Firm Profile > K&L Gates > Miami, United States

K&L Gates
MIAMI, FL 33131-2399
United States

Industry focus > Transport: shipping - litigation and regulation Tier 1

K&L Gates 'has a long-standing and deep understanding of the Jones Act, as well as significant government contacts'. The team is consistently sought out for complex matters arising from commercial disputes, international trade and bilateral investment treaties. The practice co-heads are Boston-based commercial litigation and arbitration specialist Jefferey King; global LNG and oil sector expert Steven SparlingDarrell Conner, who has 'a clear grasp of the industry and its needs'; and Michael Scanlon, who chairs the firm’s international maritime practice. Other key individuals include lobbying specialist Manny RouvelasMark Ruge, who is highly rated for federal government and policy matters; and William Myhre, 'the world's expert on Jones Act eligibility and vessel documentation'. In New York, George Kontakis assists with commercial and criminal matters, while Boston-based investigations, litigation and compliance specialist Luke Reid was made partner in February 2020. At associate level, New York's Luke Steinberger is experienced in charter party and insurance coverage disputes, and attachment and arrest proceedings. All attorneys named are in Washington DC, unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey King; Steven Sparling; Darrell Conner; Michael Scanlon

Other key lawyers:

Manny RouvelasMark Ruge; William Myhre; Jorge Romero; Ifigeneia Xanthopoulou


K&L Gates always maintains great communication, always passing on new requirements or high-alert issues to us so as to prepare in advance and give us proper assurance in regulatory compliance consultancy.

The firm has technical expertise in the legislative process, key relationships on both sides of the aisle, maritime expertise and a team of well rounded litigators.

I find them welcoming, professional and well worth the fees they charge – they deliver on the proposition.

KL Gates has a longstanding and deep understanding of the Jones Act. They also have significant government contacts, which helps in their understanding and advice with respect to maritime regulations.

Mark Ruge has very deep institutional knowledge of the Jones Act, which makes him critical to the services that we offer.

The outstanding Mark Ruge and Manny Rouvelas are hardworking, intelligent and experienced.

Excellent follow-up from Jeffrey King – you feel in safe hands.

Michael Scanlon is very professional, and will always listen to our questions very carefully and give us proper feedback.

Darrell Conner has a clear grasp of the industry and its needs.

William (Bill) Myhre is the world’s expert on Jones Act eligibility and vessel documentation.

Key clients

MostonTR Pazarlama Ltd., Turkey

Tote, Inc.

Ripley Entertainment Inc.

MID-Ship Group LLC

Crane Co.

American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier, Inc.

SCIH Salt Holdings

Millennium Bulk Terminals

Hatteras Yachts, Inc.

St. Lawrence Seaway Pilots Association

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

Spread across multiple US offices and leveraging close working relationships with its international network, K&L Gates has a full-service corporate offering, which concentrates on equity investments and private equity transactions. Operating in a vast number of industries, the team's recent standout work has included advice on the public tender offer for all the outstanding shares of Veloxis, the cross-border carve-out sale of one of Evoqua Water Technologies' product lines, and Exact Sciences Corporation's acquisition of the epigenetics company Base Genomics. Key figures in the team include corporate global practice head Robert Zinn (New York), and co-head Annette Becker (Seattle), who has expertise in private and public equity financings as well as venture capital transactions. Other key lawyers are healthcare, financial services, technology, media and insurance expert Calvina Bostick (New York) and Leah Baucom (Charlotte), who handles leveraged buyouts, public and private divestitures, spin-offs and special committee representation.

Practice head(s):

Robert Zinn; Annette Becker

Other key lawyers:

Rick Giovannelli; Mark McMillan; Calvina Bostick; Leah Baucom


‘The firm integrates seamlessly with the corporate team, filling in the gaps and increasing the efficiency and the effectiveness of the corporate legal team. Efficient delivery of the legal product in the context of the business.’

‘K&L Gates has a great M&A team. Extremely responsive, knowledgeable and practical, they take a strategic approach to problem solving that gets the deal done while maintaining the key protections for their client.’

‘Flexible, supportive and attentive.’

‘Very strong, helpful professional, efficient. Exactly what you want in outside counsel.’

