K&L Gates Talks Merger With Charlotte Firm

Law360, New York (May 1, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Law firms Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP and Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman LLP have initiated merger talks, which, if successful, will create a 1,700-lawyer firm.

The firms said on Thursday that they have begun discussing a deal that could take effect as soon as July 1. The merger would create a 1,700-attorney firm with 28 offices across the U.S., Europe and Asia.

The merger would give K&L Gates a significant presence in Charlotte, N.C., where Kennedy Covington is based.

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