Since its establishment on February 1, 2000, the Los Angeles office has achieved steady growth and substantially broadened the scope of its client portfolio. Leveraging K&L Gates’ prominence, the Los Angeles office has attracted a number of leading lawyers in the region to join its ranks, and it has tripled in size since opening.
Our Los Angeles lawyers counsel local, regional and international business clients across a wide range of dispute resolution, transactional, and regulatory issues. Industry sectors served include financial services, technology, manufacturing, construction, entertainment, hospitality, healthcare, food services, distribution, retailing, and wholesaling, oil and gas, and energy. The 2011-2012 U.S. News-Best Lawyers® awarded our Los Angeles office Tier 1 practice rankings in the areas of Construction Law and Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law.
The corporate and securities lawyers in Los Angeles address the financing and corporate governance needs of public and privately held companies. Our lawyers have substantial experience in representing clients in public and private equity and debt offerings, venture capital financings, corporate partnering transactions, strategic investments, public and private M&A transactions and alternative public listings. For publicly held clients, this group advises and assists in the preparation of all periodic regulatory filings, including annual and quarterly reports, proxy statements, and other required filings. They also represent lenders in leveraged acquisitions as well as underwriters, placement agents and institutional purchasers in public and private equity and debt transactions, including investment bankers who provide underwriting services for companies making their initial and follow-on public offerings. They handle complex, sophisticated matters for clients involved in diverse areas such as specialty finance, high technology and life sciences. They also manage single-lender unsecured financings, complex transactions involving numerous lenders and multiple tiers of debt, and sophisticated debt restructurings. Corporate lawyers in the Los Angeles office also regularly advise trustees and directors of investment funds such as banks, thrift institutions, trust companies, investment advisors, broker-dealers, and other institutional investment managers regarding their fiduciary duties under ERISA and state fiduciary statutes. Real estate lawyers in Los Angeles focus on financings as well as traditional real estate practice, and handle the negotiation and drafting of leases, purchase and sale contracts, exchanges, and construction and permanent financing for regionally based lenders, debt restructures, and development joint ventures. Bankruptcy lawyers handle creditor work, transactions, and counseling in connection with troubled businesses, distressed assets, and complicated commercial frauds.
The litigation practice engages in dispute resolution counseling and representation in numerous areas including contracts, construction, commercial, business torts, banking, bankruptcy, environmental, insurance coverage, intellectual property, internet, real estate, securities, toxic tort, products liability, and white collar criminal. Matters handled range from complex class actions to more routine disputes addressed in alternative dispute resolution settings. Because California statutes and state rules of court frequently present unique challenges for corporate defendants, the Los Angeles litigation group has teamed with its counterparts in K&L Gates' San Francisco, Palo Alto and Orange County offices to organize a California litigation practice that offers niche competencies in addressing special challenges such as California Unfair Competition Law (Section 17200) lawsuits. Other lawyers in the Los Angeles office have extensive experience counseling clients on California's employment and labor law issues, as well as representing them in employment-related litigation matters. The employment and labor practice group provides counseling to employer clients in matters involving the employment application process, employee handbooks, employee discipline, employee terminations, employee benefits, wage/hour, compliance with federal and state labor laws, government investigations, and traditional labor matters involving unions. Finally, the Los Angeles office maintains an entertainment litigation practice. Its members represent entertainment companies in litigation disputes arising in the areas of music, television, motion pictures, and sports.