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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 Accolades

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 20
For 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 Service
The BTI Consulting Group (BTI) has recognized K&L Gates for exceptional client service in several rankings:

  • Top 10 ranking in the 2015 BTI Client Service 30. For the third consecutive year, K&L Gates was named to the BTI Consulting Group’s 2015 “Client Service 30,” an elite ranking that recognizes leading law firms in driving superior client relationships according to general counsel. In the 2015 report, K&L Gates was ranked no. 8 out of nearly 650 law firms based on direct, unprompted feedback from clients. The survey is part of BTI Consulting Group’s larger “Client Service A-Team” report, which rates firms in nearly 20 unique activities that drive client relationships including breadth of services, innovative approach, value for dollar, and anticipating client needs.
  • The firm was named to the BTI Brand Elite 2015: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms. K&L Gates was recognized among top law firm brands for the second consecutive year, ranking in the top-15 out of nearly 450 firms included in the report. The “Brand Elite” includes 26 law firms with the biggest imprint on corporate counsel.

  • In addition, the firm was one of only two law firms earning “best of the best” accolades in three innovation categories:

    • Among the “best of the best” in Movers & Shakers, a recognition for delivering new and valuable services
    • Among the “best of the best” in Tech-Savvy, a recognition for using technology more effectively or in new ways to add value
    • Among the “best of the best” in Client Service Strategists, a recognition for changes made to improve the overall client experience

    The firm was recognized as “leaders” in three additional categories:

    • Among “leaders” in Value Drivers, a recognition for updating processes or the client experience to add value
    • Among “leaders” in Premium Worthy, a recognition for skill, client focus, and value being worth top market rates
    • Among “leaders” in Bet-the Company, a recognition for being a safe choice for the most complex and high-risk work
  • For five consecutive years, the firm has been recognized as one of the "Most Recommended Law Firms" by unprompted feedback from general counsel.
  • In 2014, the firm was named among the top 10 firms for client service in BTI’s “Client Relationship Scorecard.” This "Power Elite" ranking recognizes leading law firms for superior client service according to 500 corporate counsel at prominent companies.

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.