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Lawfuel – The Law Newswire – Washington, DC-Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP (K&L Gates) has combined its legacy Washington, DC offices, bringing together more than 200 experienced lawyers and government affairs professionals. It is now one of the 20 largest law offices in the District of Columbia.

K&L Gates’ Washington office is known nationally for its work in the diversified financial services area and offers one of the largest such practices in the country. It includes a preeminent investment management practice and one of the country’s largest mortgage banking/consumer credit groups. The firm’s premier bipartisan public policy and lobbying group, the majority of which had practiced for three decades as Preston Gates Ellis Rouvelas & Meeds LLP prior to January 2007, has made K&L Gates the fifth-largest lobbying firm in the nation.

In addition to its financial services and policy and public law practices, the Washington office has a strong litigation group that handles a variety of general, commercial, securities, financial institutions, antitrust, government contracts, environmental and insurance coverage matters. The firm’s litigators routinely handle high-profile internal investigations, including serving as the lead investigator in the WorldCom bankruptcy and in the internal CBS investigation of the “60 Minutes” story involving President Bush’s service in the National Guard.

The office also includes prominent national practices in energy; telecom, media and technology; food and drug, transportation and emerging companies. The firm’s Washington-based lawyers represent clients in all of these industries before regulatory agencies on a regular basis. K&L Gates’ Washington location also houses one of the nation’s leading maritime practices, representing carriers and port authorities, vessel operators and fish vessel operators in all aspects of their operations including regulation, financing, and vessel documentation.

Chuck Miller, Administrative Partner of K&L Gates’ Washington office, said: “The combination of our two Washington offices creates a powerhouse of government, corporate, financial and regulatory experience. In our nation’s capital, where all of these areas intersect, we are able to serve clients from the region and around the world from this single strategic location. We are truly excited to bring our strengths together as we continue to grow as an office and as a firm.”

The combined office is located at 1601 K Street NW; Washington, DC 20006.

K&L Gates comprises approximately 1,400 lawyers in 22 offices located in North America, Europe and Asia, and represents capital markets participants, entrepreneurs, growth and middle market companies, leading FORTUNE 100 and FTSE 100 global corporations and public sector entities. For more information, visit

K&L Gates comprises multiple affiliated partnerships: a limited liability partnership with the full name Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP qualified in Delaware and maintaining offices throughout the U.S., in Berlin, and in Beijing (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP Beijing Representative Office); a limited liability partnership (also named Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP) incorporated in England and maintaining our London office; a Taiwan general partnership (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis) which practices from our Taipei office; and a Hong Kong general partnership (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, Solicitors) which practices from our Hong Kong office. K&L Gates maintains appropriate registrations in the jurisdictions in which its offices are located. A list of the partners in each entity is available for inspection at any K&L Gates office.

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