Key clients

Veloxis Pharmaceuticals

Primo Water Corporation

Shoptalk Commerce and Groceryshop.

Merrill Gardens LLC

Exact Sciences Corporation

Howard M. Meyers, QXH II, Quexco Incorporated, and RSR Corporation

Evoqua Water Technologies LLC

QualTek USA, LLC.

Sinch Holding AB.

Crane Co

Accelalpha Inc.

EX Holdings

RWE AG (previously owned by Innogy SE)


HARBRO Emergency Services & Restoration, Inc.

Capital South Partners Funds

The Nielsen Company (US), LLC

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 2

K&L Gates’ e-discovery analysis and technology group provides a full range of support in litigation, arbitration and investigation matters, with core strengths in litigation readiness counseling, pre-litigation support, and advocacy at trial. Often acting as national e-discovery counsel, the team is made up of seasoned litigators, who are well versed in large-scale commercial litigation and government investigations. The practice is headed by Pittsburgh-based Thomas Smith and Julie Anne Halter in Seattle, who is experienced in e-discovery cases involving IP, securities and banking, antitrust, products liability, real estate and employment litigation. Martha Dawson is another key contact in the Seattle office.

Practice head(s):

Julie Anne Halter; Thomas Smith

Other key lawyers:

Martha Dawson; Daniel Miller; Rachel Tausend

Government > Government relations Tier 2

Leveraging an impressive global reach and strategic state and local presence, K&L Gates is skilled at advancing legislative and regulatory objectives on behalf of public and private organizations across a range of industry sectors. The public policy and law department maintains extensive bipartisan relationships and is equipped to represent clients in every stage of the policy life cycle, from legislation to regulation and disputes. Emanuel Rouvelas has a long and distinguished pedigree in the government relations space, having successfully represented clients before the executive and regulatory agencies, federal courts and Congress. Rouvelas is a leading figure in maritime law, which is also an area of focus for co-leader Michael Scanlon. Also in practice leadership positions are Darrell Conner, David Wochner and Karishma Shah Page, the last of whom leads policy campaigns with a special emphasis on the tax and financial services sectors. Other key contacts include Bruce Heiman who specializes in cybersecurity and privacy policy issues, financial services expert Daniel Crowley, and William Kirk who has extensive experience representing emerging businesses and investment firms.

Practice head(s):

Michael Scanlon; David Wochner; Darrell Conner; Karishma Shah Page

Other key lawyers:

Emanuel Rouvelas; Bruce Heiman; Daniel Crowley; William Kirk; Paul Stimers; Mary Burke Baker; Dennis Potter


‘The practice is unique because of the ethic of teamwork that permeates their efforts. All colleagues, at whatever level they may be within the organization, are willing to work on an effort if they have the specialized expertise that is called for in a given moment. They take the issues seriously, with professionalism, and care that can best be described as nurturing. We’ve also seen that they are careful strategists and wise in directing engagement options.’

‘We have been pleased with every aspect of the firm – quality of people, ease and flexibility of billing, the diversity of their work force, their use of technology, their willingness to collaborate internally and with us as their clients.’

Key clients

DJI, Inc.

Blue Origin

Quantum Industry Association

California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS)

The Package Coalition

Consumer Technology Association

Avis Budget Group

Pitney Bowes, Inc.

American Maritime Partnership

Global Ports Group

Transportation Institute

Church Alliance

Airport Minority Advisory Council

SSL-MDA, d/b/a Maxar Technologies

Consortium of State Maritime Academies

Midwater Trawlers Co-operative

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 2

K&L Gates has a sizeable and deeply experienced energy regulatory practice split between offices in Washington DC and Seattle. The practice acts as lead regulatory counsel for numerous utilities and developers in the acquisition of wind and solar projects. Energy storage is another area of focus, with the team having recently advised several energy storage developers on addressing changing market tariffs and rules. Washington DC-based Donald Kaplan is the key figure in the team; he represents electric utilities in cost allocation cases, tariff and rate proceedings, and other administrative litigation. The power department is jointly led by Elizabeth Crouse and David Hattery in Seattle, the latter of whom recently assisted a biogas project developer with regulatory issues associated with an electricity generation project. Elizabeth Thomas and Kari Vander Stoep are also recommended in the Seattle office.

