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

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

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP acts for well-known clients in the media sector in high-stakes copyright litigation, with additional expertise in copyright arbitration and the negotiation and implementation of license agreements. In San Francisco, practice head Kenneth Steinthal has litigated in a range of court trials and has appeared before copyright tribunals regarding matters such as music rights. Washington, DC-based trial lawyer Stephen Baskin is an expert in representing technology companies in all areas of IP law. In New York, Bruce Baber and counsel Jason Blake Cunningham are notable for their longstanding work on the Google v Oracle case, which most recently saw them advocating at the US Supreme Court. Additionally, in May 2020 partners Michael Roth, Arwen Johnson, Kelly Perigoe, Julia Bredrup and Lennette Lee joined the team from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Steinthal; Steve Baskin

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Baber; Jason Blake Cunningham

Testimonials

‘Quality advice provided with efficiency. Very experienced.’

‘Kenny Steinthal is a star.’

Key clients

Google/YouTube

Peloton

Amazon

Netflix

Showtime/Viacom

The Orchard (Sony Music subsidiary)

HBO/Turner/Warner Media

Mood Media/Muzak

ESPN

National Public Radio

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 1

The Atlanta-based trial and global disputes team at King & Spalding LLP is well regarded for its expertise in e-discovery matters and is particularly well known for representing multinational companies in crisis situations. The practice group continues to flourish under the leadership of Ronni Solomon, who has 25 years’ experience in litigation and serves as lead outside counsel for many of the firm’s top clients. Rose Jones is particularly experienced in cross-functional collaboration, advising businesses on information governance, data privacy and security, and discovery. John Tucker is director of e-discovery operations and is recommended for preservation and collection, and also discovery project planning and strategy. Los Angeles-based Michael Shortnacy handles complex litigation, civil and criminal investigations, and regulatory proceedings. Test

Practice head(s):

Ronni Solomon; Rose Jones; John Tucker

Other key lawyers:

Michael Shortnacy

Testimonials

‘They are practical and adapt well to the needs of the project or the case’.

‘Excellent communication and flexibility’.

‘Rose Jones’ knowledge of discovery is fantastic and the entire firm takes discovery law seriously’.

‘Rose Jones has the practical skills to effectively implement complex discovery engagements’.

‘K&S are proven thought leaders and innovators in the workflows necessary to efficiently implement large discovery engagements’.

‘Rose Jones is a pleasure to work with – immensely smart, kind, funny, and just a pleasure to be around’.

Key clients

United Parcel Service of America, Inc.

Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Equifax Inc.

The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 1

With an impressive client roster including a number of well-known energy companies, King & Spalding LLP is highly regarded for handling trial litigation in the oil and gas space, where it is regularly involved in cases ranging from toxic torts and securities law through to general commercial disputes and royalties cases. Managing partner Tracie Renfroe has a national trial practice focusing on toxic tort, environmental law, product liability and commercial disputes. Robert Meadows is a key name to note and has a significant experience in energy-related commercial and tort cases. Other individuals in the team include Jeremiah Anderson, who focuses on construction and environmental litigation, and San-Francisco-based Charles Correll, who has a strong arbitration practice. Marcella Burke and Carol Wood are also noted. All partners are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Tracie Renfroe

Other key lawyers:

Shannon Kasley; Reggie Smith; Mike Stenglein; Robert Meadows; Jeremiah Anderson; Charles Correll; Marcella Burke; Carol Wood

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

ConocoPhillips

G2X Energy

Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

Refinería de Cartagena S.A. (Reficar)

Shell Oil Company

Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP is a market leader in this space, having expanded on existing strengths in corporate transactions and False Claims Act and other government litigation. It has also branched out, creating a Covid-19 task force in 2020 and winning several new digital and non-traditional healthcare provider clients. Most notably, lead partner Mark Polston, alongside Dan Hettich, has pushed further into the field of Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement, including creating a working group within that team to manage the logistical challenges of new rules on price transparency. With nine offices across the US, it maintains a major presence in several regions across the country. Jon (Jay) Harris in Atlanta has a focus on transactions; Stephen Goff in California further developed the firm’s government and corporate practice on the West Coast; Adam Robison and recently promoted partner Kristin Roshelli in Texas have gained major healthcare providers as new clients for the firm.

Practice head(s):

Jim Boswell; Mark Polston

Other key lawyers:

Jon (Jay) Harris; Stephen Goff; Adam Robison; Kristin Roshelli

Testimonials

‘Extraordinary experience and knowledge regarding Medicare and CMS-Specific hospital healthcare appeals issues.’

‘Chris Kenny has always been a HUGE asset and a help to clients with his knowledge and background. ’

‘King & Spalding has the preeminent healthcare practice in the country and they are a must-have firm in your roster of outside counsel if you are a healthcare provider of any kind from hospital to medical group to surgery center. The breadth of their team at all levels and in all jurisdictions is unparalleled, as is their ability to work cohesively to always leverage the right expert for the right issue for the right matter. They can be relied upon for the largest transaction, largest litigation matter, or largest regulatory issue.’

‘Each of the King & Spalding subject matter experts are leaders in their field from Steve Goff and John Barnes on managed care contracting, to Daron Tooch and Jim Boswell on managed care litigation, to Mike Paulhus and Stephanie Johnson on False Claims Act litigation and compliance, to Peter Strotz on trials, too Mark Polston on anything related to Medicare. They go the extra mile to understand our business and what we need, when we need it.’

Key clients

Atrium Health

American Clinical Laboratory Association

Atlantic Health System

BronxCare Health System

California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)

California Hospital Association

Capital One/Healthcare Financial Services

Catholic Health Services of Long Island

Cedars-Sinai Healthcare System

Charleston Area Medical Center

Christ Hospital and Health System

CHRISTUS Health

Citizens Medical Center

Community Health Systems, Inc.

Cox Health

DaVita Healthcare Partners

Empire Health Foundation

Exact Sciences Corporation

Florida Hospital Association

H and H Drug Stores

Hackensack Medical Center

HCA, Inc.

Hospice of the West

Lee Health

LifeLinc Corporation

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport

Montefiore Medical Center

Northbay Healthcare

Northwell Health

North Carolina Hospital Association

Ochsner Health System

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Piedmont Healthcare, Inc.

Prime Healthcare Services, Inc.

Signify Health

Sanford Health

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 1

Split primarily between Houston, New York, and Atlanta, King & Spalding LLP’s dedicated arbitration group is not only one of the largest key US market players, but is also able to on the firm’s global presence and specialists with wide-ranging experience gained by representing parties from over 140 countries. The practice provides a full range of services to some of the largest multinational companies in sectors such as construction, energy and natural resources, manufacturing, and hospitality, among others. Of particular note, the team’s expertise in the energy industry would be difficult to match – it is handling multiple claims brought by both longstanding and newly attracted clients under the Energy Charter Treaty; practice co-heads Doak Bishop (Houston) and Edward Kehoe (New York) count clients the likes of Chevron and Shell among their key clients. Other key New York-based practitioners include Harry Burnett, whom clients describe as ‘simply an absolute pleasure to deal with’, as well as Viren Mascarenhas, who stands out for his additional specialization in public international law and human rights. Reginald Smith (Houston) focuses on bringing claims against sovereign states and other parties on behalf of energy sector clients. Elizabeth Silbert is the key contact in the Atlanta office. John Bowman retired from the partnership in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Edward Kehoe; Doak Bishop

Other key lawyers:

Harry Burnett; Viren Mascarenhas; Reginald Smith; Craig Miles; Elizabeth Silbert

Testimonials

‘This team is technically very good and highly experienced in international arbitration. Beyond that and most importantly, the team is very sensitive to cultural issues across the globe and are able to work respectfully and very effectively in many jurisdictions. This makes the team stand out from many others.’

