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Peter J. KalisChairman and Global Managing PartnerK&L Gates LLP
In 2008, UK legal publication The Lawyer recognized Kalis as one of the ten distinguished individuals in the global profession who would shape the international market for legal services in the next decade, noting that “Kalis has the ability, still rarer than one would think among law firm leaders, to make things happen.” A similar article from The National Law Journal regarding the firm’s ascent into the top ten of the publication’s annual NLJ 250 ranking credited K&L Gates’ “approachable leader and clear vision” for its success and quoted a respected industry analyst that “K&L Gates has done well with mergers primarily because of five factors: leadership, vision, strategy, transaction discipline and execution... Kalis provides great leadership and communicates well the firm’s vision to become a first-rate global commercial firm.”In recognizing Kalis as one of its Most Innovative Managing Partners in 2010, Law360 also cited Kalis’ “steady leadership” in guiding the firm’s expansion into the global marketplace, noting that, while other firms have also focused on international markets, “few have grown with the success of K&L Gates, thanks in large part to Kalis’ vision, his clients say.”Throughout his tenure, Kalis has insisted upon a conservative financial model involving no short-term or long-term bank or other third-party debt; no guarantees for lateral partners; no unfunded retirement programs; no leases with recourse to the partners; and a variety of other measures to ensure that K&L Gates is a destination firm in all stages of the business cycle. These policies have served the firm well through the recession occasioned by the bursting of the dotcom bubble and through the Global Financial Crisis and its recessionary aftermath. In The American Lawyer’s 2010 “Recession Performance Index,” K&L Gates ranked first among the Global 100 for its financial performance through the depths of the financial collapse of 2007-2009.Additionally, Kalis has believed that law firm leaders should be thought leaders for the profession and has published a steady stream of articles on subjects as diverse as legal education, the evolution of the legal marketplace, and law firm structures in publications such as The American Lawyer and The National Law Journal as well as in scholarly publications. He has served as the American Bar Association’s National Law Day Chair and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity along with the boards of various community organizations.
K&L Gates includes lawyers practicing out of more than 40 fully integrated offices located in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East, and represents numerous GLOBAL 500, FORTUNE 100, and FTSE 100 corporations, in addition to growth and middle market companies, entrepreneurs, capital market participants and public sector entities.