Pittsburgh - The partners of global law firm K&L Gates LLP have elected the following 47 lawyers to the firm’s partnership, effective March 1, 2013. Rainer Altfuldisch, Christian Horn, and Nicolas Roggel were named partners in K&L Gates’ Berlin office. Altfuldisch focuses his practice on corporate matters such as mergers, acquisitions, and private equity transactions, while Horn advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and stock corporation and company law. Roggel is a labor and employment lawyer who concentrates on domestic and cross-border acquisitions, sales transfers, operational restructurings, and contract law.
In Boston, Gregory Blase and Ryan Tosi were named partners in the firm’s financial services litigation practice. Blase advises mortgage lenders, banks, and other financial institutions, while Tosi focuses on federal and state class action litigation, consumer finance litigation, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and regulatory investigations, and white collar defense. Mélanie Bruneau was named a partner in the firm’s Brussels office. Her transactional practice covers a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, with a particular focus on international contracts and cross-border distribution arrangements. Ernie Cochran and David Gieg were named partners in the firm’s Charleston office. Cochran focuses his practice on real estate transactions, corporate counseling, and mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. Gieg counsels public and private companies on general corporate matters, the negotiation of commercial contracts, and mergers and acquisitions. Christopher Betti, Jeffrey Ingalls, Adam Marchuk, and Brent Williams were named partners in the Chicago office. A member of the firm’s IP procurement and portfolio management practice, Betti’s work focuses in the life sciences and biotechnology areas; Ingalls concentrates on the preparation and prosecution of patents, opinion work, and patent counseling; Marchuk is a civil litigator concentrating on complex business disputes and intellectual property matters; and Williams represents strategic and financial participants in M&A, buyout, private equity and venture capital, and capital markets transactions. In Dallas, Barrett Howell and Ryan Preston were named partners. Howell’s government enforcement practice focuses on SEC and Department of Justice (DOJ) inquiries and investigations, while Preston represents public and private companies on corporate and securities transactions as well as outsourcing matters. In Frankfurt, Bastian Bongertz, Valentina Farle, and Claudius Paul were named partners. A finance lawyer, Bongertz advises German and international clients on banking, finance, and capital market law. Farle focuses her tax practice on national and cross-border acquisitions, restructurings, joint ventures, financings, and fund structurings. Paul’s practice concentrates on private equity and cross-border transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions. George Bibikos was named a partner in K&L Gates’ Harrisburg office. Bibikos’ litigation and regulatory practice focuses on oil and gas law, natural resource development, utility regulation, and public contracts. Hector Espinosa was named a partner in K&L Gates’ Los Angeles office. Espinosa practices in the area of construction litigation and counseling. Richard Guidice, Holly Hatfield, and Adam Tejeda were named partners in the firm’s New York office. Guidice’s practice focuses on investment management and securities law; Hatfield works in the corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity and venture capital areas; and Tejeda counsels clients on a variety of tax matters related to domestic and international business transactions. Karyllan Dodson Mack was named a partner in the firm’s Newark office. Mack concentrates her practice in litigation and regulatory compliance work involving state and federal environmental laws. In Orange County, Joshua Lane was named a partner in K&L Gates’ corporate practice. Lane represents public and private companies on a wide range of corporate and securities law. Jeffrey Ratinoff was named a partner in the firm’s Palo Alto office, where he litigates and advises with respect to intellectual property matters including patent infringement, trade secret, trademark, copyright, and licensing disputes. Charlotte Baillot was named a partner in the firm’s Paris office. Baillot concentrates her practice on international and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration. In Pittsburgh, Scott Bowan, Ellen Freeman, Cordelia Glenn Grabiak, Jared Hawk, Brittany Powell, Nicholas Ranjan, and Michael Ross were named partners. A member of the firm’s insurance coverage practice, Bowan focuses on complex commercial litigation and appellate matters. Freeman advises on employment-based immigration matters. Grabiak represents tax-exempt organizations and nonprofit institutions on various tax-related issues. An energy lawyer, Hawk represents clients in oil and gas litigation, product liability litigation, and complex commercial litigation. Powell’s employee benefits practice focuses on corporate and transactional matters, including those involving employee stock ownership plans. Ranjan advises on complex commercial disputes and commercial litigation. Ross focuses his practice in product liability and toxic tort litigation. Allen York was named a partner in K&L Gates’ Raleigh office. York advises owners and developers in respect to real estate acquisitions, dispositions, financing, and commercial leasing matters. In Research Triangle Park, Angela Cottrell was named a partner. Cottrell focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, joint ventures, and general corporate and securities law. Carley Andrews, Carlos Chavez, Mark Heine, and Kari Vander Stoep were named partners in the firm’s Seattle office. Andrews’ intellectual property practice focuses on technology licensing and commercial transactions. Chavez represents public school districts, municipal agencies, and other educational entities on special education matters and state and federal education law. Heine represents large public institutions, private investment programs, and other limited partners in regards to alternative investments; and Vander Stoep practices litigation at the trial and appellate level, including in constitutional law, Native American law, municipal law, and media law. Amigo Lan Xie was named a partner in the firm’s Shanghai office, where he focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, restructurings, and other corporate matters. In Warsaw, Karol Lasocki and Wojciech Sadowski were named partners. Lasocki advises on matters involving global energy and environmental protection, while Sadowski focuses his practice on dispute resolution involving complex commercial cases, investment treaties, and arbitration. In Washington, D.C., Nicole Baker, Shanda Hastings, Frank Na, Stephanie Robinson, and Robert Smith were named partners. As a member of the government enforcement practice, Baker represents clients before the SEC and DOJ. Hastings advises clients on securities enforcement, civil litigation, and internal investigation matters. A member of the firm’s investment management practice, Na advises clients in matters relating to federal securities law disclosure and SEC registration. A consumer financial services practitioner, Robinson advises clients on investigations by law enforcement authorities and regulatory agencies, while Smith focuses on corporate and securities matters and a broad range of capital markets activities.“With our new partners drawn from 21 offices and 24 practice groups, they demonstrate the breadth of our practice and platform just as they do their own commitments to excellence in the practice of law,” said Peter J. Kalis, K&L Gates' Chairman and Global Managing Partner.
K&L Gates practices out of 46 fully integrated offices located in the United States, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South America and represents leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.