Firm Profile > K&L Gates > Los Angeles, United States

K&L Gates
United States

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

K&L Gates has a 'top-class' reputation in the market, built through regular involvement in some of the largest agency investigations and litigation. Recent highlights have included acting for Tote in relation to the sinking of the SS EL FARO, which marked the largest marine vessel casualty since the 1980s; and defending MID-Ship Group against allegations made by the Office of Foreign Asset Control that the clients' conduct had violated sanctions regulations. The firm also boasts a strong government relations team, which has in-depth knowledge of legislative, policy and regulatory issues affecting the maritime industry. Contacts in the DC office include head of policy and regulation Michael ScanlonMark RugeSteven Sparling and Darrell Conner, all of whom have broad-base expertise in maritime issues including Jones Act compliance, risk management and liability, and sanctions compliance. Also recommended are Boston-based Jefferey King, an active litigator in the team, and government affairs counselor and former member of the US House of Representatives Jeff Denham, who joined the Washington DC office in May 2019. The team also has a highly rated bench of younger talent, including recently promoted partner George Kontakis and associate Luke Steinberger in NewYork, and Boston-based counsel Luke Reid.


‘Known top class knowledge and litigation capabilities in liner shipping and market practice. Extremely efficient in responding our inquiry and quality response at all time.’

‘External council always has sufficient legal knowledge but rarely have knowledge in market practice, and in house council needs to spend some time/costs to educate external council of industrial best practice so that external council may offer proper advice afterwards. To with K&L Gate, they have sound knowledge in industrial best practice and we can easily communicate with them.’

Key clients


American Maritime Partnership (AMP) (f/k/a Maritime Cabotage Task Force)

Ripley Entertainment

American Bureau of Shipping

Kissner Group Holdings

Matson Navigation Company

American Seafoods Company

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

K&L Gates handles domestic and cross-border M&A, commercial transactions and restructuring mandates for clients in the areas of private equity and financial services. In addition, the team has handled significant transactions in the technology, manufacturing, healthcare, life sciences, energy and transport sectors. Robert Zinn in New York and Pittsburgh acts as global practice head of the corporate group, and also co-leads the global fintech practice. Another contact in New York is Calvina Bostick, who has experience of M&A, private equity investments and other business transactions. Rick Giovannelli co-heads the corporate group, and also leads the private equity practice from the Charlotte office; he is adept at PE buyouts, recapitalizations and financing transactions. Also in Charlotte, associate Leah Baucom has been identified as a rising star in the team. Mark McMillan is a contact in the Chicago office; he has experience acting for boards of directors, investors and owners of Fortune 500, mid-market and emerging companies. A name to note on the West Coast is practice co-head Annette Becker in Seattle, who has over 25 years’ experience in M&A, corporate governance and complex strategic relationships.


‘Robert Zinn is very knowledgeable and committed to delivering results valued by client’.

‘Great, pro-active thinkers and communicators’.

‘One of key strengths of the K&L Gates team is its ability to provide legal advice tailored to the risk profile of a technology startup, and provide that advice in a startup friendly budget’.

‘Ready access to legal professionals in Asia has greatly helped our efforts to establish offices and relationships with customer and suppliers in Asian markets’.

‘Seamless integration across jurisdictions and office’s.

‘Whitney Smith is super smart, pragmatic and really easy to deal with’. 

‘They structure engagements such that they have multiple people involved to provide greater insight and coverage at any time’.      

‘Ideas are practical and easily implemented’.

‘They really look for fit for purpose solutions to challenges and opportunities and are able to think locally while leveraging a global footprint’.

‘The team members are thoughtful, creative, engaging, courteous, and talented’.

Key clients

Sealed Air Corporation

Microsoft Corporation


Goldman Sachs

Kaman Corporation

Federated Investors

Watermill Group

Carousel Capital Partners


Howard M. Meyers, RSR Corporation and Quexco

Exact Sciences

Primo Water Corporation

Patricia Industries

Hudson Clean Energy Partners

Vigor Industrial

LKQ Corporation



Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 2

The e-discovery and technology group at K&L Gates is instructed in litigation, arbitration and investigations, assisting corporate clients with litigation readiness, legal analysis, document production and trial support, in addition to advisory work relating to information governance and records management. The group often acts as national e-discovery counsel, supporting trial counsel from a range of other firms. From Seattle, Julie Anne Halter has substantial experience in a commercial litigation and arbitration setting, as well as in government and internal investigations. Halter jointly leads the group with Pittsburgh's Thomas Smith, a veteran trial lawyer with experience in contentious e-discovery. Seattle's Martha Dawson is another contentious e-discovery practitioner and regularly serves as national and special e-discovery counsel to clients.

