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Read about the latest Charleston addition to K&L Gates’ corporate/M&A practice.

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Our Charleston office opened with seven lawyers in December of 2011. The office has since grown to more than 35 lawyers to accommodate the increasing demands of the business community and firm clients throughout South Carolina, the United States, and the world.

Our Charleston lawyers provide legal services in nearly every area of law, possess local knowledge of business, and have strong, established connections in the local and statewide business and legal communities. Our lawyers represent local, regional, national, and global clients of all sizes in a diverse array of industries.

In 2017, fDi Magazine ranked South Carolina number one in the country for foreign direct investment, based on the number of projects on a per capita basis. South Carolina’s central location between New York and Miami, its deep water port and two major container shipping terminals, and Charleston’s international airport position the state well for global business. Many companies have chosen South Carolina to open or expand operations, specifically in the automotive, aerospace, technology, and life sciences industries.

The lawyers in the Charleston office provide legal counsel in the following legal areas and industries:

 Experience by Practice

  • Aviation Finance
  • Banking and Finance 
  • Construction 
  • Corporate/M&A 
  • Corporate Governance 
  • Customs 
  • Economic Development 
  • Energy 
  • Environment, Land and Natural Resources 
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
  • Health Care 
  • Immigration 
  • Import/Export 
  • Intellectual Property 
  • International Arbitration
  • International Trade/Customs 
  • Investigations, Enforcement and White Collar 
  • Labor and Employment 
  • Litigation 
  • Maritime 
  • Real Estate 
  • Tax 
  • Telecom, Media and Technology 
  • Toxic Tort

 Experience by Industry

  • Aerospace/Aviation
  • Agribusiness 
  • Automotive 
  • Broadcast Media 
  • Defense 
  • Entertainment 
  • Financial Institutions 
  • Food and Beverage 
  • Foreign Investment 
  • Health Care 
  • Life Sciences 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Paper and Packaging 
  • Resort, Hospitality and Leisure 
  • Retail 
  • Technology

Our lawyers recognize the importance of community involvement, both professionally and civically. Below is a list of select organizations which K&L Gates is proud to support.

  • Aerospace Industries Association of America
  • Central South Carolina Alliance
  • Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Charleston Regional Development Alliance
  • Charleston Women in Real Estate (CREW)
  • French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas
  • German American Chamber of Commerce
  • SouthernCarolina Alliance
  • South Carolina Department of Commerce
  • Southeastern Wind Coalition
  • Upstate Alliance
  • Urban Land Institute

Rankings and Awards
Our Charleston lawyers have been consistently recognized for providing their clients with the most sophisticated solutions to their legal challenges. Our lawyers and the Charleston office are consistently recognized by the following publications:

  • AirFinance Journal
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Chambers USA 
  • Lawyer Monthly magazine 
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers 
  • U.S. News-Best Lawyers

Below is a selection of specific awards and recognition in the Charleston office of K&L Gates:

  • Five Tier 1 practice ranking by the 2018 U.S. News-Best Lawyers in the areas of Admiralty & Maritime Law, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Litigation - Banking & Finance and Real Estate Law.
  • Nine lawyers named as Best Lawyers in America.
  • Six lawyers are identified with AV Preeminent Peer Review Ratings by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Five lawyers recognized by Chambers USA
  • Four lawyers named as South Carolina Super Lawyers
  •  In 2017, Amanda Darling was recognized by the Euromoney publication, AirFinance Journal as a “Rising Star.” She is one of eight, globally, selected for this highly coveted award. AirFinance Journal is the primary industry publication that covers the aircraft finance and leasing industry.
  • Ford Graham received the 2017 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. This award is presented to alumni of the Moore School with outstanding achievements in business, academia, government, or not-for-profit organizations or outstanding service to the business school.
  • Mark Sharpe was inducted into the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) in 2016. Admission is by invitation only after a rigorous screening process. ACREL's distinguished, nationally known lawyers have been elected to fellowship for their outstanding legal ability, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of real estate law.
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