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.
Global Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year K&L Gates won the "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 into their local communities to volunteer around the cause of “Hunger among the World’s Peoples.” The award, part of the overall “Citizenship” category, was given as part of The American Lawyer's 2014 Global Legal Awards.
Ranked Among Top Global Law Firms in Law360 Global 20For the fifth year in a row, K&L Gates was ranked by Law360 in the publication's Global 20 survey as one of the "20 law firms that had the biggest global presence and handled the largest, significant and groundbreaking international and cross-border matters over the past year.”
Ranked Among Top Law Firm Brands In 2015, K&L Gates was ranked among the top 10 strongest U.S. law firm brands in legal market research company Acritas’ U.S. Law Firm Brand Index. The firm jumped 10 spots from 2014 and showed the greatest movement among firms ranked in the top 20 the past two years. The firm was also recognized among the top 20 law firm brands in the world according to the Acritas 2013 Global Elite Brand Index. The index ranks global law firms most favored by counsel and most considered for multijurisdictional deals and litigation.
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.
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.
Recognized for Superior Client ServiceThe BTI Consulting Group (BTI) has recognized K&L Gates for exceptional client service in several rankings:
The firm was recognized as “leaders” in three additional categories:
Highly Commended Firm in FT Innovative Lawyers U.S. 2013 The Financial Times noted K&L Gates as a Highly Commended firm in the Business of Law category of its FT Innovative Lawyers U.S. 2013 report for the firm’s “rare level of detail in its year-end financial report.” In addition to the publication citing it as “groundbreaking among its peers”, the disclosure also helped earn K&L Gates a ranking on the publication’s list of the year’s top 40 law firm innovators.
M&A Law Firm of the Year In 2013, Mergers & Acquisitions magazine named K&L Gates "Law Firm of the Year" in its annual M&A Mid-Market Awards. The firm was recognized for its strong performance in 2012 and its global approach to middle market mergers and acquisitions.
Recognized on Intellectual Property Hot ListK&L Gates was recognized for being among the most accomplished law firms in Intellectual Property with the firm’s inclusion on The National Law Journal's 2013 Intellectual Property Hot List. The Hot List honors “20 law firms that have demonstrated creative, formidable talent in litigation, patent prosecution, and deal-making.”
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.
Recognized as an Intellectual Property Practice Group of the YearIn 2014, K&L Gates’ Intellectual Property practice was named a “Practice Group of the Year” by Law 360. The firm was recognized for its excellence in “getting the job done” for clients in litigation and deals.
America’s Best Corporate Law Firms In 2012, Corporate Board Member magazine, in association with FTI Consulting, Inc., ranked K&L Gates as one of the top 25 law firms in its annual list of "America's Best Corporate Law Firms." The ranking was based on a survey of nearly 2,000 general counsel of U.S. publicly held companies. The survey focused on which law firms those general counsel would engage in a variety of important legal subject matters.
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.
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.” The CEI report provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees.
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, a tool used to measure an employer’s performance in supporting LGBT staff worldwide.
Named a Top Firm for Diversity and Women For the fourth consecutive year, K&L Gates was named a "Top 100 Firm for Diversity" and "Top 100 Firm for Women" by MultiCultural Law magazine in 2012. MultiCultural Law also named K&L Gates a “Top 50 Firm for Partners” in 2011.