K&L Gates > New York, United States > Firm Profile

K&L Gates
NEW YORK, NY 10022-6030
United States

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 1

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 1

Fielding an ‘extremely knowledgeable and professional’ team, K&L Gates has extensive expertise in the tech, healthcare, and financial services sectors, frequently assisting clients with traditional M&A as well as with bet-the-company deals. The practice has maintains advises Fortune 500 companies as well as venture capital funds and is jointly headed by Charlotte-based growth equity specialist Rick Giovannelli and Seattle-based cross-border M&A expert Annette Becker. In New York, Robert Zinn is an expert on strategic and cross-border M&A and Calvina Bostick is noted for her expertise with private equity investments, while Kevin Stichter focuses on cross-border acquisitions from Charlotte. Seattle lawyer Jessica Pearlman is an expert on securities and finance matters, while Leah Baucom concentrates on general corporate issues from Charlotte. Pittsburgh lawyer David Edgar, who primarily acts on behalf of boards of directors, and Aleksandr Imas, who practices from Seattle, are further names to note.

Practice head(s):

Rick Giovannelli; Annette Becker

Other key lawyers:


‘Amazing team. They were quick with all responses. Patient and thorough with explanations.’

‘Everyone was responsive and compassionate. They grasped quickly how difficult our situation was and gave calm and helpful advice. Their fast and personal communication was extremely important, both logistically and personally.’

‘I cannot imagine a better experience with a corporate law firm. We were first interested in working with K&L Gates due to their international scope. As a business with team in multiple states and countries, that was critical. While that has been a critical part of the value they’ve brought to our relationship, what truly distinguishes their firm is their passion and dedication to seeing our company’s success. They are on the forefront of technology trends and movements, as well as international trade and the global business landscape. Both of these are key to our business.’

‘Our corporate needs include problem solving, collaboration and dedication. The K&L Gates team delivers with distinction in all these areas, enabling us to accelerate our growth globally while remaining diligent and meticulous in every country that we operate and contract that we enter.’

‘Excellent legal minds that also have unusually high business acumen, which I think is very rare and brings far higher value. True business partners and advisors rather than just documenters.’

‘Jessica Pearlman – she is friendly, responsive and provides practical no-nonsense answers that are easy to digest and implement.’

‘The K&L Gates team that we worked with was extremely knowledgeable and professional throughout the process. The deal was complex and various issues arose during due diligence and negotiations that the K&L Gates team was able to guide us through to a successful close. Their expertise and tactful approach definitely contributed to our successful closing.’

Work highlights

  • Represented FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation and FUJIFILM Electronics Materials U.S.A., Inc. in the $700m acquisition of a semiconductor high-purity process chemicals business from US-based Entegris, Inc.
  • Advised Microsoft Corporation on its third investment in OpenAI LLC.
  • Advised Renovaro BioSciences Inc. on its acquisition of all the outstanding equity of GediCube.

Transport > Shipping: litigation and regulation Tier 1

K&L Gates‘ ‘pragmatic, ethical and very knowledgeable’ maritime practice is consistently mandated to advise on arrests, attachments, and seizures of vessels and cargo. The team also assists with cargo claims, limitation of liability proceedings, vessel collisions, allisions, groundings, and personal injury and death-related matters. The firm additionally houses experts in marine insurance claims; and charter party, bill of lading and other maritime contractual disputes, as well as piracy-related issues. On the environmental side, the group regularly defends ship owners, operators, managers, charterers and crew members facing civil fines or criminal prosecution under domestic and foreign environmental regulations. In Boston, Jeffrey King focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration involving maritime and transportation. In Washington DC, Michael Scanlon‘s maritime practice involves both domestic and international maritime work, Mark Rugehas an incredible handle on policy’, Darrell Conner is a government affairs counselor in the firm’s public policy and law group, and Elle Stuart assists with transportation-related federal regulatory, policy and legislative matters. In the firm’s New York office, George Kontakis is ‘a very bright, knowledgeable and easy-to-reach partner’. Jorge Romero retired in April 2024, and Luke Reid left the firm in June 2024.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey King; Michael Scanlon; Darrell Conner

Other key lawyers:


‘This team is pragmatic, ethical and very knowledgeable in relation to United States Coast Guard and other regulatory matters. Always a good resource to call upon.’

‘K&L Gates team has, over many years, collected a diverse group of professionals with varied backgrounds and expertise; and the group has held together as a productive and cohesive team with multiple contacts on the Hill and numerous regulatory agencies.’

George Kontakis impresses with his and the team’s efficient, client-friendly approach.’

‘George Kontakis is a very bright, knowledgeable and easy-to-reach partner.’

‘Mark Ruge has an incredible handle on policy and the workings of DC. ’

‘Darrell Conner is a very well connected advisor.’

‘Elle Stuart and Darrell Conner are responsive, down-to-earth and practical in all matters.’

Key clients

American Maritime Partnership

Institute of International Container Lessors

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd.

Matson, Inc.

Transportation Institute (TI)

Lake Carriers’ Association

Mediterranean Shipping Company SA

Ripley Entertainment Inc

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 2

Offering a team of highly experienced lawyers, K&L Gates assists clients with e-discovery matters from pre-trial to post-trial stages, information governance, document processing and reviews. It has a strong reputation for handling litigation work along with arbitration and investigation aspects. The team is led in Seattle by Julie Anne Halter, who brings experience of advising clients in all stages of the discovery process, including management, review, litigation readiness and document-intensive issues. Daniel Miller in Pittsburgh counsels on records preservation and collection issues, and e-discovery related data breach investigations, while Seattle-based Rachel Tausend has a strong reputation for drafting and evaluating ESI agreements, protective and privilege orders.

Practice head(s):

Julie Anne Halter

Other key lawyers:


‘The K&L Gates eDiscovery team has significant expertise in multiple platforms and software solutions, which gives them the ability to provide efficient options for any given situation.’

‘My organization worked closely with Rachel Tausend. She was a tremendous resource and provided great leadership to the process. She was able to take the complexities of the project and the explain them and the necessary processes in a way that aligned all parties.’

Energy > Energy regulation: electric power Tier 2

K&L Gates‘ full-service energy group is well equipped to represent clients before FERC and other federal authorities, while also fielding longstanding experience with regional electricity markets. The practice is regularly involved in a wide range of matters relating to transmission planning, enforcement investigations, and compliance, in addition to acting for clients including lenders and developers in the acquisition and financing of renewable energy and storage projects. John Crossley, who is based in Kansas City and centers his practice around project development and transactional matters, leads the team jointly with Washington DC’s Kimberly Frank, whose focus lies on regulatory work before FERC and state public utility commissions. Jennifer Mersing has left the firm for an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

John Crossley; Kimberly Frank

Other key lawyers:

Donald Kaplan; Maria Faconti


‘Highly knowledgeable about the electric power industry. Highly knowledgeable about FERC regulation as well as state regulation. Highly knowledgeable about industry and regulatory trends and the potential impacts on the client.’

‘Kimberly Frank is well respected by industry peers. She is relatable and respectful to all staff levels within the client’s organization. She is technically adept and is able to capture issues succinctly and thoroughly in regulatory filings.’

