In the fast-paced 24-hour global marketplace, K&L Gates is situated at the strategic intersection of globalization, regulation, and innovation. 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.
Recognized for Superior Client ServiceThe BTI Consulting Group (BTI) has recognized K&L Gates for exceptional client service in several rankings:
In addition, the firm earned “best of the best” accolades in two innovation categories:
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.
Highly Commended Firm in FT North America Innovative Lawyers Report 2015The 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.
Tied for Most National First-Tier Rankings K&L Gates was one of two firms to have earned 45 national first-tier rankings—the highest number of national first-tier rankings among more than 12,700 firms—in the 2016 U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey. Full rankings included nearly 190 metropolitan and state first-tier rankings. The firm also was honored for a third consecutive year as the “Law Firm of the Year” for Securities Regulation. To read our full list of 2016 rankings, click here.
Global Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year K&L Gates won The American Lawyer’s 2014 Global Legal Awards "Global Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year" recognition in honor of the firm's inaugural Global Day of Service, an initiative that in 2013 brought more than 1,500 firm personnel from across the world to volunteer in their local communities.
Ranked Among Top Global Law Firms in Law360 Global 20For the sixth year in a row, K&L Gates was ranked by Law360 in the publication's Global 20 survey as one of the "law firms that have the biggest global presence and handled the largest, most groundbreaking international and cross-border matters over the past year.”
Ranked Among Top Law Firm Brands For a second consecutive year, K&L Gates was recognized among the top 10 strongest U.S. law firm brands in legal market research company Acritas’ U.S. Law Firm Brand Index 2016. The firm has been ranked among Acritas’ top U.S. law firm brands since the index began in 2012, with the firm first moving into the top 10 in 2015.
Chairman and Global Managing Partner Recognized for Innovation Peter Kalis, Chairman and Global Managing Partner of K&L Gates, was recognized in the August 2013 issue of The American Lawyer magazine as among 50 innovators who have dramatically shaped the global legal industry over the past five decades. Kalis was one of a dozen law firm leaders cited by the magazine as “master strategists” and the publication specifically noted Kalis’ leadership in making K&L Gates the first financially transparent U.S. law firm.
Named Among Top Three Litigation “Powerhouse” Firms K&L Gates was ranked among the top three “Powerhouse” firms in class action litigation in the 2015 BTI Litigation Outlook report. This was the second year in a row the firm has been recognized in the “Powerhouse” category. The firm was also named a “Standout” in three areas of litigation, including securities and complex commercial litigation. BTI also recognized K&L Gates as part of the 2015 “Fearsome Foursome Honor Roll,” a listing that recognizes law firms who display strong performance in the courtroom.
Awarded a 100 Percent Score in the 2016 Corporate Equality IndexFor the sixth consecutive year, the Human Rights Campaign awarded K&L Gates a 100 percent score in the organization’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), and named the firm a “Top Law Firm for Equality.”
Recognized as Outstanding Firm for Furthering Women’s AdvancementIn 2015, K&L Gates was named the Outstanding Firm for Furthering Women’s Advancement by Chambers. The award reflects the achievements and advancements of women in the legal profession and recognizes firms and corporations that provide a work environment in which female lawyers can thrive.
Awarded Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) K&L Gates was awarded the WILEF Gold Standard Certification in 2015 for the fifth year in a row. WILEF Certification emphasizes leadership roles achieved by women partners, and firms are eligible for certification if they successfully demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of the firm's equity partners, highest leadership positions, governance and compensation committees, and most highly compensated partners.
Recognized as a Top 100 Employer for LGBT EqualityIn 2015, K&L Gates was ranked among the top 100 UK LGBT-friendly employers in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.