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Government > Government relations Tier 2

K&L Gates' public policy practice is highly noted for its 'tremendously responsive' approach and 'strategic planning', attributes that have contributed to its strong, long-standing reputation in the market. Headed by Michael Scanlon, the team is active in the areas of financial services, shipping and maritime law, and transportation and infrastructure. David Wochner is a name to note for energy sector work, and Karishma Shah Page ('one of the best') focuses on tax, financial services, healthcare, and employee benefits issues. Other core members include Bruce Heiman, who specializes in cybersecurity and privacy issues, Emanuel Rouvelas, rated for his years of expertise and advisory work for sovereign governments. Andrew Wright is the name for congressional investigations and enforcement actions; he previously served as associate counsel to President Barack Obama.

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I’ve heard it said that you only get from a consultant as much as you push them. My experience with K&L Gates has been in stark contrast to that sentiment. There have been times where I felt that if I fell off the face of the earth, they could continue pushing our issues forward with the Federal Government as if they were their own. They are also tremendously responsive. I value their strategic analysis of issues and the strategic planning they put into their efforts to solve a given problem for our organization. Also, they are warm and generally very humble.

Karishma Page is one of the best government affairs practitioners I’ve worked with. She is classy, warm, brilliant, gracious, calm, selfless, dynamic, understanding, and both glamorous and understated at the same time. She is different from other lobbyists in her sincerity and realness, and willingness to go the extra mile for us and also to offer very sound policy/strategy guidance.’

Key clients


Trans Atlantic Business Council

Quantum Industry Coalition

California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS)

The Package Coalition

Consumer Technology Association

Avis Budget Group

Pitney Bowes

American Maritime Partnership

Global Ports Group

Liquefied Natural Gas

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 2

K&L Gates has extensive experience in regulatory proceedings, including tax recovery, fuel security, new rule making and cost allocation matters. The practice is primarily split between Washington DC and Seattle. Donald Kaplan is noted for handling antitrust and economic regulation issues in the energy sector including mandates before FERC. William Keyser is the coordinator of the power practice and frequently represents clients before FERC, the DoE, federal and state courts, and state public utility commissions; he is 'a terrific and impressive lawyer'. Seattle-based Elizabeth Thomas and Kari Vander Stoep are singled out for energy and water regulation work including matters linked to transactions and project developments in the hydropower industry. Seattle's David Hattery advises on the regulatory aspects of major thermal power plants and renewable energy facilities. Individuals are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

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K&L Gates’ energy practice is client service epitomized. With strong business acumen and a keen understanding of their clients’ needs, K&L Gates’ energy attorneys tailor their services according to the unique circumstances of each matter, while maintaining the highest standards of legal analysis.

Will Keyser is a star in the energy bar due to his keen legal mind and client focus. His reputation is unparalleled and he consistently delivers outstanding service. Will has a deep grasp on business fundamentals and nimbly spots trends, all to the benefit of his clients.

Will Keyser provides hands on leadership at FERC, and has a deep understanding of ratemaking and regulatory litigation.

The team, led by Don Kaplan and Will Keyser, is an essential long term strategic partner for my company. They are at the top of their field as FERC lawyers. They are unparalleled in their knowledge of PJM and its governance and underlying agreements. Their long history with my company gives them the background and perspective they need to begin work on important matters immediately.

Don Kaplan is a highly experienced FERC lawyer, PJM expert, and longtime strategic partner.

Elizabeth Thomas and Kari Vander Stoep are highly knowledgeable in the area, and conversant with all relevant regulatory decisions and practices. They worked seamlessly with my in-house team. What stands out though is the high level of expertise and knowledge in all relevant areas.