‘Harry Burnett has all qualities of an exceptional international arbitration lawyer. His dedication and attention to detail are of the highest order and his personal attention to every case makes him incredibly effective. He is also able to get the best out of his colleagues and to lead a team in a very respectful and culturally sensitive way. He is simply an absolute pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Chevron

Unión Fenosa Gas

Shell

Government of Turkey

InterGlobe

Air Canada

Rockhopper

Mexican Investor Group

Sociedad Aeroportuaria Kuntur Wasi S.A.

Corporación América S.A.

Salini Impregilo S.p.A.

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

King & Spalding LLP's corporate and M&A practice has an extensive reach in the US and abroad and is focused on matters involving divestitures of public and private companies, joint ventures, anti-takeover strategies, tender offers and proxy contests. The group is particularly well known for its private equity practice, which is led from New York by Jonathan Melmed and has a solid position in the middle market. Melmed is notably active in the healthcare, life sciences, power and energy infrastructure sectors. In Atlanta, practice head Keith Townsend represents issuers and underwriters in corporate finance transactions, while Rahul Patel regularly serves as lead outside counsel to companies of the likes of Roper Technologies, Oxford Industries and General Electric. James Woolery left the firm in October 2020 to found the boutique Woolery & Co; however, a number of partners joined the firm from Baker McKenzie and Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Practice head(s):

Keith Townsend; Rahul Patel

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Malmed

Testimonials

‘Highly knowledgeable and efficient.’

Key clients

Roper Technologies, Inc.

Jernigan Capital

Science Applications International Corporation

Dynetics, Inc.

Blue Canyon Technologies, Inc.

ManTech International Corporation

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN)

Eagle Merchant Partners

ACON Investments

Aaron’s, Inc.

The Vincit Group

Under Armour, Inc.

Lightning eMotors

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

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

The 'first rate' trial-ready team at King & Spalding LLP routinely defends automotive clients in complex and high-exposure class actions. The firm has argued cases in state and federal courts on significant issues for the automotive industry, recently achieving an appellate victory in the Georgia Supreme Court on behalf of Suzuki which has changed the legal landscape for product liability defendants going forward in the state. Chilton Varner in Atlanta continues to be a prominent name in this space. Established expert New York-based John Hooper is described as 'extremely effective in addressing complex problems, particularly litigation, and identifying risk and resolution opportunities'. He leads the practice group together with up-and-comer Susan Clare in Atlanta, who represents clients in high-exposure complex actions and is a thought leader on autonomous vehicles. As part of a group that joined the firm from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in May 2020, new hire Albert Giang is helping to expand the practice’s profile in the mobility sector.

Practice head(s):

Susan Clare; John Hooper

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Devereaux; Chilton Varner

Testimonials

‘K&S team has a deep bench of litigation experiences as well as significant knowledge about the automotive industry. ’

‘Liv Kiser is a remarkable attorney that has demonstrated the ability to handle complex litigation and achieve favorable results in a cost effective manner. ’

‘The K&S team that I work with are all first rate. They are experts in their field, at the top of their game. They are very client oriented and responsive. Also offer practical advice and are problem solvers.’

‘Ted Hester is one of the finest lawyers I have come across in 30+ years of practice. He is one of our most trusted advisors. No task is too small or too large. Grant Nakayams is also one of our outside counsel in the environmental law space. Grant is extremely smart and knowledgeable in his area. He too always provides sage legal advice and practical solutions. John Hooper works with us in the class action and dispute resolution areas. John is extremely effective in addressing complex problems, particularly litigation, and identifying risk and resolution opportunities. He is very client-focused and offers pragmatic and practical solutions.’

Key clients

AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI AMERICA

Daimler AG / Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC

General Motors LLC

Honda North America, Inc.

Subaru of America Inc.

Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

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

With its deep bench of experts based in offices throughout the country King & Spalding LLP is adept at coordinating large scale litigation while routinely taking disputes to trial. Product liability lawyers cooperate closely with litigators, legal issue or appellate specialists and FDA or life sciences lawyers. The firm serves as national and regional coordinating counsel for prominent pharmaceutical and medical device companies in several high-stakes mass torts. Geoffrey Drake in Atlanta and Bruce Hurley in Houston lead the practice. Senior counsel Chilton Varner in Atlanta continues to benefit the practice with her 30 years of trial experience while life science expert Andy Bayman is very active in the practice. The team has recently grown considerably, bolstering its geographical coverage in New York and Atlanta. Morton Dubin, Kristen Fournier, John Ewald, Kathy O`Connor, Shaila Rahman Diwan and Alvin Lee joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in February 2020. Eva Canaan from Phillips Lytle joined the firm in April 2020 and trial lawyer Adam Spicer from Butler Snow LLP in November 2019.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Drake; Bruce Hurley

Other key lawyers:

Chilton Varner; Andy Bayman; Adam Spicer

Key clients

Allergan

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Avanos (formerly Halyard Health, Inc.)

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Boehringer Ingelheim

Eisai, Inc

Eli Lilly & Co.

GlaxoSmithKline LLC

Johnson & Johnson

Merck & Co., Inc.

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

With its deep and experienced bench of trial lawyers King & Spalding LLP is a leading firm in the toxic torts area. It takes on key roles in some of the most high-profile matters in the country, and defends against claims by state attorneys general, municipalities, and class actions involving tens of thousands of plaintiffs. The team has grown considerably, most recently with two new hires from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in May 2020, Michael Leslie and Quyen Ta. In addition, a large group from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP joined the firm in February 2020, which contributes tremendous experience and longstanding relationships with clients in the chemical and petrochemical industries. The new hires are Shaila Diwan, Morty Dubin, John Ewald, Alvin Lee, Kathy O’Connor and Kristen Fournier, who is now a co-head of the practice group, based in New York. San Francisco-based Matthew Blaschke, who represents Chevron USA in several different matters, and Elizabeth Taber in Houston, who acts for energy and oilfield services clients in high-stakes environmental litigation, are also practice leaders.