Key clients

PPL Electric Utilities Corporation

Financial Marketers Coalition

Kansas Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Primarily operating from its Kansas City, Portland and Seattle offices, the renewable energy offering at K&L Gates is regularly selected as development counsel, borrower’s counsel, and sponsor’s counsel in the full spectrum of green energy projects in the US. M&A, tax, project agreements, environmental law and financing are all areas of expertise for the broad practice group, which is led by John Crossley in Kansas City. He focuses on developing, buying, and selling renewable energy projects throughout the country. Alongside him, Jim Goettsch is well versed in wind and solar project acquisition, and Brogan Sullivan has transactional and tax equity specialisms. Bill Holmes is a key contact in Portland for wind, solar and energy storage projects, and at the Seattle office, Eric Freedman excels in the renewables industry and Martha Pugh is the tax expert to note. At a more junior level, associate Kaitlyn DeYoung in Kansas City supports across the full range of matters.

Practice head(s):

John Crossley; Kimberly Frank

Key clients

Capital Power Corporation

Acciona Energy USA Global

Greenbacker Capital Management

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

Microsoft Corporation

Work highlights

Government > Government relations Tier 2

Providing strategic counsel and policy advocacy services to both public and private organizations, K&L Gates‘ public policy group demonstrates substantive experience across financial services, energy, environment, healthcare, tech, and education. Leadership of the team is shared between: Michael Scanlon, who has a significant practice in domestic and international maritime matters; David Wochner, an energy expert with strong credentials in the natural gas and hydrogen industries; Karishma Page, who manages a diverse portfolio of tax, financial services, healthcare, and employee benefits clients; and Andrew Wright, who is well-versed in congressional oversight, executive compliance, and enforcement actions. Emanuel Rouvelas is another maritime law giant, and often works with the US and foreign governments on international trade and transport matters. Bruce Heiman is a recognized authority on cybersecurity and privacy policy issues, while Daniel Crowley focuses on financial services and capital markets. Tax expert and Of Counsel Leonard Bickwit, and energy, environment, and natural resources specialist Matthew Leggett joined the firm in February 2023, from Miller & Chevalier Chartered and the Senate, respectively. Senior counsel to former House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Jamie Jackson joined in April 2023, expanding the group’s reach in national security and emerging technologies.

Practice head(s):

Michael Scanlon; David Wochner; Karishma Page; Andrew Wright


‘Our engagements with K&L Gates have been led with strategic excellence, but also with noteworthy wisdom. They read the issue and broader context quickly, and then suggest a course of action that springs from fresh, current insight and a long-range wealth of personal relationships and impact. We feel well advised by K&L on the issues we face with federal legislators and regulators.’

‘Karishma Page is a particular standout on K&L’s team. Each of the team members are strong in their own right, but Karishma brings a warmth, wisdom, grace, attentiveness, patience, and action-oriented perspective to her strategic counsel, which we find invaluable.

‘Our team from K&L Gates has a passion for our organization, and fully reflect our culture and our values. As a non-profit, it is important to us that our government relations team fully represent us. Not just in words, but in action as well. They have worked to understand us deeply, and they carry that understanding on to the Hill. The group is incredibly intelligent and diverse in backgrounds.’

‘The team is made up of very different people, but all very capable and committed to us as a client. The diversity of backgrounds makes the team stronger. I never sense them competing against each other, but instead pulling together to do what is right for us as a client. They know us and our issues intimately.’

‘The practice distinguishes itself by the quality of support they provide. We were given access to several lawyers from different offices that each had particular knowledge of the components of our situation. Working together as a team, they were able to provide excellent guidance and deliverables for our project.’

‘Their expertise is deep and comprehensive. The access they provide across their international practice and firm is incredibly valuable. They work seamlessly together as a single team to help amplify their impact for us. They are deeply knowledgeable, available, responsive, kind, interesting, supportive, friendly, and incredibly professional.’

‘Their expertise in the subject matter is a real strength and provide advice the business trusts. The collaboration between the offices we work regularly with and other colleagues is excellent.’

Key clients

Transportation Institute

Church Alliance

NextDecade – Rio Grande LNG

Avis-Budget Group

Pitney Bowes Inc.

Receivables Management Association International

California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS)

Package Coalition

Commonwealth LNG

Glenfarne Energy Transition

American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier

Story Partners

Stuart M. Slaven

Work highlights

  • Assisted CalPERS and its investment committee and board of directors with corporate governance and financial regulatory reform issues in the US, as well as in the EU and UK.
  • Advised Pitney Bowes on a wide range of government relations matters.
  • Assisted Transportation Institute with projects in substantive areas ranging from international trade to defense to maritime industry promotion.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Delaware counsel Tier 2

At K&L Gates, the group in Wilmington are experienced in advising clients on matters of Delaware entity law. Scott Waxman leads the team, described as being ‘smart‘ and giving ‘clear, insightful advice‘ as well as ‘knowing Delaware laws inside and out.’ A distinguishing feature of the practice as a whole its international reach, and therefore its ability to provide global clients in a range of industries with relevant advice. Other key lawyers in the team are Nicholas Froio, who is ‘hard-working, responsive and always reliable’ and Eric Feldman who ‘is a brilliant lawyer and knowledgeable about all types of transactions‘.

Practice head(s):

Scott Waxman

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Froio; Eric Feldman; Andrew Skouvakis


‘A very experienced and responsive group.’

‘Scott Waxman is super smart and gives clear, insightful advice. Knows Delaware laws inside and out.’

‘Nick Froio is hard-working, responsive and always reliable.’

‘Eric Feldman is a brilliant lawyer and knowledgeable about all types of transactions.

‘Andrew Skouvakis is a sharp lawyer and always available.’

‘I use this firm because of the standout skills of Eric Feldman. Even when using other attorneys in the firm, he helps with everything.’

‘Eric Feldman is the star of the show. He’s brilliant, extremely detailed, and the best draftsman I’ve ever come across, and I’ve worked with countless firms and attorneys. I don’t say any of that lightly. He’s the real deal.’

Key clients

AIKG, LLC (Andretti Indoor Karts and Gaming)

Bloomberg Finance, L.P.

AFP Cuprum SA

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A.

Wilmington Trust, N.A.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. /Computershare Trust Company, N.A.

New England Sports Ventures, LLC

500 N 4th Street LLC d/b/a Standard Power

Johnstone Supply, Inc.

Lone Star Funds/Lone Star Real Estate Funds

Work highlights

  • Advised Bloomberg Finance L.P. and many subsidiaries and affiliates on matters of Delaware corporate, limited liability company and limited partnership law in connection with a credit facility refinancing.
  • Advised AIKG, LLC on matters of Delaware entity law in connection with certain organizational matters and a credit facility financing.
  • Assisted Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. with the formation of special purpose Delaware limited liability partnerships.

Energy > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 3

K&L Gates has extensive experience advising on regulatory issues related to natural gas pipeline transportation and storage as well as LNG imports and exports, with notable expertise in FERC processes for new facilities and safety reviews before PHMSA. Washington DC-based David Wochner routinely advises clients on matters concerning interstate natural gas and oil pipelines as well as on regulatory issues associated with offshore energy facilities, including LNG terminals. Timothy Furdyna, who is also based in Washington DC, advises clients on federal energy regulatory proceedings before FERC. Jamie Lavergne Bryan has left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

David Wochner, Timothy Furdyna; Hilary Soileau


‘The practice distinguishes itself by the breadth and depth of its resources and the value they provide. Across the U.S., we work with lawyers in other cities who had particular strength in certain topic areas. And beyond the U.S., we are the beneficiaries of an integrated international practice that provides greater resources for us.’

‘In addition to the breadth, the depth of the practice is exceptional – we certainly recognize their industry-leading expertise and reputation. Their experience and knowledge pertaining to statutes, regulations, industries, ecosystems, and commercial markets provided value to us well beyond traditional “legal support.”’

