Chapter 11 plan, which provided for the sale of the company's stock to Sailing Innovation (US), Inc., a joint venture between Chinese firms Sanpower Group and Sailing Capital, and for the reorganized company to continue to operate under the Brookstone name in virtually all of its 250 existing retail stores.

June 2014

A Tasty Deal
K&L Gates advised North Carolina-based Snyder's-Lance, the second largest snack manufacturer in the United States, in its $430 million disposition of its private brands business, consisting of operations in the United States and Canada; its $195 million acquisition of Baptista's Bakery, a private snack food manufacturer; and its majority investment in Late July Organic Snacks, a leader in organic and nongenetically modified snacks.

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K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates Center
210 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2613
Phone: (412) 355-6500
Fax: (412) 355-6501


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman and Global Managing Partner: Peter Kalis
  • Regional Managing Partner, U.S.: R. Charles Miller
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 2,000

  • Employment Contact
    Roslyn M. Pitts
    Firmwide Director of Talent
    Phone: (704) 331-5776
    Email: roz.pitts@klgates.com
    Please visit the Careers, Lawyers section of
    www.klgates.com for office-specific hiring contacts.

  • Base Salary

    Starting salaries fall between $105,000 and $160,000 based on dynamics of the local market.

  • Summer Associate Offers
    93 out of 111 (permanent offers) (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Corporate & Transactional
    Energy, Infrastructure & Resources
    Financial Services
    Intellectual Property
    Labor, Employment & Workplace Safety
    Litigation & Dispute Resolution
    Policy & Regulatory
    Real Estate

Major Office Locations

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