Practice head(s):

David Hattery; Elizabeth Crouse

Key clients

PJM Transmission Owners

PPL Electric Utilities Corporation

Jerome Resources

King County, Washington

Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Benefiting from an 'in-depth knowledge of the renewables space', from transactional, operational and regulatory perspectives, K&L Gates provides a well-rounded service to developers, sponsors, lenders, tax equity investors, utilities, and governmental and regulatory bodies across all aspects of the development, financing, acquisition, and operation of renewable energy projects. The team is particularly adept at guiding clients through the early stages of project development, including helping to secure the relevant permits and rights necessary to proceed and to ultimately achieve financing. Other areas of strength include negotiating both physical and virtual PPAs for developers and corporates, as well as providing thought leadership to clients and industry participants through the firm's well received handbooks on emerging trends in the sector relating to energy storage and offshore wind. David Hattery is well versed at structuring renewables-related EPC contracts and co-heads the team alongside tax partner Elizabeth Crouse, who has niche experience advising on storage and secondary market acquisitions of renewables facilities by taxable and tax-exempt organizations.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Crouse; David Hattery

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Hill; William Holmes; David Benson; Edmundo de la Fuento; Buck Endemann; Kimberly Frank; Brad Lewis; Lana Le Hir


‘Their in-depth knowledge of the renewables space and their ability to understand our objectives and their passion to achieve our strategic goal together is very impressive.’

‘ Edmundo de la Fuento is very knowledgeable, responsive and practical.’

Key clients

TransAlta Corporation

Safari Energy

Tokyo Gas America Ltd.

Unico Solar Investors

Middle River Power

Madison Energy Investments

Kitsap Bank

Jupiter Power, LLC

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 2

K&L Gates represents policyholders of all sizes, from officers and directors to government entities in connection with a wide range of insurance disputes. The firm is also well-regarded for its experience in defending class actions and defeating class certification throughout the US. In Pittsburgh, David McGonigle co-heads the practice with Sarah Turpin in London.  McGonigle's expertise encompasses a range of coverage matters including disputes relating to the environment, asbestos, product recall, liabilities and losses.

Practice head(s):

David McGonigle; Sarah Turpin

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lynch; John Sylvester; Kay Brady; Donald Kiel

Key clients

New York Proton Management

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 2

The IP practice at K&L Gates handles global trademark registration and enforcement for clients in the manufacturing, aerospace, consumer products, and entertainment industries. The firm-wide portfolio management and IP procurement practice is headed up by Pam Jacobson, a patent attorney in the firm's Seattle office. The group welcomed a number of new hires in 2020: Chicago-based James Shimota joined from Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. in March 2020; and, in August, Thomas Anderton joined from Squire Patton Boggs, Mincheol Kim joined in Orange County from Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, and Patrick Richards (also in Chicago) joined from private practice.

Practice head(s):

Pam Jabson

Key clients

The Proter & Gamble Company / The Gillette Company LLC

Abercrombie & Fitch

Kipling Apparel Corp (VF Corporation)

The Icelandic Milk & Skyr Corporation

University of Oregon

Valve Corporation

Stratus Technologies

Helly Hansen




Employment > Tier 2

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

The Wilmington-based team at K&L Gates is an attractive choice for clients in Delaware and further afield, though the firm also stands out in this space for the strength of its global network, bringing regular engagements by clients in Europe, Asia, and Australia. The team advises on a wide range of matters, including complex formation and governance issues, credit facility arrangements, and issues relating to Delaware’s alternative business entity statutes, to name a few examples. Clients recommend department head Scott Waxman for his ‘encyclopedic knowledge of Delaware law’ and ‘creative problem solving’. Nicholas Froio is a part of the Statutory Trust Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association, a role that brings close familiarity with Delaware’s statutory trust statute. Eric Feldman is also recommended for matters pertaining to the operation of alternative entities.

Practice head(s):

Scott Waxman

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Froio; Eric Feldman; Lisa Stark; Andrew Skouvakis


‘I know the head of the DE office – Scott Waxman. I’ve known Scott for my entire legal career, and he’s one of those people who manages to get better every year and remain so modest about it. He has encyclopedic knowledge of Delaware law and is the most responsive lawyer with whom I have ever worked. And he’s great at creative problem solving. I simply cannot imagine going to anyone else in Delaware.’

