Firm Profile > K&L Gates > Los Angeles , United States
K&L Gates Offices
10100 SANTA MONICA BLVD
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
K&L Gates > The Legal 500 Rankings
K&L Gates has 'a fully integrated team in terms of geographies for international deals as well as top-quality partners and associates that are involved at the right time to give spot-on analysis of issues'. The practice handles bet-the-company deals for significant middle-market and emerging growth companies and private equity firms, as well as mid-sized and large transactions for global corporations. It has particular deal strength in fintech and financial services, emerging companies, technology, healthcare and life sciences, along with advanced manufacturing, energy, infrastructure and natural resources, and transportation and logistics. High-profile clients include Microsoft, Halliburton and Patricia Industries. New York-based Robert Zinn, Chicago’s Mark McMillan, Rick Giovannelli in Charlotte and Seattle-based Annette Becker serve as firmwide leaders for the corporate and transactional practice, while James Lee (also in New York) leads the firm’s private equity practice. In a cash-and-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.2bn, McMillan advised II-VI Incorporated, which develops and manufactures engineered materials on its merger agreement to acquire optical communications developer Finisar; Lee assisted Patricia Industries with the acquisition of a majority stake in healthcare product specialty distributor Sarnova Holdings (Sarnova) from Water Street Healthcare Partners and Sarnova's founder; and Zinn acted for Honeybee Robotics in the sale of all of its outstanding stock to a subsidiary of Ensign-Bickford Industries. Additional highlights included acting as co-counsel with a New York-headquartered international law firm for The Weir Group, which provides engineering solutions for the minerals, oil and gas, power and industrial markets, in its acquisition of Portland-based ESCO, which manufactures engineered metal wear parts and components. Other notable advisers are New York's Calvina Bostick, who focuses on M&A, private equity investments and other business transactions, and Whitney Smith, whose particular focus is the pharmaceuticals industry; elsewhere, Stephan Coonrod in Seattle is highly rated for acquisitions, venture capital investments, cross-border transactions, trade issues and technology transfers. An associate to note is Leah Baucom in Charlotte, who focuses on M&A, private equity and general corporate matters.
K&L Gates stands out for its ‘unique ability to give excellent on-point guidance, not just what a client would like to hear’. It handles a range of litigation and arbitration in the maritime sector, with expertise across environmental claims, arrests, piracy, vessel seizures, cargo claims, collisions, groundings, personal injury matters and marine insurance claims, as well as charterparty, bill of lading, and other contractual disputes. Jeffrey King in Boston is representing Tote in relation to the sinking of the SS El Faro, a US-flagged combination roll-on/roll-off container vessel, which occurred while en route from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where 33 crewmembers, all cargo, and the vessel were lost. King is also representing Ripley Entertainment in a matter concerning the sinking of a duck boat on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri in 2018, which resulted in 17 deaths and numerous injuries. Of counsel Jorge Romero in Washington DC, Christina Paul in Miami and counsel Luke Reid in Boston are key figures. Associate George Kontakis in New York is also recommended. Steven Sparling heads the practice group and is based across the firm’s Washington DC and Houston offices.
K&L Gates stands out for its experience of legislative and regulatory issues; it ‘knows the subject matter very well’, ‘anticipates the moves of others’ and has ‘a strong lobbying team’. Michael Scanlon advises Global Ports Group on a range of issues, and Mark Ruge (‘insightful in his ability to read the politics of a situation’) advises the American Maritime Partnership on a range of legislative and regulatory matters. William Myhre is ‘very experienced’ and is particularly noted for Jones Act compliance matters and vessel documentation; he advised Norwegian Cruise Line on the US regulation of its fleet and on its US-flag operations. Further, Emanuel Rouvelas advises the Transportation Institute on maritime legislative and regulatory matters. Of counsel Jorge Romero is also recommended. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC.
Delaware counsel Tier 2
At K&L Gates, Scott Waxman advised Azul Brazilian Airlines on forming a Delaware LLP for the $400m issuance of senior notes. Turning to funds work, Eric Feldman advised Lone Star Funds on various Delaware operations, including the creation of a new fund. Additionally, in the M&A space, Lisa Stark advised SPX Corporation on its purchase of ELXSI Corporation.