Practice head(s):

Kristen Fournier; Matthew Blaschke; Elizabeth Taber

Other key lawyers:

Tracie Renfroe; Charles Correll; Nick Kayhan; Robert Meadows

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

Lumber Liquidators

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

King & Spalding LLP is consistently sought out by major US banks to advise on acquisitions and dispositions of rail assets, as well as the leasing and financing of those assets. Carolyn Alford leads the financial services practice from Atlanta; and Jason Huff heads the transportation finance group. Huff has nationally recognized expertise in leasing, financing and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions of railcars and locomotives. Also key to the group is Christopher Buchanan, who focuses on the financing and purchase and sale of railcars, locomotives, chassis and other transportation assets. Recent highlights include Huff and Buchanan acting as outside counsel to Wells Fargo Rail Corporation in the restructuring of multiple leases with Covia Corporation, as part of a bankruptcy proceeding. At non-partner level, senior associate Derek Marks is active in the firm's transportation finance practice, while New York-based Mickey Jett is a key associate in the equipment finance and leasing practice. All attorneys are based in Charlotte unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Alford

Other key lawyers:

Jason Huff; Christopher Buchanan; Derek Marks; Mickey Jett; Kathryn Wilson

Key clients

SunTrust Bank

Wells Fargo Rail Corporation

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Citibank

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

Perhaps best known for its work on the world's major LNG sites, King & Spalding LLP's construction practice has a particularly strong focus on large-scale energy projects and resulting disputes. Practice co-head Scott Greer is one of the country's leading names for LNG matters, and since joining in February 2020, Ingrid Myers has also been a key advisor on global LNG projects. Greer and Myers are both based at the Houston office. In Austin, joint practice head Mike Stenglein is noted for his expertise in construction disputes, especially in representing owners and contractors in cases involving large facilities such as refineries, power plants, wind farms, and hotels. Stephen O’Neal in San Francisco is a 'go-to partner for large-scale construction disputes', while litigator Craig Ledet in Houston is considered by clients to be a 'trusted advisor'. Adam Gray in Austin 'brings unique insights' in litigating complex matters, and at the associate level, Houston-based Peter Berg is 'exceptional'. Jonathan Katz in Houston is a key contact on the contracts and transactions side. Luan Tran joined the Los Angeles office from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Scott Greer; Mike Stenglein

Other key lawyers:

Ingrid Myers; Stephen O’Neal; Craig Ledet; Adam Gray; Robert Garner; Jonathan Katz; Peter Berg

Testimonials

‘K&S provides outstanding client service.’

‘Top quality market knowledge and legal expertise.’

‘The team, Adam Gray in particular, are very good about balancing providing legal advice with the business insights that are helpful to communicate with internal clients and anticipate issues.’

‘Adam Gray is not just an extremely intelligent attorney, he brings unique insights that are invaluable in understanding the risks and opportunities and are helpful in finding business solutions to challenges.’

‘Top of the line global construction practice. Preeminent. Extremely responsive. Experts in LNG construction, pipeline construction. I cannot compare with other firms as I have only used K&S.’

‘Scott Greer, Rob Garner – partners. Peter Berg, Kaleb Walker, Silva Martin – associates. These team members work well to provide timely, thoughtful and responsive advice to significant questions that arise.’

‘They have extensive experience on large and complex disputes in the energy sector. They are pure construction disputes lawyers not arbitration specialists who also happen to do construction disputes. In addition, they generally staff disputes with a lean team and this results in greater efficiency in work and lower overall spend.’

‘Stephen O’Neal – Go to partner for large-scale construction disputes. He is extremely knowledgeable, practical and understands client needs/deliverables. He rolls up the sleeve and does work and staffs his teams leanly.’

‘The team at K&S that Scott Greer leads has a breadth of knowledge of the construction industry, coupled with their sheer volume of deals to draw upon in complex situations makes them a first stop shop.’

‘Scott Greer and Peter Berg make an excellent team. Its the way a good blend of partner associate is supposed to work.’

‘They have the depth of experience and knowledge that sets them apart from all the other shops we use.’

‘Scott Greer is second to none in my opinion. He has such a thorough understanding of the issues that he enables his clients to see the entire chess board of problems and remedies, not simply the more superficial ones.’

‘An unrivalled breadth and depth of experience across all aspects of construction. Able to be trusted with the most complex of problems, against the most difficult of opponents. Timely, cost-effective, and sage advice, that was easily understandable at all levels of our company. Always available, and nothing was too much trouble.’

‘Craig Ledet has an unrivalled breadth and depth of experience across all areas of construction. He provided second-to-none advice, and brought gravitas to the most complex of negotiations against the toughest of opponents from across the US and Canada. Able to provide sage, cost-effective advice, that was easily understood. A trusted advisor and go-to for any issue.’

‘The team I work with is the best in the business: Scott Greer, Rob Garner and their teams provide first class, expert advice in all matters construction-related. They are focused, commercially driven and expert lawyers, with a keen eye for detail. As licensed engineers, they are also able to understand technical aspects of construction that elude other teams. I have never had Scott and his team let us down on any issue we have brought to them.’

‘Scott Greer is the premier construction lawyer in the United States. His command of large, complex construction contracts is without peer. He is a dedicated and determined partner to his clients, and will always find the right solution for his clients. Simply seeing his name on a client’s team is enough to send a signal of gravitas to the other side.’

‘Rob Garner has worked with Scott for over 10 years, and has all of the same attributes. Rob is a careful thinker, and is able to assist clients with thinking through complex issues in an efficient manner.’

‘K&S has a dedicated and top-notch construction practice with horsepower to spare. Few firms in North America have the capacity or the depth of knowledge that K&S does in EPC matters.’

‘Depth of understanding of the various principles involved in EPC work is unparalleled, even from the most junior members of the team. Ten year lawyers have done more construction work than senior partners at many other firms. Jonathan Katz is a tremendous talent and an asset to any construction or EPC file.’

‘King and Spalding practices are very thorough and Scott’s team pay attention to what some consider minor details however in the life agreement avert major issues. Our agreements are full of “belts and suspenders” which has allowed my firm to resolve/minimize significant issues.’

‘Scott Greer and Jonathan Katz are clearly top tier construction/EPC attorneys. The significant difference has been their ability to structure our EPC agreements and contracts which to be very very customer friendly. These strong and customer friendly EPC agreements have allowed my firm to avoid arbitration and litigation for the contracts executed with the guidance of King and Spalding.’

‘Steve O’Neal is very practical. He understands that the point of construction litigation is a business outcome.’

‘Steve O’Neal understands the “end game” of construction litigation, understands which party has leverage and when & how to use it.’

‘The K&S Construction team is unique for this practice area because they are transactional/contractual focused and owner focused — coupled with well qualified lawyers. In addition to having an owner-centric perspective, they have a breadth of experience in the energy and manufacturing construction sectors that provides considerable market insight on what contractors and finance markets will accept.’

‘Scott Greer and Rob Garner are both extremely sharp and responsive to both the needs of the client and the timelines of the negotiations.’

Key clients

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation / Total

Arlington Valley Solar Energy II (“Arlington”)

Bass Pro, LLC

Bayport Polymers, LLC

Chevron

Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE: CEQP)

Enterprise Products Partners, L.P.

Freeport LNG

G2X Energy

Global Clean Energy Holdings (OTCMKTS: GCEH)

Hilltop Energy Center

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (“MetLife”)

Midship Pipeline Company, LLC

NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT)

Oaktree Capital Management

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)

Quanta Services

Refinería de Cartagena S.A. (Reficar)

Saulsbury Industries

TF Warren Group Corporation

USD Group

Industry focus > Education Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP's full-service higher education practice has a core strengths in healthcare-related education matters, particularly in the academic medical center space, and sensitive employment issues. The group is co-headed by finance lawyer Floyd Newton in Atlanta, who handles large financing transactions for universities including Emory University. The Atlanta team is also includes dispute resolution expert Tish McDonald, who focuses on commercial litigation mandates for higher education institutions and foundations pertaining to real estate and trusts, with an emphasis on fiduciary litigation. Over in Chicago, practice co-chair Patrick Collins handles controversy matters including internal investigations and civil and criminal proceedings before federal courts. Torrey McClary in Los Angeles represents medical centers in complex healthcare transactions.

