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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

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 2016 BTI Client Service 30 for the second consecutive year. The ranking recognizes leading law firms in driving superior client relationships according to general counsel. K&L Gates is one of only six firms out of 650 to rank in the top 10 for client service in each of the last two years. This year is the fourth consecutive year that K&L Gates has been included on the “Client Service 30,” and the firm’s 15th straight appearance on the Client Service A-Team.
  • Top 15 ranking in the 2016 BTI Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms for the third consecutive year, ranking 11th out of more than 400 firms. The “Brand Elite” includes 28 law firms with the biggest imprint on corporate counsel. 

In addition, the firm earned “best of the best” accolades in two innovation categories:

    • Value Drivers, a recognition for changes made in process or client experience to add value
    • Client Service Strategists, a recognition for changes made to improve the overall client experience

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.

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 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 
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.