Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis is in merger negotiations with Dallas-based Hughes & Luce, with plans calling for a possible combination of the firms by the end of the year. Peter Kalis, chairman and managing partner of K&L Gates, says there is "enormous amount of enthusiasm" for the deal within his firm. The firms went public with the talks in order to stave off the rumor mill, says Edward Coultas, managing partner of Hughes & Luce: "Once you put anything out among two lawyers, it's out."
K&L Gates in Merger Talks With Dallas' Hughes & Luce
July 27, 2007