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K&L Gates Again Among Top 10 Firms for Most First-Tier Rankings and Named "Law Firm of the Year" for Litigation - Environmental in U.S. News "Best Law Firms" 2021

5 November 2020

Pittsburgh - Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has again earned more than 170 first-tier practice rankings — and 258 rankings overall — in the 11th edition of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” report, released today. Additionally, the firm was ranked as “Law Firm of the Year” in the category of Litigation - Environmental, the third time K&L Gates has been so honored in the past four years. Only one firm can earn the “Law Firm of the Year” designation in each of the report’s legal practice areas.

With 42 national first-tier rankings, K&L Gates again holds a spot among the top 10 firms for most national tier 1 rankings out of more than 15,000 law firms ranked. The firm’s 132 first-tier honors across 18 state and metropolitan areas in 58 different practice groups also rank K&L Gates within the top 10 firms for both most regional/metropolitan tier 1 and overall tier 1 recognitions, all honors the firm has held each year since the inception of “Best Law Firms.”

The full list of practices in which K&L Gates has been recognized with national first-tier rankings in the survey’s 2021 edition are:

  • Antitrust Law

  • Banking and Finance Law

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

  • Biotechnology Law

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Construction Law

  • Copyright Law

  • Corporate Law

  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar

  • Derivatives and Futures Law

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

  • Employment Law - Management

  • Energy Law

  • Environmental Law

  • Financial Services Regulation Law

  • Health Care Law

  • Insurance Law

  • Labor Law - Management

  • Land Use & Zoning Law

  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law

  • Litigation - Antitrust

  • Litigation - Construction

  • Litigation - Environmental

  • Litigation - Intellectual Property

  • Litigation - Labor & Employment

  • Litigation - Tax

  • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law

  • Mutual Funds Law

  • Native American Law

  • Patent Law

  • Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law

  • Project Finance Law

  • Public Finance Law

  • Real Estate Law

  • Securities/Capital Markets Law

  • Securities Regulation

  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law

  • Tax Law

  • Trademark Law

  • Trusts & Estates Law

  • Venture Capital Law

The U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on the feedback of more than 23,000 lawyers and clients throughout the United States, and rate firms in 75 national practice areas and 127 regional/metropolitan practice areas. A complete list of rankings can be found here.

These rankings follow a number of other recent accolades for K&L Gates, including being named “Law Firm of the Year” during The Changing Lawyer Awards; to the Australasian Lawyer’s 2020 Innovative Law Firms list, Forbes’ inaugural top corporate law firms list, and Law360’s annual Global 20 list; one of the top 20 strongest U.S. law firm brands in legal market research company Acritas’ U.S. Law Firm Brand Index 2020; and among the top firms adopting powerful client service initiatives in the 2020 BTI Consulting Client A-Team.

K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across five continents. The firm represents leading multinational 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.

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