U.S. News “Best Law Firms” Rankings Recognize K&L Gates as Corporate “Law Firm of the Year”

1 November 2019

Pittsburgh - Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has been recognized as “Law Firm of the Year” in the area of corporate law in the 2020 edition of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” report, released today. Only one firm can earn the “Law Firm of the Year” designation in each of the report’s legal practice areas.

The “Law Firm of the Year” ranking for corporate law is one of more than 170 first-tier practice rankings and 250 rankings overall for K&L Gates in the 2020 edition of the “Best Law Firms” report. This includes 42 national first-tier rankings plus 131 first-tier honors across 17 state and metropolitan areas in 58 different practice groups, again positioning K&L Gates among the top five firms for most national tier 1 rankings out of the more than 14,000 law firms ranked in the report. K&L Gates also falls within the top 10 firms for both most regional/metropolitan tier 1 and overall tier 1 recognitions, honors the firm has held for each of the past 10 years since the inception of “Best Law Firms.”

“We are pleased to be recognized again by our clients and legal industry peers across so many different practices and regions in this edition of the U.S. News report,” said K&L Gates’ Global Managing Partner Jim Segerdahl. “Being named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ for corporate law is particularly rewarding for the firm’s cross-continent corporate team, which has worked hard to close a number of high-profile deals in the past year.”

The full list of practices in which K&L Gates has been recognized with national first-tier rankings in the “Best Law Firms” 2020 edition are:

Antitrust Law
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/
Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Biotechnology Law
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Copyright Law
Corporate Law
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Derivatives and Futures Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law - Management
Energy Law
Environmental Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Health Care Law
Insurance Law
Labor Law - Management
Land Use & Zoning Law
Leveraged Buyouts and
Private Equity Law
Litigation - Antitrust
Litigation - Construction
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Labor & Employment
Litigation - Patent
Litigation - Tax
Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Mutual Funds Law
Native American Law
Patent Law
Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law
Project Finance Law
Public Finance Law
Real Estate Law
Securities/Capital Markets Law
Securities Regulation
Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law
Venture Capital Law

The U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on feedback from more than 27,000 lawyers and in-house counsel throughout the United States, and include firms in 75 national practice areas and 127 regional/metropolitan practice areas. A complete list of K&L Gates’ 2020 rankings can be found here.

The rankings follow a number of other recent high-profile accolades for K&L Gates, including being named to Forbes’ inaugural list of America’s top corporate law firms; among Law360’s annual Global 20; and as one of the 20 strongest U.S. law firm brands in legal market research company Acritas’ U.S. Law Firm Brand Index 2019.

K&L Gates’ corporate/M&A practice is one of the most substantial in the legal industry, with more than 500 lawyers in offices on five continents assisting clients in the structuring, financing, and completion of domestic, international, and cross-border transactions. The group serves as counsel to a broad array of Global 500, Fortune 100, FTSE 100 corporations, privately held and venture-backed companies, partnerships, private equity firms and other investment funds, management groups, and entrepreneurs.

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