K&L Gates and Reed Smith Receive Law Firm of the Year Awards from U.S. News
Summary: U.S. News & World Report released its annual winners for the category of Law Firm of the Year, which is handed out for each practice area in law.
The 2015 Law Firm of the Year Award was bestowed upon K&L Gates LLP, according to a report from The Pittsburgh Business Times.
The firm received the award for its securities regulation practice and it was bestowed by U.S. News & World Report.
The law firm of Reed Smith LLP received the same award for its insurance law practice.
Clients and lawyers were surveyed by U.S. News in order to rank more than 12,000 law firms across 120 practice areas in 174 metro regions and eight states.
"Many legal industry rankings are based on young journalists or researchers throwing darts at a board," said Peter Kalis, K&L Gates chairman and global managing partner. "This particular survey, however, involves the questioning of 20,000 clients and law partners across America. We're thus especially gratified by our consistently high placement. Our securities regulation practice is anchored by a large number of former SEC regulators located mainly in our Washington office. These law partners bring practical agency experience as well as black letter law to bear on behalf of our clients. This is a well-deserved honor."
This is the fifth straight year that K&L Gates was named as one of the top two law firms with the most first-tier rankings. The other law firm was Greenberg Traurig LLP. Out of approximately 300 first-tier rankings, K&L Gates was named on more than 190 of them.
Some other law firms that made the list include Jones Day for their appellate practice; Littler Mendelson for their employment law-management practice; Jackson Kelly for their mining law practice; Duane Morris for their litigation-construction and litigation-bankruptcy practices; Ballard Spahr for their copyright practice; Perkins Coie for their environmental law practice and Sidley Austin for their international trade and finance law practice.
This survey is conducted as part of U.S. News' annual "Best Law Firms" rankings for the United States.