Key clients

Wilmington Trust, N.A.

International Paper

Kookmin Bank / KB Securities Co. Ltd.

Custom America, Inc.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Lone Star Funds / Lone Star Real Estate Funds

Seller Strategies International LLC

Lon Inc.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 3

K&L Gates' investigations, enforcement and white-collar group handles a broad range of matters, such as fraud, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, whistle blower complaints, internal compliance reviews and government investigations. The firm is particularly well-placed to handle multi-jurisdictional work, drawing on expertise from across its global network, including offices throughout the US, Asia, and Europe and the UK. Brian Saulnier jointly leads the team from Pittsburgh and is adept at handling FCPA and UK Bribery Act matters. Practice co-head Stephen Topetzes in Washington DC acts for individuals and corporates in the financial services sector in government investigations, various regulatory matters and litigation. David Rybicki joined as partner in Washington DC from the DOJ.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Topetzes; Brian Saulnier

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Ryan; Mark Rush; Christopher Nasson; David Rybicki; Andrew Wright


‘They are responsive and extremely practical in providing quality legal advice’. 

‘They have a capability of anticipating potential issues and linking different matters in order to help our firm respond more efficiently to regulatory impacts on our business’.        

‘Highly accessible, with backgrounds that provide a different perspective and add value to the analysis, with a style that assists in facilitating collegial resolution of high risk matters’.      

‘K&L constantly displays a dynamic mix of legal professionals that are able to service the evolving challenges of emerging technology’.        

‘K&L Gates white collar group is a high performing team with unquestioned professionalism, dedication and commitment to service excellence’.

‘Brian Saulnier was critical in cutting through the complexity of the underlying issues quickly, delivering fair and measured advice, resulting in high trust and praise from the client’.

‘They are attentive to every detail and coordinate amongst the team to make sure the client is fully informed’.

‘The team works in unison to make sure I am fully informed in the decision making process’.

Government > Government contracts Tier 3

The Washington DC-based practice at K&L Gates provides comprehensive service on counseling, litigation and standalone regulatory matters. The team has substantial experience representing clients in federal bid protests, and is also well-versed in government contracts IP issues and non-procurement government agreements. Department head Stuart Nibley is a renowned bid protest lawyer and a popular choice among defense and civilian contractors. Amy Conant-Hoang and Erica Bakies also maintain active bid protest practices. David Yang in Seattle leads the firm's West Coast government contracts group; he assists clients in all phases of the procurement process. Also of note is the recent launch of the firm's US national security law and policy group that brings together multi-disciplinary experts in the government contracts, public policy and international trade fields. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC, unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Nibley

Key clients

Fluor Government Group; Fluor Enterprises, Inc.; Fluor Intercontinental, Inc.

ManTech International Corporation

Slalom Consulting

Valor Healthcare

IMEG Corp.

Vigor Marine LLC

Day & Zimmerman; SOC LLC

PPG Industries, Inc.

American Water

CDW Government LLC

Penn Enterprises

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 3

With strong energy-related transactional capabilities on the West Coast -  primarily from the firm's Seattle office - and also able to leverage a compelling Washington DC-based regulatory offering, K&L Gates is well-positioned to advise stakeholders across the waterfront of M&A, project development, financing and joint venture structuring relating to both conventional and renewable sources of energy. As well as work for developers, investors, and lenders, the firm is well-versed in negotiating and drafting complex offtake agreements and has advised many high-profile corporates and universities as end-users in virtual and physical PPAs. Benefiting from in-house experience at an international power plant EPC contractor, David Hattery provides excellent insight into the construction aspects of power projects and co-heads the firm's power group alongside renewables tax expert Elizabeth Crouse.

Practice head(s):

David Hattery; Elizabeth Crouse

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Hill; William Holmes; David Benson; Eric Freedman; Edmundo de la Fuente; Buck Endemann; Elisabeth McNeil; Brad Lewis; Lana Le Hir

Key clients

Municipality of Anchorage

lululemon Athletica

Microsoft Corporation

Key Capture Energy

Chevron U.S.A.