‘The individual lawyers we worked with differentiated themselves in several key areas. Their expertise is deep and comprehensive. The access they provide across their international practice and firm is incredibly valuable. They work seamlessly together as a single “team” to help amplify their impact for us.’

‘Our key resource is David Wochner – who is downright exceptional, and whose value to us is bigger than can be described here. He goes above and beyond in every instance.’


Key clients

NextDecade – Rio Grande LNG


Entergy Services, LLC

NEXT Carbon Solutions

Commonwealth LNG

Glenfarne Energy Transition

Magnolia LNG LLC

New Jersey Natural Gas

Work highlights

Energy > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 3

K&L Gates is well-positioned to act on a wealth of energy deals, possessing wide-ranging expertise that covers M&A, joint ventures and varied financing structures. The firm has a notable specialism constructing buy-side power purchase agreements for large multinational corporates, as well as demonstrating strong engagement with tax equity financing mandates. Washington DC-based regulatory expert Kimberly Frank leads the team together with Kansas lawyer John Crossley, who frequently engages with mandates pertaining to the acquisition and disposition of large scale conventional and renewable energy builds. Seattle’s Elisabeth Yandell McNeil‘s recent highlights include electric utility, solar, wind and battery storage sales. Also in Seattle, Eric Freedman is instructed by a wide array of public and private sector clients who rely on both his transactional and commercial expertise, while Kansas-based Brogan Sullivan is predominantly focused on M&A and tax-equity financings, often working alongside Martha Pugh, who has been deeply involved in production tax credits and investment tax credit matters.

Practice head(s):

John Crossley; Kimberly Frank

Key clients

Municipality of Anchorage

Microsoft Corporation

Capital Power Corporation

Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp

Edelen Renewables

Horus Energy

Finance > Fintech Tier 3

Noted for its global fintech offering, ‘the extremely agile’ practice K&L Gates is particularly skilled in banking and technology company partnerships, regulatory compliance, and investment finance transactions. The practice is also a key port of call for international clients on licensing approvals and is highly knowledgeable of blockchain, marketplace lending, and payments. In New York, Judith Rinearson has over three decades of experience in financial services matters and is well-versed in prepaid and emerging payment systems, electronic payments, and cryptocurrency. She is also praised by clients for her ‘naturally client-centric approach’ and ‘is an expert when it comes to devising legal strategies and options for complex client problems.’ San Francisco-based Jeremy McLaughlin is proficient in digital asset compliance, while Andrew Hinkes in Miami is noted for his capabilities in NFTs and stablecoin matters. New York-based Eden Rohrer is adept in the development and operation of funding portals, capital raising platforms, and trading platforms.

Practice head(s):

Judith Rinearson; Jeremy McLaughlin

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hinkes; Eden Rohrer; Jennifer Crowder



‘K&L Gates are extremely agile – they were able to jump quickly on complex issues and introduce the right subject matter experts in real-time from across the firm.’

‘They got to the nub of the issue and were able to explain it succinctly to our many internal stakeholders. All of their people were very accessible which made for great interactivity and efficiency.’

‘Judith Rinearson has a naturally client-centric approach and is an expert when it comes to devising legal strategies and options for complex client problems.’

Key clients

Caleb & Brown

Metallicus, Inc



Gryphon Digital Mining

Euler Labs Ltd

Immutable Inc

Deltec Bank

Global Innovations Bank

Foris Dax

Currencies Direct



Onbe, Inc

Runa Network

On Me Gifting

Work highlights

  • Advised Caleb & Brown on the launch of its cryptocurrency brokerage business in the U.S.
  • Advised Metal Pay on its global regulatory and compliance.
  • Advised Immutable on multiple regulatory matters related to digital assets including money transmission advice and analysis.

Insurance > Advice to policyholders Tier 3

K&L Gates’ insurance recovery team, under the leadership of David McGonigle in Pennsylvania, exclusively represents policyholders, including companies of all sizes, officers, directors, government entities, and organizations. They handle claims through litigation, addressing matters including COVID-19 business losses, environmental pollution, and product liability cases. With long-standing expertise in insurance coverage litigation and counseling, McGonigle specializes in disputes related to asbestos, chemical exposure, aviation, and errors and omissions. Key contacts further include, Donald W. Kiel, in Newark, who manages major insurance coverage disputes, Lucas J. Tanglen, in Pittsburgh, well-versed in handling complex insurance matters, and Washington DC-based Jonathan Cohen who brings extensive experience in recovering insurance proceeds for Fortune 500 and smaller companies in the food, supplements, technology, and consumer products industries. Geoffrey J. Greeves, a new partner in the DC office from Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, further supports the practice, renowned for providing customized insurance advisory and litigation services to Fortune 500 companies using mediation, arbitration, and litigation to address disputed claims.    

Practice head(s):

David F. McGonigle


‘The team is very knowledgeable of the issues and has experience with many of the key industry participants.’

‘K&L Gates, specifically Jonathan Cohen, have extensive experience in the insurance coverage area and clearly stays on top of the latest and greatest court decisions. The team also has experience with just about every type of insurance coverage, including obscure surplus lines.’

‘They are practical and make every effort to resolve issues directly with the insurer. Litigation is truly a last resort. They also do a great job working with and counseling those outside their clients’ legal departments, which is greatly appreciated.’

‘Jonathan Cohen deserves a special call-out as referenced above. I think there are few attorneys in the field that can meet his level of knowledge and I don’t know if there is anyone who exceeds it. As mentioned above, he also does all he can to avoid taking disputes to court which is important for companies addressing sensitive issues for which they are seeking insurance coverage. Jonathan also goes above and beyond to find ways to prevent insurance coverage disputes from happening in the future. He provides training as well as offers to review coverages. He is always responsive and timely. All around great person to work with.’

Key clients

Ezrasons, Inc.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Ezrasons, Inc. in a Second Circuit Court of Appeals seeking to overturn an adverse summary judgment ruling limiting coverage under a Cargo Elite policy issued by Defendant-Appellee Travelers Property Casualty Company of America for goods destroyed in a warehouse fire.
  • Representing a global medical device manufacturer in litigation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, involving insurance coverage under the company’s directors and officers (D&O) insurance policy.
  • Representing Wyndham Hotels & Resorts—the largest hotel franchising company in the world—in insurance coverage litigation related to alleged violations of sex trafficking laws.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

Capitalizing on its global network, K&L Gates fields a varied non-contentious practice that encompasses the full spectrum of matters, including global clearance, maintenance, policing and enforcement, advising notable clients such as Abercrombie & Fitch and TripAdvisor. The practice is jointly led by Chicago-based Robert Barrett, who is notably active across biotech, chemical and software sectors and experienced litigator Theo Angelis, who operates from the firm’s Seattle office. In Washington DC, Susan Kayser contributes her expertise in the luxury, consumer goods and technology industries to the practice, while in Seattle, Pam Jacobson strengthens the firm’s offering with her portfolio management and procurement expertise. Boston’s David Byer and Austin’s Stewart Mesher are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Robert Barrett; Jonathan Feder; Theo Angelis

Other key lawyers:

Susan Kayser; Pam Jacobson; David Byer; Stewart Mesher; Sana Hakim; Kathryn Starshak; Eric Lee; Terrance Roberts


‘The K&L Gates trade mark team is extremely well-organized, user-friendly and efficient.’

‘Hard working & dedicated.’

Key clients

Abercrombie & Fitch

TripAdvisor, Inc.

