K&L Gates Does Away With Mandatory Retirement

Law360, New York (November 14, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The partners at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP have voted to eliminate their firm's requirement that attorneys retire once they reach the age of 70.

The change, effective immediately, was announced on Nov. 6 and came just a few months after the American Bar Association called on all U.S. law firms to abandon mandatory retirement rules and assess their senior partners based on performance criteria not birth dates.

“Our partners concluded that age-based limitations on partner status are anachronistic and out of step with...
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