K&L Gates

Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Excellent group with tremendous experience in commercial litigation and insurance coverage cases. Also noted for its strong reputation in toxic tort defense, and regularly sought after for its counsel in antitrust, IP and product liability disputes. Capable of assisting clients with internal investigations and white-collar crime litigation. Client base includes household names from the consumer products and chemicals industries.

Strengths An impressed client reports: "In the complex investigation, corporate litigation and regulatory inquiry areas, K&L Gates is a top-tier firm. Its partners are very hands-on, which enables them to bring a level of service that is client-centric."

"They really impressed me in a really complicated, highly technical case," a client says.

Work highlights Advised Sembcorp Marine in its internal investigation over cross-border corruption allegations relating to Brazil’s high-profile Operation Lava Jato investigation.

Notable practitioners

Brian Saulnier
covers the full range of white-collar crime and government investigations, particularly those relating to antibribery and anticorruption matters. Clients say: "His direct manner and calm approach to dealing with sensitive issues gives his clients confidence that they are in good hands during stressful times."

Mark Rush
's specific areas of strength include representing energy and healthcare clients in criminal investigations instituted by various government agencies including the Department of Justice. A client says he has "exceptional leadership presence and is a masterful strategic attorney." The client adds: "His years of experience allow him to confidently navigate the most complex issues with vision and confidence."

Michael Zanic
offers counsel to manufacturing and energy companies on asbestos issues, product liability disputes and insurance coverage.

Thomas Ryan
assists clients from sectors such as energy and healthcare during government and financial crime investigations. A client notes: "He is extremely knowledgeable about the federal grand jury process, and is very good at spotting future issues and explaining all of the pros and cons of any given decision."

Thomas Birsic
has vast experience in commercial litigation including insurance coverage disputes and product liability cases. A peer notes: "He is a great lawyer, he's very good in the courtroom and he has good strategy."