Chairman and Global Managing Partner, K&L Gates LLP


As Chairman, Peter Kalis has led K&L Gates to enormous growth, making it one of the top firms in the world. He has been named one of the most influential innovators in the global legal industry by The American Lawyer and one of the top 50 legal business pioneers by The National Law Journal. His leadership has also been important in promoting diversity, as Peter made K&L Gates the first law firm to appoint a chief diversity officer. The firm’s diversity initiatives include a Kickstart Program and Diversity Fellowship for law students, a strong women’s program, and participation in LCLD. K&L Gates was named an LCLD Most Active Member Law Firm in 2013, 2015, and 2016.

Joined LCLD 2009

Highlights of LCLD Participation

LCLD Board of Directors
Member, 2013-2016 

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated:
2017: Nicholas Ranjan; 2016: Calvina Bostick; 2015: Soyong Cho; 2014: Shiau Yen Chin-Dennis; 2013: Dotun O. Obadina; 2012: William J. Simonitsch; 2011: Harvey Newkirk

Pathfinder Program 
Pathfinders selected: 
2016: Jessica Tsao; 2015: Tyler Cesar, Pablo Javier Man

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2016: Sarah Ahmed, Elizabeth Olivera; 2015: Nick Gurguis; 2014: Kishore Eechambadi; 2013: JP Tarbutton; 2012: Vivek Krishnan, Jonelle Saunders

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Annual Meeting (2016, 2015, 2014)
Leadership Summit (2015, 2014)


Member: Peter Kalis

Diversity Professionals: Paul W. Sweeney, Valerie A. Jackson, Alisa Goodwin

Communications: Mike Rick