Portland General Electric

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 3

K&L Gates has a burgeoning cross-practice team with a strong track record advising start-ups and emerging companies. The group is also increasingly active in the intersection between data privacy and payments, as well as cryptocurrency and blockchain. Experienced New York-based group co-head Judith Rinearson spent 18 years working at American Express' general counsel office, and her regulatory and emerging payments knowledge is coupled with the corporate and transactional experience of fellow co-head Robert Zinn, who works from New York and Pittsburgh. A recent highlight on the transactional front was the team's advice to Garmin International on its acquisition of Fitpay.

Practice head(s):

Judith Rinearson; Robert Zinn

Key clients

Confluence Technologies, Inc

Serent Capital

Center ID Corp

Goldman Sachs & Co.


Coinbase, Inc.


Garmin International, Inc.

Ingo Money

Jassby, Inc.







Syncapay/DaVinci Payments

Avanquest North America, Inc

Synovus Financial

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

K&L Gates LLP' litigation group is active across the US, handling a wide range of business and commercial disputes and class actions. Contacts in the Pittsburgh office include practice co-head Melissa Tea, who is defending several clients in nationwide asbestos litigation, including PPG Industries and United States Steel Corporation, and Thomas Birsic, who has an excellent reputation in environmental class actions and toxic tort litigation. In Seattle, Pallavi Mehta Wahi is a name to note for various corporate and IP litigation. Jeffrey Patterson in Boston jointly heads the practice alongside Tea.

Practice head(s):

Melissa Tea; Jeffrey Patterson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients



Kettle Cuisine

PPG Industries

Quest Software

XFL/Vince McMahon

Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power Tier 4

K&L Gates has expertise handling contentious matters related to new rule-making and regulatory initiatives, compliance with market rules and  administrative and appellate litigation. The practice group also acts for utilities companies in matters involving FERC and various state regulatory agencies. Contacts in the team include Elizabeth Crouse, who heads up the practice group; Donald Kaplan in Washington DC, whose work primarily involves FERC-related matters for electrical utilities; and Elizabeth Thomas, noted for her expertise in the renewables sector. Named lawyers are based in Seattle unless stated otherwise. William Keyser joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP in July 2020, and David Hattery left for an in-house position in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Crouse

Other key lawyers:

Buck Endemann; Donald Kaplan; Elizabeth Thomas; Kari Vander Stoep

Key clients

PJM Transmission Owners

PPL Electric Utilities Corporation

King County, Washington

Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

K&L Gates handles trial and appellate work for companies involved in oil and gas exploration, storage, transmission and project development. The practice represents clients before municipal regulatory agencies and has experience in matters ranging from royalties disputes to hydraulic fracturing cases. Sandra Safro acts as the practice group coordinator from Houston and Washington DC. Also recommended are Fort Worth-based Elizabeth Tiblets and Jeffrey King, who divides time between Fort Worth and Houston.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Safro; Clare Kempkens

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TH Exploration II and Tug Hill Operating

TH Exploration

Sunoco Partners Marketing and Terminals

Enterprise Products Partners

Pachira Energy

Chief Exploration & Development


Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 4

K&L Gates handles regulatory permitting matters for the construction of new facilities and the expansion of existing operations, and also has experience in rate cases before FERC. Among the team's recent highlights, Sandra Safro acted for Entergy Services in relation to Texas Eastern Transmission's renewed rate case at the FERC. Also recommended is David Wochner, who co-heads the global policy and regulatory group. Safro divides time between Houston and Washington DC, while Wochner works solely from the DC office.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Safro

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Rio Grande LNG, LLC

Magnolia LNG, LLC

Texas LNG Brownsville, LLC

Entergy Services, LLC

Andalusian Energy, LLC

Entergy Services, LLC

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 4

K&L Gates is skilled at handling a huge variety of environmental mandates, ranging from regulatory and permitting matters to federal environmental litigation. The group provides nationwide coverage and assists clients with environmental law issues, spanning air, water, wetlands, mining and waste management. Brian Montag  coordinates the firm's global environment, land and natural resources practice from Newark; his areas of expertise include toxic tort litigation, Superfund matters and administrative proceedings. Fellow co-heads Craig Wilson  (Harrisburg) and Ankur Tohan  (Seattle) are other points of contact.

