K&L Gates adds maritime lawyer in Houston


Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has added Felisa Sanchez as an advisor in maritime and financial practices. She joins the firm’s Houston office from Foley & Lardner LLP.

Sanchez focuses his practice on a wide variety of corporate, financial and commercial matters for domestic and international clients in the financial services, maritime, transportation and energy sectors. She has nearly 20 years of experience representing public and private companies in complex transactions, including maritime financings and restructurings; transactions, contracts and regulatory compliance involving vessels and maritime assets; and Jones Act and other coastal trade matters. Sanchez is a member of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association, the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Bar Association.

Anil Patel, Managing Partner of the K&L Gates Houston office, said, “We are delighted to welcome Felisa to the Houston office and to the firm. Felisa is a highly regarded diverse practitioner with an established reputation in maritime finance and transactions. His 20 years of representing public and private companies in complex transactions will enable him to provide high quality service to the firm’s current and future clients. His addition also demonstrates our continued commitment to providing diverse legal advice.

Sanchez’s arrival follows the addition of intellectual property partner Collin Rose and restructuring and insolvency partner Brian Kilmer to Houston within the past year. They are among nearly 120 new partners and of counsel who have joined the firm globally since the start of 2020.

“We are delighted to welcome Felisa to our global maritime practice,” said Steven Sparling, co-head of K&L Gates’ energy, infrastructure and resources practice area. “She brings a breadth and depth of experience that will immediately support not only our traditional maritime customers, but also our broader energy sector customers.”

K&L Gates provides the U.S. and international marine industry with comprehensive legal, transactional, legislative and regulatory capabilities. The lawyers’ combined knowledge and experience, as well as the firm’s global presence, enable the Maritime Group to seamlessly assist its clients with their legal services needs, including but not limited to corporate, financing of ships, commercial activities, insurance coverage issues, charter parties, freight claims, accident, admiralty, shipbuilding and Jones Act issues.


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