E-discovery Tier 2
Clients note that the team at K&L Gates 'has long been a leader in the discovery space', bringing together 'broad experience in different types of review'. The legal team is made up of trial-experienced litigators, and draws on a pool of in-house associates specializing in e-discovery. It serves as co-ordinating e-discovery counsel for a number of major corporates at trial and in significant investigations. Key litigators include Martha Dawson and Julie Anne Halter, both of whom are 'true pioneers' in the field, Thomas Smith, Daniel Miller and Rachel Tausend.
Trade organizations, transmission pipelines, utilities and energy storage developers all feature on K&L Gates's varied client list. William Keyser in DC and David Hattery in Seattle head the power team, which is split between the two offices and possesses 'terrific industry-specific knowledge'. In a major highlight, Elizabeth Thomas and Kari Vander Stoep (both in Seattle) served as regulatory counsel to Hydro One in the context of its $5.3b merger with Avista Corporation, assisting the client with applying for the relevant approvals across five states. Elsewhere, the team is active in compliance counseling, administrative and appellate litigation and authorization work before FERC; it knows 'just what to expect from each regulatory body'. Donald Kaplan (DC) is another name to note.
Government relations Tier 2
K&L Gates’ bipartisan government relations practice stands out as ‘it leverages a broad set of political and subject-matter experts and is well versed in utilizing a broad array of influencing tools’. The team has not only a ‘strong background in space policy’, but ‘also great reach in other policy issues’. The group provides ongoing advocacy assistance to the Airport Minority Advisory Council, particularly in the wake of major changes in airport and aviation legislation. Avis Budget Group retains the firm for advocacy before Congress, state and local governments as well as foreign governments on issues pertaining to income tax, cost recovery, foreign taxation, privacy, consumer matters and safety regulatory issues. On behalf of Pitney Bowes, the team advocates policies to protect and grow its mail and parcel business. Further clients include Maxar Technologies, Math for America, Ford Motor Company, Amazon and Bank of America. Michael Scanlon and Bruce Heiman ‘have incredible subject-matter depth, are proactive and responsive’. Emanuel Rouvelas, Paul Stimers, William Kirk, Daniel Crowley, who focuses on public policy issues relating to financial services, and Karishma Shah Page are also key names. Associate Peter Nelson is recommended and Scott Nelson is a new of counsel who joined from Summit Strategies in October 2018.
'Few firms have the same depth of experience in representing policyholders as the terrific' K&L Gates, which takes a a multi-disciplinary approach to insurance coverage matters. 'Deeply knowledgeable' Pittsburgh partner David McGonigle, who 'gives great counsel', continued to represent PPG Industries in the bankruptcy and related insurance adversary proceedings resulting from its affiliate Pittsburgh Corning Corporation's Chapter 11 reorganization, involving allegations relating to the client's asbestos liabilities. In the same office, 'skilled and trustworthy advocate' Thomas Birsic acts for Halliburton Company in its claim to recover more than $500m under its general liability insurance program with its Bermuda insurer; the claim arose from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident. 'Strategic thinker and great listener' Jonathan Cohen, who specialises in product liability cases, joined the Washington DC team from Gilbert LLP in early 2018.
K&L Gates has 'deep expertise in the investment management space'. The 'extremely responsive, pragmatic and business friendly' team is well known for advising funds on management and restructuring mandates, and is adept at handling prominent asset manager M&A deals. In Washington DC, Arthur Delibert and Lori Schneider continue to act as board and fund counsel for Neuberger Berman, while Mark Amorosi provides ongoing fund formation and regulatory advice to AXA, which sponsors 125 mutual funds. Other key names in the Washington DC office include Robert Zutz, who acts as counsel for the independent trustees of the TIAA-CREF funds, and Ndenisarya Bregasi. Michael Caccese in Boston is, in the words of one client, 'a Goliath; when it comes to investment management law and the '40 Act, the man is a Swiss Army knife'; he and Clair Pagnano advised Federated Investors on acquiring a 60% stake in Hermes Investment Management. Mark Goshko and George Zornada are instructed by Wells Fargo Investment Institute’s Global Alternative Investments (GAI). Other clients include ALPS ETFs and USAA.
