The nine lawyers of the Taiwan firm J&J Attorneys-at-Law have joined the Taipei office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP (K&L Gates), creating an office of more than 25 legal professionals. The addition strengthens K&L Gates' domestic and cross-border capabilities both in Taipei and throughout the Greater China region which includes Hong Kong and Beijing as well as a recently-announced Shanghai location.
K&L Gates established its Taipei office, the firm's second Asia location, in 2003. Along with the firm's Hong Kong location and representative offices in both Beijing and Shanghai, K&L Gates now includes more than 60 legal professionals throughout greater China.
The Washington office of K&L Gates welcomes Patrick G. Heck as a partner in the firm's public policy and law practice. Mr. Heck joins the firm from the U. S. Senate, where he served as Chief Tax Counsel to the Committee on Finance. Previously, he served as assistant counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee's Oversight Subcommittee, and was a senior manager in Ernst & Young LLP's national tax department, as well as a tax law specialist and trial attorney with the Internal Revenue Service.
The New York office of K&L Gates recently welcomed Gary A. Walpert and Andrew L. Reibman as partners in the firm's intellectual property practice.
Mr. Walpert, who joins the firm from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, focuses his practice on licensing and other transactional arrangements, counseling in technology and computer law, and patent and trademark prosecution and litigation.
The New York office of K&L Gates welcomes Philip M. Cedar as a partner in the firm's financial services practice. He joins K&L Gates from Bear Stearns, where he was a senior managing director in the company's legal department and a group practice leader for the mortgage and asset-backed securities division.
The Dallas office of K&L Gates welcomes Rosland Fisher McLeod as a partner in the firm's health care practice. She joins K&L Gates from Ian Reed LLC, where she headed the global health care solutions practice.
K&L Gates announced the expansion of its Paris office with the appointment of labor and employment partner Caroline Canavese. K&L Gates established its Paris office, the firm's third European location, in January of this year.
Ms. Canavese, who joins K&L Gates from Latham & Watkins, has a broad range of contentious and non-contentious labor and employment experience, advising on collective dismissals, working time issues, and employee transfers, as well as discrimination matters.
K&L Gates has made it easier for lawyers departing the firm for personal or family reasons to maintain their connections to both the firm and the practice of law with the addition of the new program - K&L Gates Connects. Through the program, K&L Gates provides lawyers the opportunity to continue participating in the firm's business, social and professional development functions and programs, as well as to receive reimbursement for one bar membership.