Valve Corporation

Zulily, Inc.

Cynosure, LLC


MacKay Restaurant Management Group, Inc.

Mountaineers Foundation

Elbit Systems of America

Keller Williams Realty, Inc

Work highlights

  • Act as the primary U.S. trademark and copyright counsel for the Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, GILLY HICKS, Social Tourist, and YPB brands.
  • Managing trademarks owned by TripAdvisor, directly and through its subsidiaries.
  • Acting as global IP counsel for Minitab, handling its worldwide IP litigation, IP enforcement and IP patent and trademark prosecution matters as well as its privacy matters.

Investment fund formation and management > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 3

K&L Gates are particularly active with US registered funds, namely exchange traded funds, open-end funds and closed-end funds, for a wide range of managers. The firm covers the full array of transactional and regulatory issues, as well as being mandated to advise on developments in regulatory requirements and the implementation of new requirements. The practice is led across two locations, with Mark Amorosi and Ndenisarya Meekins co-heading the team in Washington DC and Michael Caccese and Clair Pagnano leading in Boston. Amorosi frequently works with investment advisors and diverse fund complexes on a wide range of matters, including but not limited to fund formation, securities offerings and regulatory questions. Ndenisarya Bregasi frequently acts as counsel to independent directors and trustees, while Caccesse is well recognized for his expertise on investment performance and in the area of investment management, and Pagnano is well versed in exemptive applications as well as no-action letter requests to the SEC for registered investment companies. Mark Goshko is a preeminent practitioner in the mutual funds place and key name based in Boston. The practice grew in 2023 with Lance Dial, who has extensive experience working with asset managers, joining the Boston office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, the private investment funds expert Christopher Lokken joining in Chicago from Sidley Austin LLP and financial services regulations lawyer Jennifer Klass joining the New York location from Baker McKenzie LLP.

Practice head(s):

Mark Amorosi; Ndenisarya Meekins; Michael Caccese; Clair Pagnano


‘Good depth of expertise in all aspects of investment management.’

‘George Zornada: Very practical and highly responsive; familiarity with non-standard fund structures; a trusted advisor to Boards.’

Key clients

NexPoint Advisors

Eaton Vance Investment Management

John Hancock Investment Management

Salient Partners

Cypress Creek

GCM Grosvenor


Touchstone Advisors

Ariel Funds

Oakmark Funds and Independent Trustees

Independent Trustees of the TIAA-CREF Funds

Federated Hermes Inc.

Principal Global Investors

Victory Capital Management and the Victory Funds

Equitable Investment Management and the Equitable Funds

Work highlights

  • Advising NexPoint Advisors on a wide variety of open-end fund, closed-end fund, ETF and business development company matters as fund counsel to the NexPoint fund complex.
  • Advising Eaton Vance Management and its affiliates on a number of matters including serving as fund counsel for open- and closed-end registered funds.
  • Acting as fund counsel to Touchstone Advisors, providing day-to-day funds counsel with regard to all of its funds.

Transport > Aviation and air travel: finance Tier 3

With ‘excellent coverage both domestically and globally’, K&L Gates‘ aviation finance work includes representing lenders, lessors, airlines, and aviation industry-related new technology providers. The team’s expertise also encompasses commercial finance advice in the aerospace sector, including financings, as well as leasing and licensing programs for manufacturers of hydrogen fuel tanks, magnetic propulsion and range services. The group additionally assists with the acquisition of aircraft and aerospace technology. In Orange County, the ‘highly skilled, experienced and dedicatedAmanda Darling focuses on asset and project finance. The department also features Seattle-based Milos Kovacevic, an advisor to airlines, financiers and leasing companies on commercial aircraft-related financing, leasing, and sale and purchase transactions. Elizabeth Evans and Howard Chang have left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Darling

Other key lawyers:


Excellent coverage both domestically and globally, and deep experience in the field, particularly complex transactions.

K&L Gates has a strong team with good knowledge and experience of the industry.

Amanda Darling is a highly knowledgeable, but practical and pragmatic, lawyer who is able to explain complex concepts clearly and concisely.

Amanda Darling is highly skilled, experienced and dedicated – an extraordinary lawyer who is commercially minded, which makes her totally different from other aviation lawyers.

Key clients

JP Lease Products & Services Co., Ltd.

JIA Trust Co., Ltd.

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited, New York Branch

Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing, Company, Limited

Republic Airways Inc.

CareFlight Limited

Sojitz Corporation

Seibu Nihon Enterprise Co. Ltd.

Igrek Shicata Co.

Clarus Capital

Yieldstreet Capital

Yieldstreet Prism

JIA Aviation Finance



Work highlights

  • Represented JP Lease Products & Services in three Japanese Operating Lease with Call Option (JOLCO) financings of three Airbus A320 aircraft (with ICBC Financial Leasing as intermediate lessee).
  • Represented the borrower JIA Trust Co (a Japanese trust company for a US-registered aircraft and a Japanese SPC for a Hungarian-registered aircraft) in a financing for five aircraft.
  • Representing Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (New York branch), as lender counsel, in the Aviation Capital Group-guaranteed JOLCO financing of two Airbus A321-251NX aircraft.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

With its extensive experience assisting global corporations on investigation and enforcement matters, K&L Gates stands out for its cross-border capabilities. The team routinely advises on securities enforcement, antitrust laws, fraud, and corruption, among other forms of misconduct. Serving as managing partner of the firm’s Boston office, Christopher Nasson is recommended for cases relating to health care fraud and corporate embezzlement. Located in Washington DC, David Rybicki is highly skilled at navigating internal as well as congressional investigations. Practicing in Pittsburgh, Brian Saulnier regularly advises audit committees on investigations into fraud. Saulnier also has experience assisting with anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance programs. Another notable lawyer within the team is Neil Smith; he is based in Boston and is recommended for FCPA investigations and anti-corruption matters.

Practice head(s):

David Rybicki; Neil Smith

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Nasson; Brian Saulnier; Stavroula Lambrakopoulos; Mark Rush; Theodore Kornobis; Meghan Flinn; Hayley Trahan-Liptak


‘David Rybicki is an excellent lawyer with sound judgment. He has a strong sense of what to do and when.’

‘Key strengths of the firm include responsiveness, commercial awareness, professionalism, and diversity.’

‘Both Neil Smith and Hayley Trahan-Liptak are top-notch attorneys. They are capable of handling a large investigation in a high-risk jurisdiction (with US regulators involved) to a favorable conclusion. I would not hesitate to send any matter, large or small, complex or straightforward to either of them.’

‘The team showed real sophistication in SEC matters.’

‘They have a deep bench of experience and practical advice at all levels of seniority.’

‘The lawyers have real experience and expertise in trials and advising clients.’

‘Neil Smith is a sophisticated enforcement lawyer who commands respect at the SEC.’

‘The investigations and criminal defense practice not only has superior subject-matter knowledge and experience but also the reputation that seems to be held in high esteem by prosecutors and investigators.’

Key clients

Koppers Holding, Inc.

Chembio Diagnostics, Inc.

HITE Hedge Asset Management

Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC

Local Catholic diocese

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

K&L Gates has a robust track record in trials, arbitrations and mediations, with the group’s expertise extending across cases related to securities, construction, bankruptcy, and banking litigation, among many others. In Pittsburgh, Melissa Tea predominantly represents public and private companies in the manufacturing, technology, and health care sectors. Tea co-chairs the practice alongside Boston-based antitrust and financial services litigation expert Jeffrey Patterson as well as Dallas lawyer Artoush Varshosaz, whose practice emphasizes commercial disputes, internal investigations and financial services litigation.