Key clients


Hydro One

American Petroleum Institute

Direct Energy


PJM Transmission Owners

MDU Resources Group

Edison Electric Institute

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 2

The Pittsburgh-based insurance recovery practice at K&L Gates has a strong track record in handling asbestos coverage settlements. Other key areas of work include claims involving bad faith damages, advertising and personal injury defense coverage, secondary recall losses, and liabilities under property policies. David McGonigle jointly heads the team with Sarah Turpin who is in London. McGonigle recently represented PPG in connection with bankruptcy proceedings encompassing an asbestos bankruptcy settlement valued in excess of $3bn. Thomas Birsic, also based in Pittsburgh, advised Halliburton Company on insurance coverage arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Key clients

Halliburton Company

PPG Industries


Duke Energy Corporation

Vibram, USA

Kaiser Gypsum Company and Hanson Permanente Cement

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Eaton Corporation

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie


King County, Washington

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

K&L Gates distinguishes itself in part by the strength of its international network, advising on cross-jurisdictional portfolio management and representing multinational names such as Amazon, Abercrombie & Fitch and Procter & Gamble. Seattle-based Pam Jacobson acts as the co-practice group coordinator of the firm's IP procurement group and has niche expertise in representing government entities. Also highly recommended is David Byer, who is based in Boston and is particularly standout in the areas of gaming, retail, publishing and technology.

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‘David Byer is great at understanding his clients’ needs and proactively managing trademark portfolios.’

Key clients

The Procter & Gamble Company/ The Gillette Company

Abercrombie & Fitch

Kipling Apparel Corp

The Icelandic Milk & Skyr Corporation

University of Oregon

Valve Corporation

Stratus Technologies

Helly Hansen




Investment funds > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 2

K&L Gates represent a number of household names in the mutual funds space, including AXA, AMCO, and Federated Investors. The team advises on the full range of fund formations, securities offerings, regulatory and compliance matters. A key focus is transactional work; the firm has handled several high-value fund and investment company acquisitions on behalf of major players in this space over the course of 2019. Mark Amorosi jointly leads the practice alongside Ndenisarya Bregasi and Michael Caccese, and handles transactional, regulatory, and formation work for funds of all sizes. Michael Caccese is most active in the transactional space, while Ndenisarya Bregasi focuses on SEC relations and board governance. Robert Zutz and Clair Pagnano attract high praise from clients for their regulatory work; both have an excellent track record in attaining SEC and FINRA relief and exemptions. Richard Kerr advises on the incorporation of cryptocurrencies and digital assets into portfolios.

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‘K&L’s Investment Management Practice Group has tremendous expertise and depth. Because they represent a wide range of clients, they have an excellent sense of what’s happening in the industry and what represents best practice on issues. They are highly response and provide practical solutions, not just a legal analysis.’

‘Robert Zutz is outstanding.  He always finds time to discuss issues, has had experience with any issue that arises, and has a practical solution to resolving problems and issues.  He makes every question feel important and relevant–quite an accomplishment in a room full of trustees.  He exudes confidence, but not arrogance.  He is mindful of including associates and other partners to ensure that we have “coverage” should he not be available for some reason.  It is clear that he is a mentor and teacher.’

Key clients



Federated Investors

Independent Trustees of the TIAA-CREF Funds

John Hancock Financial Services

Independent Trustees of the Voya Funds

Oakmark Funds and their Independent Trustees

Evanston Capital Management

Ariel Funds Independent Trustees

American Beacon Funds

Direxion Funds

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

The Wilmington-based team at K&L Gates routinely acts in conjunction with the firm's other US offices to provide comprehensive corporate law advice on a variety of corporate transactions and partnership issues. Recent highlights, and examples of the firm's seamless multi-jurisdictional approach, include advising Lone Star Funds on the establishment of a new fund, and representing Microsoft in the establishment of its partnership with OpenAI. The first matter was handled in conjunction with the Fort Worth office, while the latter saw the Delaware team working alongside the Seattle office. Contacts in Wilmington include Scott Waxman, rated for his 'encyclopedic knowledge of Delaware law', and Eric Feldman; both sit on the committee responsible for drafting most of Delaware’s preeminent business laws.

