King & Spalding LLP > Atlanta, United States > Firm Profile

King & Spalding LLP
1180 PEACHTREE STREET
ATLANTA, GA 30309
United States

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 1

Few firms on the market have as much experience as King & Spalding LLP, which has been providing information governance and e-discovery services for over 25 years. The firm is highly capable in all areas of practice, and its extensive team, which includes attorneys, project management professionals and technologists is sought-after to advise on high-stakes litigation proceedings, investigations and crisis management. Ronni Solomon has been a leading light in the e-discovery space since the sector was in its nonage, and continues to maintain long-term relationships with companies such as UPS Equifax and the Progressive Group of Insurance Companies. Rose Jones and John Tucker, who co-lead the Atlanta-based team alongside Solomon, are also key names; the former is currently assisting Google in an antitrust investigation by the US House Judiciary Committee, while the latter focuses on the strategic planning aspect of the practice area.

Practice head(s):

Ronni Solomon; Rose Jones; John Tucker

Other key lawyers:

Michael Shortnacy

Testimonials

‘Strong collaboration with client. Grasp of cultural differences to provide seamless international work and support.’

‘Top notch lawyers and cutting edge technology.’

‘Great understanding of pain points of clients and effectively working to reduce.’

Key clients

United Parcel Service of America, Inc.

Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Equifax Inc.

The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies

Google LLC

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Handled discovery coordination in Toyota’s product liability litigation and responses to governmental investigations.
  • Advised UPS on e-discovery issues for the past 12 years.
  • Handled all e-discovery issues related to a cybersecurity breach which involved over 240 multiple lawsuits and government investigations filed/served by the United States Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, the SEC, most state attorney generals and plaintiffs in consumer and securities class actions.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 1

According to satisfied clients, King & Spalding LLP is ‘the best international arbitration firm in the market‘. Among its main assets, sources highlight its ‘breadth of experience‘, as well as its deep bench which ensures it can put forwardthe absolute right expert for whatever the case needs’. Historically best known for its reputation in the energy and extractive sectors, the group continues to expand its industry offering, with its recent cases also spanning manufacturing, construction, transport and telecoms, among other areas. The firm’s geographical footprint is equally diverse and it routinely handles international commercial and investment arbitrations globally from its US platforms, often working alongside partners in its overseas offices. Houston-based department co-chair Doak Bishop is widely recognized as one of the leading arbitration specialists in the market; he recently teamed up with New York-based group co-head Edward Kehoe and the Paris office to represent Spanish energy company Unión Fenosa Gas in a series of investment and commercial arbitrations against the Government of Egypt and its national natural gas company, EGAS. Outside of the energy sphere, the group represented the Dutch subsidiary of Quanta Services in a new ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Peru under the Netherlands–Peru Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) — New York-based Harry Burnett (‘an absolute rock star‘) co-led that work together with Kehoe and Houston-based Craig Miles. Other recommended names include the ‘vastly experiencedViren Mascarenhas, who splits his practice between New York and London, Chicago’s Javier Rubinstein and Atlanta-based Elizabeth Silbert. Érica Franzetti recently joined in Washington DC from Dechert LLP.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Simply the best international arbitration firm in the market. A true powerhouse, King & Spalding’s breadth of experience covering all major industries and jurisdictions positions the firm as the go-to firm for all kinds of complex disputes.’

King & Spalding has outstanding personnel with excellent command of the issues and the law. A winner team in which everyone is dedicated, creative, and works extremely hard. The individuals we worked with were very honest, open and knew how to handle the complex disputes efficiently, without involving the client in unnecessary matters.

King & Spalding’s team works very closely with co-counsels and with the clients to understand the critical issues of the dispute in question to create strong factual and legal arguments.’

‘They have the absolute right expert for whatever the case needs, have amazing relationships throughout the world, and seamlessly and humbly collaborate with each other across offices and practices to achieve the best outcome for the client.’

‘They are 100% focused on getting the best result for the client — whatever that may be — and have the ability to actually do it.’

‘Harry Burnett is an absolute rock star. He is off-the-charts smart but has absolutely no ego. He takes a great idea from any source, makes it better and executes it flawlessly. He is also a wonderful person and not surprisingly has the best relationships of any outside counsel I’ve ever met, which directly helped us achieve our goals in multiple cases.’

Harry Burnett, Craig Miles, Erica Franzetti and Fernando Rodriguez-Cortina are global leaders in the international arbitration field. They combine tons of practical experience and impressive academic credentials with a unique commercial mindset.’

The vastly experienced Viren Mascarenhas is very practical, gets to the heart of the issues and commands the process straightforwardly.’

Key clients

Air Canada

Republic of Turkey

Chevron

Multiple renewable energy clients

Exterran

Unión Fenosa Gas

Gerald International Limited / SL Mining Limited

Quanta Services

The Renco Group, Inc.

Shell

Work highlights

  • Represented Air Canada in an ICSID arbitration against Venezuela relating to the blocked repatriation of ticket sale revenues in the country.
  • Represented the Republic of Turkey in a $100m ICSID arbitration brought by Cascade Investments under the Belgium/Luxembourg–Turkey BIT.
  • Represented Chevron Australia and the Gorgon Owner Group (including Shell and ExxonMobil) in an UNCITRAL international arbitration arising from the construction of the $60bn Gorgon LNG facility on Barrow Island.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 1

Able to leverage a trial-ready approach should the need arise, King & Spalding LLP is well-equipped to provide a ‘very effective‘ service to major automotive manufacturers (including Honda, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz) across a wide array of their highest-stakes product liability and mass action litigation. This experience includes cases consolidated in federal multi-district litigation (MDL) proceedings, as well as individual and class actions in separate federal and state courts throughout the length and breadth of the country. New York-based John Hooper  has longstanding expertise in the sector, including his ongoing representation of Toyota across a range of product liability matters, including on the negotiation of a settlement resolving claims that the company’s hybrid Prius cars were prone to stalling. Susan Clare  in Atlanta co-heads the auto and transport litigation group alongside Hooper and her broad practice includes acting as strategic counsel to automotive manufacturers in connection with hundreds of consumer fraud and breach of warranty cases.  

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The team provides a very effective service.’

Key clients

American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

Automobili Lamborghini America, LLC

General Motors LLC

Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC

Subaru of America Inc.

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

Volkswagen AG and Volkswagen Group of America

Work highlights

  • Representing Toyota as strategic counsel in several product liability and most of the currently active class action cases pending in various courts nationwide, including actions alleging defects in Denso fuel pumps, defective fuel tanks, defective inverters, and defective batteries, among others.
  • Representing GM as lead counsel in various high-profile, high-exposure class action litigation matters throughout the country, several of which were resolved on an individual basis.
  • Representing Automobili Lamborghini America, LLC in two product liability wrongful death lawsuits pending in Las Vegas, Nevada arising out of a high-profile crash involving a post-collision fire at the Speed Vegas experiential race track.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 1

Able to draw upon vast product liability resources throughout the country, including many lawyers with substantial expertise in the defence of pharma companies, King & Spalding LLP has developed a strong reputation in the space, at trial and appellate level. Although the firm garners most plaudits for its trial capabilities– with many successes over the years in first impression and bellwether cases – it is also highly effective from a risk management, regulatory and advisory perspective, where it is able to deploy expertise from lawyers and scientists. Overarching head of the firm’s trial and global disputes practice group, Andy Bayman has a particular focus on handling big-ticket life-sciences-related product liability matters, including his current role as lead counsel for Boehringer Ingelheim in litigation involving Zantac. Pharmaceuticals and life sciences trial lawyer Adam Spicer is recognized for his successful record in court. Geoffrey Drake  and Robert Woo  co-head the team. All named practitioners are based in Atlanta unless otherwise indicated.

Practice head(s):

Robert Woo; Geoffrey Drake

 

Key clients

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

Boehringer Ingelheim

Eisai, Inc

GlaxoSmithKline

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing GSK in the In re: Zofran® (Ondansetron) Products Liability Litigation, securing a ruling dismissing all 400 lawsuits pending in the MDL involving claims that Zofran® ,when taken during pregnancy, causes congenital birth defects and that the medication’s labeling was inadequate in warning of this alleged risk.
  • Representing Johnson & Johnson in connection with claims alleging the plaintiffs developed mesothelioma as a result of using talcum-based Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder.
  • Representing Boehringer Ingelheim in all litigation arising from allegations that heartburn medication Zantac is associated with an increased risk of cancer.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 1

Many leading chemical, healthcare and energy companies turn to King & Spalding LLP to represent them in high-stakes toxic tort matters, relating to, inter alia, water contamination and chemical exposure. With more than 60 fee-earners spread across the firm’s national network of offices who have a focus in the area, the firm has the critical mass and geographical diversity to handle a tremendous range and volume of cases, irrespective of location. Of these practitioners, many have significant trial experience, ensuring that the team has ‘a wealth of knowledge on how to deal with environmental litigation in challenging jurisdictions’. ‘Strategic, pragmatic and forward-thinking‘, Tracie Renfroe  is managing partner of the Houston office, although her experience in the area extends beyond the regional confines of the office, to include a national and international profile for defending environmental claims. Also based out of Houston, Robert Meadows’ broad trial practice has seen him handle some high-profile toxic tort work, including numerous matters for Chevron, relating to allegations of water contamination caused by the gasoline additive MTBE. The firm’s New York office also continues to gain market share and was galvanized by the recruitment of a four-partner mass tort group from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in February 2020. Kristen Fournier is one of the leading lights of that team and has significant experience acting as national co-ordinating counsel, as well as a first-chair trial lawyer for the likes of Johnson & Johnson. Matthew Blaschke  and Elizabeth Taber, from San Francisco and Houston respectively, are also highly regarded and are practice co-heads alongside Fournier.  

Testimonials

‘The firm has a wealth of knowledge on how to deal with environmental litigation in challenging jurisdictions.’

Based on my experience, the firm has a top-shelf environmental legal team that is one of the best in the country.’

They pro-actively apply their extensive experience to provide practical advice and representation in a manner that adds significant value to achieving our goals.’

Tracie Renfroe provides exceptional leadership to any matter she is responsible for. She is strategic, pragmatic and forward thinking.’

‘Tracie Renfroe’s experience and instincts are intangibles that help her see the big picture while understanding which details are important and need the most attention. She also is an effective communicator who understands her audience.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

Chevron Corporation

BASF Corporation

Mine Safety Appliances

The Dow Chemical Company

International Paper Co.

Becton, Dickinson (BD Bard)

Forestar/DR Horton

The Renco Group, Inc.

Shell Oil Company

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Baker Hughes Company

Work highlights

  • National co-ordinating and trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in connection with claims alleging the plaintiffs developed mesothelioma as a result of asbestos in talcum-based Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder.
  • Represented Chevron U.S.A. in 40+ lawsuits brought by more than 30,000+ individually named persons who claimed personal injuries, lost wages, property damage, and punitive damages arising from an August 2012 fire at Chevron U.S.A.’s Richmond, California Refinery. Notably, the firm secured the dismissal of a number of the claimants’ causes of action, including under California’s Unfair Competition Law and for battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, insurance bad faith, and product liability, as well as the dismissal of over 10,000 individual plaintiffs who failed to answer written discovery.  
  • Representing Union Carbide Corporation in a series of putative class actions alleging exposure to air emissions of ethylene oxide.

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP‘s oil and gas litigation group represents a number of high-profile clients such as Chevron and ConocoPhilips. The broad practice handles a range of contentious issues, including toxic torts, trade secrets, royalties and administrative agency litigation. Based in Houston, managing partner Tracie Renfroe and Robert Meadows have extensive experience in federal and state courts; Renfroe focuses on environmental, product liability and commercial disputes and Meadows has a strong reputation in complex commercial and tort litigation. The group also has strong international arbitration capabilities, with Reggie Smith and Doak Bishop being key names to note. Andrew Stakelum has unique expertise in energy companies operating along the Gulf Coast.

Practice head(s):

Tracie Renfroe

Other key lawyers:

Robert Meadows; Doak Bishop; Reggie Smith; Andrew Stakelum; Shannon Kasley; Mike Stenglein; Jeremiah Anderson; Charles Correll; Marcella Burke

Key clients

Baker Hughes

Chevron Corporation

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

ConocoPhillips

G2X Energy

Halliburton Energy Services

Refinería de Cartagena (Reficar)

Work highlights

  • Represented Chevron USA in a two-week jury trial in a Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, against plaintiffs seeking over $100m in remediation costs for alleged legacy oilfield contamination of soil and groundwater; the jury returned a complete defense verdict in favour of Chevron.
  • Representing Chevron as lead national trial counsel in numerous cases in which municipalities, water purveyors, State Attorneys General, and individuals claim that water has been contaminated by the gasoline additive MTBE.
  • Representing Baker Hughes in litigation and regulatory proceedings arising from alleged chlorinated solvent contamination near Baker Hughes subsidiary Dresser’s former valve manufacturing and refurbishing facility in Pineville, Louisiana.

Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP remains active at the top of the market, accruing a number of new transactional and litigation mandates from hospital and health systems across the country. For transactions, its highlights are the $3.9bn SPAC listing of Sharecare and advising Piedmont Healthcare on $1.9bn worth of bet-the-company acquisitions. In litigation, the team supplemented its existing investigations, anti-kickback and false claims act work with an expansion of its work on government reimbursement matters. Washington DC-based practice co-leader Mark Polston maintains his position as a leader in that space, alongside Dan Hettich. Adam Robison, based in the Houston office, operates a dual practice, acting on transactional matters with Atlanta-based Jon Harris, alongside offering compliance counsel. Also based in Atlanta is co-head Jim Boswell, who is known for acting on FCA litigation and other key regulatory matters.  Other key lawyers include DC-based payment systems expert Chris Kenny, versatile transactional and regulatory advisor Richard Zall in New York, and Atlanta-based litigator Stephanie Johnson.

