K&L Gates Partner Earns LEED® Green Building Professional Accreditation

Sunday, June 1, 2008 - 00:00

Louise C. Adamson, a partner in the San Francisco office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP (K&L Gates), has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), making Ms. Adamson one of only six California lawyers and 52 lawyers nationwide to hold the distinction.

LEED accreditation enables Ms. Adamson to interface with design, construction and operations professionals to ensure that sustainability goals are effectively implemented.

A member of K&L Gates' real estate practice, Ms. Adamson represents both corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of real estate and business transactional matters. She has substantial experience with real estate acquisition and disposition, leasing, financing, land use, development, construction, entity formation and tax deferred exchanges.

Established to promote sustainable green buildings, USGBC is a national coalition of more than 11,500 member organizations representing every aspect of the building industry. USGBC has developed the LEED Green Building Rating System, the established industry benchmark for the certification of green building design, construction and operation, for both new and existing buildings and leased premises.

K&L Gates and Charlotte-based law firm Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman LLP (Kennedy Covington) are in discussions regarding a possible combination of firms, which could take effect by July 1, 2008. If the combination occurs, the resulting firm would comprise approximately 1,700 lawyers in 28 offices located in the United States, Europe and Asia.

The combined firm would have offices in Anchorage, Austin, Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Fort Worth, Harrisburg, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Paris, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, Spokane/Coeur d'Alene, Taipei and Washington, DC.

The discussions between K&L Gates and Kennedy Covington commenced late in 2007 and have progressed continuously since that time.