K&L Gates is particularly active in the fashion industry, serving as counsel to Abercrombie & Fitch on enforcement matters and the registration of new marks. TripAdvisor is also a client and has engaged the firm for international clearance, prosecution, maintenance and enforcement matters. Other key clients include MannKind, Valve Corporation and The Procter & Gamble Company/Gillette. The team was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Washington DC-based Susan Kayser from Jones Day and Christopher Fahy, who joined the Chicago office from Quarles & Brady LLP. Co-head Pam Jacobson is highly rated in Seattle.
The team at K&L Gates stands out for its ability to handle cross-border investigations and enforcement actions, leveraging the firm's presence in a number of the world's major markets. Pittsburgh-based Thomas Ryan assisted Westinghouse Electric with a cross-border investigation, in coordination with the audit committee of its parent company, Toshiba Group, into allegations of a management override of the company's internal controls and accounting practices in relation to a multibillion-dollar overrun on the US construction of nuclear reactors. In a pro bono case in Boston, Christopher Nasson represented Fred Weichel, who had wrongfully been convicted of murder and spent 36 years behind bars, successfully arguing before trial court and state supreme court that all charges should be dismissed. Pittsburgh's Mark Rush and Brian Saulnier are also recommended.
Government contracts Tier 3
The ‘intelligent, concise and focused’ government contracts team at K&L Gates ‘always takes the high road with whomever it is facing’ and has notable expertise in a number of areas, including internal investigations, FCA matters, and mandatory and voluntary disclosures. The bid protest space is where the team particularly excels, however, and it is able to point to a higher than average success rate. The ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced’ department head Stuart Nibley ‘gets to the bottom of things quickly’. Nibley successfully represented ManTech International in a bid protest of a Department of Homeland Security procurement with a value exceeding $100m. Other work for ManTech included compliance matters and internal investigations. Nibley further acted for protestor Allied Interstate in the high-profile Department of Education procurement and protest challenging the agency’s evaluation and award of a $2.8bn student debt collection contract. Seattle-based Paul Bowen assists PGG Industries, providing comprehensive compliance and negotiation advice on government contracts, CRADAs, and other government agreements. Bowen is also known for his expertise in IP matters. Associate Amy Conant-Hoang is ‘reachable, courteous’ and ‘very smart’.
K&L Gates handles construction matters across a diverse range of industries including energy, transportation, manufacturing and commercial. With extensive experience in construction litigation, Timothy Pierce manages the team from the Los Angeles office. He recently represented a joint venture comprised of Shimmick Construction and Obayashi Corporation in a contract dispute related to the San Vincente Dam Raise project in California, successfully claiming over $30m for the client. Hector Espinosa and associates Samira Torshizi and Jonathon Kintzele, all based in the firm's Los Angeles office, in addition to Chicago-based associate Rebecca Liu, supported on this matter. Pierce also represented Suffolk Construction Company in three interrelated disputes against the Los Angeles Unified School District as general contractor on several projects. Espinosa, Liu, Torshizi and fellow Los Angeles associate Heather Frisch provided additional expertise. Pittsburgh partner Jason Richey acted for MarkWest Energy in disputes against the general contractor responsible for building the retaining wall of a West Virginia facility. The client alleges that the wall has significant defects and is suing for breach of contract and negligence. Of counsel William Wickard and associates Katherine Gafner and Travis Brannon are experienced in energy projects.
The power department at K&L Gates is led by Washington DC-based William Keyser. Keyser and others represented American Petroleum Institute in a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) before the Department of Energy (DOE) regarding cost-of-service rate recoveries for coal and nuclear power facilities; the work included drafting comments on behalf of the natural gas industry opposing the proposed cost-recovery mechanism for these facilities. The team is also active in litigation pertaining to the development of battery storage and defending against challenges to cost allocation rules in the context of new transmission projects. Also recommended are Elizabeth Thomas (Seattle), Donald Kaplan (DC), Buck Endemann (San Francisco) and Kari Vander Stoep (Seattle).
Entergy Corporation, NextDecade and American Petroleum Institute feature on the impressive client list of K&L Gates's oil, gas and resources practice. Sandra Safro leads the 'always outstanding' team from the Washington DC office. In a key highlight, Saffro, David Wochner and others serve as lead counsel to Liquefied Natural Gas in its development and construction of the $3.8bn Magnolia LNG project, the first greenfield LNG export project in the lower 48 states to receive FERC authorization. In 2018, the firm represented the client before the DOE and FERC on issues such as potential restrictions on opportunities for foreign investment and the impact of tariffs on the ability to secure investors. A number of additions from Texas firm Winstead has bolstered the team's capabilities; of particular note is the arrival of energy litigator Elizabeth Tiblets in the Forth Worth office. A 'combination of industry-specific knowledge and legal expertise' sets the firm apart, according to clients.