Practice head(s):

Floyd Newton; Patrick Collins

Other key lawyers:

Tish McDonald; Torrey McClary

Key clients

The University of Georgia Athletic Association and The University of Georgia Foundation

Emory University

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Stanford Health Care, University of Kansas Hospital, The University of Utah Hospital and Memorial Hospital at Gulfport

Virtus Real Estate, LLC

TPG Sixth Street Partners

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 2

Situated in Houston but also benefiting from significant transactional  resources in New York and abroad, King & Spalding LLP has a 'breadth of bench strength', enabling it to resource domestic and international transactional and operational work throughout the value chain, acting for a balanced roster of clients, including oil and gas majors, producers, distributors, investors and lenders. Drawing upon many years' experience in private practice, as well as experience working in-house at numerous major energy companies, Stuart Zisman has an excellent perspective of market trends and of what is commercial, particularly as it pertains to M&A and financing mandates within the midstream and downstream sectors. Zisman's wide-ranging energy knowledge has also enabled him to provide very effective advice on matters at the intersection of traditional fossil fuels work and alternative energy. Indeed, he recently advised Global Clean Energy Holdings on a $300m senior credit facility and a $65m mezzanine facility to fund the acquisition and conversion of an existing petroleum diesel refinery in California into a renewable biodiesel refinery. The 'very analytical' Peter Hays co-heads the team alongside Zisman and is particularly well versed in M&A and joint venture transactions within the upstream and midstream sectors. The team is rounded out at the senior level by Scott Greer, who as head of the firm's global construction practice, frequently advises on EPC contracts involving oil and gas assets.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Zisman; Peter Hays

Other key lawyers:

Scott Greer; James Bowe; David Lang; Jonathan Melmed; Jonathan Newton; Rob Garner; Monica Hwang; Christopher Delphin

Testimonials

‘The King & Spalding team has a deep breadth of bench strength within its firm and access to subject matter expertise no matter what legal issue we are facing on a particular matter.’

‘Peter Hays is a very analytical thinker and helps us think through the various complex issues that we need to address in an acquisition or divestiture of oil and gas properties. In addition to being able to focus on nuanced issues in a specific transaction, Peter does not lose sight of the big picture and what we have expressed as our ultimate goal and what we hope to take away from any specific transaction or negotiation.’

Key clients

Bayport Polymers

Cheniere Energy

Chevron Corporation

Commonwealth LNG, LLC, (v) Mercuria, (vi), (vi)

ConocoPhillips

Enervest Inc.

Enterprise Products

Exterran Corporation

Global Clean Energy

InstarAGF Asset Management Inc.

JPMorgan

Luxe Energy

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Motiva Enterprises

Nacero, Inc.

NextDecade, LLC

Sierra Oil & Gas

Starwood Energy Group Global Inc.

Total

Trafigura

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP's multi-disciplinary team is best known for its representation of financial sponsors and infrastructure funds in their clean energy investments. Leveraging strong ties with investors including DE Shaw Renewables and Capital Dynamics, New York-based M&A partner Jonathan Melmed handles a considerable amount of this investor-side work and since his arrival in 2018 from Morrison & Foerster LLP has significantly enhanced the firm's credentials within the mid-market fund space, in particular. Melmed is regularly aided on the finance front by Brandon Dalling, who is well versed across a range of debt and equity structures, as well as hedging arrangements. The firm's oil and gas-focused Houston office is also playing a more visible role in the space in light of the increasing crossover between conventional fossil fuels-related matters and renewables.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Melmed

Other key lawyers:

Brandon Dalling; Edouard Markson; David Runnels; Scott Greer; Stuart Zisman; Zori Ferkin; Tristan Pelham Webb

Key clients

Axium Infrastructure

Brookfield Infrastructure Group

D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments

Atlas Holdings

InstarAGF Asset Management

Starwood Energy Group

The Carlyle Group

UBS Infrastructure

Capital Dynamics

Global Clean Energy, Inc.

8minute Energy

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP possesses extensive first-chair disputes experience, evidenced by its impressive track record in high-exposure environmental litigation throughout the country. With environmental specialists in Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington DC and California, the firm has served as lead counsel in trials, arbitrations, and administrative hearings involving groundwater, waste, soil, water, air and climate issues. Of particular note, the group is renowned for its energy law credentials, fielding specialist knowledge in environmental issues relating to project development, including Clean Air Act disputes and citizen suits. Granta Nakayama heads up the environmental, health and safety practice from Washington DC, while the global toxic and environmental torts group is led by Carol Wood in Houston. Tracie Renfroe is a core member of the Houston-based team; she specializes in the defense of energy and industrial clients in toxic tort and environmental contamination matters. Disputes involving chemical exposure, groundwater contamination, the Clean Water Act and RCRA are among Douglas Henderson's notable fields of activity; he is based in Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

Carol Wood; Granta Nakayama

Other key lawyers:

Tracie Renfroe; Douglas Henderson; Nick Kayhan; Craig Stanfield; Megan Nishikawa

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

The Renco Group

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Baker Hughes Company

Environmental Resources Management Southwest Inc.

Major oil-industry and manufacturing clients; LAOSD Asbestos Cases

BASF Corporation

Sea Island Acquisition, LLC

Lennar Homes of Texas Land and Construction, Ltd.; Lennar Corporation

Total Terminals International LLC

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

Forestar/DR Horton

Rayonier Advanced Material Inc.

Becton, Dickinson (BD Bard)

International Paper Co.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP recruited eighteen partners from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in 2020, including Damien Marshall, Andrew Michaelson, Leigh Nathanson and Laura Harris, all of whom joined the New York office in June 2020. The firm has particular expertise in class actions in financial services, aviation and healthcare sectors, among others. In Atlanta, David Balser is currently representing Equifax in numerous putative class actions relating to a cyber incident in 2017 that affected approximately 143 million customers worldwide. Bobby Burchfield in Washington DC has notable expertise representing c-suites and boards in antitrust, securities and contract disputes, and San Francisco-based Quyen Ta is noted for her experience in consumer class actions and complex IP and commercial litigation, including trade secrets and patent disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bayman

Other key lawyers:

Damiem Marshall; Andrew Michaelson; Leigh Nathanson; Laura Harris; Davis Balser; Bobby Burchfield; Quyen Ta

Key clients

AstraZeneca

AT&T

Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC

Boehringer Ingelheim

Bristol-Myers Squibb

British American Tobacco

Chevron USA

Citibank

The Coca-Cola Company

Community Health Systems

ConocoPhillips

Credit Suisse

CVS Health

Deloitte

Delta Air Lines

Eaton Corporation

Emory University

Ernst & Young

Equifax, Inc.

Exterran Energy Solutions

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 2

Based in Washington DC, the team at King & Spalding LLP provides comprehensive support to clients on a full range of matters, including product development, FDA premarket review, compliance and defense of government investigations. In addition, the team has strong capabilities in Hatch-Waxman cases and matters relating to market exclusivity. Seth Lundy, Nikki Reeves and Brian Bohnenkamp have experience advising on regulatory proposals and agency efforts to implement drug pricing transparency requirements. Chair of the FDA life sciences team Mark Brown advises on FDA regulatory issues that arise in product liability litigation and other disputes. John Shakow has over 20 years' experience in complex regulatory, investigation, and litigation issues related to pharmaceutical government pricing and price reporting. Lisa Dwyer and Preeya Noronha Pinto are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mark Brown; Seth Lundy; Nikki Reeves

Other key lawyers:

Brian Bohnenkamp; John Shakow; Lisa Dwyer; Preeya Noronha Pinto

Key clients

AbbVie

Allergan, Inc.