Practice head(s):

Melissa Tea; Jeffrey Patterson; Artoush Varshosaz

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Birsic; Thomas F. Holt, Jr; Michael Stortz; Pallavi Mehta Wahi


‘The team at K&L Gates is extremely versatile, and has the capacity to identify subject matter experts in virtually any field.

‘Breadth of legal areas covered, experienced and knowledgeable team’

‘Very hands on, attentive, pragmatic, strategic – results driven. Pay for work delivered not for lots of bodies to touch a particular matter.’

‘Approachable, talk in easy to understand language, not loads of legal jargon. ’

‘Legal acumen, creative approaches to complex issues, and excellent customer service. They are a pleasure to work with. ’

‘The team nails the concept of bespoke client service.’

‘Pallavi Mehta Wahi redefines law firm-in house partnerships.’

Key clients


Koss Corporation

Draken International, LLC

University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina, Inc. and East Carolina Health-Chowan, Inc.

Safe Step Walk-In Tub Company

Samaritan Housing Foundation, Inc.

Cumberland County Hospital System, Inc.

Cape Fear Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center, LLC

Gildan USA, Inc.

PPG Industries, Inc.

United States Steel Corporation

Arkema Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Kroger in the Washington Courts in an action brought by the Attorney General of Washington to block Albertsons issuance of a $4bn dollar shareholder dividend ahead of its merger with Kroger.
  • Represented Draken International in litigation in Delaware relating to a contractual dispute with L3Harris Technologies over the customization and procurement of radar equipment.
  • Advised PPG Industries as national coordinating counsel on the company’s nationwide asbestos liabilities, which includes development and implementation of strategic defenses, expert witness development, and management of a large network of local counsel firms.

Energy > Energy litigation: electric power Tier 4

K&L Gates balances a busy workload of representing clients in litigation before FERC and federal courts of appeals, and is noted for expertise in matters relating to the interconnection of utility-scale generation facilities, transmission planning and cost allocation. The practice is co-headed by Kansas City-based John Crossley and Kimberly Frank in Washington DC, who is praised by clients for being ‘adept at quickly grasping technical issues’, and is proficient in administrative and appellate litigation on matters such as energy market design, transmission service, rate and cost allocation, and contested utility mergers. Also in Washington DC, Donald Kaplan‘s broad practice encompasses disputes arising from antitrust, economic regulation, and pricing issues. Boston’s Theodore Paradise joined the team in August 2023 from an in-house role, strengthening the group’s capabilities in the wind energy sector.

Practice head(s):

John Crossley; Kimberly Frank


‘This firm treats clients as if they are the most important and the only client they have. ’

‘Kimberly Frank is adept at quickly grasping technical issues. Not only does she advocate for a positive resolution to the case, but she is also constantly aware of the total financial impact to the client. Kimberly is also relatable and respectful to all staff levels in the client’s organization. ’


Key clients

PPL Electric Utilities Corporation

Financial Marketers Coalition

Kansas Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company

Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

K&L Gates represents midstream and upstream clients in a wide range of judicial and administrative proceedings related to crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids royalty payment issues, as well as disputes over gas sales contracts, personal injury, municipal regulation of oil and gas development and storage rights disputes. Jeffrey King is based in Fort Worth and act for a number of oil and gas producers, gas marketing companies and pipeline companies in complex litigation before federal and state courts. Another key member is Elizabeth Tiblets, an expert in putative class action litigation, who handles disputes over non-payment of royalties, title issues and a wide range of other contractual matters. Dallas’ Chris Brown and Pittsburgh’s Thomas Ryan are also recognized as experts in oil and gas litigation. Jamie Lavergne Bryan has left the firm.


‘Friendly with companies, competent in the field.’

Key clients

Enterprise Products Partners

Continental Resources


Range Resources Corporation

Devon Energy Corporation


TH Exploration II and Tug Hill Operating

Equitrans LP

Big Dog Midstream, LLC

Big Dog Energy, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Enterprise Products Partners in breach of contract and various tort claims stemming from alleged hydrological impact arising from pipeline construction and operation, which ended in a settlement favourable for the client.
  • Represented Range Resources Corporation in an alleged underpayment of royalties to several royalty owners of gas produced from certain Oklahoma wells.
  • Represented Devon Energy Corporation in state-wide Oklahoma class action for claims of underpayment of royalties.

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 4

The team at K&L Gates litigates a spread of work related to natural resources damages, brownfield redevelopment projects and environmental justice. The team is home to the Seattle-based Ankur Tohan, who regularly defends governmental and citizen enforcement actions, particularly those related to carbon management and energy development, Newark’s Brian Montag, who is a key point of contact for clients within the manufacturing sectors for his strong track record handling hazardous waste matters, product liability and toxic tort before administrative, state, and federal court proceedings, in addition to Craig Wilson, of the Harrisburg office, who is known by oil, gas, energy and chemicals clients for his defense of enforcement proceedings. Also in Newark, Dawn Lamparello is another name to note, she is recommended for her deep knowledge of federal and state environmental statutes.

Practice head(s):

Brian Montag; Craig Wilson; Ankur Tohan

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Lagrotteria; David Raphael; David Naidu; Dawn Lamparello

Key clients

Olympus Power

BNSF Railway Company

King County

Kemira Chemicals, Inc.

Southern Offshore Fishing Association, Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance, and A.P. Bell Fish Company

Honeywell International, Inc.

Panoche Energy Center, LLC

Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.

Environment > Environment: regulatory Tier 4

Clients seek out the assistance of the environmental group at K&L Gates for its deep knowledge of environmental and natural resources law, which includes natural resources damages, brownfield redevelopment and environmental justice. Newmark’s Brian Montag works with chemicals, construction and manufacturing clients, regularly assisting with issues to do with hazardous waste and product liability, while Craig Wilson, of the Harrisburg office, works handles environmental permitting and land development approvals for clients developing energy projects. In Seattle, Ankur Tohan counsels clients on compliance, with a strong focus on energy transition work.

Practice head(s):

Brian Montag; Craig Wilson; Ankur Tohan

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Weston; Stanford Baird; Tad Macfarlan


‘Significant regulatory and environment expertise in aquaculture, especially in California.’

‘The Regulatory practice in the Washington state office offers experience, necessary relationships and superb work while also balancing necessary work with budget. For many relationships relevant in the State, not every firm offers the necessary, long-standing relationships and knowledge of subject matter. ’

‘K&L Gates is a reliable resource for our HSE group, providing support primarily for regulatory and environmental compliance functions, but also contributing when other legal questions arise. Their insight is highly regarded. ’

‘Craig Wilson is our primary contact. He has extensive experience with our site and has a wealth of knowledge of site history in addition to his current regulatory insight. ’


Key clients

CPV Renewable Power and Affiliates

Olympus Energy, LLC

New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association (NJAPA) and New Jersey Concrete and Aggregate Association (NJCAA)

Cooperating Parties Group (CPG)

Mannington Mills

Chemical Council of New Jersey

110 Sand Company

Wild Seafood Company

Weyerhaeuser – Water Rights

James Hardie Industries PLC

Environment > Environment: transactional Tier 4

Alongside its expertise in regulatory matters and environmental litigation, K&L Gates advises on several environmentally related corporate and real estate transactions. Both based in Harrisburg, Craig Wilson is noted for routinely handling business transactions and litigation matters involving environmental rights or liabilities, and for advising on environmental permits and zoning, while Timothy Weston’s practice focuses on environmental counselling and litigation. The team also includes Chicago-based David Rieser, whose broad practice spans regulatory advice and corporate, commercial, and real estate transactions, and Seattle’s Ankur Tohan, an expert of energy infrastructure and natural resource development. Newark’s Brian Montag is another key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Craig Wilson; Ankur Tohan; Brian Montag


Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Pennsylvania-American Water Company

SPX Technologies

Rediehs Real Estate


Cone Mills Acquisition Group

Virgil M. Price II

FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation

National Beef Producer.

