R. Charles Miller is the administrative partner of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis’ Washington, D.C., office, formed from the Jan 1. merger between Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham and Preston Gates & Ellis. Now, with more than 1,400 lawyers in 22 cities on three continents, K&L Gates is poised to compete in the global market. Miller sat down at Legal Times’ meeting room in Washington, D.C., to discuss the merger and K&L Gates’ future plans.

Legal Times: What was most attractive about the merger with Preston Gates & Ellis; what clients and practice areas stood out?