Practice head(s):

Jim Boswell; Mark Polston

Testimonials

‘The depth of the King & Spalding team on healthcare matters is truly exceptional. Their team is able to cover any issue we have from litigation to regulatory to transactional, and they shine on particularly complex, cross-disciplinary issues where they can cover the issue from soup to nuts and offer a coordinated, streamlined solution. They are able to do this because of exceptional communication and connectivity amongst their team and with our internal stakeholders. They are always on the cutting edge of every legal issues in healthcare and so are my first call when facing a new challenge to the business.’

‘The King & Spalding team are leaders in every aspect of healthcare, on every issue. The partners have real depth in both the legal issues, but also the industry and practical business operations. They go the extra mile to understand my problem and my company and come up with a tailored solution on the time frame that I need it. They are very flexible and creative in coming up with solutions that work for my unique issues.’

Key clients

21st Century Oncology

Affinity Health Plan

Albany Medical Center

American Academy of Home Care Medicine

American Clinical Laboratory Association

Antelope Valley Hospital

Archimedes Health Investors

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Ascension Health, Inc.

Athyrium Capital Management

Atlantic Health System

Atrium Health

Baylor College of Medicine & Affiliated Medical Services

Benevis, LLC

Bon Secours Health System

BronxCare Health System

California Hospital Association

California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)

Capital Medical Group

Capital One/Healthcare Financial Services

CareOne LLC

CareWise Health

Catholic Health Services of Long Island

Cedars- Sinai Healthcare System

Certilytics

Charleston Area Medical Center

Christ Hospital and Health System

CHRISTUS Health (Dallas and Houston, TX)

Citizens Medical Center (Victoria, TX)

Clinton Health Access Initiative

Community Health Systems (Franklin, TN)

Cox Health

Crossroads Hospice

Dameron Hospital

DaVita Inc.

Digital Transformation Opportunities Corp

Dynacq/Surgical Specialty Hospitals of America/Vista Hospital

East Alabama Medical Center

EHE Health

Eisner Amper

El Camino Hospital

Eleanor Health

Emory Healthcare

Empire Health Foundation

Encompass Health

Enloe Medical Center

Everything Pharmacy Related II

Exact Sciences

Eye Center of Northern Colorado

Fallon Benefits Group

Florida Hospital Association

Fresno Community Hospital and Medical Center

Global Resource Solutions

GoForward, Inc.

H and H Drug Stores

Hackensack Medical Center

Hartford Healthcare

HCA

Health Services Los Angeles County

Hendrick Health System (hospital system in Abilene, TX)

Hospice of the West

Hospital for Special Surgery

Houston Methodist Hospital (Houston, TX)

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and Flushing Hospital Medical Center

Jefferson Regional Medical Center

John Muir Health

Kaweah Delta Healthcare District

KKR

Kode Health, Inc.

Lehigh Valley Health Network, Inc.

LifeGift Organ Procurement Organization (Houston, TX)

LifeLinc Corporation

Long Island Community Hospital

M2 Orthopedic Partners Holdings, LLC

Mather Hospital

Medical Home Network

Medical University Hospital Authority (aka MUSC)

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport

Mental Health Association of Westchester

Mercy

Montefiore Health System

Mount Sinai Health System

Mountain View Hospital and Medical Center

Myca Health

Nassau University Medical Center

Natividad Medical Center

Nemours Children’s Health

New York Community Hospital of Brooklyn

Northbay Healthcare

Northeast Georgia Health System

Northwell Health

Northwest Kidney Center

Novant Health

Nueces County Hospital District (Corpus Christi, TX) (25+ years)

Ochsner Clinic Foundation d/b/a Ochsner Health (Louisiana)

Ochsner Health System

OSF Healthcare System

Phoebe Putney Health System

Piedmont Healthcare

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

Presbyterian Healthcare Services (NM)

Prime Healthcare Services, Inc.

Quidel Corporation

Quorum Health Corporation

RAYUS Radiology

Red Ventures, Inc.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose

San Antonio Regional Hospital

Sanford Health

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

SCP Health (formerly Schumacher Clinical Partners)

Scripps Health

Sharp Healthcare

Signify Health

Sollis Health

South Nassau Communities Hospital

Southern Hills Hospital

Southwestern Health Resources Clinically Integrated Network (Dallas, TX)

St. Barnabas Hospital

St. John’s Riverside Hospital

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Yonkers

St. Luke’s University Health System (“St. Luke’s”)

Stanford Health Care

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center

Sword Health

Tampa General Hospital

Tenet Healthcare Corporation

Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Council Risk Management Fund

Texas Radiology Associates

The Brooklyn Hospital Center

The New York and Presbyterian Hospital

The University of Texas System (Austin, TX) – this includes many major facilities

Torrance Memorial Health

Trinity Health

UAB Medicine

UF Health

Universal Health Services, Inc.

University Hospital at Stony Brook

University of California

University of Kansas Hospital

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

University of Utah Hospital

University of Vermont Medical Center

Vituity

WellStar Health System

West Virginia University Health System

WR Biotech, LLC

Yavapai Regional Medical Center (Prescott, AZ)

Work highlights

  • Advised Sharecare in a $3.9bn merger with Falcon Capital Acquisition Corp.
  • Represented two significant acquisitions for Piedmont Healthcare: four acute-care hospitals and related ancillary businesses for $950m and an affiliation transaction with University Health Care System.
  • Representing the American Clinical Laboratory Association in a challenge to a significant Medicare regulation that ultimately impacts payment for clinical diagnostic laboratory services.

Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - finance Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP' s team is 'acutely focused on the financing and leasing of railroad rolling stock‘. The practice represents major US banks in their acquisitions and dispositions of rail assets, as well as the leasing and financing of those assets. It has extensive experience in financing structures for rolling stock, locomotives, chassis, containers, automobiles, tractors, and other equipment across North America. In Atlanta, Carolyn Alford leads both the financial services and leveraged finance and restructuring teams, while Jeff Dutson  is a restructuring and bankruptcy specialist. In the Charlotte office, the ‘exemplaryChristopher Buchanan is experienced in a wide variety of transportation-related financing structures that include cash flow and asset-based loan facilities. Buchanan’s recent track record includes advising clients on the unwinding and disposing of rolling stock in leveraged leases, and structuring finance transactions for fleets of vehicles and other hard assets. Also in Charlotte, associate Kathryn Wilson routinely represents parties in railcar leases, as well as acquisition and disposition deals. In 2021, former transportation finance group head Jason Huff departed the firm.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

King and Spalding has a team that is acutely focused on the financing and leasing of railroad rolling stock.

Having attorneys that understand the rail business is key for any client.

The understanding of lessee and lessor/borrower and lender issues positions K&S to meet any challenge for its clients.

Strong market knowledge – relative to other firms we have worked with, they excel at providing advice that is consistent with their mandate.

The individuals in the rail practice are customer-centric.  They are evenly-keeled individuals, but resolute negotiators that advocate with eloquence and ferocity on behalf of their clients.

They are always learning from their experiences, turning then round immediately and applying that knowledge to the benefit of their clients. Christopher Buchanan is exemplary in this context.

Christopher Buchanan provides prompt, effective and thought-out counsel that can be shared with the client.

Key clients

Truist Bank

Wells Fargo Rail Corporation

KKR Credit Advisors

Work highlights

  • Represented a Canadian-based investment manager in its investment in a company that provides passenger and freight train operators across Europe.
  • Represented Truist Bank (as successor to SunTrust Equipment Finance and Leasing Corp) in matters related to the leasing of mobile solar generators to International Speedway Corp.
  • Represented Truist Bank (Truist) in the Dean Foods bankruptcy case, where Truist was the lessor of milk trucks and related equipment.

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 1

The trial and global disputes group at global law firm King & Spalding LLP continues to be a dominant force in the practice area, coordinating with 23 locations across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia to represent major household names in media and entertainment and tech such Netflix, Amazon, Disney, Zoom, Google and Warner Media in high-stakes litigation. Kenneth Steinthal in San Francisco heads the team, bringing deep trial experience and expertise on IP rights and licensing for multinationals engaged in audio-visual media content distribution. Global IP practice founding member Bruce Baber in New York office achieved a victory for Google in April 2021 in the long-running Google v Oracle case, with the Supreme Court clearing the company of infringement related to smartphone software. Austin-based Counsel Jason Blake Cunningham has successfully acted for media and tech clients like Amazon and The Orchard in complex infringement suits brought by the heirs of deceased songwriters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Kenneth Steinthal is the best in the business.’

Key clients

Google/YouTube

Amazon

National Public Radio (NPR), Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

Viacom/CBS

Netflix

ByteDance/TikTok

Peloton

Amazon (including subsidiary Twitch)

The Orchard (Sony Music subsidiary)

Warner Media (including HBO, Turner, and Warner Bros.)

Mood Media/Muzak

Disney/ESPN

A&E Television Networks

AMC Networks

BBC

Bloomberg TV and Radio

Cumulus Media

Discovery Communications / Scripps Networks

DISH

Audacy (formerly known as Entercom and including CBS Radio)

Fox Cable

Work highlights

  • Represented Google in Google v. Oracle since 2010, including before the U.S. Supreme Court, which recently cleared Google of wrongdoing in a multibillion-dollar copyright lawsuit filed by Oracle over smartphone software.
  • Represented Amazon in a series of five copyright infringement suits brought in the Southern District of New York and Western District of Washington claiming that Amazon sold digital downloads of tracks through its online music store that contained musical compositions that had not been properly licensed
  • Represent Google/YouTube— at trial, on appeal and now in remand proceedings after a successful appeal of the issues Google sought for review — in the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) litigation known as “Phonorecords III” to determine the structure and rates for “mechanical” reproduction rights in musical compositions associated with the streaming activities of digital music services.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 1

One of the best firms for middle-market M&A’, King & Spalding LLP is home to a global M&A practice comprising more than 150 lawyers. The US offering is spread across Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC, among several other locations, handling acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, as well as advising on anti-takeover strategies. Keith Townsend is a corporate finance, governance and M&A specialist who co-heads the practice from Atlanta alongside Rahul Patel , a specialist in multijurisdictional deals. Over in New York, Jonathan Melmed  is third co-chair of the department; he is especially well-connected within the media, telecommunications, pharma and insurance sectors. Key industries for the wider team include energy, power, infrastructure, technology, healthcare and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Keith Townsend; Rahul Patel; Jonathan Melmed

Other key lawyers:

Enrico Granata; Cal Smith; Erik Belenky

Testimonials

‘One of the best firms for middle market M&A, at a quality:price ratio hard to beat. While the firm handles multi-billion dollar transactions, this is the firm’s bread and butter.’

‘The three most talented are Rahul Patel, Ray Baltz and Jonathan Melmed.’

 

Key clients

Sharecare

Booz Allen Hamilton

United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS)

Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE: SWM)

Great American Outdoors Group

Mailchimp

ManTech International Corporation (Nasdaq: MANT)

Equifax

Americold Realty Trust (NYSE: COLD)

Jernigan Capital (NYSE: JCAP)

The Vincit Group

Lightning eMotors

Hotwire Communications, Ltd.

HeartFlow Holding, Inc.

American First Finance, Inc.

Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN)

Kraton

Work highlights

  • Advised The Rocket Science Group LLC d/b/a Mailchimp on its sale of Mailchimp to Intuit Inc. for $12bn.
  • Advised Aaron’s, Inc. in its spin-off of its Aaron’s Business segment. The spin-off resulted in the creation of two, independent publicly-traded companies: PROG Holdings, Inc. and The Aaron’s Company, Inc.. PRG’s market cap is approximately $3bn.
  • Advised Sharecare, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHCR) in its business combination with Falcon Capital Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), resulting in Sharecare becoming a publicly listed company on NASDAQ, trading under the symbol SHCR. The transaction was valued at approximately $3.9bn.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The special matters and government investigations practice at King & Spalding LLP is led in Washington DC by Wick Sollers and Michael Pauze, and in New York by Andrew Hruska. The team includes former federal prosecutors and government enforcement officials, and acts for both corporates and individuals on high-stakes white-collar crime and civil defense matters. The practice draws on strength from its global network and is active in the financial services, life sciences, energy, automotive and professional services industries. Sollers is a name to note for investigations and litigation, and has considerable experience in the healthcare sector; Hruska handles criminal, regulatory and bankruptcy litigation; and Pauze is an experienced trial lawyer who often advises on government investigations. In January 2021, Craig Carpenito joined in New York after serving as the US Attorney for the District of New Jersey; in February of the same year, Paul Murphy joined in Atlanta from the FBI; in May Cliff Stricklin joined in Denver from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner HRO; and in June, Greg Scott joined in Sacramento after serving as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of California.

Practice head(s):

Wick Sollers; Andrew Hruska; Michael Pauzé

Other key lawyers:

Sally Yates; Mark Jensen; Zach Fardon; Ethan Davis; Craig Carpenito; Paul Murphy; Cliff Stricklin; Greg Scott

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

Equifax

Nike Inc.