Practice head(s):

Brian Montag; Craig Wilson; Ankur Tohan

Other key lawyers:

David Raphael

Key clients

Lower Passaic River Study Area Cooperating Parties Group

Bayonne Barrel & Drum Site PRP Group

The Brooklyn Improvement Company

New York Racing Association

Sharkey Landfill Agreement Group


First National Bank

Hanson Aggregates Pennsylvania

Next Decade

Millennium Bulk Terminals

City of Seattle

Port of Portland

Puget Sound Shellfish Growers Legal Defense Fund

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 4

K&L Gates acts for mid-size and Fortune 500 clients across the entire spectrum of environmental and natural resources mandates, including permitting and regulatory issues involving air, water, wetlands and waste management. The environment group frequently works with business and industry groups to develop environmental policy, and demonstrates expertise in emerging areas such as degraded urban rivers and brownfield redevelopment. Brian Montag in Newark, who has been particularly active in state-wide environmental and policy initiatives, jointly heads the nationwide practice with Craig Wilson in Harrisburg, a key contact for energy clients; and Seattle-based Ankur Tohan. Also recommended in the Harrisburg office is Tad Macfarlan, who routinely advises energy and industrial clients on compliance with federal, state and local environmental and land use laws.

Practice head(s):

Brian Montag; Craig Wilson; Ankur Tohan

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Weston; Stanford Baird; Tad Macfarlan


‘Deep knowledge of the specific area we need assistance on.’

‘The team has many subject matter experts with extensive experience which results in a strong team that can meet the needs of most clients.’

‘The individuals I have worked with are extremely responsive and organized. They make me feel like I’m their most important client.’

‘K&L Gates has a team that works together to find the expert in the specific topic that needs to be addressed as well as if it is a state or federal requirement. They have a great working relationship with other firms and are able to leverage that partnership when possible. Overall, K&L Gates is a one stop shop for our company regarding all environmental regulatory aspects.’

‘Craig Wilson is the partner that I have worked with for the past 15 years and continue to work with at this time. He is experienced, responsive, always available and is a complete professional. His guidance and direction on all environmental regulatory aspects has been very helpful.’

Key clients



Helen Kramer Landfill Superfund Site PRP Group

Ford Motor Company

Novozymes North America

CPV Power Holdings

Specialty Granules

Olympus Energy

City of Spokane

Millennium Bulk Terminals

Ventura Port District

Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 4

K&L Gates' healthcare team provides regulatory and strategic counsel to a variety of healthcare providers, academic medical centres, private equity investors and smaller businesses. It also handles litigation and transactions in the sector. The team is co-headed by North Carolina-based Mary Beth Johnston, who has experience in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement as well as state regulatory compliance, and Richard Church, whose regulatory practice focuses on healthcare transactions and compliance matters. Limo Cherian is recommended in the Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

Mary Beth Johnston; Richard Church

Other key lawyers:

Limo Cherian; Carla DewBerry; Joshua Skora; Gary Qualls


‘The team is very knowledgeable and practical when it comes to bankruptcy advice. They understand when it’s worthwhile to take action or file. They are very experienced and are able to explain issues clearly to non-bankruptcy attorneys as well as business people.’

‘David Neu is very bright and capable. Is quick to respond to emails and phone calls. He’s very results-oriented.’

‘Mike Gearin brings strategic thinking to the mix. He’s very good at explaining the nuances and describing options.’

Key clients

Parkview Health

Atrium Health


Franciscan Missionaries of our Lady Health System



Texas Children’s Hospital


Bridges Health Partners

Vidant Health

Cottage Health

Palmetto Infusion Services

North Carolina Specialty Hospital and Southpoint Surgery Center

The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation

ProMedica Toledo Hospital

Lower Cape Fear LifeCare


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

K&L Gates is recognized for its work with registered investment advisers in their hedge fund mandates, as well as in compliance and operational issues such as registration, tax, and strategic issues. Practice co-head Matthew Mangan handles fund formation, product structuring, transactional, regulatory and compliance and securities law matters for funds; he also has an investor-side practice, acting for pension plans and other institutional investors. The firm saw significant expansion in the last year, with the hires of Yasho Lahiri, Kasey Lekander, and David Owen, who joined from DLA Piper LLP (US), Choate, Hall & Stewart, and an in-house position, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Mark Amorosi; Ndenisarya Bregasi; Michael Caccese