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‘Scott Waxman is, bar none, the best Delaware corporate lawyer there is. He has encyclopedic knowledge of the Delaware law. He is also easy to understand and incredibly responsive.’

Key clients

Valent USA

Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB

Lone Star Funds/Lone Star Real Estate Funds

Royal Bank of Canada and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group


Aviation Capital Group

Wilmington Trust

Wells Fargo Bank



Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

At K&L Gates, lawyers are regularly instructed in anti-corruption- and fraud-related matters, including internal and government investigations, proceedings before US enforcement authorities, as well as in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional investigations or enforcement actions. The group is also noted for providing corporates with due diligence and corporate governance compliance advice in relation to the FCPA, UK Bribery Act and  their counterparts across the EU and Asia. The group is jointly-led by Pittsburgh's Brian Saulnier, who is dual-US and -UK qualified, and financial services industry expert Steve Topetzes in Washington DC. Thomas Ryan in Pittsburgh has developed an active practice representing healthcare providers in various qui tam actions, involving FCA and anti-kickback regulations. Boston's Christopher Nasson is a veteran trial and appellate attorney. In April 2019, the team added Andrew Wright to the Washington DC office; he served as associate counsel to president Obama before taking up a teaching position at Savannah Law School.

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The practice group is small enough to be personable and dedicated, but big enough to be flexible when it comes to providing advice from different jurisdictions.

High performing team with unquestioned professionalism, dedication and commitment to service excellence makes the K&L team stand out well above the rest.’

Brian Saulnier’s professionalism, collaboration and hands on approach to client service not surprisingly produced exceptional results and work product second to none

The team immediately hit the ground running and remained sensitive to cost, without having to be reminded by the client. They managed expectations and deadlines at the outset and offered creative solutions to complex scenarios.’

Key clients


Gregory Kenny, former CEO of General Cable


Sembcorp Marine

Matthews International

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

Government > Government contracts Tier 3

K&L Gates is involved in a range of complex mandates, acting for government contractors in a number of industries, including defense and construction. Experienced arbitrator Stuart Nibley leads the practice group, which handles internal investigations in addition to bid protest work. Senior associate Amy Conant-Hoang and Erica Bakies are experienced in non-traditional government contracts such as grants, cooperative agreements, and other non-procurement contract work. Bakies also has an active international trade practice. Other key figures include Nicholas Leibham and litigator Andrew Cook, who has particular expertise in the real estate and construction sector. Seattle-based partner Paul Bowen left the practice for a general counsel role in the healthcare industry, but Jeffrey Orenstein joined the team from Reed Smith LLP as counsel. He has experience of international trade and transportation-related contracting.

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Key clients

Fluor Government Group

Fluor Enterprises

Fluor Intercontinental

ManTech International Corporation

Slalom Consulting

Valor Healthcare

IMEG Corp.

Innovation Associates


Dewberry Engineers and Consultants


AAI Corporation

Bell Helicopter

PPG Industries

American Water

Command Post Technologies

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Led by Portland-based partner William Holmes and including key practitioners across the firm's Seattle and Washington DC offices, in particular, K&L Gates' 'top-notch and experienced' team provides 'responsive and efficient advice' 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 firm's 'broad knowledge and experience base' is appreciated by clients, who view this as 'a significant advantage to deal structure and project development support'. The team has forged a particularly strong reputation advising on offshore wind matters (it has produced a well-received Offshore Wind handbook) and on matters relating to the growing importance of battery energy storage. Based in Seattle, the 'exceptionalDavid Hattery's 'experience ... gives him a unique understanding'.

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The team is top-notch and experienced.

It provides responsive and efficient advice.

The combination of industry expertise and regional support provides us with the opportunity to take the lead in framing negotiations from the onset, saving time, resources, and ultimately providing an advantage in getting deals done.

David Hattery is an exceptional energy attorney, whose experience and knowledge in both the renewable and thermal energy industry gives him a unique understanding of not only the changes being experienced in the energy market as a whole but also insight into where markets are trending.

Key clients

Portland General Electric

Madison Energy Investments LLC

Direct Energy

MDU Resources Group, Inc.

