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K&L Gates makes 22 senior lawyer promotions

In addition to the appointment of a partner, global firm K&L Gates has elevated 21 of its lawyers into the roles of special counsel and senior associate.

user iconNaomi Neilson 03 March 2022 Big Law
K&L Gates makes 22 senior lawyer promotions
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Commenting on the latest round of promotions, managing partner (Australia) Nick Nichola said that as the firm emerges from the almost two years of pandemic-affected working, K&L Gates will “continue to reenergise our firm to emerge stronger and more nimble to benefit our clients and underwrite our firm’s future”.

Joining the partnership in its Melbourne office, Ravi Jayemanne is well known in the superannuation industry as a specialist in funds management. He will “substantially add” to the depth of the firm’s management and investment fund expertise.

Alongside Mr Jayemanne – who joins 36 partners from across nine of the firm’s practice areas to be promoted in 2022 – K&L Gates has promoted seven special counsel and 15 senior associates. Mr Nichola congratulated each of the senior lawyers and said that the firm is “proud” to celebrate the achievement with them.


“Promotion announcements are always very exciting for me as it serves to remind me yet again of the quality of our people, which gives me great comfort that the future of our firm is in safe hands,” Mr Nichola commented.

“Not only do each possess the legal skills to deliver our clients the highest quality legal advice and the strong service ethic to work innovatively and collaboratively with our clients, but each has also demonstrated the essential leadership skills to develop as potential future leaders of the firm.”

The promotions are:

Special counsel

Tegen Downes - Labour employment and workplace safety

Adam Moore - Banking and finance

Marian Ngo - Corporate

Alice O’Connell - Litigation and dispute resolution

Guy Peterson - Litigation and dispute resolution

Carly Traeger - Labour employment and workplace safety

Lisa Ward - Agribusiness, real estate

Senior associates

Andrew Blyth - Litigation and dispute resolution

Eilish Cabban - Litigation and dispute resolution

Felix Charlesworth - Asset management and investment funds

Olivia Coburn - Intellectual property

Doug Green - Labour employment and workplace safety

Amelia Hasson - Labour employment and workplace safety

Ben Kiernan-Green - Corporate

Michael Kneebone - Corporate

Nicola Lane - Real estate

Jessica Mandla - Policy and regulatory

Greta Marks - Labour employment and workplace safety

Hael Musa - Real estate

Annina Nowak - Real estate

Belinda Tralli - Corporate

Alice Ye - Asset management and investment funds