Located in North Carolina’s capital city, the Raleigh office serves the real estate, business, employment, litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, securities law, and government affairs needs of our clients in multiple and diverse industries. In the 2015 edition of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers® rankings of “Best Law Firms,” K&L Gates’ Raleigh and Research Triangle Park offices were awarded regional first tier rankings in the following practice areas: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Environmental Law, Health Care Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, and Real Estate Law. In 2016, one of our Raleigh partners was named “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in environmental law by U.S. News-Best Lawyers®.
Our experienced business lawyers address the legal issues of early stage, middle market, and publicly held businesses locally, nationally and globally on diverse matters including general corporate, joint venture and limited liability company matters; contracts, licensing and strategic alliances; mergers and acquisitions; private equity and mezzanine finance; and securities law and corporate governance. We have represented clients in a wide variety of venture capital and private equity transactions involving every stage of the investment cycle, as well as portfolio companies in mature and developing industries globally and across the United States.
Our employment lawyers assist businesses in solving the full range of complex employee relations issues that companies face. We provide advice on complex Fair Labor Standards Act issues, contractor misclassification concerns, harassment allegations, workplace safety issues, and leave and termination matters. In addition, our employment lawyers counsel employers on layoffs and reductions-in-force and provide advice on the employment issues arising in corporate transactions and internal investigations. The team has obtained successful resolution of litigation matters ranging from wage and hour collective and class action cases to discrimination lawsuits, FMLA interference claims, whistleblower/retaliation suits, and ADA failure to accommodate matters. Our employment lawyers also frequently enforce noncompete agreements on behalf of employers and represent companies in connection with investigations by regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Department of Labor, N.C. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and OSHA.
Our litigators handle complex litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the U.S. In addition, our litigators regularly represent clients in arbitration, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution matters. The litigation group has extensive experience in product liability litigation, financial services litigation, complex business disputes, employment law matters, and real estate disputes.
The Raleigh region has experienced dynamic growth over many years, creating demand for sophisticated real estate work. Consequently, our Raleigh real estate practice continues its longstanding reputation as a leader in the field and as a leading practice within the office. Experienced in all phases of real estate development, our lawyers represent local, regional, and national clients in all areas of real estate, including development, finance, leasing, and environmental law. We have advised clients in connection with diverse projects such as mixed-use, coastal, and sustainable development. Recent engagements include high-profile complex matters such as historic redevelopment in downtown Raleigh, public/private matters regarding the development of a new facility for the North Carolina Port Authority; the sale of a multi-project hotel portfolio located across multiple states; and a significant land swap on the intracoastal waterway requiring approvals by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State Property Office. Our Raleigh real estate practice, which is tightly integrated with our real estate practices in other markets, serves the needs of our clients throughout the Carolinas and across the United States.
Raleigh’s bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice is a creditor-oriented practice involving litigation, consensual loan restructuring and workout transactions, nonjudicial and judicial enforcement actions, and representation of creditor entities and committees in business bankruptcy cases in North Carolina and across the U.S. Raleigh restructuring lawyers are engaged in a wide range of restructuring activities involving senior and mezzanine debt, equity investments, and any number of other financing and investment transactions. The financial restructuring lawyers also regularly represent clients in the acquisition of secured debt and in distressed M&A transactions in and out of bankruptcy. Our lawyers also serve the unique needs of our real estate clients confronting distressed or bankrupt counterparties.
Raleigh lawyers and government affairs counselors assist clients in dealing with government entities and agencies at all levels, providing legislative, government contracting, and regulatory counsel services. We provide legislative representation in North Carolina and advise clients regarding the various legal aspects of participation in the political process, including the formation and regulation of PACs.
While the scope of the office’s practice is broad, many of the lawyers routinely work in the life sciences area, where they serve substantially all legal needs of a diverse client base, encompassing clinical research organizations, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, health care, biomanufacturing, agricultural sciences, medical devices, and information technology. Our clients range from multinational biotechnology enterprises to mid-market U.S. and foreign publicly traded pharmacogenomics companies, to local emerging growth drug discovery companies. Our legal services regarding this industry segment include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance, development and research agreements, compliance audits and privacy matters.