Ørsted/Lincoln Clean Energy

Churchill Stateside Group

Key Capture Energy

PPL Electric Utilities Corporation


TransAlta Corporation

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 3

K&L Gates advises traditional financial institutions and emerging technology companies on a range of corporate and commercial, regulatory and intellectual property issues. Dividing his time between New York and Pittsburgh, Robert Zinn jointly leads the team alongside Judith Rinearson, who splits her time between New York and London and specializes in the emerging payments space. Rick Giovannelli, based in Charlotte, has particular experience advising traditional financial institutions on transactional matters involving FinTech companies. In Washington DC, Linda Odom is another name to note for matters in the payments space, while John ReVeal is rated for his financial services regulatory expertise. In the Chicago office the team added Daniel Farris and Christopher Hines from Fox Rothschild LLP; Farris specializes in data privacy and technology transactions, while Hines focuses on helping tech-sector clients develop their IP assets.

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American Express

Wells Fargo



Raise Marketplace


First Data Corporation

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

Drawing on an extensive network of 23 offices nationwide, K&L Gates provides comprehensive capability in commercial disputes, and deals with clients from a wide variety of industries. The department has recently seen an increase in data breach-related class actions and supply chain disputes. In an example of the latter, Pallavi Mehta Wahi in Seattle represented Quest Software in a breach of contract dispute with an independent vendor relating to obligations under a master services agreement. A trial lawyer to watch is Thomas Birsic in the Pittsburgh office, who is leading the defense of Arkema in multiple civil lawsuits arising from fires at one of the chemical company's factories in the wake of Hurricane Harvey; the cases are filed in the Southern District of Texas and Texas state courts. The department's integration into the firm's global network well places it to handle cross-border disputes and international arbitrations. The arrival of Jonathan Hersey from CKR Law in September 2019 to the Orange County office brought expertise in IP litigation.

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Carnegie Mellon University

World Wrestling Entertainment



Wells Fargo






L’Oréal USA


Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power Tier 4

K&L Gates has a broad practice drawing on senior expertise from multiple offices across the US. The team has an established track record in litigation linked to new rule making and regulatory programs, including seeking authorisations from FERC. Team members are also recognised for their experience in wider FERC and PJM Interconnection matters. Based in Washington DC, Donald Kaplan has in-depth experience before FERC, while DC-based practice group coordinator William Keyser is another key name; Seattle-based individuals Elizabeth Thomas and Kari Vander Stoep are also singled out.

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Exceptional knowledge regarding the relevant precedents and practices of the regulatory authorities we appeared in front of. Excellent patient manner for dealing with the regulators, both staff and commissioners.’

K&L Gates’ practice is uniquely thoughtful and client-centric, appropriately tailored to the client’s needs for each matter. The team is highly responsive, consummately professional, and business-savvy. The attorneys consistently exemplify the highest level of legal service.

Don Kaplan and Will Keyser are at the top of their field as FERC lawyers. They are unparalleled in their knowledge of PJM and its governance and underlying agreements. Their long history with my company gives them the background and perspective they need to begin working on important matters immediately.

Don Kaplan is a highly experience FERC lawyer, PJM expert, and longtime strategic partner.

Will Keyser provides hands on leadership at FERC, and a deep understanding of rate making and regulatory litigation.

Will Keyser is unparalleled in the energy bar. Will demonstrates keen business acumen, his adept legal analysis leaves no stone unturned. He is a star in the field with a sterling reputation.

Liz Thomas is always available to provide useful and practical advice, and deliver alternatives while outlining options and risks. She is an excellent presenter and very easy to understand. She has a very calm demeanour which makes dealing with her so easy.

Liz Thomas and Kari Vander Stoep possess terrific knowledge of the area and it matters that they know all the cases and precedents and how they can help, or hurt, the application.

Key clients

Edison Electric Institute

PJM Transmission Owners

PPL Electric Utilities


Hydro One

American Petroleum Institute

Direct Energy


Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

K&L Gates is expanding its presence in oil and gas litigation, primarily through its Houston and Fort Worth offices; the team's work also has a strong geographic reach encompassing cases in Texas, California, Kansas, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wyoming. The group has a particularly strong track record in royalty disputes and is also noted for its appellate expertise and experience in cases before the Texas Supreme Court. Jeffrey King and Elizabeth Tiblets are prominent practitioners in Fort Worth, and Sandra Safro, who divides her time between Washington DC and Houston, is practice group coordinator for the oil, gas and resources practice.

