Peter J Kalis


K&L Gates Center, 210 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2613

United States of America

Mr. Kalis is the former Chairman and Global Managing Partner of K&L Gates. During his tenure as Chairman, the firm grew from under 400 lawyers in six offices in the Eastern Time Zone to over 1,800 lawyers in 46 offices on five continents. In that time, the firm’s revenue increased by 740%.

He is the only law firm leader to be recognized on three of the industry’s most prestigious lists, with The American Lawyer having identified Mr. Kalis as among the 50 most influential innovators in the global legal industry in the last 50 years, The National Law Journal having included him on its inaugural list of the top 50 legal business trailblazers and pioneers, and a leading UK legal industry publication The Lawyer having named Mr. Kalis as among the ten individuals in the global profession who will shape the international market for legal services in the next decade. He is the 2017 recipient of the Pittsburgh Business Times CEO Lifetime Achievement Award, a 2015 recipient of The Legal Intelligencer’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and also was named to Lawyers of Color’s Fourth Annual Power List of the most influential minority attorneys and non-minority diversity advocates.

Mr. Kalis is a Rhodes Scholar, he received his Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) from Oxford University, and during law school at Yale he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, Mr. Kalis served as law clerk to J. Skelly Wright, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and for Associate Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of West Virginia University’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni.


  • B.A., West Virginia University (1972)
    (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • D.Phil., University of Oxford (1976)
    (Rhodes Scholar)
  • J.D., Yale Law School (1978)
    (Editor-in-Chief, Yale Law Journal)
  • D.H.L., West Virginia University, 2018, (Honoris Causa)


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