Merit Medical Systems

Kroll Bond Rating Agency

CFTC Chairman Heath Tarbert, CFTC Commissioner Dan Berkovitz, CFTC Commission Russ Behnam, CFTC Director of Enforcement Jamie McDonald, CFTC Trial Team Members

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP‘s members are well versed in representing clients before trial and appellate courts, government enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies, as well as before multiple arbitral tribunals. The practice is well positioned to advise at the intersection of government enforcement actions, regulatory and administrative proceedings, shareholder litigation, court trials and appellate work. Practice co-head David Balser in Atlanta specialises in contract disputes, business torts, class actions and professional liability litigation. Fellow team leader Richard Marooney in New York and the Los Angeles-based Joe Akrotirianakis are key contacts in trials. In Chicago, Rachael Trummel is an active litigator in putative class actions and mass torts. Lazar Raynal joined the Chicago office in October 2021, joining from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bayman; Richard Marooney

Other key lawyers:

Joe Akrotirianakis; Rachael Trummel; Albert Giang; Alvin Lee; Lazar Raynal; Randy Mastro

Key clients

American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Americold

American Kidney Fund

BASF

Barclays Bank PLC

Beech-Nut Nutrition Company

Benefytt Technologies Inc.

Capital One

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Deloitte Consulting

Ernst & Young

Eaze Technologies

Federal Reserve Banks

Getac Technology Corporation

Global Payments Direct, Inc.

Hims & Hers Health, Inc.

Hillrom

Home Depot

Hope Medical Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a/ Hope Pharmaceuticals

JP Morgan

Lyft Inc.

NSO Group Technologies Ltd.

Old Navy

Progressive Insurance

Ripple Labs

Senior Planning Services, LLC

Varian Medical Systems

Work highlights

  • Represented Hillrom in this Delaware Chancery Court case following Hillrom’s declaration of an MAE (material adverse event) to terminate its merger agreement with target BardyDx.
  • Led the defense for Equifax in more than 400 putative class actions arising from the cyber security incident announced on September 7, 2017.
  • Earned a total victory on behalf of client Hope Medical Enterprises, Inc. dba Hope Pharmaceuticals in an unfair competition lawsuit in the Central District of California.

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP‘s trial and global disputes team handles a full range of cross-border disputes and enforcement-related litigation. Following the departure of James Berger and Charlene Sun in October 2021, the team is led by Andy Bayman in Atlanta, who counts product liability among his areas of expertise, and Houston-based energy sector expert Reginald Smith. The group is popular among life sciences sector clients, an area strengthened by the arrival of Chicago-based Lazar Raynal in October 2021, who frequently advises on high-profile patent and breach of contracts disputes, from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. David Wallach in San Francisco, who joined from Jones Day in November 2021, also has experience in this space, as well as in the cross-border construction, energy and retain disputes. The group has an impressive complementary international arbitration team; Washington DC-based Kenneth Beale, who joined from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in March 2021 and is strong for energy and financial services sector disputes, is among the names for enforcement litigation. Also in Washington DC, international arbitration expert Érica Franzetti joined from Dechert LLP in October 2021 and has experience representing international clients before the Brazilian courts.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bayman; Reginald Smith

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Stati (Ascom Group S.A.)

Exterran

Rusoro Mining Limited

Union Fenosa Gas

Chevron Corporation

NSO

Work highlights

  • Representing the Stati parties as global litigation counsel in proceedings arising out of a US$541m investment arbitration award against the Republic of Kazakhstan under the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • Representing Exterran in a major dispute with Iberoamerica de Hidrocarburos, S.A. related to the production of natural gas in three fields in San Fernando, Mexico. This dispute encompasses litigation proceedings in the U.S and an ICC arbitration in Mexico.
  • Representing claimants in global enforcement proceedings arising out of six arbitration awards (currently totalling around $200m) against Spain and Italy under the Energy Charter Treaty for the withdrawal or modification of renewable energy incentives.

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 2

Satisfied clients of King & Spalding LLP's international trade practice draw attention to its 'deep industrial knowledge and experience' as well as its 'responsive business stance'. An increasingly dominant player in trade remedy-related matters, the Washington DC-based group additionally packs a punch in economic sanctions, export controls, and customs-related issues — it also houses a growing CIFIUS practice. Department chair Stephen Orava handles an array of WTO, trade litigation, trade policy and regulatory matters but is arguably best known for his trade remedy expertise; he successfully represented Briggs & Stratton in antidumping and countervailing duty petitions involving imports of vertical engines from China. Christine Savage spearheads the firm's CFIUS, export controls and economic sanctions practice and brings to bear prior US government experience earned during a two-year stint at the DOC. The firm also fields a capable customs team under the leadership of Michael Taylor, who advises on customs investigations, False Claims Act allegations and other customs-related issues. Stephen Vaughn and Jamieson Greer are noted for their emphasis on trade litigation and policy. Associate Mercedes Morno, a former senior attorney at the DOC, is also recommended,

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Deep industrial knowledge and experience. They put the client first and take a responsive business stance. Timely advice and appropriate negotiation.’

‘Lawyers work very well together as a team, providing a seamless service to the client.’

‘Very strong advocates with a great sense of our business.’

‘The resources that were available through their direct team, as well as their associated consultants, provided everything our case needed. The team’s responsiveness was outstanding; it did not matter the time of day these folks were available and always sharp.’

‘Our antidumping and countervailing duty petitions were far from the typical scenario of these types of cases. King & Spalding adapted our strategy for proper execution which led to a huge victory for our domestic production.’

‘The entire team and consultants that helped us through the case understood our cause and the truth behind why we should have succeeded. Stephen Orava also genuinely shared this passion for our case, which I believe led to our victory.’

Key clients

Briggs & Stratton Corporation

Cleveland-Cliffs (acquired previous client, AK Steel)

Porsche Cars North America (client for over 4 years)

Capital Dynamics

Brookfield Renewable

Wincom, Inc.

J.R. Simplot Company

Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company (client for 20+ years)

US Magnesium LLC (client for 20+ years)

The Dow Chemical Company (client for 15+ years)

Embraer S.A. (client for 15+ years)

Coalition for Sustainable Cement Manufacturing and Environment (“CSCME”) (California cement industry) (client for 10+ years)

Domtar Corporation (client for 10+ years)

U.S. Producers of Citric Acid (coalition of Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, and Tate & Lyle) (client for 10+ years)

Coalition for Acetone Fair Trade

Washington Red Raspberry Commission

United Parcel Service (“UPS”)

Business for eTrade Development

Novolex

AMG Vanadium

Hexcel Corporation (client for over 15 years)

Novelis, Inc. (client for over 10 years)

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Briggs & Stratton in antidumping and countervailing duty petitions involving imports of vertical engines from China, obtaining the first affirmative critical circumstances finding from the ITC in 20 years.
  • Secured a win for domestic producers of thermal paper in antidumping and countervailing duty cases involving imports from four different countries, following the ITC’s decision to impose tariffs on products from those countries.
  • Represented Cleveland-Cliffs (the largest US producer of flat-rolled steel) in recently launched five-year reviews of antidumping and countervailing duty orders on corrosion-resistant steel, cold-rolled steel and hot-rolled steel.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 2

Leveraging the expertise of product liability lawyers spread across the firm’s national network of offices, many with significant trial experience, King & Spalding LLP handles a large range and volume of cases, for manufacturers and producers, across the gamut of consumer products. As well as its high-profile role as national co-ordinating and trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in the talcum powder-related litigation, the team has gained perhaps most visibility for its ‘superb work‘ within the tobacco space. In this segment of the market, its ongoing representation for R.J. Reynolds across a plethora of smoking and health cases have led to numerous high-profile success at both a trial and appellate level. Charlotte-based trial lawyer Jeffrey Furr has been pivotal to much of this success and has secured victories in many plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions over the years. Atlanta-based Val Leppert is also recommended, and as well as his work at First Instance, his appellate skills have been very much to the fore, in relation to many of the firm’s docket of high-profile product liability disputes, including the aforementioned tobacco work. Bruce Hurley in Houston, Ursula Henninger in Charlotte, and New York’s Shaila Rahman Diwan co-lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Hurley; Ursula Henninger; Shaila Rahman Diwan

Testimonials

The team does superb work in the tobacco space.’

Key clients

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

GlaxoSmithKline LLC

The Home Depot Inc.

The Procter & Gamble Company

Beech-Nut Nutrition Company

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

General Motors LLC

Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC

Mine Safety Appliances

Boehringer Ingelheim

Work highlights

  • Representing R.J Reynolds Tobacco in smoking and health cases in difficult jurisdictions such as Florida, Hawaii, Missouri, Nevada and Philadelphia, prevailing in numerous case-defining motions at the trial level and securing an unprecedented string of appellate victories.
  • Representing Johnson & Johnson in connection with claims alleging the plaintiffs developed mesothelioma as a result of using talcum-based Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder.
  • Representing Boehringer Ingelheim in all litigation arising from allegations that heartburn medication Zantac is associated with an increased risk of cancer.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

With a ‘very business-focused mindset‘, King & Spalding LLP‘s securitization lawyers in New York advise on receivables financing, hybrid structured and leveraged credit facilities and term notes, as well as privately placed and publicly issued securitization deals. The group has a sizeable real estate-based practice, which often overlaps with its esoteric asset work, that includes healthcare and trade receivables securitizations and mortgage repurchase transactions. Michael Urschel  is the practice head, with recent experience in securitizations of restaurant concepts, digital infrastructure and cellular towers. Ryan McNaughton is an expert in esoteric ABS deals, while Jonathan Arkins‘ esoteric practice extends to data centres and intellectual property licensing streams. Terry Novetsky is a specialist in loan asset securitization programs. Senior associate Kathryn Weiss is another stand-out team member.

Practice head(s):

Michael Urschel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘K&S’ structured finance team, managed by Michael Urschel, has a deep bench in terms of attorneys with trusted judgement and execution skills, with a very business-focused mindset. This allows them to timely execute on a variety of projects. Their bandwidth and creativity in the spaces we work with them in is amazing.’

‘The team list goes on and on. All are capable decisionmakers, good counsellors and drafts people. Lots of willingness to take ownership and get deals done. Proactive is a good key word for this team.’

Key clients

Barclays Capital Inc

Cerberus Capital Management

Goldman Sachs

Diamond Communications

Morgan Stanley

Nuveen/TIAA

Five Guys Holdings, Inc.

White Oak

The Toronto Dominion Bank

MUFG

Work highlights

  • Advised Barclays Capital Inc., as sole structuring advisor and joint book-running manager, and a consortium of bank in connection with the sale of $2.35 billion fixed rate Series 2021-1 Class A-2 Notes backed by a whole-business securitization of the franchise assets of Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
  • Advised a commonly-controlled affiliate of Diamond Communications together with equity sponsor Sculptor Capital Management in the issuance of $665 million of securitized Secured Cellular Site Revenue Notes issued by Diamond Infrastructure Funding LLC.
  • Advised Barclays Capital Inc. on the structuring of two securitized financing note issuances totalling $500 million. The closing of the Series 2021-1 Notes represents a key milestone for DigitalBridge in that it is the first-of-its-kind securitization.

Industry focus > Education Tier 2

At King & Spalding LLP, the higher education practice group brings together a strong bench across government investigations and healthcare to handle work in the academic medical center space. Now jointly led by managing partner of the Chicago office Zach Fardon and trial lawyer Andy Bayman in Atlanta, the team retains its expertise in accreditation matters for colleges and high-stakes whistleblower litigation. Also in Atlanta, Tish McDonald represents non-profits and higher education institutions in complex litigation, and specializes in fiduciary litigation. Former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins in Chicago has experience handling internal investigations. In Washington, DC, Mark Polston and Daniel Hettich are the key contacts for medical center matters. Floyd Newton has now retired.

Practice head(s):

Zach Fardon; Andy Bayman

Key clients

Emory University

University of Vermont Medical Center

Akron General Medical Center

Botsford General Hospital

Carilion Medical Center

Cleveland Clinic Health System

Duke University Health System

Fairview Hospital

Florida Health Sciences Center

Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Medical University Hospital Authority

Vanderbilt University

Work highlights

  • Rrepresented Emory University in its consolidated COVID-19 tuition-refund class action litigation.
  • Represented The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in its renegotiation of its long-term multi-billion dollar affiliation agreement with Harris County Hospital District.
  • Representing the accrediting body for the colleges and universities in the 11 Southern states in litigation, winning summary judgment in Atlanta Federal court for this client brought by Paine College located in Augusta, Georgia, who sued the client for its loss of accreditation.

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Led from New York by Jonathan Melmed , King & Spalding LLP‘s renewable energy practice is a go-to choice for private equity funds looking to buy, sell and invest in traditional renewable energy companies, solar and wind power plants, renewable natural gas and battery storage projects. Working in close collaboration with the firm’s preeminent project development and construction team based in Houston, the team is prepared to handle hybrid M&A, project finance and tax equity transactions, multi-jurisdictional regulatory matters and commercial agreements. Practice head Melmed is the lead M&A and private equity lawyer for renewable energy and alternative power clients. With particular focus in the power and renewables sectors, Adam Hankiss is another transactional expert to note in New York. Based in Houston, Scott Greer chairs the global energy and construction transactional practice, representing owners and developers in a range of domestic and international projects, including carbon sequestration, hydrogen and energy storage facilities.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Melmed

Other key lawyers:

Scott Greer; Adam Hankiss; David Runnels; Stuart Zisman

Key clients

Axium Infrastructure

Brookfield Infrastructure Group

D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments

Atlas Holdings

Instar Asset Management

Starwood Energy Group

The Carlyle Group

UBS Infrastructure

Macquarie Capital

KKR Infrastructure

Capital Dynamics

Blackstone Infrastructure

Global Clean Energy, Inc.