Amarin Corporation

Baxter International

Bristol Myers Squibb

Eli Lilly

EMD Serono

Exact Sciences

GlaxoSmithKline

Hillrom

Integra LifeSciences

Invacare Corporation

LEO Pharma, Inc.

Medtronic

Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals

PhRMA

Promega

SmileDirectClub

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Teleflex, Inc.

Urogen

Zimmer Biomet

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 2

With 22 offices across the globe, King & Spalding LLP stands out for its ability to handle complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and parallel proceedings. The practice group is particularly strong for enforcement litigation, where names to note include New York-based Charlene Sun and James Berger, who is also well regarded for his expertise in sovereign immunity proceeding. Berger leads the team alongside global disputes head Andrew Bayman in Atlanta—who has experience in product liability disputes in the life sciences and healthcare, automotive and manufacturing sectors—and head of US disputes Reginald Smith, who splits his time between New York and Houston and is experienced in handling cross-border commercial disputes in the energy sector. The firm also has complementary expertise in international arbitration, international trade and FCPA investigations.

Practice head(s):

James Berger; Andrew Bayman; Reginald Smith

Other key lawyers:

Charlene Sun

Key clients

Stati (Ascom Group S.A.)

Leidos Inc

Rusoro Mining Limited

Passport Special Opportunities

Union Fenosa Gas

InterGlobe Enterprises Private Ltd

Renewable energy companies

Chevron Corporation

AT&T / Bellsouth

State of the Netherlands

Gillham LLP

State of Mongolia

Salalah Sanitary Drainage Corp.

Gustavo Villoldo

Agency for Policy Coordination on State Property (State of Mongolia)

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 2

The practice group at King & Spalding LLP shows excellence in cutting-edge trade remedy matters; it is adept at representing petitioners as well as respondents in import injury investigations and cases involving the ITC and the DOC. Its work is markedly varied, spanning sectors such as metals, agriculture, manufacturing, chemicals, and technology. It also houses a flourishing CFIUS and economic sanctions practice; Christine Savage is a key advisor in this space, drawing on longstanding compliance experience including a former position at the DOC. Further, the team’s trade policy expertise is also noted, with practice head Stephen Orava often taking the lead on such mandates; Orava has an additional niche expertise in issues arising at the junction of international trade and climate change law. Following the return of Stephen Vaughn to the firm in 2019, it has continued its expansion streak in the trade remedy litigation space with the hire of Jamieson Greer, who arrived from the Office of the US Trade Representative in May 2020. Former trade group leader Stephen Jones retired at the end of 2019.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Orava

Other key lawyers:

Christine Savage; Stephen Vaughn; Alexis Early; Mercedes Morno; Michael Taylor

Testimonials

‘The professionalism and the dedication of the lead attorneys are exceptional. In addition, their knowledge, experience, continuous research, and their dedication to excellence places this firm to be above all their competing firms in the international trade practice.’

‘Michael Taylor and Dan Schneiderman are very knowledgeable in the International trade dispute resolution.’

‘Great knowledge and experience in cross-border, insurance-related transactions and M&As. Consistent and conservative approach to legal and regulatory issues. Clients come first. Always making very good responses even in the different time zone. Smooth communication with us and our Japanese legal counsel on every occasion. Quick responses are exceptional.’

Key clients

Briggs & Stratton, LLC

Novelis Corp. / Hindalco Industries Ltd. / Novelis do Brasil Ltd. / Novelis Korea Limited / Novelis Deutschland GmbH / Novelis Italia SpA

United Parcel Service

The Dow Chemical Company

Embraer S.A.

Wincom, Inc.

J.R. Simplot Company

AK Steel Corporation

Trade Wind Energy

Coalition for Sustainable Cement Manufacturing and Environment

Domtar Corporation

Coalition for Acetone Fair Trade

American Blueberry Growers Alliance

Washington Red Raspberry Commission

Novolex

AMG Vanadium

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP's New York-based structured finance and securitization team advises on receivables financings, structured and leveraged credit facilities, with a particular focus on esoteric asset securitizations and non-traditional real estate ABS transactions. The group is led by Michael Urschel, a lawyer with significant experience in the energy and telecoms spaces. 'Problem solver extraordinaireRyan McNaughton, a member of the corporate, finance and investments department, has a noted expertise in restaurant securitizations as well as investor-owned mortgage securitizations. Jonathan Arkins has developed a strong practice relating to data center and IP licensing securitizations. Senior associate Kathryn Weiss is increasingly active in the leveraged finance space. In January 2021, Anthony Mechcatie left the firm to take up an of counsel position at Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP.

Practice head(s):

Michael Urschel

Other key lawyers:

Ryan McNaughton; Jonathan Arkins; Terry Novetsky; Matthew Sandiford; Kathryn Weiss

Testimonials

‘Deep bench with partners who stay involved in a cost efficient manner.’

‘Smart, hard working, business minded, lack of ego.’

‘Smart, well-versed in all techniques and a burning desire to do right by the client.’

‘Ryan McNaughton is a problem solver extraordinaire. Katie Weiss is really good at drafting/doing deals.’

Key clients

Barclays Capital, Inc

Cerberus Capital Management

Goldman Sachs

InSite Wireless Group, LLC

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Nuveen/TIAA

Five Guys Holdings, Inc.

Lima One Capital

White Oak Healthcare Finance

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

The team at King & Spalding LLP is well known for advising major domestic and multinational corporates clients on IP disputes, but is recognized here for its expertise in portfolio management, trademark registration, and enforcement. Clients are often in industries such as consumer products, food and beverage, and retail. Contacts in the San Fransisco office include Kenneth Steinthal, who leads the practice group and is recommended for trademark disputes; and Richard Groos, a name to note for trademark portfolio counseling. On the East Coast, Kathleen McCarthy in New York has a strong track record in trademark infringement cases. Also of note, in May 2020, the group welcomed an entire team from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, including partners Craig Bessenger, Julia Bredrup, Jeanne Fugate, and Albert Giang.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Steinthal

Other key lawyers:

Richard Groos; Kathleen McCarthy; Craig Bessenger; Julia Bredrup; Jeanne Fugate; Albert Giang

Key clients

The Home Depot, Inc.

The Coca-Cola Company

Mary Kay Inc.

Sephora USA, Inc.

DFS Group, LP

The Madison Square Garden Company

Ignite Restaurant Group

Steve Jackson Games

Truist (dba SunTrust Banks, Inc.)

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

Beyond traditional car and truck companies, King & Spalding LLP represents new entrants and technology developers throughout the autonomous vehicle space. The practice is equally adept in single plaintiff catastrophic injury cases (on behalf of companies), as well as in multi-district litigation and class actions. It is co-led by regulatory specialist Jackie Glassman and environmental law expert Granta Nakayama from the firm's Washington DC office. Glassman is particularly focused on safety responsibilities and fuel efficiency initiatives; and Nakayama's experience includes representing automakers facing tort and liability litigation. In New York, John Hooper is highly regarded for mass tort litigation, while Atlanta-based Susan Clare's experience includes acting as part of the team representing General Motors in high-exposure litigation. Since publication, Christie Iannetta left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Glassman; Granta Nakayama

Other key lawyers:

John Hooper; Susan Clare; Ilana Saltzbart

Key clients

American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI AMERICA

Daimler AG

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA)

Daimler Trucks North America

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) group companies

General Motors LLC

Global Automakers

Kia Motors America, Inc.

