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In the fast-paced 24-hour global marketplace, K&L Gates is situated at the strategic intersection of globalization, regulation, and innovation. Our firm is recognized consistently for providing clients with the most sophisticated solutions to legal challenges around the world.

Below is a selection of our awards and recognitions.

Global Accolades

Recognized for Superior Client Service
The BTI Consulting Group (BTI) has recognized K&L Gates for exceptional client service in several rankings:

  • Recognized by general counsel as one of the top law firms for superior client service for a fifth consecutive year in the “2017 BTI Client Service 30.” K&L Gates has made 16 straight appearances on the Client Service A-Team and 2017 is the third consecutive year the firm has ranked in the upper half of the “Client Service 30.”
  • Top 20 ranking in the 2017 BTI Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms for the fourth consecutive year, out of more than 650 firms. The “Brand Elite” includes law firms with the biggest imprint on corporate counsel. 
  • Named among the top 24 law firms with the strongest client relationships in BTI's Power Rankings 2016 based on the idea of “Clientopia,” where clients consider a firm both their leading primary provider and is the first firm they recommend to others.

In addition, the firm was named among “leaders” in six categories:

    • Client Short Lists, a recognition for firms who lead the pack in claiming their place on client short lists
    • Innovators, a recognition for top innovative law firms
    • Client Recommendations, a recognition for delivering the kind of client service that earns unprompted client recommendations
    • Long-Term Survivors, a recognition for long-term leadership in the legal industry
    • Value Drivers, a recognition for firms making changes to deliver the most value
    • Tech Savvy, a recognition for firms who are increasing their client-facing technology

Recognized Among Top 10 U.S. Law Firm Brands
K&L Gates was recognized for a third consecutive year among the top 10 strongest U.S. law firm brands in the legal market research company Acritas’ U.S. Law Firm Brand Index 2017. The firm has been ranked among Acritas’ top U.S. law firm brands since the index began in 2012, with the firm first moving into the top 10 in 2015. Globally, K&L Gates was named among the top 20 best-known law firm brands in the world for the second time in Acritas’ 2016 Global Brand Elite Index. The ranking is determined by unprompted interviews with more than 1,000 in-house general counsel around the world.

Named Among Top 25 U.S. Corporate Law Firms
The firm was named in 2016 as one of the top 25 corporate law firms in the United States, according to a survey of U.S. general counsel by Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting. The ranking recognizes national law firms general counsel would retain for a variety of corporate governance and legal matters.

Highly Commended Firm in FT North America Innovative Lawyers Report 2015
The Financial Times noted K&L Gates as a Highly Commended firm in the Compliance & Technology category of its North America Innovative Lawyers report, specifically recognizing the groundbreaking client-focused digital content site K&L Gates HUB. The firm was also commended for its Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project.

Ranked Among Top Tier Law Firms
The firm was ranked for the seventh consecutive year among the top tier law firms in the 2017 U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey. K&L Gates was listed among the top five firms to have earned the most national first-tier rankings out of the 13,000 firms ranked and among the top 10 for most regional first-tier rankings and combined regional and national first-tier rankings. Full rankings included 41 national first-tier rankings and nearly 130 first-tier marks across 22 state and metropolitan areas in 71 different practice groups. To read our full list of 2017 rankings, click here.

Global Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year 
K&L Gates won The American Lawyer’s 2014 Global Legal Awards "Global Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year" recognition in honor of the firm's inaugural Global Day of Service, an initiative that in 2013 brought more than 1,500 firm personnel from across the world to volunteer in their local communities.

Ranked Among Top Global Law Firms in Law360 Global 20
For the sixth year in a row, K&L Gates was ranked by Law360 in the publication's Global 20 survey as one of the "law firms that have the biggest global presence and handled the largest, most groundbreaking international and cross-border matters over the past year.” 

Named Among Top Three Litigation “Powerhouse” Firms
K&L Gates was ranked among the top three “Powerhouse” firms in class action litigation in the 2015 BTI Litigation Outlook report. This was the second year in a row the firm has been recognized in the “Powerhouse” category. The firm was also named a “Standout” in three areas of litigation, including securities and complex commercial litigation. BTI also recognized K&L Gates as part of the 2015 “Fearsome Foursome Honor Roll,” a listing that recognizes law firms who display strong performance in the courtroom.