The partners of the law firm K&L Gates have voted to change the firm's formal name from Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP to K&L Gates LLP.The change has been effective since July 1, 2008.
The New York office of K&L Gates welcomes Eric A. Prager and Israel E. Kornstein as partners in the firm's intellectual property and labor and employment practices, respectively. Mr. Prager joins K&L Gates from Darby & Darby P.C., while Mr. Kornstein was previously a shareholder at Akerman Senterfitt.
Mr. Prager's practice focuses on intellectual property counseling, licensing and litigation with an emphasis on digital content issues.
An experienced labor and employment lawyer, Mr. Kornstein advises and litigates on behalf of management in all aspects of labor and employment law.
Fred M. Greguras has joined K&L Gates'sPalo Alto office. A member of the corporate, mergers & acquisitions, and securities practices, he joins the firm from Fenwick & West LLP.
A highly experienced corporate lawyer, Mr. Greguras concentrates his practice on the areas of corporate formation and venture capital financings, M&A, licensing and other commercial transactions.
John S. Russell has joined the firm in its Research Triangle Park, NC office as a partner in the firm's life sciences practice. Mr. Russell, who previously served as an executive vice president and general counsel with Quintiles Transnational Corp., is the first new partner to be named at K&L Gates since the firm's entry into the Carolinas market through its July 1, 2008 combination with Kennedy Covington. He focuses his practice on the life sciences sector, principally representing drug development and discovery companies, as well as technology companies in the health care data field.
K&L Gates has launched a Construction Law Blog focusing on legal issues, news and regulations concerning the construction industry. Maintained by members of K&L Gates' construction and engineering practice, www.klconstructionlawblog.com includes lawyer-authored articles, analyses of cases and current and proposed regulations, and state-specific resources.