Peloton Technologies

Porsche AG

Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru Corp.

Suzuki Motor Corporation

American Suzuki Motor Corporation

Toyota Motor Sales

Toyota Motor Company

Volkswagen AG

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

Atlanta-based Phyllis Sumner leads the data protection offering at King & Spalding LLP, which is rated by clients for its 'superior technical knowledge' in handling major security incidents that lead to litigation and regulatory action. Equally adept in litigation and advisory matters, the practice advises companies on state, federal and international issues covered by HIPAA, FERPA, CCPA and GDPR. Ransomware experts Livia Kiser and Robert Hudock, seasoned technology litigator Natasha Moffitt, and Scott Ferber are other key contacts. The practice group also welcomed the hires of Alvin Lee from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Albert Giang from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. Lee joined the team in New York in February 2020, and Giang joined in California in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Phyllis Sumner

Other key lawyers:

Alvin Lee; Albert Giang; Livia Kiser; Robert Hudock; Adam Solander; Natasha Moffitt; John Horn; Scott Ferber

Testimonials

‘The King & Spalding team is the law firm to engage when you have a significant data breach. The firm has a deep bench of lawyers with superior technical knowledge that can communicate with your legal team, CISO, and other business stakeholders. The lawyers also direct the forensic investigation and collaborate with your PR teams. Whether you retain the firm to assist with a breach response or assist with a legal defense in a class action relating to a breach, the team is thinking big picture and focused on the best interests of the client.’

‘Phyllis Sumner – Phyllis is responsible for leading the practice group, and I imagine quite busy, but she always seems to be available when you need her. Her advice is practical, based on experience and she will earn your trust quickly.

Natasha Moffit – Natasha is a very bright lawyer. She will be your biggest advocate and fights for her clients. She understand the business objectives of her clients and provides legal advice that enables the business to best work through crisis.’

‘They are very knowledgeable and, perhaps just as importantly, absolutely committed to providing 24/7 assistance.’

‘Phyllis Sumner has great experience and judgment.

Scott Ferber works 150% at all times. He also has a great grasp of technical complexities.’

Key clients

Capital One

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Multiple Clients (Blackbaud Incident)

Deloitte LLP

Home Depot, U.S.A., Inc.

Equifax, Inc.

Multiple Clients (Schrems II)

Integrity Marketing Group

T&D Holdings

Krystal Company

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP assists midstream and upstream energy clients and power companies with approvals for for the development, expansion and decommissioning of pipelines, terminals and storage facilities and power plants. It also has experience in rate and royalty cases and private litigation. Based in Washington DC, James Bowe is recommended for FERC ratemaking cases as well as for transactions in the sector, and Tim Engel recently advised Chevron on one of the largest decommissioning projects in the US.

Practice head(s):

James Bowe; Tim Engel; Marcella Burke

Other key lawyers:

William Rice; Charles Engel

Key clients

Amarillo Rattler, LLC

Arena Energy

Arevia Power

Brookfield Properties

Castleton Commodities

Chevron Corporation

Citadel Advisors LLC

Competitive Power Ventures

ConocoPhillips

Crestwood Midstream Partners, LP

Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville, LP

Enwave Energy

Kestrel Acquisition, LLC

Mexico Pacific Limited LLC

Mountaineer NGL Storage, LLC

NOVA Chemicals

PAA Natural Gas Storage

Providence Energy Corporation

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

RH energytrans, LLC

Spire Midstream, LLC

Stagecoach Gas Services

Woodville Pellets

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 3

The environment practice at King & Spalding LLP possesses broad regulatory capabilities, with expertise spanning water rights, air emission issues and soil contamination. The group particularly excels in enforcement proceedings, but is also well versed in matters involving products and supply chains regulated by federal and state agencies. Granta Nakayama is one of the main points of contact for clients from the energy sector. Nakayama is based in the Washington DC office, alongside Cynthia StromanAdam Sowatzka is a name to note in Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

Granta Nakayama

Other key lawyers:

Cynthia Stroma; Adam Sowatzka

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP is a leading name for ERISA litigation in the Southeast, thanks to practice head David Tetrick’s Atlanta-based office. Fielding Darren Shuler (also based in Atlanta) and Washington DC-based Bobby Burchfield, the practice handles all fiduciary breach disputes involving excessive fees, proprietary mutual funds and the administration of health and welfare benefits plans. High-profile client Coca-Cola recent engaged the team on a dispute concerning benefits entitlements under a top-hat plan. The group also has strength in litigation concerning multiemployer withdrawal liability claims.

Practice head(s):

David Tetrick

Other key lawyers:

Darren Shuler; Bobby Burchfield

Testimonials

‘King & Spalding has substantial knowledge concerning underlying ERISA issues and is very skilled in the formulation of legal strategy. In addition, the firm is extremely responsive to our concerns and is always willing to include us in strategy sessions.’

‘The attorneys I work with at King & Spalding are easy to work with and always available for consultation. While this observation applies to all the attorneys on the King & Spalding teams I have worked with, special commendations should go to partner David Tetrick.’

Key clients

Bass Pro Shops

The Coca-Cola Company

Cumulus Media Inc.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Kemira Chemicals, Inc.

Mueller Water Products

Peabody Energy Corporation

Spotted Hawk Development

SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Government > Government relations Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP is recognized by clients for its 'combination of legal expertise, analytic capabilities, and relationships on Capitol Hill', and is most active in the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Ethics, lobbying law and international trade are other areas of focus for the practice group, which is led by government ethics and lobbying specialist Thomas Spulak  . Contacts for congressional investigations include Daniel Donovan     and Alicia O’Brien , who recently joined from Venable LLP  and has held senior positions at the US Department of Justice. Other key figures include Claudia Hrvatin , who focuses on campaign finance, the Foreign Agents Registration Act and lobbying law compliance; and Daniel Coates , who rejoined the firm in December 2019 after serving as US Director of National Intelligence. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Spulak

Other key lawyers:

Ted Hester; David Farber; Steven Kupka; Daniel Donovan; Alicia O’Brien; Claudia Hrvatin; Amirah Salaam

Testimonials

‘We rely on the lawyers there for expertise in the rules governing PACs and lobbying. They are extremely knowledgeable. They also are helpful in finding ways to do something, in keeping with the law, as opposed to just saying why something can’t be done.’

‘Tom Spulak stands out in ethics and compliance and Ted Hester is recommended for government investigations.’

‘Extremely competent attorneys and support staff. Meticulous and thorough in their handling of client issues.’

‘Probably the most notable aspect of the firm is its breadth and ability to draw upon expertise in many legal areas. Tom Spulak stands out.’

‘The practice group’s strength is the combination of legal expertise, analytic capabilities, and relationships on Capitol Hill and with federal regulatory agencies, particularly with respect to health care, long term care, and pharmaceutical issues and concerns.’

Key clients

Adventist HealthCare

Air Ambulance Worldwide

Astellas Pharma, Inc.

Comcast Corporation

CARE USA

Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc.

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition

Novo Nordisk Inc.