E-Group, PS, LLC

Kemira Chemicals, Inc.

Government > Government contracts Tier 4

K&L Gates offers a full government contracts service covering counseling, litigation, and regulatory representation to contractors in defense, IT, healthcare, construction, and emerging technologies. Collaboration with the firm’s public policy, IP, and international trade specialists also provides seamless access to advice on legal and business solutions in navigating federal, state, and local government relationships. Dallas-based Sheila Armstrong has assumed leadership of the team, and draws on a wealth of experience in cradle-to-grave procurement matters, including compliance, investigations, FCA defenses, and bid protests. In Newark, Rebecca Freed, who joined in July 2023 from Genova Burns LLC, assists with the regulatory frameworks surrounding procurement processes.

Practice head(s):

Sheila Armstrong

Other key lawyers:

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 4

Ken Marlow, Limo Cherian and Gary Qualls lead the team at K&L Gates, which acts for a varied client list of hospital systems and health consortiums. In the Nashville office, Marlow has vast corporate expertise, often handling joint ventures and M&A, while Cherian focuses on regulatory mandates involving Stark and Anti-Kickback regulations in Chicago. John Lawrence divides his time between Tennessee and North Carolina, assisting clients with government investigations and FCA claims. Seattle’s Carla DewBerry is well versed in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues, and healthcare M&A.

Practice head(s):

Ken Marlow; Limo Cherian; Gary Qualls

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cottage Health

Pender County


SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

ECU Health

Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds Tier 4

With a large roster of hedge fund investment manager clients, the hedge fund and alternative investment team at K&L Gates regularly advises US based clients in cross-border trading and registration matters. Washington’s Mark Amorosi and Ndenisarya Bregasi co-lead the team with Boston’s Michael Caccese and Clair Pagnano. Standout recent deals include representing a US-based asset management firm and counselling them on mutual fund business matters. The team's other key strengths include private funds and investment regulation work. San Francisco’s Matthew Mangan leads on advising hedge funds in the technology sector in digital asset fund related matters. Pablo Man and Mark Goshko are other key contacts in the Boston office, leading on mutual and private fund related matters, representing global asset managers, and serving as fund counsel for hedge fund offerings. Nicholas Hodge is also recommended.  

Practice head(s):

Mark Amorosi; Ndenisarya Bregasi; Michael Caccese; Clair Pagnano

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Nikko Asset Management Americas

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Mirova US

AllSpring Global

Work highlights

  • Acting as fund counsel for Nikko Asset Management.
  • Representing the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with regards to private fund investments.
  • Representing Mirova US on cross-border trading and registration matters.

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 4

K&L Gates acts for global institutional investors, asset management firms and on behalf of fund sponsors on diverse private equity fund formations and launches, on senior loan investments and major transactions. A further strength of the firm is its cross-practice capabilities, where clients benefit from expertise across tax and regulatory on fund formation mandates. Four practitioners oversee the practice: in Washington DC are Mark Amorosi and Ndenisarya Bregasi, while Michael Caccese and Clair Pagnano are in Boston. Sasha Burstein is a key practitioner and is based in San Francisco, where she covers private equity funds, credit and distressed credit debt funds as well as hedge funds and Edward Dartley is based in New York and focuses on alternative investment asset classes for institutional investors and private fund managers.

Practice head(s):

Mark Amorosi; Ndenisarya Bregasi; Michael Caccese; Clair Pagnano

Key clients

Gatewood Capital Partners

Apis & Heritage Capital Management

Linchris Capital Management

RevolverCap Partners

Presidio Investors

Terramont Infrastructure Partners

Goal Investment Management

Aegon Asset Management US

Stafford Capital Partners

Gatewood Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Ongoing counsel for Gatewood Capital Partners.
  • Represented Apis & Heritage Capital Management, the leading US-based investment management firm.
  • Ongoing fund counsel for Linchris Capital Management.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 4

The team at K&L Gates is headed by Rikki Sapolich-Krol and Karrie Johnson Diaz. Based in San Francisco, Sapolich-Krol is experienced with designing tax-qualified, tax-advantaged, and nonqualified retirement plans. Diaz, working from Seattle, often counsels clients regarding their deferred savings plans, retirement savings plans, and employee savings plans. One example of Diaz’s recent works is the development of a new equity compensation plan for a client which converted from a limited liability company to a corporation. Lauren Crossett joined the Pittsburgh office from Dentons in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Rikki A. Sapolich-Krol; Karrie Johnson Diaz

Other key lawyers:


‘Karrie Diaz is approachable, super knowledgeable in the area of retirement plans, responsive, and makes complicated subjects easier to comprehend.’


Key clients

PPG Industries

WESCO Distribution, Inc.

Celanese Americas LLC

SPX Technologies

Genomic Health, Inc.

PPL Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised PPL Corporation on all employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including multiple defined benefit, defined contribution, nonqualified and health and welfare plans.
  • Represented PPG Industries, Inc. on the full spectrum of its employee benefits and executive compensation work, including qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans and executive compensation matters.
  • Represented WESCO Distribution, Inc. on the full spectrum of its employee benefits and executive compensation work, including qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans and executive compensation matters.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: middle-market (Up to $500m) Tier 4

K&L Gates‘ private equity team comprehensively guides middle-market private equity funds such as Incline Equity and Falfurrias Capital through their investment lifecycles by offering transactional, finance, and regulatory advice in connection with growth investments, PIPE transactions, and leveraged buyouts as well as with high-value exits. The practice also specialises in handling mergers and add-on transactions for private equity-backed portfolio companies. The team is led by Rick Giovannelli, an authority in cross-border private equity and debt finance transactions, from the Charlotte office, which is also home to cross-border M&A expert Kevin Stichter. Curt Anderson and Christopher Thel, who joined the Pittsburgh office from Dentons Cohen & Grigsby in January 2023, bolster the team’s strengths in private equity transactions within the manufacturing, consumer, and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Rick Giovannelli

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Stichter; John Blair; Curt Anderson; Christopher Thel; John Wingerter; Leah Baucom; Michael Hutson; Mary Scott Kennedy

Key clients

CG HoldCo, LLC et al.

Falfurrias Capital Partners

Incline Equity Partners

Lincoln Park Capital Fund

Pike Street Capital

St. Cloud Capital Partners III SBIC, L.P.

Work highlights

  • Represented Incline Ascent Fund in its leveraged buyout of Smile Source, structured as a merger.
  • Advised Falfurrias Capital Partners on its investment in Brainlabs, a full-service media agency.
  • Represented affiliates of Soundcore Capital Partners, as well as its portfolio company Custom Goods, in connection with the sale of Custom Goods to affiliates of Angeles Equity Partners.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

Demonstrating broad geographical reach, K&L Gates’ international arbitration group represents a mix of sovereign and corporate clients in cross-border proceedings under ICSID, LCIA, ICC and ICDR rules, among others. The team’s ability to draw on its lawyers’ combination of judicial and arbitral experience also ensures that it is often selected to handle parallel litigation, including enforcement actions. Most notably, it is defending the Kingdom of Spain before US District Court in a case seeking to enforce a €291m ICSID Award. New York-based Matthew Weldon ‘is not afraid to get stuck in when the going gets tough.’