Hobo Renewables Diesel

Ridgewood Infrastructure, LLC

Arevon Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Represented Axium Infrastructure US Inc. in a purchase and sale agreement with Recurrent Energy, LLC pursuant to which Axium will acquire an 80% interest in 350MWs of battery energy storage projects under development in Riverside County California.
  • Advised Capital Dynamics, Inc. on the $900m acquisition on a leveraged buyout basis of an approximately 300MW portfolio of operating solar power plants located in California, Delaware and Arizona from LS Power.
  • Represented affiliates of client, D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C. in the acquisition, tax equity financing and project financing of a 149MWac solar project located in White County, Illinois, from Headwater Renewables LLC.

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 2

The sizeable department at King & Spalding LLP ‘has a wealth of knowledge on how to deal with environmental litigation in challenging jurisdictions‘. With seasoned trial lawyers based across the country, the team is adept at handling high-exposure environmental cases which oftentimes involve bet-the-company significance and issues ranging from toxic chemicals, groundwater contamination to environmental incidents, including fires, chemical releases and explosions. The firm is a go-to destination for clients in the energy sector, but also offers representation to several Fortune 100 companies operating in a range of industries engaged in high-profile waste, soil, water, air and climate change-related litigation in the US and abroad. Based in Washington DC, Granta Nakayama jointly heads up the group with Kristen Fournier in New York and Matt Blaschke in San Francisco. Working out of Houston, Tracie Renfroe  often receives mandates from energy and industrial clients in groundwater and drinking water contamination and toxic tort mandates. Douglas Henderson in Atlanta has tried numerous cases involving chemical exposure, RCRA and the Clean Water Act. On the West Coast, Charles Correll  is a name to note in San Francisco for natural resource damage claims and environmental litigation, while Peter Hsiao in Los Angeles is a solid litigator in matters concerning air and water issues, CERCLA cost recovery and toxic tort.

Practice head(s):

Kristen Fournier; Matt J. Blaschke; Granta Nakayama

Other key lawyers:

Tracie Renfroe; Charles Correll; Douglas Henderson; Nick Kayhan; Peter Hsiao; Elizabeth Taber; Megan Nishikawa; Craig Stanfield

Testimonials

‘This team has a wealth of knowledge on how to deal with environmental litigation in challenging jurisdictions. The judges appreciate how prepared K&S counsel is at hearings and status conferences and this has helped set up good credibility with the judges.’

‘The partners and associates have been terrific advocates and have been able to help the company come up with the best strategies for handling large-scale environmental litigation.’

‘Beyond their advocacy skillset and knowledge, the team that represent us are well coordinated, communicated effectively with each other and to us as their client.’

‘They care about their client’s legal file but more importantly, the individuals we work with have the wisdom and emotional intelligence to view our file holistically to consider the totality of our business interests, internal dynamics and effects legal issues will have on our business.’

King & Spalding has both depth and breadth of experience representing utilities in water supply litigation. Given that many of the policy and legal issues are national in scope, they are able to help their clients understand the big picture and identify the best opportunities for success. They also possess technical expertise and fluency themselves and collaborate with experts in a variety of water-related fields of study. As a result, they regularly offer unique insights, ideas, and approaches that bring added value to their clients. They are skilled at managing litigation strategies across interrelated lawsuits before multiple courts.’

‘King & Spalding stands out for many reasons. The team is efficiently staffed with professionals who have strong knowledge of the subject matter and an understanding of our company’s business. Additionally, while efficient and cost effective, the team is proactive and strategic always staying ahead without having to be reactive.’

Tracie Renfroe provides exceptional leadership to any matter she is responsible for. She is strategic, pragmatic and always provides forward looking planning for matters. Tracie is very organized which empowers her to work in a smart and efficient manner. Tracie’s experience and instincts are intangibles that help her see the big picture while understanding which details are important and need the most attention. She also is an effective communicator who understands her audience. Tracie can explain very complicated and technical concepts in terms that are concise and easy for client’s to understand while having the ability to communicate intricate details to courts, experts and other members of her team. Most importantly, Tracie places the highest priority on honesty and ethics while maintaining a fiercely zealous disposition toward representing her clients.’

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

The Renco Group

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Baker Hughes Company

Environmental Resources Management Southwest Inc.

LAOSD Asbestos Cases

BASF Corporation

Sea Island Acquisition, LLC

Total Terminals International LLC

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and the Georgia Water Supply Providers

International Paper Co.

Work highlights

  • Representing Chevron in an investment treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in the Hague, arising out of a $9.5bn Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron for alleged environmental harm caused by historical oilfield operations.
  • Defended Chevron U.S.A. and Chevron Corp. in connection with claims totalling over $1bn following an August 2012 fire at the Richmond, CA refinery.
  • Representing Chevron as lead national trial counsel in numerous cases in which municipalities, water purveyors, State Attorneys General, and individuals claim that water has been contaminated by the gasoline additive MTBE.

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP houses ‘a top-shelf environmental legal team that is one of the best in the country‘. Practitioners are skilled at providing the full-array of environmental regulatory services across the US, but are particularly noted for their strength in California-related matters. Besides frequently acting for clients in the defense of enforcement actions brought by the EPA, and other state and federal agencies, the group has advised clients on all aspects of the environmental permitting process, crisis response and site remediation cases. Recent areas of growth for the team include cutting-edge issues pertaining to emerging chemicals, such as Ethylene Oxide (EtO) and Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), and mobile source emissions. The team is led from Washington DC by Granta Nakayama, who is a recognised attorney in the market with an impressive track record in environmental enforcement actions, agency rulemakings and Congressional matters. Ilana Saltzbart , who is a former senior enforcement counsel at the EPA, is another key contact in DC for the biofuels industry, especially those engaged in Clean Air Act matters. Atlanta-based Adam Sowatzka maintains a nationwide practice handling civil and criminal environmental enforcement mandates, with a particular focus on wastewater cases and PFAS. The West Coast environmental, health and safety practice is managed by environmental trial lawyer Peter Hsiao, who builds on his chemical engineering experience to advise a variety of clients in environmental, natural resources and toxic tort law. He sits in the Los Angeles office. Marcella Burke leads the Houston-based environmental team; she is proficient in air, water, waste and toxic chemicals.

Practice head(s):

Granta Nakayama

Other key lawyers:

Adam Sowatzka; Peter Hsiao; Ilana Saltzbart; Marcella Burke; Patrick Runge

Testimonials

‘Based on my experience, K&S has a top-shelf environmental legal team that is one of the best in the country.’

‘The lawyers with whom I have worked at K&S work hard to understand their client’s business. They pro-actively apply their extensive experience to provide practical advice and representation in a manner that adds significant value to achieving our goals.’

‘The team communicates effectively and is available whenever we need them for a matter or issue that has arisen.’

‘Peter Hsiao and the team he has assembled for us has been fantastic in supporting us, providing good counsel insofar as not only viewing legal issues in a vacuum but fully taking the time to understand the complexities and dynamics of our business. Therefore, providing a legal strategy that is well thought out and comprehensive.

‘King & Spalding’s size allows the firm to cover many legal bases, providing a deep bench of capacity, if we need it. Their environmental law team is exceptional.’

‘King and Spalding lives up to its reputation as a well-respected firm with high caliber attorneys.’

Key clients

Environmental Resources Management Southwest Inc.

Volkswagen AG

Chevron

The Home Depot

Twin Pines Minerals, LLC

Honeywell International

Mueller Water Products

Sea Island Acquisition

LafargeHolcim

Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association

Woodville Pellets

City of Murfreesboro, TN and Consolidated Utility District of Rutherford County, TN

Work highlights

  • Representing Chevron in the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas production platforms and related assets under Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, as well as State of California and local regulations.
  • Representing Volkswagen before the Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, and the U.S. Department of Justice in widely publicized matters related to emissions from 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engine powered vehicles.
  • Lead counsel representing Honeywell at the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site, one of the largest Superfund sites in the Southeast, involving marsh and upland areas totalling more than 800 acres.

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP offering is noted for its FDA practice, which advises pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies on a product’s full lifespan. For early life products and companies, the team offers product development and approval advice, as well as corporate advice to young businesses. The team offers exceptional IP services to developed clients, with an emphasis on Hatch-Waxman, PTAB and Biologics litigation and exclusivity arrangements. It also offers a government relations and investigations team, which advises leading clients such as Pfizer on congressional inquiries, and anti-kickback cases. The team is led out of Washington DC by compliance expert Nikki Reeves, fraud litigator Seth Lundy and Mark Brown, who advises on matters leading to product liability suits. Silicon Valley-based Laura Bushnell is ‘deeply connected in the M&A, securities and financings areas’ and advises a number of start-ups. DC-based regulatory specialists Lisa Dwyer and Brian Bohnenkamp, pharmaceutical pricing expert John Shakow and white-collar litigator Mark Jensen are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nikki Reeves; Mark Brown; Seth Lundy

Testimonials

‘Cohesive team approach led by one partner as my client relationship contact. Strong background in healthcare space, with securities matters, financings, compliance and privacy issues.’

‘Laura Bushnell is our main relationship partner, and she is responsive and deeply connected in the M&A, securities and financings areas where our company resides. She is excellent at connecting us with her partners on a variety of matters.’

Key clients

AbbVie

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals

Allergan, Inc.

Amarin Corporation

Amryt Pharmaceuticals

Baxter International

BioMarin

Bristol Myers Squibb

Carl Zeiss Vision

Coloplast Corporation

Eli Lilly

EMD Serono

Exact Sciences

GlaxoSmithKline

HeartFlow, Inc.

Hillrom

Hope Medical Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a/ Hope Pharmaceuticals

Imperative Care

Integra LifeSciences

Invacare Corporation

KIYATEC

LEO Pharma, Inc.

Medtronic

Myra Medical

Novo Nordisk

Pharmacyclics

Pfizer

PhRMA

PolarityTE, Inc.

Promega

SmileDirectClub

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Tandem Diabetes

Teleflex, Inc.

UroGen

Zimmer Biomet

Work highlights

  • Advised Pfizer inc on congressional inquiries related to its COVID-19 vaccine development.
  • Represented Terumo Cardiovascular Systems in securing a court order to vacate and extinguish their 10-year Consent Decree in proceedings against the DOJ and FTC.
  • Advised HeartFlow Holding, Inc., in its SPAC business combination agreement to go public on the NYSE at a value of $2.4bn.

Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 2

In addition to King & Spalding LLP‘s regulatory, enforcement and policy expertise, its automotive and transportation practice houses specialists in complex litigation and government investigations. In recent years, the group has been highly involved in the headline diesel-related issues surrounding the automotive industry. In Washington DC environmental law expert Granta Nakayama co-leads the team and is regularly sought out by automakers facing high-profile diesel-related issues and litigation. Co-head John Hooper in New York is a complex litigation specialist; Chicago-based Livia Kiser is a vehicle component expert; and Susan Vargas in Los Angeles litigates high-exposure cases. Atlanta's Susan Clare predominantly represents automotive manufacturers and transportation companies. In 2021, Jackie Glassman left the firm, while former counsel Christie Iannetta also departed.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

American Honda Motor Co

Automobili Lamborghini America

Daimler

Mercedes-Benz USA

Daimler Trucks North America

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group companies

General Motors

Kia Motors America

Porsche

Porsche Cars North America

Subaru of America

Subaru Corp

Toyota Motor Sales

Toyota Motor Company

Volkswagen

Work highlights

  • Represented BASF in securing an effective $84.9m jury award in the District of Delaware, the matter concerning an antitrust dispute over automotive emission control technology.
  • Represented Volkswagen in widely publicized matters before the Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, and the US Department of Justice, which relate to emissions from 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engine-powered vehicles.
  • Representing Toyota in multiple product liability and class action cases pending in various courts nationwide.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 2

Representing household names like Sephora, Home Depot and Coca-Cola, the team at King & Spalding LLP utilizes the strength of its network global locations to advise clients on the managing, enforcement and licensing of their global trademark portfolios. The group is headed by Richard Groos in Austin, who builds strategies for trademark, trade secret and domain name-related matters, and IP enforcement expert Kathleen McCarthy in New York. Supported by counsel Sheri Hunter in Austin, the team’s client base spans the retail, consumer products, food and beverages, life sciences, tech and energy sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has an extensive reach across many types of licensing/IP projects. An incredibly strong get-it-done approach coupled with a deep knowledge of the industry and the people representing key counterparties.’

‘K&S is efficient and thorough, provides smart legal advice, keeps up on changes in the law and is highly flexible to work with.’

‘Kathleen McCarthy is a gem. She’s both an excellent attorney and a great client manager. It’s often hard to find someone who does both this well.’

Key clients

The Home Depot Inc.

Ancestry.com

Steve Jackson Games

Pathway Vet Alliance

Indeed Inc.

Shopify

The Coca-Cola Company

Booz Allen Hamilton

Sephora

DFS

Skybound

Semtech

Zalando

Lundbeck

Work highlights

  • Representing The Home Depot in IP matters, having served as the company’s trademark counsel for more than 20 years.
  • Representing Indeed, Inc., a multinational job placement and recruiting company, in a wide range of trademark strategy matters and in the enforcement and protection of the company’s brands.
  • Advising DFS, a global luxury travel retailer owned by LVMH and Robert Miller, in a wide range of trademark strategy matters and in the enforcement and protection of the company’s brands.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

The ‘creative problem-solvers‘ at King & Spalding LLP‘s construction practice are go-to advisors for owners and developers of major global projects, with a standout presence in the energy sector. On the development side, practice co-head Scott Greer coordinates with the firm’s experts across the US and internationally, focusing on cutting-edge projects of high value, a recent example being the $5bn Champlain Hudson Power Express Project, a transmission line aiming to deliver Canadian 1250MW hydropower to the New York City Metro area. Other key contacts include Ingrid Myers, whose extensive experience includes work on decommissioning projects of nuclear power plants, and Rob Garner, an experienced attorney in drafting and negotiating a variety of construction related agreements across the energy sector. Above named lawyers are based in Houston. For contentious matters, Mike Stenglein in Austin is the name to note- his extensive experience in international construction disputes has a focus on representing owners and contractors in cases involving large facilities such as refineries, early production facilities, power plants, wind farms, and hotels. Stephen O’Neal in San Francisco has a global practice with an emphasis on international arbitration of construction and engineering disputes.