Reynolds American Inc. (RAI, subsidiary of British American Tobacco)

Silicon Power

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 3

The insurance team at King & Spalding LLP has significant experience across a variety of industry sectors and lines of coverage, including in the financial institutions' sector for credit crisis and other insured losses; in the healthcare industry, including claims arising from regulatory compliance; for long-tail tort liability losses under commercial general liability primary and excess policies; and for cyber liability and data breaches. Based in Atlanta, practice head Anthony Tatum has extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as international dispute resolution forums. Shelby Guilbert is a key member of the team and has developed specialized expertise in the emerging area of cyber insurance.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Tatum

Other key lawyers:

Shelby Guilbert

Industry focus > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP insurance team represents a variety of clients, including commercial and investment banks, private equity funds, major international insurers, reinsurers and financial services firms. In New York, Bernhardt Nadell leads the practice and is head of the life and property casualty transactional team. Nadell also handles regulatory matters and has over 22 years of experience in the area of insurance M&A, reinsurance and insurance finance.

Practice head(s):

Bernhardt Nadell

Other key lawyers:

Gary Ho

Testimonials

‘Mr Nadell Bernhardt – I think he is one of the best insurance lawyers in US in light of deep knowledge of insurance practice, his leadership to manage the team in a very tight timeframe, timeliness of advice and powerful negotiation skills.’

‘Great knowledge and experiences in the insurance-related transactions, M&A, and regulatory issues. A consistent and conservative approach to the legal and regulatory issues in the US (New York State). Client first and always making very good responses even in the different time zone. Significantly assisted our negotiation in the meetings with multi-parties Smooth communication in every occasion, in-person meeting, telco, web meeting and email. Intensive documentation work in a timely manner. Its insurance industry knowledge/experiences and quick responses/client first stance are exceptional among others’ 

‘Its collaboration with the Japanese law firm and negotiation skill was exceptional among others’

‘Bernhardt Nadell and Gary Ho are knowledgeable practitioners with strong industry expertise.’

Key clients

T&D Holdings, Inc./T&D United Capital North America Inc.

Atlas Merchant Capital

Vida Capital Inc.

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Capital One

MAG Mutual Insurance Company

Nomura Holdings, Inc.

Catalina Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd

Arrowpoint Capital Corp.

Allstar Financial Group

Munich RE

ACON Investments

Trive Capital

Agam Capital

Värde Partners

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

At King & Spalding LLP, litigators are an integral part of the firm's transactional M&A practice, playing a key role in minimizing the risk of litigation, as well as working independently on deal-related disputes. The practice, has a growing reputation for making law on critical points related to director duties, appraisal litigation, disclosure claims and post-closing issues involving privately-held companies. Jessica Corley in Atlanta and Richard Marooney in New York are the lead partners. Marooney is currently acting for Jernigan Capital in a class action stemming from its merger with agreement with affiliates of NexPoint Advisors. Contacts in the Atlanta office include David Balser, who won a major case for SCANA Corporation, and Warren Pope, who defended Newell Brands in a class action challenge to its merger with Jarden Corporation.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Corley; Richard Marooney

Other key lawyers:

David Balser; Warren Pope

Key clients

Genuine Parts Company

SCANA Corporation

Chris & Maria Callas

Tall Tower Capital, LLC

Sellers of Major Energy

Surekha Shah

Mueller Water Products, Inc.

C.A. Investimentos

S.C. Participações Limitada

Efacec Power Transformers, Inc.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP draws on a deep trial bench and a wide national reach to represent clients as national counsel as well as at trial and appellate level, and is especially noteworthy for its strong class action practice. Randy Bassett, who is regularly lead counsel in tobacco cases and David Balser co-chair the group from the Atlanta office. The team has grown considerably in 2020, expanding its product liability capabilities. A group from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP joined in February 2020: Shaila Diwan, Morton Dubin, John Ewald, Kristen Fournier, Alvin Lee and Kathy O’Connor. New arrivals from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP strengthened the firm’s California presence: Albert Giang and Lennette Lee joined the team in May 2020 and Damien Marshall in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Randy Bassett; David Balser

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Devereaux; Morty Dubin

Key clients

The Home Depot, U.S.A.

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

MSA The Safety Company

Progressive Casualty Insurance Company

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Sony Electronics, Inc.

Wurth Louis and Company

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

King & Spalding LLP has experience acting for public and private REITs across their full life cycle. While it has plenty of expertise in recapitalizations, M&A, and fund formation, the firm is carving out a niche in cross-border work, bringing foreign investors to US business. A recent example of this was its representation of Clarion Partners in its raising of $800m from international investors. The practice is co-led by Atlanta-based Spencer Johnson, who provides REIT-specific advice to private equity investors, and New York-based Tony Rothermel, who focuses on M&A.

Practice head(s):

Spencer Johnson; Tony Rothermel

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Furman

Key clients

Americold Realty Trust

Prologis

Columbia Property Trust

Cousins Properties

Morgan Stanley

Jamestown

Clarion Partners

Raymond James Real Estate Investment Banking

Asana Partners

Transwestern Investment Group

Douglas Emmett, Inc.

CyrusOne

Edens Investment Trust

Greystar Real Estate Partners

Piedmont Office Realty Trust

White Oak Healthcare Finance, LLC

Jernigan Capital

Barclays Bank PLC

Cortland Partners, LLC

VineBrook Homes

Ventas, Inc.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP has handled more shareholder class actions than any other firm in the Eleventh and Fifth Circuits over the last twenty years, which is testament to its prominence in the Southeast and Southwest regions of the US. The firm frequently handles mid-market cases, but it is increasingly visible in high-value matters. Jessica Corley, Michael Smith and Warren Pope are the key partners in Atlanta. Pope and Smith secured the dismissal of a class action against Floor & Decor Holdings alleging it made misleading statements about its financial condition. Corley is handling four cases for US Xpress Enterprises arising from its IPO. Paul Bessette in Austin recently secured the dismissal of a class action against Lexicon Pharmaceuticals concerning clinical trials for a diabetes drug. Also of note, new partner hires from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, including Damien Marshall and Andrew Michaelson, have boosted the team's presence in New York.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Corley; Michael Smith; Paul Bessette

Other key lawyers:

Warren Pope; Damien Marshall; Andrew Michaelson

Key clients

AAC Holdings, Inc.

Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc.

Bristow Group, Inc.

Cardone Capital, LLC

Capital One Financial Corporation

Conduent Incorporated

Equifax Inc.

Evolent Health, Inc.

Floor & Decor Holdings, Inc.

Global Brokerage Inc. f/k/a FXCM Inc.

HSBC Bank

Thomas S. Hall

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

Newell Brands Inc.

The RealReal

Ripple Labs, Inc.

Marc Schessel

Tivity Health, Inc.

Triangle Capital Corporation

Trulieve Cannabis Corp.

U.S. Express Enterprises

Former executives and directors of Ventech

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP's New York-based trademark litigation group represents clients in both federal courts and in matters before the TTAB. It is particularly experienced in protecting trade dress and product designs, domain name disputes, and class actions relating to trademarks. Kenneth Steinthal in San Francisco and Stephen Baskin in Washington DC jointly lead the service group. In New York, Kathleen McCarthy focuses on a wide range of trademark work, including trademark parody, while in Atlanta, senior partner and founding member of the IP practice Bruce Baber is also recommended for trademark litigation. Also of note, in May 2020 it welcomed the arrival of a large team from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in Los Angeles, including partners Julia BredrupArwen Johnson, Lennette Lee, Kelly Perogoe, and Michael Roth.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Steinthal; Steve Baskin

Other key lawyers:

Kathleen McCarthy; Bruce Baber; Arwen Johnson; Lennette Lee; Kelly Perogoe; Michael Roth

Testimonials

‘The bench strength is deep with King & Spalding, which allows for appropriate staffing, collaboration, diversity of opinions, and timeliness, but client is still provided full access to lead counsel.’