Practice head(s):

Matthew Weldon

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Holt


‘My speciality is international investment arbitration, and this is the only branch of international arbitration I am able to comment on. Within that area the firm is one of the leading ones. I have found the team to be highly efficient and well respected.’

‘I have worked with Matthew Weldon and I found him very knowledgeable and able.’

‘A strong arbitration practice, including a notable ability to oversee multi-jurisdictional matters and liaise with (e.g.) English barristers and solicitors in London-seated arbitrations under English law.’

‘Matthew Weldon is a stand-out performer. He is good at managing clients, carries a heavy caseload with apparent ease, and is not afraid to get stuck in when the going gets tough.’

Key clients

Kingdom of Spain

Government of Romania

Republic of Italy Ministry of Economic Development

Rolls Royce Power Solutions

Petaquilla Minerals


Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I) now McDermott

Work highlights

  • Defending the Kingdom of Spain in US District Court against a petition made by NextEra Energy Global Holdings et al to enforce a €291m ICSID Award.
  • Representing the Government of Romania in related matters, including three appeals, a US District Court action and an ICSID proceeding.
  • Representing Cipla in a London-seated consolidated LCIA arbitration against a US-based licensee in relation to the blockbuster drug, Rifaximin.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 5

With global full-service IP capabilities, K&L Gates represents companies in a broad range of industry sectors, including chemistry, materials science, mechanical engineering, tech, and pharmacology, in patent infringement cases. IP litigator Theo Angelis in Seattle has extensive experience acting for clients in cases before the District Courts and the International Trade Commission and co-heads the team with Chicago lawyer Robert Barrett. IP experts Christina Goodrich and Jason Engel in Los Angeles are also seasoned trial lawyers, and Chris Centurelli in Boston focuses on complex litigation with an emphasis on representing tech companies in patent, copyright and trade secrets disputes. Jeffrey Gargano in Chicago, who represents clients in IP disputes in the federal courts and at the ITC as well as counseling on IP strategy and litigation, is also a notable contact.

Practice head(s):

Robert Barret; Theo Angelis

Key clients

Realtek Semiconductor Corporation

T-Mobile, Sprint

OnePlus Technology



OsteoMed LLC

Milliman, Inc.

Milliman Solutions, LLC

Vestergaard Frandsen, Inc

Baxter International, Inc.

Grifols Diagnostic Solutions Inc.

Grifols Worldwide Operations Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented OsteoMed in a four-patent plaintiff-side case against Stryker in the Northern District of Illinois and Wright Medical in the District of Delaware.
  • Represented T-Mobile and Sprint in a case brought against them in the Eastern District of Texas by Telecom Network Solutions, LLC.
  • Represented Vestergaard Frandsen, Inc. in an ITC investigation filed by Brita against several water filtration manufacturers.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 5

K&L Gates assists clients across a wide range of construction issues, ranging from contract negotiation and administration, and construction project support to construction disputes. The group also regularly advises clients in the alternative energy and clean tech sphere. In the firm's London office, Matthew Smith jointly leads the team alongside Nashville-based Slade Sevier, who has experience in construction litigation and contract negotiations. In Pittsburgh, Richard Paciaroni handles cross-border construction-related disputes, while Nashville-based Rob Dodson advises on healthcare, energy and hospitality projects. Other key members of the team in the Nashville office include Ryan Lee and Emma Wolfe, while Pittsburgh-based Jason Richey’s practice covers construction disputes, transactions and bid protest procurement mandates.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Smith; Slade Sevier


‘The team is fantastic and very knowledgeable.’

‘They are friendly, knowledgeable and willing to do what it takes for a successful outcome.’

‘Good trial team; reasonable rates and good collaboration.’

‘Rob Dodson is an excellent trial lawyer.’

‘Emma Wolfe is a solid collaborator and strong strategist.’

‘The multi-jurisdictional construction practice at K&L Gates stands out, particularly the interface between construction lawyers in the US and construction lawyers in Europe and MENA.’

‘Richard Paciaroni stands out for his substantive knowledge of construction law and trial skills.’

‘The construction disputes practice at K&L Gates is highly competent and professional. They have the ability to manage a variety of disputes from local construction disputes to international arbitration matters involving various international parties.’

Key clients

Arlanxeo Canada, Inc., Arlanxeo Switzerland, and Arlanxeo Singapore

Alstom Transport USA Inc.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC)

Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC

Enel North America Inc



IPEX, Inc.

Ørsted Wind Power North America, LLC

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc

Hankook Tire Manufacturing Tennessee LP

Dollar General Corporation

State of Idaho

Real estate Tier 5

Praised by one client as ‘a market leader in hospitality real estate transactions’, K&L Gates‘ wide-ranging real estate practice is particularly stand out for its global resort, hospitality and leisure practice, together with its Caribbean practice affinity group. Charleston-based lawyer and ‘exceptional team leader’ Matthew Norton chairs both groups, overseeing a blend of development, transaction, and finance mandates. In addition to advising a multitude of US companies, asset management firms, and developers, to name a few, the department regularly represents foreign investors, including a recent uptick in those from East Asia. Seattle's Marisa Bocci is noted for her farmland, food processing and agribusiness transaction expertise. In Pittsburgh, Pierce Richardson advises corporate and institutional clients on a variety of real estate and energy mandates.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Norton

Other key lawyers:


‘The K&L Gates team in Charleston is a market leader in hospitality real estate transactions and they are able to seamlessly integrate between their market specific expertise in Charleston with national experts.’

‘Matt Norton knows South Carolina real estate as well as anyone and is an exceptional team leader.’

‘I have worked extensively with Pierce Richardson, who has supported the company on a number of transactions. He is responsive, provides very valuable practical legal advice, as well as having a great knowledge of the real estate industry that adds additional value to his work.’

Key clients

Hershey Foods

Pennsylvania-American Water Company

Hexcel Corporation

Competitive Power Ventures

Mastern Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Hana Alternative Asset Management

Financial Partners Group

Tiger Alternative Investors

Pappas Morgan Fort Mill, LLC

Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated

Work highlights

  • Representing Mastern in connection with its 25% joint venture equity interest in, and redevelopment of, One Madison Avenue in New York City.
  • Representing Healthcare Realty Trust on transactions and national litigation/lease default work, including the acquisition and development of, multiple medical office building properties across the United States.
  • Advising Competitive Power Ventures in connection with development of a solar energy project in Cambria County, PA.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Noted for its expertise in state and local tax matters, K&L Gates’ non-contentious tax practice advises a broad range of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Cindy Ohlenforst in Dallas, experienced in the energy, tech, broadcasting, transport, and airline sectors, leads the group alongside state and local tax specialist Sam Megally, also in Dallas, who often handles income, sales, franchise, and property tax issues. William LeDoux specializes in multistate tax planning. He also advises on the tax implications of acquisitions and restructurings. Adam Tejeda in New York is strong in the private investment funds space, while Charlotte’s Jared Mobley advises on a wide range of local, state, and federal tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Cindy Ohlenforst; Sam Megally

Other key lawyers:

Adam Tejeda; Jared Mobley; William LeDoux; Randy Clark; Mitch Weiss; Balazs Danko


‘This team always delivers in every way. They are knowledgeable, responsive and unwavering in their focus on serving their client.’

