The firm has announced it has a process underway to select the successor to Peter Kalis, whose current term as chairman and global managing partner will conclude in February 2017.
Mr Kalis has served as the firm’s leader since 1997.
“In early July, I informed our management committee that I would not be a candidate for another term as head of the firm,” Mr Kalis said on his departure.
“It has been an honour to serve the only law firm I have called home, and I look forward not only to concluding a strong 2016 but also to seeing my successors take the firm to greater heights in the years to come.”
Meanwhile, K&L Gates’ management committee issued a statement saying it is extremely fortunate to have benefited from Mr Kalis’ leadership over the past 20 years.
“He is and has been a giant both in the firm’s history and in the modern legal industry,” the statement said.
“His service as chairman and global managing partner has been characterised by extraordinary vision, global growth, innovation, and the promotion of excellence in the delivery of legal services to clients, strategic integration, diversity, and intergenerational excellence.
“The firm is well positioned for a smooth transition and to build on these values and on its current foundation, and to continue to serve clients seamlessly and efficiently into the future.”
Discussions on Mr Kalis’ successor will continue in the months leading up to his departure.