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K&L Gates Earns Tier 1 M&A, Six New Practice Rankings in 2017 The Legal 500 U.S. Guide

19 June 2017

Pittsburgh - Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has been ranked in nearly 20 nationwide practice areas in the latest edition of The Legal 500 United States guide. This includes a Tier 1 ranking in the M&A/middle market ($500m-999m) category -- where the publication praises K&L Gates’ “overall level of service (as) outstanding, thanks to the quality of the team, the response times and the firm’s global platform” -- as well as new rankings for the firm in six other categories: Alternative/hedge funds; Employee health and retirement plans; Energy: renewable/alternative; Energy transactions: conventional power; Government contracts; and Transport: shipping.

Along with the firm’s rankings, four K&L Gates partners were identified by Legal 500 as a “Leading Lawyer” in their respective practices, with two of the lawyers now recognized as members of The Legal 500 Hall of Fame for having been ranked as a “Leading Lawyer” for six consecutive years. These partners, and the categories in which they are honored, were:

  • Mark Goshko (Boston) – Mutual/registered funds (The Legal 500 Hall of Fame)
  • John Howell (Dallas) – Outsourcing
  • Frank Politano (Newark) – Trademarks - non-contentious (The Legal 500 Hall of Fame)
  • Robert Zinn (New York and Pittsburgh) – M&A - middle-market ($500m-999m)

In addition, three other lawyers were each recognized as a “Next Generation Lawyer,” who the publication deems as making a material difference to their practice’s offerings. These lawyers, and the categories in which they are recognized, were:

  • Richard Kerr (partner, Boston) – Mutual/registered funds
  • Nigel Stark (partner, Dallas) – Outsourcing
  • George Kontakis (associate, New York) – Transport - shipping

The full list of nationwide practices in which K&L Gates is now ranked by Legal 500 is:

Alternative/hedge funds
Construction (including construction litigation)
Employee health and retirement plans
Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy regulatory: conventional power
Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy: transactions: oil and gas
Environment: litigation
General commercial disputes
Government relations
Government contracts
Insurance: advice to policyholders
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Mutual/registered funds
Trademarks: non-contentious
Transport: shipping

K&L Gates comprises approximately 2,000 lawyers globally who practice in fully integrated offices located on 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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