Practice head(s):

Scott Greer; Mike Stenglein

Other key lawyers:

Craig Ledet; Stephen O’Neal; Rob Garner; Ingrid Myers; David Wallach; Adam Gray; Jonathan Katz; Peter Berg; Matt Vandenberg; Gregg Jacobsen

Testimonials

‘King & Spalding is knowledgeable, responsive, and always ready to take on a challenge. They speak in plain English and are creative problem-solvers.’

‘Rob Garner and Gregg Jacobson have supported a significant effort for me and my company for nearly a year. We’ve thrown several curve balls at them and they’ve always taken up the challenge. Both Rob and Gregg are quick to respond and help us work through complicated issues, and they do it with a smile in their voices.’

‘Extensive understanding of the market – they will put you in a stellar position during negotiations when it really counts. They do a great job of identifying and focusing on the things that really matter to the client. Contractors know and respect them, making the negotiation process much smoother and eliminating unnecessary posturing and/or unreasonable opening positions from contractors. I cannot recommend the construction practice highly enough, especially for very large, complex construction projects.’

‘Scott Greer and Peter Berg are exceptional. Peter, as a senior associate, adds more value than most partners I have worked with. While their fees can be high, they are extremely efficient with billing. Their market knowledge and experience with construction contracts allows them to work through lengthy contracts efficiently and focus on what is truly important, meaning that despite the high billing rates, they are much cheaper than other firms we have used with less applicable experience. They are also a pleasure to work with. Peter is great both personally and professionally, and Scott does a great job of delegating to his star associates when they can handle the work – there is no “pounding the file” that you see with some firms that drives up costs unreasonably. Out of five stars… I’d give them 10.’

Key clients

8minute Solar Energy

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation / Total

Bayport Polymers, LLC

Footprint Salem Harbor Project (Oaktree Capital)

Freeport LNG

G2X Energy

Global Clean Energy Holdings (OTCMKTS: GCEH)

Motiva Enterprises LLC

MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH

Next Wave Energy Partners

NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT)

NuScale Power, LLC

Quanta Services, Inc.; QPS Engineering, LLC

Refinería de Cartagena S.A. (Reficar)

Rye Development, LLC

Saulsbury Industries

Total Specialties and Total Petrochemical and Refining, Inc.

Transmission Developers

Work highlights

  • Representing a major oil company in the international arbitration and related US litigation arising from construction of the $60bn Gorgon LNG facility on Barrow Island, Australia.
  • Advising Transmission Developers on the development of the Champlain Hudson Power Express Project, a multi-billion dollar high voltage DC transmission line, to deliver Canadian 1250MW hydropower to the New York City Metro area
  • Representing Reficar in an ICC arbitration against international contractor CB&I, arising from the construction of the Cartagena oil refinery in Colombia.

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

King & Spalding LLP maintains a diverse coast-to-coast appellate practice, which draws on capable partners in Washington DC, Georgia, California and Texas. The national group handles appeals across all industry sectors, with notable experience in energy, IP and FDA and life sciences-related cases. Washington DC-based department co-chair Jeffrey Bucholtz brings to bear strong appellate experience and has handled 50 appeals across federal and state courts — including two arguments before the US Supreme Court. Ashley Parrish, also in Washington DC, co-leads the group; he recently teamed up with the government matters practice to successfully represent the Florida Hospital Association, and ten of its member hospitals, in challenging how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services calculate Medicare reimbursement rates.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

American Clinical Laboratory Association

Chevron Corporation

Environmental Resources Management Southwest, Inc.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Benefytt Technologies

Federal Reserve Banks

Equifax

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Delta

Walmart

James Shaw

IControl Systems

AbbVie/Allergan

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Empire Health Foundation

Florida Hospital Association

Triangle Capital Corporation

ABB Inc.

Mid-American Apartments, Inc. (“MAA”)

The Federal Reserve Banks

Chevron U.S.A., Inc.

Texaco, Inc.

Nawai Wardak Transportation Company

DaVita Inc.

RD Legal Funding LLC, et al.

Lyft, Inc.

Postmates Inc.

Eaze Technologies, Inc.

Naum and Irina Morgovsky

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Empire Health Foundation before the Ninth Circuit in challenging a HHS rule concerning Medicare reimbursement payments.
  • Represented Environmental Resources Management Southwest in class actions and regulatory actions involving claims of cancer-causing contamination at a site in Texas; ten of the cases are on appeal in three different Texas courts of appeal.
  • Successfully represented the Federal Reserve Banks in a patent case in the Federal Circuit, which led the opponent to petition the US Supreme Court for certiorari — SCOTUS denied review.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP works as an integral part of the firm’s busy transactional M&A practice, helping to structure deals to mitigate litigation risk and advising on pre-litigation strategy. The firm remains active in director duties, appraisal litigation, disclosure claims, and post-closing disputes involving privately-held companies. Though it handles both plaintiff and defendant work, its focus is primarily on the latter, and its recent highlights include the defense of Sharecare in a challenge to a major SPAC transaction in the digital healthcare space, namely its $3.79bn sale to Falcon. Warren Pope in Atlanta was the lead partner in that matter, and he served as lead or co-lead counsel in federal and state courts from California to New York in recent years. Richard Marooney in New York and Jessica Corley in Atlanta lead the trial and global disputes practice and are both involved in deal-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Richard Marooney; Jessica Corley

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Hillrom

Tall Tower Capital, LLC

Turbonomic, Inc.

Center For Diagnostic Imaging, Inc. d/b/a RAYUS Radiology, and its subsidiary

Jernigan Capital, Inc.

MMA Capital Holdings, Inc.

Great American Outdoors Group (“Great American Outdoors”) (d/b/a as “Bass Pro Shops” and “Cabela’s”)

Sharecare, Inc.

Kraton Corporation (“Kraton”)

Newell Brands Inc.

Phunware, Inc. and Former Officers & Directors

Chris & Maria Callas

Work highlights

  • Represented Hillrom in a Delaware Chancery Court case following Hillrom’s declaration of an MAE (material adverse event) to terminate its merger agreement with target BardyDx.
  • Represented Sharecare, Inc. when Falcon, a special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”), entered into a merger agreement to acquire Sharecare. The merger successfully closed on July 1, 2021 and became the largest SPAC transaction ever in the digital healthcare industry.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP has ‘an exceptional team of lawyers with deep experience in litigation and regulatory matters‘ known for its dominance in the Southeast and Southwest regularly appearing in shareholder class actions in the Eleventh and Fifth Circuits as well as developing a national practice for the defense of class actions alleging securities fraud. Jessica Corley leads the firm’s trial and global disputes practice from Atlanta, where Warren Pope  is a standout securities litigator. He recently won early stage dismissals for Newell Brands in a securities class action arising out of stock price drops following disappointing financial results, and Triangle Capital Corporation in a securities fraud case arising from its 2017 IPO. Atlanta-based Michael Smith also played a key role in the Triangle case.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Corley

Other key lawyers:

Warren Pope; Michael Smith; Mike Pauze; Richard Marooney

Testimonials

‘Mike Pauze and Rich Marooney lead an exceptional team of lawyers with deep experience representing our industry in litigation and regulatory matters.’

Key clients

Triangle Capital Corporation

SolarWinds Corp.

Newell Brands Inc.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

The Aaron’s Company, Inc., Prog Holdings, Inc., and certain of their officers

Conduent Incorporated

FleetCor Technologies, Inc.

Lexicon Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc.

Tivity Health, Inc.

Capital One Financial Corporation

ADTRAN, Inc.

Cardone Capital, LLC

HSBC

Acuity Brands, Inc.

Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

The RealReal, Inc.

Shaun Thaxter

Ernst & Young, Société Anonyme (“EY Luxembourg”)

Ripple Labs

Tractor Supply Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Triangle Capital Corporation in a securities fraud class action in both the district court and the Fourth Circuit.
  • Representing SolarWinds Corporation and its Chief Information Security Officer in a putative class action alleging claims under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
  • Representing Newell Brands in a securities class action arising out of stock price drops following disappointing financial results and currently defending Newell in other shareholder litigation.

Finance > Commercial lending

King & Spalding LLP has an established presence in the middle-market, with capabilities than span investment grade and leveraged financing transactions.  The firm’s lender clients include major global banks, as well as a number of premier direct lenders, while borrower side client include sports teams, private equity houses and retail businesses. In Atlanta, Carolyn Alford leads the leveraged finance & restructuring practice and has experience structuring programmatic lending platforms in addition to representing both lenders and borrowers in financing agreements. The corporate finance & investments group is led from New York by Todd Holleman, who focuses on private credit and special situations investing.

Practice head(s):

Todd Holleman; Carolyn Alford

Other key lawyers:

Ellen Snare; Amy Peters; Jennifer Daly

Key clients

Accent, Inc.

Butterball, LLC

Cousins Properties, LP.

FleetCor Technologies Operating Company, LLC

Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc.

Tenex Capital Management

Trane Technologies plc

United Flow Technologies Intermediate Holdco II, LLC

USALCO

Yancey Bros. Co.

Antares Capital

Apollo Capital Management

Barclays Bank PLC

Bank of America, N.A.

Blackstone Alternative Credit Advisors, LP

Blue Owl Capital

Capital One, N.A.

Citizens Bank, N.A.

Fortress Credit Corp.

Golub Capital

JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.

KKR Credit Advisors

Monroe Capital

NXT Capital

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

Sound Point Capital

Truist Bank

Tree Line Capital Partners, LLC

Webster Bank, N.A.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Varagon Capital Partners, LP

Work highlights

  • Represented FleetCor Technologies Operating Company, LLC as borrower in connection with a $4.96bn syndicated credit facility.
  • Represented Trane Technologies plc and certain of its subsidiaries in connection with a $1bn credit agreement.
  • Represented USALCO, a portfolio company of H.I.G. Capital, in connection with a merger with G2O Technologies with a total enterprise value of approximately $1 billion.

Finance > Project finance Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP is appreciated by clients for its ‘great commercial judgement and billing flexibility‘, which it uses to advise renewable energy companies and project developers on battery storage, solar, wind and biofuel projects across the US. The firm’s proficiency in domestic projects can be seen by its recent work representing RE Crimson LLC on the syndicated debt financing for the construction of two battery energy storage system in California; Tristan Pelham Webb, who divides his time between New York and Denver and New York's Jonathan Melmed  led on the transaction. New  York-based Brandon Dalling, who leads the national group alongside Houston duo Scott Greer  and Stuart Zisman, who  ‘works with clients to solve difficult problems‘ in relation to the leveraged, project and acquisition financing of conventional power, LNG-to-power generation and alternative energy.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Zisman; Brandon Dalling; Scott Greer

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Melmed; Stuart Zisman; Christopher Delphin; Frank Schoen; Tristan Pelham Webb

Testimonials

‘The team is deeply knowledgeable with great commercial judgement and billing flexibility to approach competitive auction processes.’

‘All of the individuals are great to work with, responsive, and with excellent deal management skills.’

‘King & Spalding LLP was engaged in an immensely difficult transaction with numerous difficult counterparties and yet managed the deal with excellence. The K&S team was reliably prepared and supportive in driving the process to completion.’

‘Brandon Dalling and Jonathan Melmed were reliable partners and excellent strategists throughout the process. I felt important as a customer and knew that the team was only a call away at all times, while immediately jumping in to resolve issues as soon as they surfaced.’

‘The KS team’s expertise was evident from the first conversation held with our commercial team, who shared their ideas for a novel product. Not only did the team understand the product and the appropriate documentation, but also explained the consequences to the potential financing of a project. KS was our one-stop shop, having all the internal resources to advise on the numerous regulatory and transactional issues the matter presented.’

‘Brandon Dalling (partner) and Chris Delphin (counsel) were excellent partners to us throughout the entire process, from term sheet review to final negotiated documents. Brandon’s experience and knowledge helped the group quickly understand the issues and potential obstacles. Both Brandon and Chris are commercial-minded, and also accessible at all hours of the day. They turned in a remarkably tight timeframe documents that were neat and error-free.’

‘Their team are truly experts and the most knowledgeable in their field’

‘Brandon Dalling is a fantastic partner who works with clients to solve difficult problems.’

Key clients

8minute Energy

Arevon Asset Management

Atlas Holdings

Axium Infrastructure

Brookfield Infrastructure Group

Capital Dynamics

D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments

Global Clean Energy, Inc.

InstarAGF Asset Management

Recurrent Energy

Starwood Energy Group

The Carlyle Group

UBS Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advised RE Crimson LLC, a subsidiary of Axium Infrastructure US Inc, on a syndicated debt financing for the construction and operation of two battery energy storage systems totalling 1.4 GWh in Riverside, California.
  • Advising 8minute Solar Energy on agreements related to the development of various solar powered electrical generating facilities and battery energy storage system facilities in Texas and California.
  • Advising a transmission joint venture on its private placement financing of the exercise of its option to acquire a majority interest in the transfer capability of the West of Devers transmission upgrade project in southern California.

