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K&L Gates promotes 21

Global law firm K&L Gates has elevated 21 lawyers to more senior roles in Australia, including five to partner, eight to special counsel and eight to senior associate.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 20 December 2022 Big Law
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K&L Gates has promoted 40 lawyers worldwide to its partnership ranks, across 22 of its offices, including Berlin, Boston, Brisbane, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Doha, Dubai, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Nashville, New York, Newark, Orange County, Palo Alto, Pittsburgh, Research Triangle Park, Seattle, Seoul, Sydney, and Washington, D.C.

Five of those new partners are from the firm’s Australian offices. Two of them practice in Brisbane, two in Melbourne, and one in Sydney.

The news follows the firm’s adding of three partners from HWL Ebsworth earlier this month and its promotion of 22 lawyers to more senior positions in March of this year.


K&L Gates Australian managing partner Nick Nichola said that the internal promotions “continue a period of significant growth for the firm both globally and in Australia”.

“We have now added eight partners to our Australian offices within a month, across five different practice areas and three offices,” he said.

“They will each be instrumental in broadening our service offering to our Australian and international clients during a crucial time for our clients who are preparing for some economic uncertainty in 2023.”

Mr Nichola spoke with Lawyers Weekly in May about how K&L Gates has evolved during the age of coronavirus and what the future holds for the global firm’s presence in Australia.

“What is particularly pleasing is that of our eight new partners, four are men, and four are women. We want to be a truly diverse firm, and these partner appointments are a large step towards that goal,” he went on.

“On behalf of everyone at K&L Gates, I extend our congratulations to all of our 21 senior legal appointments. It fills us with pride to see so many of our colleagues reach these significant career milestones.”

The firm’s five new partners in Australia are Damiano Castelli, Alanna Fitzpatrick, Simon Leslie, Marian Ngo and Gregory Pieris.

Its newest special counsel are Natasha Augustin Fleming, Julia Baldi, Danielle Corden, Natalie Georgiev, Natalie Hazzard, Philip Murray, Rania Seoud, and Michael Thornell.

And the firm’s new senior associates are Leon Fung, Selin Hasip, Jordan Hurley, Mathika Perera, Wilson Twist, Alex Virgo, Elise Vrijens, and Huei Deen Yeong.

The partner appointments are effective as of 1 January 2023, while the special counsel and senior associate promotions are effective as of 1 March 2023.

The news follows recent BigLaw promotions and appointments, as reported by Lawyers Weekly: