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K&L Gates
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Headquarters Los Angeles (CA)
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Number of Offices 45
Number of attorneys 2,000
Practice Areas General practice
Key People James Segerdahl (global managing partner), Michael Caccese (chairman, management committee) (?)
K&L Gates Pay Scale
(all numbers in thousands of dollars)

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.[1] Measured by headcount, it is the 8th largest law firm in the United States [2] and the 11th largest among law firms worldwide.[3] 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.[4]

Corporate governance

Template:As of, the leaders of K&L Gates are James Segerdahl (global managing partner) and Michael Caccese (chairman, management committee).[5] They replaced longtime chairman and global managing partner Peter Kalis, who had held that position since 1997.[6]


  • 1858: London-based Nicholson Graham & Jones Ltd is founded
  • 1883: Preston Gates & Ellis is founded in Seattle,[7] emerging out of the private law offices of Harold Preston.
  • 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.[8] 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.[9]
  • 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

Political contributions

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, K&L Gates was one of the top law firms contributing to federal candidates during the 2012 election cycle, donating $1.29 million, 52% to Democrats.[10] By comparison, during that same period Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld donated $2.56 million, 66% to Democrats,[10] while oil conglomerate ExxonMobil donated $2.66 million, 88% to Republicans.[11] Since 1990, K&L Gates contributed $10.26 million to federal campaigns, and spent $1.25 million on lobbying since 1999.[12]

Notable lawyers and alumni



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  5. "As K&L grows, it takes two to fill Kalis' shoes," Pittsburgh Business Times, Sept. 23, 2016,
  6. "Kalis elected to fifth terms as head of K&L Gates," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 25, 2012,
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  15. Testimony of Dick Thornburgh, Former Attorney General of the United States, Counsel, K&L Gates LLP
  16. Congress is on a health-reform path that will raise premiums
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  22. ABA Journal ABA President to Replace Magowan as Managing Partner of San Francisco Giants
  23. K&L Gates - People - Michael S. Greco
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  26. Eric Schneiderman
  27. 10 Things You Didn't Know About Rick Santorum
  28. 9 Things You Need to Know About Rick Santorum
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