Government > Government relations Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP’s Washington DC-based government relations practice is recognized for its presence in the healthcare and life sciences sector. The team regularly advises for and non-profit healthcare providers, industry trade associations, medical device companies, and other similar clients, with a strong track in congressional investigation for a growing number of clients. Government ethics and lobbying specialist Thomas Spulak leads the team, advising client son the intersection of congressional procedure, federal election law, and government ethics. Also of note within the team are Lloyd Hand, a defense and technology advocacy specialist; healthcare legislation strategist David Farber. Daniel Donovan is also a key contact for congressional investigations.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Spulak

Other key lawyers:

Ted Hester; David Farber; Steven Kupka; Daniel Donovan; Alicia O’Brien; Claudia Hrvatin; Amirah Salaam; Daniel Coats; Lloyd Hand; Allison Kassir

Testimonials

‘Allison Kassir and Ted Hester are terriffic trusted advisors. They really do become a part of the company and put in the effort to know and understand the organization. They also maintain good relationships on the Hill are always willing to support you on any project. At the end of the day, you want to partner with a group you trust, who you know has your best interest at heart and thats Ted Hester and Allison Kassir for us.’

Key clients

Adventist HealthCare

Medicare Rights Center and MARC Coalition

National League of Cities

City of Miami, Florida

Padron Cigars

Quest Diagnostics

Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC)

Novo Nordisk Inc.

CARE USA

Flagler Health +

Microsoft

Genentech

Work highlights

  • Advising and assisting Adventist and Howard University to construct a new 225 bed Howard University Hospital, implementing a multi-year strategy to secure federal funding the construction cost.
  • Representing Quest Diagnostic before the executive and legislative branches providing the client with comprehensive counsel on issues relating to reimbursement, regulation, and health equity issues.
  • Assisting the National League of Cities (NLC) to build partnerships with federal agencies and philanthropic organizations, funding localities contained in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act.

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP advises clients on the full spectrum of oil and gas regulatory matters. The group represents major industry players such as Chevron and ConocoPhilips in addition to other utilities, energy project developers and traders. In Washington DC, Tim Engel co-leads the practice with James Bowe, who is noted for his expertise in hydrogen-related matters and has extensive experience in the regulation of energy pipelines. Other areas of expertise include decommissioning projects, LNG facility safety matters, natural gas pipeline rate and certificate issues.

Practice head(s):

James Bowe; Tim Engel

Other key lawyers:

Marcella Burke

Testimonials

People and expertise in energy and associated regulation is above and beyond anyone else in the sector.’

James Bowe, absolute professional.’

Key clients

Arbor Renewable Gas

Arena Energy

CenTrio Energy

Chevron Corporation

Citadel Advisors

Competitive Power Ventures

ConocoPhillips

Crestwood Midstream Partners

Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville

JP Morgan

Kestrel Acquisition

Mexico Pacific Limited

Mountaineer NGL Storage

Nova Chemicals

PAA Natural Gas Storage

Providence Energy Corporation

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Spire Midstream

Starwood Energy Group Global

Third Coast Midstream

Trafigura

Work highlights

  • Representing Chevron in the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas production platforms and related assets under the relevant Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement regulations, as well as those of the State of California and local regulations.
  • Representing ConocoPhillips in an appeal of a US Department of the Interior order to decommission California offshore oil production platforms and numerous oil wells on a federal lease, in which the company is arguging that the subsequent owner of the lease (now bankrupt), is responsible for decommissioning, not ConocoPhillips.
  • Representing PREPA in various matters arising out of several LNG-to-power projects, including one involving the conversion of two generating units to be fueled by natural gas; and in related regulatory proceedings involving authorization for the siting of LNG receiving facilities serving power generation in Puerto Rico.

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

Creative and super commercial’, King & Spalding LLP's practice advises oil-and-gas sector clients on a range of transactions including acquisitions, divestments, financing, offtake agreements and high-value EPC contracts. The Houston-based team is co-led by Stuart Zisman, who acts primarily in midstream and downstream energy transactions and projects, and construction law specialist Scott Greer. Another key practitioner is Peter Hays, a commercial oil-and-gas lawyer who handles upstream, midstream and downstream hydrocarbons transactions.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Zisman; Scott Greer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is creative and super commercial. They bring tons of value through their creativity and willingness to think outside the box to achieve client needs.’

‘Peter Hays is an excellent partner in their energy transactions practice. A huge part of the value he adds is his up front contribution – willing to brainstorm and help clients structure their transactions in a way that set them up for success. He’s a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Bayport Polymers

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP

Castleton Resources

Cheniere Energy

Chevron Corporation

Clear Fork Inc

Commonwealth LNG, LLC

ConocoPhillips

Enervest Inc.

Enterprise Products

EOG Resources, Inc.

Exterran Corporation

Helmerich & Payne

HOBO Renewable Diesel

InstarAGF Asset Management Inc.

JPMorgan

Kinder Morgan Inc.

Kraton

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Providence Energy

P66

Rockcliff Energy

Starwood Energy Group Global Inc.

Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP

Third Coast Midstream

Trafigura

Work highlights

  • Advised Kraton Corporation on its acquisition (in a public M&A deal) by DL Chemical Company – an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.5bn.
  • Represented Natural Gas Pipeline Company, a joint venture between Kinder Morgan and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, on the $830m sale of a 25% minority interest to a fund controlled by ArcLight Capital Partners.
  • Represented Trafigura Trading on a renewable hydrocarbons (drop-in biofuels) purchase-and-sales agreement with Gevo, valued at nearly $1bn.

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 3

A variety of Fortune 200 corporations, private equity firms, lenders and portfolio companies seek King & Spalding LLP‘s support in complex environmental issues and liabilities arising in the context of business transactions. Working in collaboration with the firm’s corporate, project finance and real estate practices, the environmetal, health and safety group provides comprehensive advice on the full spectrum of deals- M&A, project finance, credit and hedge financing, and construction loans. Energy-sector transactions involving conventional and renewable sources are a core strength for the group, which is also skilled in the fields of emerging contaminants and brownfields issues. Granta Nakayama oversees the Washington DC-based department. Cynthia Stroman , who has a chemical engineering background, often acts for project proponents, lenders and companies in environmentally sensitive industries. Incident response and transactional matters are among Joseph Eisert ‘s areas of expertise. Les Oakes  is the name to note in Atlanta for transactional mandates. All practitioners are based in DC, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Granta Nakayama

Other key lawyers:

Cynthia Stroman; Joseph Eisert; Les Oakes; Marcella Burke

Key clients

Atlas Holdings

Axium Infrastructure

Members of Banker Steel Holdco LLC

Blackstone Alternative Credit Advisors, LP

Brookfield Renewable US

Capital Dynamics, Inc.

H.I.G. Capital

InstarAGF Asset Management

Maass Holding Gmbh

NexTier Oilfield Solutions, Inc.

Novipax LLC

QOMPLX, Inc.

N.F. Smith & Associates

Bank ACON Investments

Kraton Corporation

Acuity Brands

United Parcel Service, Inc.

Chevron

Starwood Energy Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Renewable U.S. on protected species and other environmental aspects of its acquisition of the third largest wind farm in the United States.
  • Negotiated domestic and cross-border chemicals issues for H.I.G. Capital in its portfolio company DCL’s acquisition of Sun Chemical’s perylene and quinacridone business.
  • Advised Capital Dynamics, Inc. on the environmental aspects of its acquisition of an approximately 300MW portfolio of operating solar power plants located in California, Delaware and Arizona from LS Power.

Industry focus > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 3

The practice at King & Spalding LLP is praised for its ‘timely advice and tough negotiation’. The group is closely integrated with the firm’s private equity and international corporate practices and regularly handles insurance industry domestic and international mergers and acquisitions as well as other transactions. New York-based Bernhardt Nadell co-heads the practice, drawing on significant know-how in insurance mergers and acquisitions, reinsurance and insurance finance, as well as insurance regulation. Russell Sacks joined the New York office from Shearman & Sterling LLP in February 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Bernhardt Nadell: Deep industrial knowledge and experiences. Client first and responsive business stance. Timely advice and tough negotiation. Gary Ho: Client first and responsive business stance. Capturing the needs of clients.’

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 3

Well known for its business jet expertise, King & Spalding LLP‘s commercial transactions practice is also growing substantially. The department, led by Atlanta-based Carolyn Alford, routinely covers the international acquisition, de-registration and financing of aircraft. Recent highlights include aircraft workout and repossession work for a business aircraft leasing and finance company. In addition to the transportation finance practice of Charlotte-based Chris Buchanan, who ‘provides prompt, effective and thought-out advice‘, he is an expert on the Payroll Support Program. Former transportation finance head Jason Huff left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Strong market knowledge – compared to other firms we have worked with, they excel at providing advice that is consistent with the mandate, and do not upsell or flag issues that are not material.

The K&S team is always available, and able to use multiple mediums of technology to engage virtually with clients. They make the life of in-house counsel much easier.

Chris Buchanan is an amazing attorney.

Chris Buchanan provides prompt, effective and thought-out advice that can be shared with the client. He helps make in-house counsel look good in front of the client.

Key clients

G2 Secure Staff

Unifi (DAL Global Services)

Embraer Executive Aircraft

AAW Holdings

Blackstone Alternative Credit Advisors

Work highlights

  • Assisted G2 with Payroll Support Program matters, including responses to the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.
  • Advised Embraer Executive Aircraft (EEA) on an Export Import Bank facility that supports approximately $200m of EEA’s executive aircraft exports and 700 American aerospace jobs.
  • Advised Blackstone (as lender) on a loan facility to JSSI, an independent provider of maintenance support and financial services to the business aviation industry.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 3

Regarded by some as ‘one of the smartest ITC practitioners in the industry’ and with over 25 years experience under his belt, Jeffrey Telep is in charge of steering the practice at King & Spalding LLP. The group continues to expand its IT practice from Washington DC, with Chris Campbell and senior associate Brian Hill as key contacts. Britton Davis in Denver is also noted. Technology mandates make up the bulk of the group’s workload, although the team continues to gain traction with clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘A strength of K&S is the diverse expertise at the firm. When we need a particular expertise, there is usually someone at K&S that has that skill.’

‘The ITC team is uniquely qualified given that the level of experience and expertise they have is so high.’

‘Jeff Telep is one of the smartest ITC practitioners in the industry.’

Key clients

Amtech Systems LLC

EMD Serono

Advanced Silicon Group Technologies LLC

Criterion Technology, Inc.

F5 Networks

Causam Enterprises

Holochip

Amarin Pharmaceuticals

Automotive Data Solutions/Firstech

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

The New York-based team at King & Spalding LLP represents in high-profile trademark litigation and preliminary injunction hearings in the federal courts, as well as proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, acting on behalf of  The group is led by veteran IP litigator Kenneth Steinthal in San Francisco and tech sector expert Stephen Baskin in Washington DC. Trademark enforcement authority Kathleen McCarthy in New York, whose clients included Sephora and Madison Square Garden, is a key figure in the practice, as is Bruce Baber, a founding member of the firm’s global intellectual property practice, known for successfully representing Google.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Google LLC

Spanx, Inc.

Chutter, Inc.

Sephora USA, Inc.

DFS Group, LP

The Madison Square Garden Company

Colgate-Palmolive

Allergan USA, Inc.

The Coca-Cola Company

Danone

Work highlights

  • Represented Coca-Cola in opposing an application seeking to register the mark CONCEAL-CARRY REGISTERED HANDGUN in a stylized font similar to The Coca-Cola Company’s famous Spencerian Script logo, securing a 51-page May 2021 decision from the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Represented the owner of the Hollywood restaurant Dan Tana’s and succeeded in persuading the TTAB, in a 51-page September 21, 2021 decision, to cancel the other party’s registration for fraud and resolve an open and important question regarding the intent element of fraud before the Trademark Office.

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP represents companies in ERISA class actions, director and executive compensation litigation and other complex employee benefits disputes. The practice is led by Atlanta-based partner David Tetrick, who sits on AIG’s national fiduciary liability panel. His work includes defending Home Depot against accusations that its FutureBuilder plan breached fiduciary duties, charging excessive fees and returning poor performance. Other key practitioners include the Atlanta-based Jim Boswell and Bobby Burchfield in Washington DC. Also in Atlanta is Darren Shuler; he is noted for his role as lead counsel in certified class action disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Tetrick

Other key lawyers:

Jim Boswell; Bobby Birchfield

Testimonials

‘Deep bench of practitioners in a complex area, with varied experience.’

‘David Tetrick is a stand out in the group – he is technically exceptional while providing practical solutions in an esoteric area of law.’

Key clients

AIG

Bass Pro Shops

The Coca-Cola Company

Cumulus Media Inc.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Floor & Décor

The Home Depot Inc.

Kemira Chemicals, Inc.

SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Mueller Water Products

Peabody Energy Corporation

Spotted Hawk Development

Work highlights

  • Acts as lead counsel defending Home Depot in a certified ERISA class action involving its 401(k) plan, The Home Depot FutureBuilder.
  • Successfully defended Cumulus in a putative ERISA class action involving its defined benefit plan, the Cumulus Media Inc. 401(k) Plan.
  • Defended The Coca‑Cola Company in an ERISA breach of fiduciary duty case involving its health and welfare benefit plans.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP comes highly recommended by clients who describe ‘a well-oiled machine, providing efficient service and advising on the most up-to-date market practices‘. The group is firmly embedded in the emerging companies space where it represents an impressive mix of issuers and investors. In the case of the former, clients appreciate the ‘very collaborative‘ approach and for being ‘willing to work with emerging companies on fees‘. On the technology and software front, the firm has been particularly active on fintech and insurtech investments, while also retaining strong credentials in early stage life sciences and healthcare. The team is jointly led by Tom Knox in Northern Virginia, Laura Bushnell in Silicon Valley, and the ‘extremely knowledgeable, responsive, and efficientDaniel Kahan  in Washington DC. Clients also rate Linda Lorenat in Silicon Valley (‘extremely knowledgeable, diligent and generally an invaluable strategic partner‘) and in Northern Virginia, Charles Katz who ‘provides excellent, pragmatic advice‘.