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Scout Energy Partners

Sunoco Partners Marketing and Terminals

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

Range Resources

EQT Production Company

TH Exploration II

Rex Energy

Chief Exploration & Development


Marcellus Shale Coalition

Enterprise Products Partners

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 4

K&L Gates is noted for LNG import and export regulatory matters, and has experience in FERC natural gas pipeline regulation work including transportation infrastructure work, regulated rate issues and commercial transactions. Group head Sandra Safro specialises in commodity and pipeline transportation work including capacity release issues, negotiated rate agreements, transportation service agreements and pipeline tariff terms; she also frequently advises on LNG import and export matters. David Wochner is an LNG sector expert and handles the regulatory aspects of M&A transactions and project developments. Forth Worth partner Elizabeth Tiblets specialises in energy litigation including royalty and title disputes. Named partners are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

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The knowledge of the attorneys, their creativity, strategy and client service sets K&L Gates apart in this area.

‘Their strengths lie in helping clients find a positive resolution to the problem or objective.’

‘David Wochner and Sandi Safro have developed strategies on our behalf in difficult regulatory situations that have resulted in new successes.’ 

‘David Wochner and Sandra Safro use their experience to benefit their clients. I value their knowledge, expertise, and friendship. In particular, their relationships within the regulatory bodies and government agencies has been extremely useful.’ 

Key clients

Texas LNG Brownsville


Liquefied Natural Gas


Entergy Services

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 4

'Very experienced across all facets of energy transactions', K&L Gates provides 'proactive and practical advice' across the spectrum of M&A, project development, financing and joint venture structuring relating to both conventional and renewable sources of energy. The team also has an 'excellent insight into where markets are trending', and perhaps most notably this manifests itself in its leading edge work for numerous large corporate end users in relation to their increasing willingness to step directly into the energy supply stream. David Hattery and William Keyser co-head the power practice out of Seattle and Washington DC, respectively, with Hattery appreciated by clients for his 'experience and knowledge in both the renewable and thermal energy industry'. 

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The firm is very experienced in all facets of energy transactions.

The team provides proactive and practical advice and has an excellent insight into where markets are trending.

The very attentive and responsive David Benson is one of the best in the industry.

Eric Freedman is in a class of his own.

Jeff Cohen has deep industry experience and provides practical advice.

Key clients

Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska

Microsoft Corporation

ENGIE Cofely Inc.

TransAlta Renewables Inc.

Enel Green Power North America Inc.

Jerome Resources, LLC

MDU Resources Group

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 4

K&L Gates's environment, land and natural resources team is focused on prevention, helping clients avoid areas that could result in enforcement actions or litigation. The practice is under the joint leadership of three practitioners: Brian Montag in Newark, Craig Wilson in Harrisburg, and Ankur Tohan in Seattle. Montag has particular expertise in Superfund litigation, as well as in matters involving air, water, solid and hazardous waste; Tohan frequently acts for clients in the defense of governmental and citizen enforcement actions; and Wilson has experience in litigation involving environmental rights and liabilities. Another contact in the Newark office is William Hyatt, who is most active in Superfund matters and cost recovery actions. The service offering was further strengthened with the recent addition of four partners from LeClairRyan, including former head of the environmental group Joseph Lagrotteria.

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‘Ability to navigate complex projects and work well with a very difficult regulatory agency.’

‘Dave Raphael has provided valuable guidance on air permit litigation.’

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Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminals

Huntley & Huntley Energy Exploration


King County

Bayonne Barrel & Drum Site PRP Group

Chemsol PRG Group

Helen Kramer Landfill

Pennsylvania American Water Company (Trans)

Wind Creek Hospitality

BNSF Railway Company

City of Spokane, WA

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 4

The environment, land and natural resources team at K&L Gates places emphasis on its ability to help clients anticipate issues that could result in regulatory enforcement or litigation. Brian Montag has a proven track record in Superfund matters as well as complex permitting and compliance issues pertaining to air, water, and solid and hazardous waste; he is based in Newark. In Seattle, Ankur Tohan is a contact for regulatory and enforcement matters involving a range of environmental legislation, such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and Clean Air Act; he also advises on CERCLA and NEPA issues. Also recommended is Craig Wilson in Harrisburg, who has expertise in environmental permitting and land use matters.

