Mr. Kalis is the Chairman and Global Managing Partner of K&L Gates. During his tenure as Chairman, the firm has grown from under 400 lawyers in six offices in the Eastern Time Zone to over 2,000 lawyers in 48 offices on five continents. He is the only law firm leader to be recognized on three of the industry’s most prestigious lists, with The American Lawyer having identified Mr. Kalis as among the 50 most influential innovators in the global legal industry in the last 50 years, The National Law Journal having included him on its inaugural list of the top 50 legal business trailblazers and pioneers, and a leading UK legal industry publication The Lawyer having named Mr. Kalis as among the ten individuals in the global profession who will shape the international market for legal services in the next decade.
Mr. Kalis is a Rhodes Scholar, he received his Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) from Oxford University, and during law school at Yale he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, Mr. Kalis served as law clerk to J. Skelly Wright, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and for Associate Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court.