Practice head(s):

Tom Knox; Laura Bushnell; Daniel Kahan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very collaborative – willing to work with emerging companies on fees – solid knowledge of the space, what is market etc.’

‘Charlie Katz is excellent. Very knowledgeable and practical in his approach. Understands the early state company dynamic and is flexible on billing arrangements. Maintains a good business understanding, focusing on what really matters. He also provides excellent, pragmatic advice.’

‘The team is a well-oiled machine, providing efficient service and advising on the most up-to-date market practices.’

‘Dan Kahan is a best-in class attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable, responsive, and efficient. His ability to stay up to date on market trends and comparative transactions is second-to-none.’

‘We work very closely with Linda Lorenat, who supports most of our investment transactions. Linda is extremely knowledgeable, diligent and generally an invaluable strategic partner for us – educating, guiding, patient, flexible, fully dependable and timely.’

Key clients

Capital One Ventures

Bessemer Venture Partners

Progressive Corporation

Black Kite

Sozo Ventures

Virtru

Onera Health

HeartFlow Holding, Inc.

Avatar Growth Fund

KIYATEC Inc.

ThreatQuotient

Cox Enterprise

Applied Cognition

Fugue

Welcome

Dividend Finance

QOMPLX

Palmetto Clean Technology

Collective Resorts

Work highlights

  • Represented Steadfast Capital Ventures in multiple investments over the past year, including Pipefy’s $75m Series C investment, Algolia’s $150m Series D funding, Groww’s $251m Series E financing, JumpCloud’s $225m Series F funding, Lucid’s Secondary Market financing, Lyst’s $85m Series E investment and Primer Technologies’ $110m Series C financing
  • Represented Capital One Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE: COF), in numerous venture capital investments, including its investment in the $17m Series A financing of Evinced Inc., a software company that aims to help companies make their websites and software accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Advised NewView Capital with its venture capital investments including the $105m Series C financing of Human Interests, a 401(k) provider that makes it easy for small and medium-sized businesses to help their employees save for retirement.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP has global data protection, crisis management and response, and litigation capacities. Particularly outstanding is the firm’s data breach class action litigation practice and its knowledge of the finance sector. Phyllis Sumner in Atlanta co-heads the team and has notably acted as lead counsel for Equifax during 2021 in its response to its high-profile data breach. Her counterparts are David Balser, also in Atlanta, and Zachary Fardon in Chicago. Washington DC-based Robert Hudock is appreciated for his experience in the technical aspects of data breaches. Scott Ferber left the firm in July 2021. Natasha Moffitt is now retired.

Practice head(s):

Phyllis Sumner; David Balser; Zach Fardon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Phyllis Sumner leads a top-notch team with deep experience in the full spectrum of data privacy issues, from risk assessment and planning to incident response and representation in investigations and lawsuits.’

‘Phyllis Sumner is at the top of the profession in this area.’

Key clients

Capital One

The Home Depot, Inc.

Equifax, Inc.

SolarWinds

Lyft

Hims & Hers Health

Eaze

Deloitte Consulting

National Western Life Insurance

The Gap, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Capital One in over 60 consumer class actions filed in federal courts throughout the country arising from the data breach incident that Capital One announced in July 2019 involving the compromise of personal information of 98 million customers in the United States.
  • Representing Home Depot in a putative nationwide class action filed against various retailers and other defendants, alleging violations of the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) and California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”), as well as claims for invasion of privacy and unjust enrichment, relating the use of a third-party vendor for fraud mitigation services.
  • Represented Home Depot in a putative Florida class action, alleging violations of the Florida Security of Communications Act (“FSCA”), as well as a claim for invasion of privacy, relating to the use of session replay technology for website optimization services.

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

At King & Spalding LLPSpencer Johnson leads the practice from Atlanta alongside Tony Rothermel in New York, and has experience representing both private and public REITs in complex transactions. The group brings together a multidisciplinary team across real estate, finance and corporate law to offer a full service, with specialty in cross-border work for inbound foreign investors. Atlanta's Kathryn Furman focuses on fund formation and heads the investment funds practice at the firm, and is a go-to for capital raisings for real estate clients. In New York, Jonathan Talansky provides tax expertise, and is active in federal income taxation matters.

Practice head(s):

Spencer Johnson; Tony Rothermel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team works very well together. They communicate well with each other, such that each member knows what other members are doing at all times. Hand-offs are good, and they are good about not loading too many people into a particular part of the project unnecessarily. I found that the relationship partner knew just the right person in the firm to go to for a specialized problem, which is essential to good teamwork. Interaction between corporate, tax, real estate and benefits areas was exceptional.’

‘Tony Rothermel – very practical and communicative. Has a very good business mind and understands the difficult decisions that a CEO must make and provides very wise, practical counsel to augment the CEO’s decision-making process. Tony also knows everyone in the firm and is always very quick to recommend the very best specialists. He is very trusting of his colleagues, and that leads to streamlined decision-making, but he is also there to be an advocate with his colleagues if needed. Tony is a top-tier counselor for REITs.

‘Spencer Johnson – exceptional knowledge of the securities laws. Spencer is a great asset on disclosure related issues. Spencer also was a great team leader on our M&A transaction. He had good negotiating skills, was professional but firm with opposing counsel and achieved great results for us.

Mark Thigpen – incredible real estate and real estate finance knowledge. Great demeanor with clients. Also very practical and very much a deal doer.’

Key clients

Americold Realty Trust

Prologis

Columbia Property Trust

Cousins Properties

Jamestown

Raymond James Real Estate Investment Banking

Asana Partners

Transwestern Investment Group

Douglas Emmett, Inc.

Clarion Partners

CyrusOne

Edens Investment Trust

Greystar Real Estate Partners

Iron Mountain Incorporated

Piedmont Office Realty Trust

Whitestone REIT

Jernigan Capital

Barclays Bank PLC

Cortland Partners, LLC

Terrawatt

VineBrook Homes

Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR)

Work highlights

  • Advised Iron Mountain Incorporated, the storage and information management services company, in the the formation of a 300 million+ Euro joint venture with an affiliate of AGC Equity Partners, a London-based global alternative asset manager to design and develop a 280,000 square foot, or 27 megawatt, hyperscale data center currently under development in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Advised Americold in financing transactions and the signing of an acquisition that will expand their platform in existing markets like the US and Brazil and initiate Americold’s entrance into European markets.
  • Advised Jernigan Capital, Inc. in closing its previously-announced merger with an affiliate of NexPoint Advisors, L.P., in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $900m.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

With an antitrust practice that has an ‘incredible wealth of knowledge’ , King & Spalding LLP routinely represents blue-chip clients across various sectors and industries. Norm Armstrong and Jeffrey Spigel, whose portfolios range from class action cases and civil and criminal antitrust investigations to other unfair competition, jointly lead the group from Washington DC. In Atlanta, Jeffrey Cashdan brings to bear experience in criminal and civil global cartel matters as well as antitrust actions in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, beverages, and financial industries, among others. Emily Newton, also based in Atlanta, has recently handled cases regarding alleged conspiracies in jurisdictions across the US.

Practice head(s):

Norm Armstrong; Jeffrey Spigel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great firm. Incredible wealth of knowledge.’

‘Norm Armstrong has first-rate experience that helps him navigate matters others cannot. And he is just such a stellar individual in how he conducts himself. His integrity is above all.’

Key clients

Google

Delta Airlines

BASF Corporation

The Coca-Cola Company

Xerox Corporation

Porsche Cars North America

The Home Depot

Energizer

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Aaron’s

Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc.

Equifax

Evangelical Community Hospital

Hanesbrands

Deutsche Bank

H.I.G. Capital

Huntington Ingalls Industries

HD Supply

Ochsner Health System

InterContinental Hotels Group

Mueller Water Products, Inc.

Mailchimp

Progressive Casualty Insurance Company

Starwood Energy Group

Tenet Healthcare

Under Armour

Hunter Douglas

Kemira Chemicals Inc.

Sutter Health System

Quikrete Holdings, Inc.

Westrock Company

Emory Healthcare

Queen’s Health System

Viserion Grain, LLC

Work highlights

  • Earning a win in a federal court jury verdict for BASF in its antitrust dispute with Ingevity Corp alleging the latter committed antitrust violations.
  • Serving as lead counsel to Progressive Casualty Insurance Co., and several related insurance entities, in consolidated antitrust actions alleging a conspiracy to restrain trade among U.S. automobile insurance companies.
  • Serving as lead counsel for InterContinental Hotels Group in two antitrust actions alleging a conspiracy among leading hotel brands to fix prices by agreeing to refrain from bidding on other hotel brand names as key words in online search engines.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP has a rounded practice of capital markets fund raisings and liability management transactions. The firm is particularly known for issuer-side engagements, though has a credible record on the underwriter side. Keith Townsend has an impressive record in DCM offerings founded on an extensive list of corporate issuer clients such as ConocoPhillips and United Parcel Service. Atlanta partner Zachary Cochran returned to the firm in 2022 after a short spell as a senior corporate counsel at an artificial intelligence business.

Practice head(s):

Keith Townsend

Other key lawyers:

Cal Smith; Zachary Cochran

Testimonials

‘This team is highly experienced and very responsive. Importantly, they temper advice with pragmatism and practicality.’

Key clients

General Motors

United Parcel Service, Inc.

Xerox Holdings Corporation

Piedmont Office Realty Trust

Genuine Parts Company

Bluelinx Holdings

Carters, Inc.

ConocoPhillips

Global Switch

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

The RealReal

Kraton Corporation

Acuity Brands

Evolent Health, Inc.

Highbridge Capital Management, LLC

Americold Realty Trust

CURO Group Holdings Corp.

PROG Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Switch on its renewed €3bn Euro Medium Term Note (EMTN) programme and on the issuance of its inaugural €700m green bond.
  • Advised Highbridge Capital Management as it entered into subscriptions agreements for the purchase of 7.00% exchangeable senior notes and common equity to finance in part the business combination between Roman DBDR Tech Acquisition Corp, a Delaware SPAC, and CompoSecure Holdings.
  • Advised Americold on an acquisition that will expand its platform in existing markets like the US and Brazil and initiate Americold’s entrance into European markets.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP‘s capital markets group has a particular focus on energy, financial institutions, life sciences and healthcare, industrials, real estate and telecoms. It has an impressive client base, including a range of Fortune 500 companies. The firm has landed a series of SPAC-related engagements along with equity offerings to finance acquisitions. A truly national practice, key team members are based in Atlanta, New York, Silicon Valley and Houston. Keith Townsend leads the team from Atlanta, where Spencer Johnson  has a fine record in REIT offerings. Silicon Valley partner Laura Bushnell is noted for life sciences and technology transactions, and New York’s Elizabeth Morgan is another senior practitioner.  

Practice head(s):

Keith Townsend

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team can react nimbly, but they have the experience and the dedication to commit and perform on in-depth and longer term projects as well.’

‘Keith Townsend brings a diplomatic, but forthright, approach to his advice and counsel. While he’s not afraid to indicate he’d prefer to research more deeply, his experience and expertise allow him to respond confidently and quickly on most topics.’

 

Key clients

SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE: SITE)

EVO Payments, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOP)

Americold Realty Trust (NYSE: COLD)

PolarityTE, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTE)

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

Oakstone Ventures, Inc.

Lightning eMotors, Inc.

QOMPLX, Inc.

Sharecare, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHCR)

BOA Acquisition Corp.

Highbridge Capital Management, LLC

HeartFlow

Truist

PROG Holdings

Cousins Properties

ConocoPhillips

Work highlights

  • Advised HeartFlow on its SPAC merger combination with Longview Acquisition Corp. II.
  • Advised Sharecare on its business combination with Falcon Capital Acquisition Corp, a SPAC, resulting in Sharecare becoming a publicly listed company on Nasdaq.
  • Advised Lightning eMotors on its de-SPAC business combination transaction with GigCapital3, a SPAC.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP ‘serves public companies and leading private equity firms in sophisticated transactions’, and advises its roster of clients on golden parachute, executive compensation and employee benefit plan issues. From the firm’s New York office, team leader Jeanie Cogill handles the equity incentive program and non-qualified deferred compensation plan aspects of M&A transactions, while Chicago-based Sam Choy represents private equity firms and senior executives in employee benefit matters. Following the departure of Laura Westfall in August 2021, Chicago-based Jennifer Neilsson, who focuses on ERISA Title 1 mandates, joined the practice from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jeanie Cogill

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice group serves public companies and leading private equity firms in sophisticated transactions including IPOs, mergers and acquisitions and spin-offs.’ 

Sam Choy is an experienced partner who provides excellent advice and counsel. His practice is sophisticated as he represents a wide gamut of clients from small cap and privately held companies to public companies. He also represents leading private equity firms and senior executives in employee benefit matters.’ 