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‘Stanford Baird has been an excellent and extremely effective resource for our company. He has provided excellent guidance and has consistently delivered positive outcomes. I have appreciated the level of trust he has established with our team and the personal approach he takes with the matters we bring to him.’ 

Key clients

Novozymes North America

New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association (NJAPA)

Cooperating Parties Group (“CPG”)

Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminals

Competitive Power Ventures & Affiliates

Huntley & Huntley Energy Exploration

NextDecade Rio Grande LNG Export Project

Millennium Bulk Terminals – Longview

King County

Shasta Watershed Conservation Group

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to service providers Tier 4

K&L Gates provides regulatory and strategic counsel to a broad range of healthcare service providers, including academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, non-profit and for-profit medical health systems, hospice, home health and long-term care facilities, and equity private investors. Mary Beth Johnston, who has extensive experience in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and physician compensation models, jointly heads the practice with Richard Church, who focuses on regulatory aspects of healthcare transactions and enrolment and compliance matters. Both are in North Carolina, and the team also has partners in Seattle and Dallas.

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Parkview Health


St Clair Hospital


Texas Children’s Hospital


Vidant Health

Cape Fear Valley Health System

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Augusta University Medical Center

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 4

The labor and employment team at K&L Gates is led by Newark-based Rosemary Alito and gets regularly involved in whistleblower claims, enforcement of non-competition agreements, discrimination and retaliation. Alito is particularly well versed in FLSA class actions and EEOC actions. Patrick Madden in Seattle is an experienced advisor in wage-and-hour class actions, while Mark Filipini is noted for his knowledge in labor-related matters. Other prominent practitioners are Charleston-based Walker ColemanVincent Avallone and George Barbatsuly in Newark as well as Daniel Hurley and Ryan Redekopp in Seattle.

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This group of experts is always available and quick to respond. Its excellent knowledge base, combined with its equally excellent customer service is what makes the team stand out.’

The K&L employment law team is accessible, proactive and experienced.’

Mark Filipini is very knowledgeable, gives sound advice, and is incredibly responsive.’

Daniel Hurley is as good as it gets.

Key clients

Platinum Equity

Celanese Corporation

Reckitt Benckiser Inc.

CareOne LLC

Educational Testing Service

Equity Residential


Indivior Inc.

Ports America, Inc.

T-Mobile USA

Steelscape Washington, LLC and Steelscape, LLC

Expedia Group, Inc. and Egencia LLC

Zillow Group, Inc.

Hertz Corporation

Equity Residential

Intalco Aluminum LLC (a subsidiary of Alcoa Corporation)


Conduent (formerly Xerox Business Services)

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 4

Jointly led by Pittsburgh-based Susan Altman and veteran John Howell in Houston, the team at K&L Gates handles a variety of technology, IT, software and human resources outsourcing transactions. Key clients span the healthcare, transportation, consumer goods and financial services sectors; one client reported that the firm makes 'you seem like their only customer'.  Altman is highlighted as 'extremely knowledgeable in commercial law for tech companies' and the Dallas duo of Howell and Nigel Stark, are noted for their expertise in technology-related transactions, including licensing, SaaS, cloud computing, and Internet of Things.

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In-depth experience in the outsourcing area, particularly in the TMT sector. John Howell helped invent the practice area  several decades ago and his protege, Nigel Stark, has continued in his footsteps.’

John Howell has unparalled experience, while Nigel Stark is extremely pragmatic and commercial.’

They make you seem like their only customer and respond rapidly, even the partners and senior partners.’

Susan Altman is extremely knowledgeable in commercial law for tech companies like ours, and has helped us avoid numerous missteps. She’s a very effective negotiator that I would not want to face from the other side of the table.’

KL Gates does a phenomenal job covering a breadth of legal issues for our firm. Their firm has both breadth and depth of experience and expertise.’