Key clients

Nikko Asset Management Americas

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Fundsmith LLP

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

K&L Gates has an established and long-standing presence in the private equity fund, transactional and investment management areas, with clients ranging from investment managers, private equity and other private fund sponsors, financial institutions, insurance companies, broker-dealers, retirement plans, and institutional investors. Edward Dartley continues to advise Australia-based Stafford Capital Partners in connection with several fund of funds matters, and Yasho Lahiri continues to represent Payden & Rygel on the formation of a TALF fund. Kasey Lekander joined the team in July 2020 from Choate, Hall & Stewart.

Practice head(s):

Mark Amorosi; Ndenisarya Bregasi; Michael Caccese

Key clients

Gatewood Capital Partners

SunLife Capital

Stafford Capital Partners

Payden & Rygel

Oak Street Real Estate

Crescent Capital

K Property Group

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

MBP Capital

RevolverCap Partners

McNally Capital


Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 4

At K&L Gates, the team has been kept busy handling a range of outsourcing transactions for Ferring Pharmaceuticals, including advising on all aspects of an agreement for the outsourcing of IT infrastructure, finance and accounting, and managed global payroll services. The practice is jointly led by Susan Altman in Pittsburgh and  John Howell in the Dallas office. The US team also acts alongside firm's international offices to assist foreign clients with multi-jurisdictional technology and outsourcing agreements.

Practice head(s):

Susan Altman; John Howell


Unsurpassed knowledge of outsourcing transactions, and an excellent appreciation of the client’s risk tolerance‘.

‘John Howell has unparalleled experience in this area’.

Key clients

Cash Processing Solutions

Ferring International Center S.A., d/b/a Ferring Pharmaceuticals

GBT III B.V., d/b/a American Express Global Business Travel

New York Proton Management LLC


Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

Specializing in construction jury trials, the team at K&L Gates acts for owners, designers, contractors and subcontractors in matters relating to steel and chemicals manufacturing facilities, shopping centers and real estate development more generally. Los Angeles-based practice head Timothy Pierce supports clients through the full life-cycle of a project and has recently led on a number of cases for Suffolk Construction Company, most notably defending a $50m disgorgement claim by Eisenberg Village Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. Also recommended is Jason Richey in Pittsburgh, who has taken the lead on some of the group's recent cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Pierce

Other key lawyers:

Jason Richey; Richard Paciaroni

Key clients

Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.

Condominium Developer

KHS&S Contractors

Helix Electric, Inc.

Martinez Steel Corporation

Chromalox, Inc.

Freshly, Inc.

Pyrolyx USA Inc.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 5

Key contacts at K&L Gates include San Francisco-based Rikki Sapolich-Krol and Seattle-based Karrie Johnson Diaz, who advise on a wide variety of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including ESOPs, defined benefit plans, deferred compensation arrangements, 401(k) plans, and ERISA fiduciary compliance issues. Ali Nardali, also based in the San Francisco office, is well versed in advising public companies on executive compensation matters, while Seattle-based associate Jennifer Addis assists employers and plan administrators with ERISA and tax compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Rikki Sapolich-Krol; Karrie Johnson Diaz; Charles Smith

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

PPG Industries

Braskem America

Celanese Americas

LendingClub Corporation

Exact Sciences Corporation

Veloxis Pharmaceuticals

Primo Water Corporation

TransDigm Group

Archdiocese of Seattle

Real estate Tier 5

K&L Gates' real estate team lends support on the acquisition, development, leasing and finance of real estate assets and is co-chaired by Shannon Skinner in Seattle and Charleston-based Matthew Norton. The firm also has a presence in New York and Washington DC, and leverages its international platform in the representation of international investment funds on their inbound real estate acquisitions. The practice group also works in collaboration with the firm's global resort, hospitality and leisure projects group. It has also expanded its work for private equity and hedge funds of late.

Practice head(s):

Shannon Skinner; Matthew Norton

Other key lawyers:

Marisa Bocci; Charles Royce; Mike King


‘Whenever I drop the ball, K&L Gates is there for me and delivers a superior turn-around.’

