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38-Lawyer Hogan & Hartson Office to Join K&L Gates

As Hogan & Hartson gears up for its May 1 merger with Lovells, the United States firm’s Warsaw, Poland, office is going to be changing its allegiance even sooner.

All 38 lawyers there are joining K&L Gates, as of March 15, establishing its first office in Poland, reports the Blog of Legal Times.

At Hogan & Hartson, which will soon welcome 62 lawyers in Warsaw from the existing Lovells office there, “We fully support this arrangement and we are working with our Warsaw lawyers and their new firm to facilitate a smooth transition,” J. Warren Gorrell Jr., who chairs Hogan & Hartson, tells the legal publication.

Chairman Peter Kalis of K&L Gates says his firm saw the acquisition of the Hogan office in Warsaw as a key strategic move in Europe sparked by the opportunity to acquire an existing group of highly skilled practitioners. K&L Gates also opened new offices in Moscow and Tokyo In January.

The growing firm, which Kalis describes as “conservatively financed” and taking advantage of “a great opportunity for expansion,” topped $1 billion in revenue last year. It also saw profit per partner increase by 1 percent in the midst of global economic turmoil that sent profits plummeting at a number of competitors.

The attorney roster at K&L Gates increased from 1,552 in 2008 to a little over 1,700 last year.

Additional coverage: “Law International Style: Steptoe to Ramp Up in Beijing, DLA in Brazil, K&L Gates in Warsaw” “A Few Drinks, and the Hogan Lovells Merger Is History”

Legal Week: ” K&L Gates takes on Hogan’s entire Warsaw base for Poland launch”

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