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Joseph J. Palermo

Chief Operating Officer
Fax +1.212.536.3901
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 Global Managing Partner and is an ex-officio member of the firm’s Management Committee. Joe manages the business operations of K&L Gates with a team of Chief Officers and Functional Directors who deliver world class systems and services to all the firm’s stakeholders. A key area of Joe’s focus is to maximize the firm’s financial performance through strong revenue and expense management. 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 legal 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 nearly 30 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.