Donald Kiel has been an outstanding partner on our project for many years. His knowledge, candor, and commitment have been world class.’

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

Practically Impossible Labs



Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

With clients ranging from the industrial and engineering sectors to commercial and retail, K&L Gates resolves construction disputes among owners, designers, contractors, subcontractors and third parties, including insurers. The practice, recognized for its 'quality work with a real eye at being efficient', is led from the Los Angeles office by 'top-notch' trial lawyer Timothy Pierce, who works from a project’s inception through to the resolution of any claims. Pierce, willing to pursue claims in litigation where necessary, recently represented Suffolk Construction Company in 10-week proceedings over a breach of contract issue against the Los Angeles Unified School District. Pittsburgh-based Jason Richey is another 'stand-out partner' valued for his 'creative thinking', and is currently providing advice to an international oil company on the construction of a cracker facility in Pennsylvania.

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Stand-out partners are Jason Richey (construction law) and Jeff Cohen (corporate law). The qualities that I value in them are their creative thinking and confidence in not being afraid of obstacles.

Tim Pierce is top-notch. Hector Espinoza is good too.

Quality work with a real eye at being efficient. They put the client’s interest first.

Key clients

Michael Baker International

Securus Technologies, Inc.

Tecnimont S.p.A.

Arcadus US Inc

Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.

KHS&S Contractors

Shimmick Construction and Obayashi Corporation (SOJV)

Helix Electric, Inc.

Martinez Steel Corporation

RexConn Design, Ltd.

Natural Gas Operator(s)

Investment funds > Alternative/hedge funds Tier 5

The ‘hands-on’ team at K&L Gates advises the managers of hedge funds and alternative investment funds on side letter negotiations, acquisitions of private investments, qualified opportunity zones investments and partnership reorganizations, as well as providing guidance on regulatory and compliance matters pertaining to US and foreign jurisdictions. Ruth Delaney counsels managers on their ERISA fiduciary responsibilities towards institutional investors, while Matthew Mangan centers his practice on advising major investors. Nicholas Hodge represents US-based and off-shore start-up and institutional managers, with expertise in timber funds. Mark Amorosi and Ndenisarya Bregasi jointly lead the practice group.


‘A personal, hands on approach combining industry experience with a working knowledge of the client and their needs.’

Key clients


Keenan Capital



Eaton Vance Management

Federated Investors

Russell Investments

Investment funds > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 5

K&L Gates handles investment fund formation and management for private funds focused on a huge variety of industries. Further, leveraging the strength of the firm's international office network, the US funds team is well placed to handle funds mandates across the globe. San Francisco-based Sonia Gioseffi continues to advise impact fund Endeavor Catalyst on fund formation and regulatory matters, while Edward Dartley in New York provides ongoing advice to private equity firm Gatewood Capital Partners on a range of investment matters. In another matter, Seattle-based Mark Heine assisted venture capital fund Visionary Ventures with the establishment of its second fund, Visionary Venture Fund II, investing in ophthalmic technologies. Other key figures include Matthew Mangan and Sasha Burstein in San Francisco, and Fort Worth-based Scott Bernhart. In 2020 Yasho Lahiri joined the New York office from DLA Piper LLP (US), and James Lee left for Proskauer Rose LLP.

Key clients

Hudson Sustainable Investments

United Nations Capital Development Fund

MBP Capital

RevolverCap Partners

McNally Capital

Stafford Capital Partners

Gatewood Capital Partners

Endeavor Catalyst

Continental Corporation

Visionary Ventures

BNY Mellon

ONEVC Venture Partners

Cornell University

Hall Capital Partners

CRCM Ventures


The Watermill Group

Ridgemont Equity Partners

Brightstar Capital Partners

Patricia Industries

Arable Capital

Falfurrias Capital Partners

Goldman Sachs

Blue Point Capital Partners

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

K&L Gates has a strong ESOP advisory practice under Pittsburgh-based Charles Smith, who also advises on ERISA fiduciary risk alongside de-risking exercises. San Francisco-based Rikki Alexis Goff Sapolich-Krol handles the range of employee benefits matters including equity-based incentives, as well as advising on the scope of employee benefits plans for plan sponsors.

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; 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.

Firm overview: 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.

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.