Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP, which has a large mortgage banking and financial services practice, is in merger talks with a Seattle-based law firm that is focused on the technology industry.Preston Gates & Ellis and K&LNG are in "discussions aimed at a possible combination of their firms by year-end," the two companies said in a statement. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart merged with the London-based Nicholson Graham in January 2005.

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