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K&L Gates LLP

Main Office: 70 West Madison Street, 3100 | Chicago | IL | 60602

Phone: 312-372-1121 | Fax: 312-827-8000

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Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Current Employee Current Employee Mr. San Francisco

Advice to law firm management:
There really needs to be better management and treatment of their employees. I feel asif it could also benefit by having more diverse associates and managers.

Global Law Firm Is a Mixed Bag

As with other firms, they have very long hours. I've noticed a sizable handfulof attorneys who were jerks. Some of the management, in fact, had people who would ratherblame others than own up to their failure. Some would go out of their way to humiliate you. Thiswas very frustrating, but thankfully not everyone in the firm was like this.

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Length of Employment:
10+ years

Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Former Employee Former Employee Mr. San Francisco

Advice to law firm management:
Work on improving communication between management and employees. Allow employees to have a life outside of the firm.

There are more genuine people here than you would find at most firms. The hours and work environment are excellent as well.

There is not a good work and life balance at this firm. There is a lack of communication from management.

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Experience the Excitement of Working at K&L Gates LLP With a global presence spanning five continents and a team of over 2,000 talented lawyers, K&L Gates LLP is a leading law firm that offers an exciting and dynamic work environment for attorneys and staff. From its fully integrated offices in major cities around the world, K&L Gates represents a diverse range of clients, including global corporations, middle-market companies, capital markets participants, and public sector entities. As a truly global firm, K&L Gates provides attorneys and staff with unparalleled opportunities to work on cutting-edge, complex, and high-profile cases. Whether it's advising multinational corporations on cross-border transactions, representing clients in high-stakes litigation, or providing strategic counsel on regulatory matters, the firm's practice is at the forefront of the legal industry. One of the key advantages of working at K&L Gates is the firm's extensive network of offices. With locations in cities such as New York, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Tokyo, attorneys and staff have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from around the world, gaining exposure to different legal systems, cultures, and business practices. This global perspective not only enhances professional development but also allows individuals to build a diverse and international network of contacts. In addition to its global reach, K&L Gates is known for its commitment to excellence and innovation. The firm's lawyers are renowned for their expertise in a wide range of practice areas, including corporate and transactional law, litigation, intellectual property, labor and employment, and regulatory compliance. This depth of knowledge, combined with a forward-thinking approach, enables the firm to provide clients with creative and effective solutions to their most complex legal challenges. Furthermore, K&L Gates is dedicated to fostering a collaborative and inclusive work environment. The firm values diversity and actively promotes equal opportunities for all its employees. Attorneys and staff are encouraged to share ideas, collaborate on projects, and contribute to the firm's overall success. This collaborative culture not only enhances professional growth but also creates a supportive and inclusive community. Joining K&L Gates comes with a host of benefits that make it an attractive choice for attorneys and staff. The firm offers competitive compensation packages, including salary, bonuses, and comprehensive benefits. Additionally, K&L Gates provides extensive training and professional development opportunities to help individuals enhance their skills and advance their careers. From mentorship programs to continuing education initiatives, the firm is committed to investing in the growth and success of its employees. Furthermore, K&L Gates recognizes the importance of work-life balance and offers flexible working arrangements to accommodate individual needs. Whether it's remote work options, flexible hours, or parental leave policies, the firm understands the importance of supporting employees in achieving a healthy work-life integration. In conclusion, working at K&L Gates LLP offers attorneys and staff an exciting and rewarding professional experience. With its global presence, diverse client base, commitment to excellence, and inclusive work environment, the firm provides individuals with the opportunity to work on challenging and impactful cases, collaborate with colleagues from around the world, and grow both personally and professionally. If you are looking for a firm that values innovation, diversity, and professional development, K&L Gates is the place to be.

Practice Areas

K&L Gates LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

K&L Gates LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

The firm seeks its candidates to demonstrate initiative/leadership abilities, excel academically, possess excellent communication skills, and thrive independently in a supportive/team-oriented environment. As K&L Gates grows, firm management has become increasingly focused on recruiting from top schools. Still, candidates should be able to show a connection to the local office where they interview. However, last year, K&L Gates recruited more through job fairs than from campus recruitment's. In 2011, the firm visited three job fairs, while it did not visit any law school for campus recruitment.

Pro bono

K&L Gates has a long tradition of its attorneys providing community service through pro bono projects. The firm's policy is to strongly encourage its attorneys and staff to undertake a meaningful level of pro bono and community service in areas of their choice and interest. The firm is a signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge and has committed to make good faith efforts to provide pro bono services at a level equal to or greater than 3 percent of its annual billable hours.

The firm also recommends that its attorneys set for themselves a personal goal of performing at least 60 hours of pro bono and community service work per year.

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The American Lawyer's 2005 "Corporate Scorecard" ranked K&L Gates as the leader among all firms in representation of fund clients in the mutual fund industry, and it is a leader in municipal finance, PIPE, private equity, and venture capital transactions.

The firm has been named among "Global Powerhouse" firms in 2012 Law360 Global 20 for the second year in a row.

In 2012, Corporate Board Member magazine, in association with FTI Consulting, Inc, ranked K&L Gates as one of the top 25 law firms in its annual list of "America's Best Corporate Law Firms." The firm ranked No. 16. The ranking was based on a survey of nearly 2,000 general counsels of U.S. publicly held companies. The survey focused on which law firms those general counsel would engage in a variety of important legal subject matters.

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K&L Gates believes that establishing and maintaining a diverse, fully inclusive, and community-minded workforce is essential to a strong law firm. K&L Gates has implemented a number of programs to promote diversity and inclusion, and is an industry leader in this regard. In 2003, the firm appointed the profession's first Chief Diversity Officer.

Similarly, the firm's appointment of the industry's first Director of Professional and Personal Life Integration and the launching of its innovative Balanced Hours Initiative received acclaim throughout the profession. q

Summer associate program

K&L Gates' eight-week summer program is quite different than the ones offered by other law firms. Most of the "real work" done by the associates during the summer program is used by the firm. The associates' work product is either incorporated into a legal brief, presented to a client, or incorporated into articles, presentations or other publications.

A summer associate is expected to complete 11 to 15 projects in various practice areas. The summer program offers training and mock trial program. The firm also provides a wide variety of social activities ranging from a low-key but intimate dinner at a partner's house to a baseball game in a luxury suite.

K&L Gates made offers to 61% of 60-members summer class in 2009 and in 2010, it made offers to 100% of its 32 summer associates. The Class of 2011 summer will join the firm in September 2011.

Working for the K&L Gates LLP
For many, working at K&L Gates is advantageous as the working hours are not crazy for a big firm, it provides meaningful mentorship opportunities and gives great resources with a small office feel. However, some aspects like mediocre compensation levels, difficulty in getting work during lean periods and lack of transparency in determination of performance, do raise concerns.


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