K&L Gates is instructed by a wide range of market participants including project sponsors, developers and investors, export credit agencies and lending banks, landowners, contractors and equipment suppliers, which the team advises on project finance and development, corporate transactions and regulatory matters. The practice group is jointly headed by Seattle-based David Hattery, who focuses on project development and finance, and Washington DC-based William Keyser, who is active in the contentious and regulatory space. Also recommended is Portland-based William Holmes, who advised Brookfield Renewable Partners on the $5m construction and permanent financing of an 8.8MW battery power storage facility near Stratford, Ontario. Other key clients include Hydro One, Boralex and Centrica. Robert George joined the Houston office from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.
Environment: litigation Tier 4
With a strong focus on Superfund work, K&L Gates is assisting approximately 50 companies forming the Lower Passaic River Study Area Cooperating Parties Group in its collaboration with federal and state agencies in a CERCLA remedial investigation/feasibility study of the Lower Passaic River Superfund site in northern New Jersey. It is also representing the Port of Portland in an EPA-led cleanup of contaminated river sediments. Key contacts are Craig Wilson and Brian Montag in Harrisburg, and Ankur Tohan in Newark. David Franchina joined McGuireWoods LLP in September 2018.
Environment: regulatory Tier 4
K&L Gates covers the full range of environmental matters, with a particular focus on the energy sector. In one example, the team assisted CPV Fairview, an affiliate of Competitive Power Ventures, with multiple aspects of the development of a 1050 MW natural gas and ethane-fired combined-cycle power plant in Pennsylvania, developed on an existing brownfield site, and involving siting, environmental permitting, water supply, negotiation with the state environmental agency and liability protection with respect to multiple properties, spanning three municipalities; Harrisburg-based Timothy Weston led that matter with support from office managing partner Craig Wilson. Brian Montag and Ankur Tohan jointly head the practice in Newark and Seattle, respectively.
Fintech Tier 4
The practice at K&L Gates handles a range of regulatory, policy, and business issues surrounding the fintech space. Its multidisciplinary team advises on broad spectrum of securities, commodities, and consumer financial services issues, and fields its M&A, commercial and IP lawyers in corporate transactions. In recent work highlights, it assisted Brazilian-based fintech company NuBank on its $150m series E financing round and advised Wells Fargo as the lead investor on the Series C preferred stock financing of open source artificial intelligence platform H2O.ai. The group also acted for AI-X Exchange on the launch of their AI-based product for the inter-dealer broker industry; this included a token offering, seed funding, and additional commercial arrangements, as well as cross-border tax and employment advice. Corporate and transactional lawyer Robert Zinn, who splits his time between New York and Pittsburgh, and expert in prepaid and emerging payments systems Judith Rinearson (who is based both in the firm’s New York and London offices) jointly head the practice, which counts American Express, peer-to-peer lending platform Harmoney and pocket money card provider GoHenry among its clients.
General commercial disputes Tier 4
K&L Gates has broad commercial litigation and trial experience and also maintains a busy international arbitration practice. Carolyn Branthoover and Thomas Birsic co-lead the sizeable group. Both are based in the firm's headquarters in Pittsburgh, which is home to many of its key litigators, though the group is spread across multiple locations including Boston, Seattle and Chicago. The firm's insurance coverage practice is particularly strong; David McGonigle is a key contact in this space. Pallavi Mehta Wahi is a name to note for corporate and IP litigation; Molly McGinley’s practice includes consumer class action defense. The department also benefits from a pool of talented associates, including Jacquelyn Celender and Peter Talevich.
K&L Gates regularly acts on the management side in a wide array of employment matters, including whistleblower claims, enforcement of non-competition agreements, discrimination and retaliation, as well as wage-and-hour class actions. The team is led by Rosemary Alito, who is based in Newark; besides workplace litigation, she is active in class actions under ERISA and the Labor Management Relations Act. Patrick Madden has more than 25 years of experience. Todd Nunn specializes in class action defense. Both lawyers are based in Seattle. Newark's George Barbatsuly, Nickolas Spiliotis in Houston and Spencer Hamer in Orange County are also noted. Román Hernández left for Troutman Sanders LLP in February 2018.
