Partners in Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis and Dallas-based Hughes & Luce voted Monday to combine the two firms as of Jan. 1, creating a 1,539-lawyer firm in 23 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Peter Kalis, chairman and managing partner of the 1,390-lawyer K&L Gates, says all of the firm's 313 equity partners voted in favor of the deal. Edward O. Coultas, managing partner of the 149-lawyer Hughes & Luce, says his firm's partners voted nearly unanimously in favor.
K&L Gates and Hughes & Luce Vote to Combine
December 18, 2007