All litigated matters are resolved in large part because of the threat of an eventual trial, but precious few cases actually go to trial and reach a verdict. A lawyer’s trial experience plays an important part in securing a favorable outcome because formidable trial experience inspires confidence and enhances the ability to obtain the most favorable settlements. If a trial is necessary, that experience is crucial to a favorable outcome.
Through the K&L Gates Trial Academy, we have identified for our clients and colleagues those lawyers who have significant trial experience—experience that necessarily includes taking major cases to verdict. By doing so, we have enhanced client access to the firm’s impressive bench of experienced trial lawyers, simplified the identification of critical trial resources (e.g., jury consultants, trial technology teams, e-discovery capabilities), and facilitated training of our next generation of trial lawyers. When a trial date looms, members of the K&L Gates Trial Academy have the experience and capabilities to take the case across the finish line, on short notice if needed, including when a client may be supplementing or replacing an existing litigation team.
The K&L Gates Trial Academy’s lawyers have a successful track record and are recognized as being some of the foremost practitioners in their fields. In addition to multimillion-dollar single cases, members of the K&L Gates Trial Academy have defended hundreds of thousands of asbestos-related tort claims arising from a wide variety of products and components used in many diverse work sites, as trial counsel, appellate counsel, regional counsel, and, for at least a half-dozen product manufacturers, as national coordinating counsel and as trial counsel throughout the United States. These efforts give K&L Gates Trial Academy members experience and insight into almost every jurisdiction in the United States.
Reflecting the quality, depth, and breadth of its practice, K&L Gates was named a Litigation Standout for complex commercial litigation in the 2020 BTI Litigation Outlook. The firm also has consistently been ranked among both The Lawyer’s Global Litigation Top 50 and Global Arbitration Review’s Top 100 firms.