Outsourcing Tier 4
K&L Gates has experience of technology, IT, software and human resources outsourcing transactions in several sectors including healthcare, transportation, consumer goods and financial services. In the Dallas office, John E. Howell heads the practice and Nigel R. Stark is also recommended. Past highlights have included advising a technology business and consulting company on the drafting and structuring of an outsourcing agreement regarding the administration of the employee benefits administration, and assisting a technology services provider with the outsourcing of its application development operations. Eric A. Prager, who is based in New York, left the practice in June 2018 to join Venable LLP.
Alternative/hedge funds Tier 5
The 'proactive' group at K&L Gates is 'well versed in all aspects of alternative funds and hedge funds'. The Boston office houses Michael Caccese and Mark Goshko; Caccese is advising Grosvenor Capital Management on a funds-of-funds formation, while Goshko provides ongoing assistance to Wells Fargo Investment Institute regarding fund formation and launches. Washington DC-based Cary Meer is 'extremely intelligent and keeps track of the details'; she assists PAAMCO with structuring funds-of-funds for institutional investors. Derek Steingarten, based in New York, assists HighTower Advisors with regulatory and compliance issues. The client roster also includes Rothschild Asset Management, PanAgora, CRCM, and Russell Investments.
K&L Gates has experience in redesigning management stock plans and implementing deferred compensation plans for a number of public companies and assisting a hedge fund manager with 409A and 457(a) compliance issues. ‘Standout’ Charlotte-based attorney James Earle acts as outside counsel on executive compensation matters for global clients in the financial services, manufacturing, telecoms, and utilities sectors. ‘Top-notch’ Charles Smith in Pittsburgh focuses on corporate transactions involving ESOPs and employee benefit fiduciary matters, and Charlotte-based Lynne Wakefield is the name to note for health and welfare benefit plan drafting including ACA and ERISA compliance. Also recommended are Matthew Jones and Douglas Love in Chicago and Seattle respectively.
K&L Gates has 'a large bench of experienced lawyers', who advise on national and international energy transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, debt and equity offerings, and project finance and development. The power practice is jointly led by Washington DC-based William Keyser, who focuses on transactions involving the electricity and capacity markets, and Seattle-based David Hattery, who has particular expertise in the construction sector. Other recommended lawyers in Seattle include the 'sagacious' Eric Freedman, Elisabeth Yandell McNeil, who is 'extremely detail-oriented and seems to effortlessly organize complex transactions into bite sized pieces that are easily followed by internal business teams', and Elizabeth Thomas, who advised Hydro One on its $5.3bn all-cash merger with Avista. Also of note, Robert George and Edmundo de la Fuente joined the Houston office from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.
K&L Gates' 'reliable' team is adept at handing both private equity and venture capital mandates. In New York, Edward Dartley acts as counsel to private equity firm Hudson Clean Energy Partners, while James Lee advised Patricia Industries on the acquisition of a $903m majority stake in Sarnova Holdings. In San Francisco, Sonia Gioseffi provides ongoing advice to impact fund Endeavor Catalayst. In another matter, Matthew Mangan in San Francisco and Seattle-based Mark Heine advised CRCM Ventures on forming venture capital fund CRCM Frontier Technology Fund I, investing in the media, virtual/augmented reality, and artificial intelligence industries. Scott Bernhart in Fort Worth is also a key contact.
K&L Gates > Firm Profile
Global Managing Partner: James R. Segerdahl
Chairman of the Management Committee, Practice Area Leader – Financial Services: Michael S. Caccese
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; 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.
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 23 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Alternative/hedge funds
- Construction (including construction litigation)
- Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
- Delaware counsel
- Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
- Energy litigation: conventional power
- Energy regulation: conventional power
- Energy regulation: oil and gas
- Energy: renewable/alternative power
- Energy: transactions: conventional power
- Environment: litigation
- Environment: regulatory
- General commercial disputes
- Government contracts
- Government relations
- Insurance: advice to policyholders
- Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
- Mutual/registered/ exchange-traded funds
- Private equity funds (including venture capital)
- Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)