‘Adam Tejeda is the “best” US tax lawyer I have come across. He is commercially minded and is able to distil complicated tax concepts for non-tax lawyers and clients and has the ability to guide clients on their most important tax and non-tax legal issues.’

‘The K&L Gates Tax team has been a pleasure to work with on fund structuring. They provide effective advice and solutions in a collaborative manner. ’

‘Adam Tejada is knowledgeable, effective, and clear in his communication/counsel. He is very responsive, has excellent business sense, and focuses on results.’

‘The expertise and collaboration from the subject matter experts at K&L gates is truly unmatched. We trust the K&L gates team on all things tax and appreciate their knowledge in such a unique space.’

‘Cindy and Will at K&L are fantastic to work with on various tax matters in the airlines sector. They are the go-to tax subject matter experts and we trust their expertise in the space, especially when negotiating complex transactions that require fine tuning tax provisions to protect our company. Cindy and Will are also great about taking very heavy tax topics and explaining them to the business in a business-friendly way. They somehow make tax laws fun and interesting – something I never thought I would say in the same sentence.’

‘Balazs Danko is a very knowledgeable professional and a real pleasure to work with. We are fully satisfied with the content and style of service he provides.’

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

K&L GATES represents clients across the US in services related to bankruptcy proceedings and restructuring advice, with capabilities in handling cross-border work owing to their network of global offices. The firm handles a wide range of matters including creditors’ rights, bankruptcy creditor litigation, out-of-court workouts and creditor committee representation.

The firm: K&L Gates is a global law firm with lawyers located across five continents — and so much more. The firm comprises a fully integrated network of lawyers and legal professionals who believe that clients need more than technical legal skills; they need insightful and practical advice on the diverse issues that affect their businesses, delivered with unparalleled client service. K&L Gates’ combination of practice strength, global platform, and unwavering commitment to client service is its true differentiator in the legal services marketplace. The firm takes a client-first approach to delivering legal solutions, thinking beyond the firm’s internal structure and constantly examining the broader industry, regulatory, and economic issues. Lawyers identify potential issues in advance based on deep industry knowledge and alert clients to what they may face in the future. K&L Gates represents a broad array of clients in every major industry, including technology, manufacturing, energy, transportation, telecommunications, financial services, and life sciences. Beyond unsurpassed service and universal experience, K&L Gates has one of the largest contingents of lawyers and offices across the United States of any law firm, with 25 offices nationwide. The firm’s extensive network includes approximately 300 lawyers in Europe’s largest economies and is one of the largest fully integrated U.S. law firms in the Asia Pacific region, with approximately 400 legal professionals.

Main areas of practice
Corporate and transactional:
K&L Gates’ corporate and transactional practice is global, integrated, and one of the most substantial in the legal industry, delivering full-service corporate counsel to facilitate the structuring, financing, and successful completion of domestic, international, and cross-border transactions — including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, recapitalizations, and public and private debt and equity offerings — across multiple industries. It is the firm of choice for clients in the mid-market on both sides of transactions, representing an array of Global 500, Fortune 100, and FTSE 100 corporations, privately held and venture-backed companies, partnerships, private equity firms, and other investment funds, management groups, and entrepreneurs.

Energy, infrastructure, and resources: K&L Gates leverages experience from a wide variety of legal disciplines to serve clients in the global energy, renewables, infrastructure, and resources sectors, including climate change and carbon finance. The firm advises on the financing, development, permitting, and construction needed to build large infrastructure; the operational issues of power generation and resource extraction activities; joint ventures; capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions of infrastructure and resource companies; and litigation and arbitration related to business activities of clients in this industry.

Finance: Encompassing the core practice groups of banking and asset finance, debt capital markets, and restructuring and insolvency — and with lawyers located in key financial centers around the world — K&L Gates’ finance practice is well positioned to assist lenders and borrowers in achieving their financing objectives, mitigating transaction risks, and complying with regulations. Areas of practice include structured finance; securitizations; derivatives; structured products; real estate finance; marketplace lending; municipal finance; and mezzanine, leveraged, and acquisition finance.

Financial services: The firm represents a broad cross-section of clients, including both financial service providers, such as broker-dealers, investment advisers, banks and trust companies, and insurance companies, as well as investment vehicles and other institutional investors, such as open- and closed-end registered investment companies (and their independent directors), ETFs, hedge funds (onshore and offshore), retirement plans (ERISA and governmental plans), and collective investment funds sponsored by banks and trust companies. The firm also has a diverse national and international bankruptcy/insolvency practice that serves a broad range of clients on both the debtor and creditor side.

Intellectual property: K&L Gates advises prominent global companies, helping to develop and protect their intellectual property assets worldwide and handling complex, high-stakes litigation in 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 200 lawyers and 100 USPTO-registered professionals devote their practices to protecting and commercializing intellectual property assets in the form of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Patent lawyers, many with PhDs, handle cases involving biotechnology innovations, hospital equipment, medical devices, computer networking equipment, and sports equipment, among others.

Labor, employment and workplace safety: Lawyers in the labor, employment and workplace safety (LEWS) practice advise domestic and international clients on a wide array of employment matters, including personnel management and statutory compliance, employment litigation defense, business transactions, immigration issues, and wage and hour disputes, among others. K&L Gates’ full-service Global Employer Solutions® offering draws on the experience of its LEWS team, as well as its employee benefits, executive compensation, taxation, immigration, and investigations teams, to help global clients navigate the full spectrum of workplace risk.

Litigation and dispute resolution: The dispute resolution practice includes international arbitrations, civil and criminal trials, class actions, multidistrict and multinational litigations, and appellate work. It has litigated and arbitrated major cases in almost every industry and market sector. The highly regarded litigators in this practice have resolved disputes in the most nuanced and complex areas, including commercial contracts, construction law, product liability, employment, toxic tort, antitrust and trade regulation, and securities enforcement. The firm partners with clients to resolve conflicts through arbitration, mediation, or other alternative dispute resolution methods and handles arbitrations under all the major institutional rules.

Policy and regulatory: K&L Gates’ policy and regulatory lawyers counsel companies on matters involving antitrust/competition, education, environmental law, financial services, food and drug matters, government enforcement, government contracts, health care, international trade, telecommunications, and public policy, as well as corporate compliance, internal investigations, and white-collar crime. The firm’s regulatory lawyers, many with governmental backgrounds or experience in regulated industries, advise through the regulatory processes at all jurisdictional levels. K&L Gates consistently ranks among the nation’s most influential law firms in lobbying and government policy work.

Real estate: Having one of the largest, most diversified real estate practices of any global law firm, K&L Gates has extensive experience in handling large and complex real estate transactions spanning multiple jurisdictions and nationalities in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and key markets in the Asia Pacific region. The lawyers in this practice advise clients on real estate needs related to land use, planning and zoning, development and construction, acquisitions, dispositions, financing and leasing, tax advice, joint venture structuring, and real estate-related litigation.

Global managing partner: James R. Segerdahl
Chairman of the management committee, practice area leader – financial services: Michael S. Caccese

US offices: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Charlotte, Raleigh, and Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Kansas City, Los Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto, and San Francisco, California; Miami, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; New York, New York; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, Delaware.

International offices: The firm maintains 11 offices in the Asia Pacific region, located in Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, and Tokyo; nine offices in Europe, located in Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Munich, and Paris; two offices in the Middle East, located in Doha and Dubai; and one office in South America, located in São Paulo.