K&L Gates chairman emeritus Charles Queenan honored

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Charles J. Queenan, chairman emeritus of Downtown-based K&L Gates, has been recognized by The American Lawyer magazine with a lifetime achievement award.

Mr. Queenan, 84, is one of eight lawyers being honored this year for distinguished careers and dedication to public service. Recipients will be featured in the magazine’s September issue.

Mr. Queenan, a resident of Scott who joined the firm in the mid-1950s after graduating from Harvard Law School and who served as K&L Gates’ chairman from 1975 through 1990, was named chairman emeritus in 2013. He is the only partner of the 68-year-old firm to ever receive the designation.

In announcing the award, the magazine cited Mr. Queenan’s early growth strategy as “foundational to the expansion and success of what is now K&L Gates.” K&L Gates is Pittsburgh’s biggest law firm, with some 2,000 attorneys worldwide and revenue of $1.2 billion in 2013.

In addition to his leadership role at the firm, Mr. Queenan has served as chairman of the board of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and chairman of the board of trustees at Carnegie Mellon University, among other civic, charitable and professional appointments.

Mr. Queenan is the fourth K&L Gates lawyer to receive the lifetime achievement award. Previous winners were Richard Thornburgh, Bill Gates Sr. and James Ellis.

Patricia Sabatini: psabatini@post-gazette.com or 412-263-3066.

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