Established in 1883, the Seattle office of K&L Gates is the city’s oldest law office and also one of its largest. It offers a full spectrum of legal services to emerging, middle-market and capital market participants as well as nonprofit, governmental and private clients. Selected areas of service include: corporate, litigation, electronic discovery, intellectual property, 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, retailers, energy, financial services, manufacturing, consumer products and infrastructure. The 2017 U.S. News-Best Lawyers rankings of “Best Law Firms” recognized 19 practice areas in the Seattle office as Tier 1: Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation, Copyright Law, Corporate Law, Education Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Information Technology Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Native American Law, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Public Finance Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Trust & Estates Law.
The Corporate team is currently recognized as “Band 1” for Washington State in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA. Over the past five years, corporate lawyers in the firm’s Seattle office have led on nearly 100 transactions ranging from mid-sized all the way up 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.
Litigators in the Seattle office handle trials, arbitrations and appeals in local, national and international venues. Members of our litigation practice groups have been at the center of many important legal disputes, including environmental, securities, antitrust, copyright and constitutional cases. The E-Discovery Analysis and Technology (e-DAT) group works seamlessly on matters handled by firm litigators and also addresses records management, e-discovery and litigation readiness issues for a wide range of other clients. Pioneers in the electronic discovery industry, the group continues to provide thought leadership through their award-winning blog (www.ediscoverylaw.com).
The Seattle office’s intellectual property practice is on the leading edge of technology and intellectual property law, helping clients to develop, commercialize and protect their intellectual property assets, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Our Cyber Law and Cybersecurity group works with clients to protect their online brands, Internet commerce sites and computer systems from Internet-based threats and cyber villains. Our technology transfer and data protection lawyers help clients address issues raised by electronic contracting, financial regulations, privacy regulations and Web services. Our pharma litigation team represents clients on federal Hatch-Waxman litigation and Patent Office proceedings and also provides strategy for successfully launching pharmaceutical products.
The Seattle labor and employment practice advises employers on general employment issues, helps draft policies and handbooks and handles complex union, leave law and wage and hour issues. Members 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. The group has extensive experience in conducting legal compliance and due diligence audits for clients and in evaluating potential acquisition targets.
The energy and project development and finance practice advise clients as they finance, site and develop renewable resource generating projects as well as thermal generating projects, electric transmission projects and interstate natural gas pipelines. Typical transactions include debt and cash equity financings, tax equity financings, merger and acquisition transactions, joint ventures and other strategic alliances. 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. Clients call upon our real estate lawyers to address development, construction, leasing, acquisition, financing, eminent domain and real estate litigation needs. The real estate practice group has worked on some of the most complex public/private joint ventures and infrastructure projects in the Pacific Northwest. Our lawyers have also handled the sale/leaseback of a $340 million portfolio of building material outlets in 25 states as part of a corporate asset sale, assisted a global software company in developing its data centers and helped finance hotels and resorts throughout the U.S. Our environmental, land and natural resources lawyers are 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. Our growing agribusiness practice advises clients throughout the agricultural supply chain, providing integrated mergers and acquisitions, real estate, land use, labor and employment, commercial contracts and litigation services.
The private clients practice in Seattle helps individuals preserve and protect their wealth and pass it on to their intended beneficiaries. The tax-exempt organizations practice group works with a wide range of non-profit and charitable organizations to address governance, corporate, tax, real estate and finance issues. Tax-exempt clients include the world’s largest private foundation and numerous public charities.