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Our firm is recognized consistently for providing clients with the most sophisticated solutions to legal challenges around the world.

Below is a selection of our awards and recognitions.

Global Accolades

Recognized Among Top Law Firm Brands
For an eighth consecutive year, K&L Gates was recognized among the top 20 strongest U.S. law firm brands in legal market research company Acritas’ U.S. Law Firm Brand Index 2019. Globally, K&L Gates was again recognized among the world’s 20 leading global law firm brands in Acritas’ 2018 Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index. The ranking is determined by unprompted interviews with more than 1,000 in-house general counsel around the world.

Ranked Among Most Innovative Law Firms
K&L Gates was recognized by corporate counsel as one of the few law firms strongest in each of the elements clients see as driving legal innovation—including strategy, client service, and new technology—in the BTI Legal Innovation and Technology Outlook 2019 report.

Recognized Among America’s Top Corporate Law Firms
Forbes recognized K&L Gates among America’s Top Corporate Law Firms for 2019 and as one of the most recommended firms in the area of litigation and dispute resolution as part of the magazine’s first-ever legal industry review.

Recognized for Superior Client Service
The BTI Consulting Group (BTI) has recognized K&L Gates for exceptional client service in several rankings: 

  • Recognition by general counsel as one of the top law firms for superior client service in the “BTI Client Service 30.” K&L Gates has made 17 straight appearances on the BTI Client Service A-Team, an annual report based on in-depth interviews with legal decision makers at the world’s leading organizations.
  • Numerous top 20 rankings in the BTI Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms, out of more than 650 firms. The “Brand Elite” includes law firms with the biggest imprint on corporate counsel. In addition, the firm was named among “leaders” in six categories:
    • Client Short Lists, a recognition for firms who lead the pack in claiming their place on client short lists
    • Innovators, a recognition for top innovative law firms
    • Client Recommendations, a recognition for delivering the kind of client service that earns unprompted client recommendations
    • Long-Term Survivors, a recognition for long-term leadership in the legal industry
    • Value Drivers, a recognition for firms making changes to deliver the most value
    • Tech Savvy, a recognition for firms who are increasing their client-facing technology
  • Noted as a leading “Client Service Strategist” in BTI’s annual Brand Elite report, recognizing the law firms corporate counsel rank above others for making changes to improve the client experience.
  • Named among the top 24 law firms with the strongest client relationships in BTI's Power Rankings based on the idea of “Clientopia,” where clients consider a firm both their leading primary provider and is the first firm they recommend to others.

Internationally Ranked Among Top Law Firms
Legal directories such as Legal 500 and Chambers consistently recognize K&L Gates and its lawyers among the world's leading practitioners, nationally and regionally, in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. Our ranked practices include Corporate/M&A, Government Relations, Litigation, FinTech, International Arbitration, Finance, Restructuring/Insolvency, Investment Funds, Employment, Environment, Capital Markets, Real Estate, Energy, Intellectual Property, Tax, and many other distinct categories. To view the full Chambers rankings for the firm and its lawyers, click here.

K&L Gates was again among the top five firms — out of more than 14,000 ranked — for most national first-tier rankings in the 2020 U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey. For a tenth consecutive year, the firm was also among the top 10 for most regional first-tier rankings and overall first-tier recognitions, with K&L Gates’ full rankings including 42 national first-tier rankings and 131 first-tier marks across 17 state and metropolitan areas in 58 different practice groups. To read our full list of 2020 rankings, click here.

The firm has been recognized as “Law Firm of the Year” in the area of Corporate Law in the 2020 edition of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”

Named Among Top 25 U.S. Corporate Law Firms
The firm was named in 2016 as one of the top 25 corporate law firms in the United States, according to a survey of U.S. general counsel by Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting. The ranking recognizes national law firms general counsel would retain for a variety of corporate governance and legal matters.

Honored as a Litigation Standout
The firm was named a “Litigation Standout” for complex commercial litigation in the 2020 BTI Litigation Outlook.

Ranked Among Top Global Law Firms in Law360 Global 20
For an eighth year, K&L Gates was ranked by Law360 in the publication's 2019 Global 20 survey as one of the 20 leading global law firms based on international presence and the capabilities to handle complex cross-border matters.

Highly Commended Firm in FT North America Innovative Lawyers Report 2015
The Financial Times noted K&L Gates as a Highly Commended firm in the Compliance & Technology category of its North America Innovative Lawyers report, specifically recognizing the groundbreaking client-focused digital content site K&L Gates HUB. The firm was also commended for its Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project.