Located in North Carolina’s capital city, the Raleigh office serves the real estate, business, employment, environmental, litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, securities law and government affairs needs of our clients in multiple and diverse industries. The office and our lawyers are consistently recognized by U.S. News-Best Lawyersand Chambers USA for our work in these areas of law. In the 2018 edition of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers rankings of “Best Law Firms,” K&L Gates’ Raleigh office was awarded 10 Tier-1 regional rankings in the following practice areas: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Involvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Environmental Law, Health Care Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Litigation - Environmental, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, and Real Estate Law. In 2017, one of our Raleigh partners was named “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in environmental law by U.S. News-Best Lawyers.
Our experienced business lawyers address the legal issues of early stage, middle market and publicly held businesses locally, nationally, and globally on diverse matters, including general corporate, joint venture, and limited liability company matters; contracts, licensing, and strategic alliances; mergers and acquisitions; private equity and mezzanine finance; and securities law and corporate governance. We have represented clients in a wide variety of venture capital and private equity transactions involving every stage of the investment cycle, as well as portfolio companies in mature and developing industries globally and across the U.S.
Our employment lawyers assist businesses in solving the full range of complex employee relations issues that companies face. We provide advice on complex Fair Labor Standards Act issues, contractor misclassification concerns, harassment allegations, workplace safety issues and leave, termination and non-compete matters. In addition, our employment lawyers counsel employers on layoffs and reductions-in-force and provide advice on the employment issues that arise in corporate transactions and internal investigations. The team has obtained successful resolution of litigation matters ranging from wage and hour collective and class action cases to discrimination lawsuits, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) interference claims, whistleblower/retaliation suits and Americas with Disability Act (ADA) failure to accommodate matters. Our employment lawyers also frequently enforce non-compete agreements on behalf of employers and represent companies in connection with investigations by regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Department of Labor, N.C. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Our litigators handle complex litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the U.S., including class action litigation. In addition, our litigators regularly represent clients in arbitration, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution matters. The litigation group has extensive experience in product liability litigation, financial services litigation, complex business disputes, employment law matters, and real estate disputes.
The Raleigh Durham Triangle region of North Carolina has experienced dynamic growth over many years, creating demand for sophisticated real estate work. Consequently, our Raleigh real estate practice continues its longstanding reputation as a leader in the field and as a leading practice within the office. We are experienced in all phases of real estate development, including debt financings, joint ventures, leasing, and complex asset acquisitions and dispositions of all product types. Our lawyers represent local, regional, and national corporate and institutional clients in the entire spectrum of their real estate-related legal needs, including real estate investments in multi-family, office, retail, hospitality, and master-planned developments and in construction, acquisitions, dispositions, financing, leasing, tax advice, joint venture structuring, environmental, and real estate-related litigation.
Raleigh’s restructuring & insolvency practice is a creditor-oriented practice involving litigation, consensual loan restructuring and workout transactions, non-judicial and judicial enforcement actions, and representation of creditor entities and committees in business bankruptcy cases in North Carolina and across the U.S. Raleigh restructuring lawyers are engaged in a wide range of restructuring activities involving senior and mezzanine debt, equity investments, and any number of other financing and investment transactions. The financial restructuring lawyers also regularly represent clients in the acquisition of secured debt and in distressed M&A transactions in and out of bankruptcy, including Section 363 sales. Our lawyers also serve the unique needs of our real estate clients confronting distressed or bankrupt counterparties.
Our Raleigh lawyers and government affairs counselors assist clients in dealing with government entities and agencies at all levels, providing legislative, government contracting, and regulatory counsel services. We provide legislative representation in North Carolina and advise clients regarding the various legal aspects of participation in the political process, including the formation and regulation of PACs.
While the scope of the office’s practice is broad, many of the lawyers routinely work in the life sciences area, where they serve substantially all legal needs of a diverse client base, encompassing clinical research organizations, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, health care, biomanufacturing, agricultural sciences, medical devices, and information technology. Our clients range from multinational biotechnology enterprises to mid-market U.S. and foreign publicly traded pharmacogenomics companies, to local emerging growth drug discovery companies. Our legal services regarding this industry segment include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance, development and research agreements, compliance audits, and privacy matters.