Key clients

Institute of Nuclear Power Operations

Vectra Capital

Bob Evans Farms

JW Aluminum

Escape Games NYC

Roark Capital

Morgan Stanley

Jamestown Properties Corporation

Clarion Partners

Partners Group

ATIS

Nature’s Bounty (management team)

Allen Systems Group

UMC Health System

United Rentals

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 4

The team around Kenneth Steinthal at King & Spalding LLP handles copyright, content, and libel litigation for a long list of clients with a particular focus on key players in the music industry. Based in San Francisco, Steinthal is an expert on content distribution issues, advising large tech companies in this area. His Los Angeles colleague Arwen Johnson broadens the firm’s scope with her expertise in cases of idea theft. They are assisted by highly active practitioners across the country such as associate David Mattern in Washington DC who represents tech and music services in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Steinthal

Other key lawyers:

Arwen Johnson; Jeanne Fugate; Blake Cunningham; David Mattern; Kathryn Running

Key clients

Zoom

New Line Productions

Google

YouTube

ByteDance

TikTok

Peloton

Amazon

Twitch

Netflix

ViacomCBS

The Orchard

Warner Media

Mood Media/Muzak

Disney

ESPN

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

A&E Television Networks

AMC Networks

BBC

Bloomberg TV and Radio

CW Network

Cumulus Media

Discovery Communications

DISH

Audacy

Film Finances

Fox Cable

iHeart Media

Lodgenet

Madison Square Garden

Comcast

Pandora Media

Napster

Radio Music License Committee

Lionsgate

Townsquare Media

Univision

Vevo

Work highlights

  • Representing Google before the Copyright Royalty Board in relation to statutory royalty rates for digital performances on non-interactive music streams and mechanical reproduction rights for digital streaming.
  • Represented Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. in a case of alleged idea-theft regarding the movie ‘The Accountant’.
  • Representing Amazon in several copyright infringement claims alleging improper license of musical compositions in digital downloads.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 5

King & Spalding LLP offers strong regulatory agency expertise, with a team including several former DOJ and FTC officials, and has continued to develop its profile within merger control, winning several new mandates including that of Quikrete Holding, whom it advised on the second request for its merger with Forterra. The firm is able to handle routine case filings as well as more complex deals, including second request investigations and judicial oversight proceedings, and is adept in successfully shepherding regulated industry mergers through investigatory hurdles. The team, which has a strong presence on both coasts, is led by Norm Armstrong and Jeffrey Spigel, both highly experienced practitioners with successful records in merger control cases, who regularly appear before the DOJ and FTC in merger investigations. Senior associate Chris Yook has a particular focus on cross-border M&A filings. Lawyers mentioned are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Norm Armstrong; Jeff Spigel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable.’

‘Excellent firm with a wealth of knowledge and experience.’

‘Norm Armstrong is excellent. He is the reason this case was resolved. His experience and knowledge is superior and was markedly notable in viewing an comparing other counsel from other firms involved in the matter. Antitrust is Norm’s lane. He is also a man of integrity. I appreciated his style and sense of humor.’

Key clients

Google

Delta Airlines

BASF Corporation

The Coca-Cola Company

Xerox Corporation

Porsche Cars North America

The Home Depot

Energizer

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Aaron’s

Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc.

Equifax

Evangelical Community Hospital

Hanesbrands

Deutsche Bank

H.I.G. Capital

Huntington Ingalls Industries

HD Supply

Ochsner Health System

Mueller Water Products, Inc.

MailChimp

Starwood Energy Group

Tenet Healthcare

Under Armour

Hunter Douglas

Quikrete Holdings, Inc.

Westrock Company

Queen’s Health System

Viserion Grain, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Quikrete Holdings, Inc. on a Second Request regarding its proposed $2.74 billion acquisition of Forterra Inc.
  • Representing Mailchimp in merger control aspects of its $12 billion acquisition by Mountain View.
  • Represented Tenet Healthcare in its sale of its Saint Francis healthcare system in the greater Memphis area to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 5

King & Spalding LLP‘s nationwide private equity practice advises on transactions in a wide range of jurisdictions across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as domestically, counting a variety of mid-market sponsors and private equity-backed companies among its clients. The firm has particular strengths in buyouts, minority investments, and financing transactions in the energy, healthcare, life sciences, and tech sectors. New York’s Jonathan Melmed  heads up the practice alongside Atlanta-based Rahul Patel .

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Melmed; Rahul Patel

Real estate Tier 5

King & Spalding LLP represents domestic and offshore investors in sales and acquisition of large-scale commercial real estate assets, including major industrial portfolios. The firm also has a substantial real estate funds practice. Key partners include Timothy Goodwin and Joshua Kamin in Atlanta, and co-head Mark Thigpen  in Charlotte, alongside Erik Andersen in New York.

Practice head(s):

Mark Thigpen; Erik Andersen

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Goodwin; Josh Kamin

Testimonials

‘Exceptionally smart people that have your best interests top of mind. Strong moral compass, creative in structuring and problem solving. ‘

Key clients

Americold Realty Trust

APG Asset Management

Asana Partners, LP

Black Creek Group

Brookfield Infrastructure Group

Building and Land Technology (BLT)

Carroll Organization

Cerberus Real Estate Capital Management

Clarion Partners, LLC

Cousins Properties

Douglas Emmett, Inc.

Edens Limited Partnership

Greystar Real Estate Partners

Jamestown

Landmark Collegiate Development, LLC

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Pantzer Properties, Inc.

Prologis, LP

Transwestern Investment Management

Aviva Investors

Bank OZK

Berkshire Realty Ventures

China Construction Bank Corporation

China Orient Advisors, Inc.

Crow Holdings Capital Partners, LLC

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH and DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

Fortress Investment Group/Fortress Credit Corp.

Guggenheim Commercial Real Estate Finance, LLC

HSBC Bank USA, National Association

Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc.

Morgan Stanley Real Estate Advisor, Inc and AMLI Residential

Newport US RE

NGI Investments, LLC

Otéra Capital

Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc.

Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc.

TIAA-CREF

UNC Management Company

USAA Real Estate Company

Vanke Holdings USA, LLC

VineBrook Development Corporation

Vogo Realty Partners Private Real Estate Fund II

Work highlights

  • Advised Black Creek Group as it closed on the exit of a joint venture that owned a $2bn, 30-property portfolio of industrial properties located in California, Texas, Washington, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia and Florida.

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 6

Under the leadership of Atlanta-based Kathryn Furman, King & Spalding LLP experienced team works with fund sponsors, managers and placement agents to tailor products for particular markets and industries. The New York office is home to two of the group’s specialized practitioners; Jennifer Morgan is a go-to advisor for matters with a nexus to real estate, while John Wilson is a key contact for fund formation mandates and sponsor-level strategic transactions. The practice also understands the unique tax issues presented by funds and works with sponsors to develop structures that satisfy the needs of varied classes of investors and target investments.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Furman

Other key lawyers:

John Wilson; Jennifer Morgan; Spencer Johnson

Testimonials

‘The experience of the PE team of K&S is responsive in various jurisdictions where they have offices with a good mixture of direct PE expertise (both investor-side and sponsor-side) and ancillary expertise in areas such as tax, regulatory, competition laws, etc.’

‘John Wilson stands out as having a practical approach to legal issues, whether complex or otherwise, and is a good leader on all matters who is able to assess when to reach out to other resources within K&S.’

 

Key clients

Greystar Real Estate Partners

Prologis, Inc.

Cortland Partners

Ventas, Inc.

Black Creek Industrial

Jamestown

Asana Partners

Axium Infrastructure

Lion Industrial Trust

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

India > Foreign firms

King & Spalding LLP has outstanding strengths in disputes and international arbitration and the financing realms. This is combined with corporate transactions and project development matters. It has an exceptional range of expertise in energy sectors in relation to India-based deals. Lawyers work principally out of the USA, London, Geneva, Singapore and Tokyo. Andrew Brereton (Singapore) attracts complex financing mandates relating to the Indian market and is winning work in the green energy space, including wind and solar projects and is considered by one client to be ‘unsurpassed as a finance partner‘. Nikhil Markanday advises on mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures from London, as does Rahul Patel from Atlanta, all with an India nexus. Thomas K. Sprange QC and John Savage QC are leading practitioners in disputes and international arbitrations, which are often high-stakes finance or projects cases in the power, mining, or oil and gas sectors. Sajid Ahmed is also noted for his experience in arbitration matters relating to India.

Testimonials

‘King & Spalding’s Singapore finance team knows India. They have a depth of experience and are highly skilled at navigating a jurisdiction that presents formidable regulatory challenges. Particularly when it comes to offshore structures that provide robust onshore protections without sailing too close to the FEMA wind, King & Spalding delivers.’

‘The team of Andrew Brereton (partner) and Soumya Bhagavatula (associate) is excellent on India deals. Andrew is unsurpassed as a finance partner. Soumya is a capable, hardworking rising star in finance law in the region.’

Key clients

Nomura Singapore Limited

Greenko Ventures Limited

Reliance Industries Limited (India)

IGE Group

Aditya Birla – Novelis

Work highlights

  • Acted for Reliance Industries on its acquisition of Niko Resources’ 10% shareholding in the eastern offshore KG-D6 block following the settlement of its arbitration with Reliance and BP for US$36 million.
  • Represents Reliance in an arbitration seated in New Delhi under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules relating to a production sharing contract with the Indian Government, with the other two co-claimants being BP Exploration (Alpha) Ltd and Niko (Neco) Ltd, in a dispute relating to cost recovery issues under a contract and over US$3 billion is at stake.
  • Advised Nomura in relation to a facility to Blue Planet, a Singapore headquartered integrated waste management company, in connection with its strategic acquisition of a key minority stake in Zigma Global Environ Solutions Pvt Ltd, India’s largest landfill mining company.

King & Spalding helps leading companies advance complex business interests in more than 160 countries. Working across a highly integrated platform of more than 1,200 lawyers in 23 offices globally, King & Spalding delivers tailored commercial solutions through world-class offerings and an uncompromising approach to quality and service.

Main areas of practice
Antitrust: tries cases to verdict and defends clients against criminal investigations, opt-out group actions, class actions, appellate matters and other antitrust litigation.

Business litigation: experienced in issues of antitrust, product liability, mass tort, patents and trade marks, class action certification, securities law, franchise law, white-collar defense, and consumer fraud.

Finance: located in offices across the US, Europe, Asia and Middle East represent lenders, investors, funds and borrowers in finance and other commercial transactions.

Employee benefits and executive compensation: advises on employee benefit plans and executive compensation programs and the related funding vehicles.

E-discovery: serves as lead national discovery counsel for Fortune 50 companies in the banking, energy, pharmaceutical, medical device, telecommunications, chemical, manufacturing and tobacco industries.

Energy: informs clients on a spectrum of transactional, regulatory, litigation and arbitration matters in the oil and gas, power and mining industries.

Environmental: assists clients with virtually every type of environmental issue – including regulatory and compliance advice, permit appeals, enforcement actions, and property damage claims.

FDA and life sciences: represents pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, healthcare technology companies and food manufacturers in a range of regulatory, compliance, policy and litigation matters.

Financial restructuring: directs on reorganizations, including in-court and out-of-court debt restructurings, bankruptcy and insolvency litigation, and distressed asset mergers and acquisitions.

Global transactions: counsels clients through the entire project development process, from concept to ribbon-cutting, with particular emphasis on the energy and transportation sectors.

Government advocacy and public policy: supports clients in managing their interactions with the federal government including congressional investigations, international, and ethics and election law.

Healthcare: as one of the largest practices in the country, the firm is praised for its excellence in transactional, litigation and regulatory representation of clients across the spectrum of healthcare.

Intellectual property: aids clients with the development and strategic planning needed to handle patent and trade mark prosecution and intellectual property litigation matters that stretch across borders.

International arbitration: highly experienced in handling cases before major arbitral institutions such as the ICSID, ICC, LCIA and AAA, as well as under UNCITRAL and other ad hoc rules.

International trade and WTO: the team handles a wide range of international trade and customs matters for US and non-US clients.

Labor and employment: provides labor and employment services to employers ranging from preventive advice and training to litigation and representation under federal and state labor and employment laws.

Mergers and acquisitions: covers acquisitions of public and private companies, tender offers, joint ventures and partnering arrangements, purchases and sales of divisions, and takeover preparation and defense.

Pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices: a large team of the firm’s lawyers and professionals devote all or a substantial portion of their practices to clients in these industries, with specialized experience at every stage of the product life cycle.

Private equity and investment funds: draws on the lawyers’ extensive experience in fund formation, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged finance, Islamic finance, securities offerings, tax and restructuring.

Real estate: provides advice on a complete range of commercial real estate transactions. The real estate capital markets practice is known for creative structuring of mergers and acquisitions and complex equity and debt financing transactions.

White-collar: represents corporations and individuals in complex federal and state criminal investigations, internal investigations and congressional investigations.

Tax: covers range of federal income tax issues, with particularly extensive experience in the corporate, partnership and international practice areas.

Tort litigation: offers large-firm litigation resources and lawyers who have tried high-exposure tort cases, including in some of the most plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions in the US.

International practice: The firm’s international practices advise clients in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, trade and customs, e-commerce, energy, Islamic finance and investment, intellectual property, international trade marks, structured finance, and international arbitration and mediation. The firm has undertaken extensive work in Latin America, East Asia and in the Middle East, as well as for foreign companies investing in the United States.

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Austin Mike Stenglien mstenglien@kslaw.com
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Chicago Zachary Fardon zfardon@kslaw.com
Houston Tracie J Renfroe trenfroe@kslaw.com
Los Angeles Peter Strotz pstrotz@kslaw.com
New York Edward G Kehoe ekehoe@kslaw.com
San Francisco Charles Correll ccorrell@kslaw.com
Silicon Valley Timothy T Scott tscott@kslaw.com
Washington, DC Mark Jensen mjensen@kslaw.com
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