Joe Palermo, Chief Operating Officer for K&L Gates, is responsible for the global operations of the firm. As the senior business executive, Joe oversees the administrative management of K&L Gates’ offices across the globe. He reports to the firm’s Chairman and Global Managing Partner and is an ex officio member of the firm’s Executive and Management Committees. Joe’s direct reports include the firm’s Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Information Officer, and other functional Directors who manage the firm’s centralized support functions, including Benefits, Conflicts/New Matter Intake, Library Services, Practice Area Administration, Records and Information Management, and Security/Business Continuity. Joe works closely with the firm’s Chief Financial Officer to develop the firm’s annual business plan and to maximize the firm’s financial performance. In conjunction with the firm’s Regional Managing Partners, Practice Area Leaders, and Administrative Partners, Joe designs responsive talent strategies and innovative business processes to support the firm’s practice areas. Joe works with the firm’s Office of the General Counsel to mitigate enterprise and operational risk through the development and enforcement of strong policies and procedures. He also provides strategic leadership in the firm’s global integration efforts. Joe conducts numerous meetings with senior staff and travels among the firm’s offices to promote communication and to ensure engagement with the firm’s objectives.
With over 25 years of experience in a senior management role in the legal industry, Joe previously served as K&L Gates’ Global Benefits Director and Director of Administration for the firm’s New York office. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Joe served as Director of Finance and senior financial officer at two other prominent top-tier national firms.