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Seattle

925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2900
Seattle, Washington 98104

Established in 1883, our Seattle office is the city’s oldest law office and also one of its largest. We offer a global platform to serve our clients across the world and a full spectrum of legal services to emerging, middle-market and capital market companies, as well as nonprofit, government, and private clients.

Selected areas of service for our Seattle office include: corporate, litigation, electronic discovery (e-discovery), intellectual property (IP), labor and employment, benefits, bankruptcy, energy, real estate, environmental, land use, and tax. We have experience serving clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, health care, retail, energy, financial services, manufacturing, consumer products, telecommunications, and infrastructure.

For many years, corporate lawyers in the firm’s Seattle office have led transactions ranging from mid-sized to cross-border billion dollar deals. Lawyers in the group represent clients across all industry sectors with a particular focus on technology, energy, and consumer products. Our emerging growth and venture capital practice focuses on the unique needs of early growth companies and investors in our region.

Litigators in our Seattle office have been at the center of many important legal disputes, including environmental, securities, white collar, antitrust, copyright, and constitutional cases. They handle trials, arbitrations and appeals in local, national and international venues. Pioneers in their industry, our e-discovery analysis and technology group works alongside our litigators and provides thought leadership through an award-winning blog.

Our IP practice is on the leading edge of technology and law, helping clients to develop, commercialize, and protect their patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Our Technology Transactions and Sourcing team handles all aspects of rapidly evolving legal IP issues, including technology transactions, internet/cloud computing, and IP development, distribution, licensing, monetization, and protection. They help clients address issues raised by electronic contracting, financial regulations, privacy regulations and Web services. Our Cybersecurity and Privacy group works with clients to protect their online brands, Internet commerce sites, and computer systems from Internet-based threats and cyber villains. Our Pharma and BioPharma Litigation team represents clients on federal Hatch-Waxman litigation and Patent Office proceedings and also provides strategy for successfully launching pharmaceutical products.

Our Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety lawyers advise employers on general employment issues, help draft policies and handbooks, and handle complex union, leave law, and wage and hour issues. We also assist clients in responding to agency investigations and represent them in discrimination, wage and hour and other lawsuits filed in state and federal court. Our team has extensive experience in conducting legal compliance and due diligence audits for clients and in evaluating potential acquisition targets.

Our Energy, Infrastructure, and Resources practice advises clients as they finance, site, and develop renewable resource and thermal generating projects, as well as electric transmission and interstate natural gas pipelines projects. The group works on a range of climate change issues, from compliance with greenhouse gas regulations to the creation and trading of renewable energy credits. Our Environmental Regulatory lawyers participate in the negotiation, drafting, and enactment of statutes, regulations, and executive orders and have testified before legislative and regulatory panels on leading-edge issues for our clients.

Clients call upon our Real Estate lawyers to address development, construction, leasing, acquisition, financing, eminent domain, and real estate litigation needs. Our team has worked on some of the most complex public-private joint ventures and infrastructure projects in the Pacific Northwest. We also have lawyers who focus their practices on environmental, land use, and natural resources issues. Our team is recognized as a top-tier group having the broad range of knowledge and considerable experience with large-scale, capital-intensive public and private projects and acquisitions.

The Estate Planning and Trusts & Estates practice in Seattle helps individuals preserve and protect their wealth and pass it on to their intended beneficiaries.

  • The 2021 Chambers USA Guide recognizes the firm and its lawyers among leaders in Washington in the areas of Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Corporate/M&A; Energy & Natural Resources; Environment; Intellectual Property; Labor & Employment; Litigation: General Commercial; Real Estate; and Tax.
  • The 2022 U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey recognized the Boston office as Tier 1 in the areas of Antitrust Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law - Management; Energy Law; Environmental Law; Litigation - Environmental; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Labor And Employment; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Native American Law; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Pubic Finance Law; Real Estate Law; Tax Law; Technology Law; Trusts and Estates Law; and Utilities Law.
  • Over 40 lawyers in the Seattle office were listed among 2022 Best Lawyers in America, as well as over 10 lawyers listed on 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch.

K&L Gates has offices across Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing and handles domestic commercial matters, as well as cross-border mandates. Its broad corporate M&A expertise includes inbound and outbound deals, including corporate, commercial and venture capital transactions and private equity fund investments. David Tang, who splits his time between Seattle, Beijing and Hong Kong, heads the team. Sook Young Yeu, Scott Peterman and William Ho joined as partner from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Guiping Lu joined as partner from Haiwen & Partners.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021
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