Key clients

Sculptor Real Estate Group (f/k/a Och-Ziff Real Estate)

Christophe Harbour Development Company

Developer and operator of assisted living facilities

Technology, recycling and waste management company

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated

Crane Co.

Longfellow Real Estate Partners

Ashton Raleigh Residential, L.L.C.

Rexmark Holdings LLC

Shinhan Alternative Investment Management, Inc.

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

K&L Gates is home to a strong registered funds team that advises open- and closed-end funds, ETFs, investment managers, and financial institutions on  a wide range of matters. Notable recent highlights on the transactional side include advising Federated Hermes on its acquisition of certain components of PNC Capital Advisors, including its registered funds business. Outside of the transactional sphere, the firm is highly adept in regulatory matters, serving as funds counsel for several large companies including John Hancock Financial Services, Victory Capital Management, and Equitable, among others. Leadership within the practice is split between Mark Amorosi, a former SEC official who handles both fund formation and regulatory work; Michael Caccese, whose recent work includes fund M&A and dealings with FINRA; and Ndenisarya Bregasi, who is particularly recommended for her work with independent trustees. Both Robert Zutz and Clair Pagnano are highly recommended for regulatory work, while Pagnano in particular has recently undertaken several fund restructuring matters. Mark Goshko is also recommended. The firm also saw substantial expansion in 2020, with the arrivals of New York-based Yasho Lahiri, Boston-based Kasey Lekander, and David Owen in San Francisco, who joined the firm from DLA Piper LLP (US), Choate, Hall & Stewart, and an in-house position, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Mark Amorosi; Ndenisarya Bregasi; Michael Caccese

Other key lawyers:


‘Highly responsive and practical. Their years of experience, both from within the SEC and with funds, provides with a basis to propose thoughtful, regulatory-compliant, practical solutions to issues. Team members seem to be able to quote regulations and precedent-setting case law off the top of their head. No issue is too small or inconsequential.’

Robert Zutz, our primary counsel, responds to trustees’ questions in Board meetings professionally and respectfully. The entire Board trusts his opinion and advice without question. Zutz is also a good mentor to others in his firm, engaging them with the advisor and Board members so he has sufficient backup.

‘The breadth of the firm, K&L Gates, provides me as Board Chair confidence that they have the expertise to handle any situation that may arise.’

‘Robert Zutz’s his years of experience, calm and measured demeanor, practical, yet regulatory-compliant resolutions.’

‘Kathy Ingber has attention to detail, is an excellent minute writer, understands what is important, and is willing to work often behind the scenes.’

‘The K&L team servicing my fund board is extremely experienced and thoughtful. The primary partner, Ndenisarya Bregasi, assumed responsibility for the account prior to my tenure but what has been described to me by others, is that she basically showcased the vast experience of the entire K&L firm to the Board – something that they had not been aware of with the previous partners. I had been aware of the extensive breadth of K&L during my previous work experience and was thrilled that K&L had been selected to continue to serve as counsel to the Board.’

‘Each member of the team is extremely knowledgeable and has expertise in the investment management industry. In particular, as mentioned above, Ndenisarya Bregasi, is outstanding in her approach to managing the engagement and dealings with the Board members. Marguerite Laurent, also provides a depth of experience to the engagement.’

‘K&L Gates has a deep investment management practice.’

‘I have worked extensively with Mark Amorosi. He is very knowledgeable and a calming voice. His counsel is always based solidly in what is best for his client.’

Key clients

Federated Hermes

John Hancock Financial Services

Victory Capital Management and USAA Funds

Equitable Investment Management and Equitable Funds


Eaton Vance Funds

Wells Fargo

Touchstone Funds

Oakmark Funds and the Independent Trustees

Independent Trustees of the Voya Funds

Direxion Funds

Independent Trustees of the TIAA-CREF Funds

Ariel Funds and the Independent Trustees

Allianz Funds

Neuberger Berman


Carillon Funds

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami Tier 1

K&L Gates has an established Latin America practice reinforced by its Miami presence, where partner Christopher Tillson is a fluent Spanish speaker and proficient in Portuguese. Having focused his practice on Latin America for many years, he has extensive experience in cross-border transactions and investments involving the region.

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 24 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; 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; seven offices in Europe, located in Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, 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.