‘While pre-eminent in his field, Bruce Baber is humble, willing to listen and consider client input, and provide honest, straightforward recommendations after taking all into account. He understands the practical business issues that his clients are encountering and works to achieve what they want.’

Key clients

Google LLC

The Coca-Cola Company

Spanx, Inc.

Funboy LLC

PODS Enterprises Inc.

Chevron Corporation

Allergan USA, Inc.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP has attracted an impressive number of blue-chip corporates that are frequent issuers in the debt markets. Much of the practice is driven by the Atlanta office, where Keith Townsend has built an impressive reputation, representing the likes of Xerox Holdings, General Motors and United Parcel Service in 2020. The wider team covers a range of industry sectors, including energy, financial institutions, life sciences and healthcare, industrials, real estate and telecoms. Zachary Cochran is another name to note in the Atlanta office.

Practice head(s):

Keith Townsend

Other key lawyers:

Zachary Cochran

Key clients

Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE: XRX)

Colonial Enterprises, Inc.

General Motors Company (NYSE: GM)

Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE: CRI)

United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS)

Evolent Health, Inc. (NYSE: EVH)

Piedmont Office Realty Trust (NYSE: PDM)

Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC)

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP is active in a number of key industries, including life sciences, technology, real estate and financial services. Primarily focused on issuer-side work, the capital markets practice group is spread across several key offices throughout the US, most notably in Atlanta, Houston, Silicon Valley and New York. Keith Townsend heads the practice group from the Atlanta office. Also recommended in Atlanta is Spencer Johnson, who focuses on REIT offerings. New York's Elizabeth Morgan is another key figure and Silicon Valley partner Laura Bushnell takes the lead on life sciences and tech-sector transactions.

Practice head(s):

Keith Townsend

Other key lawyers:

Spencer Johnson; Elizabeth Morgan; Laura Bushnell 

Key clients

Americold Realty Trust (NYSE: COLD)

Piedmont Office Realty Trust (NYSE:PDM)

EVO Payments, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOP)

PolarityTE, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTE)

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE: SITE)

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP's antitrust group represents a range of household corporate clients in antitrust actions, including cartel, unilateral conduct, indirect purchaser and class action cases. Located in Washington DC, Norm Armstrong and Jeffrey Spigel jointly lead the department along with Atlanta-based Jeffrey Cashdan, who litigates in both criminal and civil matters. Kenneth Steinthal in San Francisco stands out for his IP-related antitrust work. The team was further strengthened in 2020 by two major arrivals from Boies Schiller Flexner LLPBob Cooper in New York and Damien Marshall in the firm's Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

Norm Armstrong; Jeff Spigel; Jeffrey Cashdan

Other key lawyers:

Chris Yook; Emily Newton; Kenneth Steinthal; Damian Marshall

Key clients

Google

Delta Airlines

BASF Corporation

Xerox Corporation

Porsche Cars North America

The Home Depot

Progressive Casualty Insurance Company

Kemira Chemicals Inc.

The Coca-Cola Company

InterContinental Hotels Group

Under Armour, Inc.

ASHRAE

Sutter Health System

Emory Healthcare

SmileDirectClub

Energizer

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Aaron’s

Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc.

Equifax

Evangelical Community Hospital

Hanesbrands

Huntington Ingalls Industries

HD Supply

Mueller Water Products, Inc.

Starwood Energy Group

Tenet Healthcare

Transocean Ltd.

Universal Health Services

WestRock Company

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

Jeanie Cogill heads up the employee benefits and executive compensation team at King & Spalding LLP, which 'provides pragmatic, business-oriented legal advice with cutting edge solutions'. The group garners praise for its 'deep M&A experience supporting companies and private equity firms in transactions'. Laura Westfall has expertise in handling the full range of equity-based compensation and incentive plans, advising senior executives and employers on retention and severance agreements, and assisting with tax-related issues. Atlanta-based Sam Choy is 'an exceptional employee benefits practitioner'. Named lawyers are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Jeanie Cogill

Other key lawyers:

Sam Choy; Laura Westfall

Testimonials

They are solution-orientated and creative in their practice‘.

Knowledgeable, responsive, instills confidence, practical‘.

Sam Choy provides practical business-orientated legal solutions with swift responses on complex employee benefit matters. He is a trusted advisor with a great business sense and solutions-orientated. Sam is a practical seasoned attorney‘.

Key clients

Institute of Nuclear Power Operations

Vectra Capital

Bob Evans Farms, Inc.

JW Aluminum

Escape Games NYC

Roark Capital

Morgan Stanley

Jamestown Properties Corporation

Clarion Partners

Partners Group

ATIS

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Allen Systems Group, Inc.

UMC Health System

United Rentals, Inc.

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP offers legal support to lenders, underwriters and investors on a litany of business transactions in the US and abroad. Supporting the firm’s prolific energy practice, the environmental team is particularly active in transactions in the oil and gas, LNG, petrochemicals and renewables sectors, including project financing. Another key feature of the department is its work for private equity firms in relation to their portfolio deals. Based in Washington DC, Granta Nakayama leads the nationwide practice group; Cynthia Stroman is a contact for  environmental transactional issues involving the energy and chemicals sectors; and Joseph Eisert is a go-to lawyer for private equity clients.

Practice head(s):

Granta Nakayama

Other key lawyers:

Cynthia Stroman; Joseph Eisert; Les Oakes

Key clients

Mueller Water Products Inc. (NYSE:MWA)

Next Wave Energy Partners

Cogentrix

Baker Hughes

Capital Dynamics

Dynetics

SAIC

Huntington Ingalls

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 4

At King & Spalding LLP, Jeffrey Telep and his team set themselves apart through their international trade focus which fits well with the firm's specialist patent litigators. Traditionally specialized in technology matters, the practice has also built a reputation in high-stakes pharmaceutical cases. Clients appreciate the firm's international platform and related experience in managing complex cross-border matters. Steven Zager joined the Austin office coming from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Telep

Other key lawyers:

Steven Zager

Testimonials

I find that the team has a uniquely high level of integrity.

Our experience has been that everyone is first rate and brings a great depth of knowledge and a high degree of professionalism to the work they do for us.

The practice has extreme competence in the areas of Section 337 (ITC) and the associated litigation and intellectual property expertise to pursue litigation in this discipline.  Each of the practitioners have significant experience in the various practice sections. In addition, services such as economic expertise for the calculations of damages have been provided.  I have worked with many large and small firms in my career and this team by far exceeds any experience and professionalism that I have seen.

King & Spalding has an experienced team to handle all aspects of Section 337 investigations.

King & Spalding benefits from long-term presence in Germany, UK, and other European countries and deep and well-established contacts to law firms in Europe.’

The practice has demonstrated a unique capability to find and analyze complex research for my case in areas that include litigation (case history), primary research on importation statistics for potential respondents and the ability to take complex patents and understand them quickly as to include the interpretation and production of claims charts. I have been very impressed with the skill of the patent litigators and their ability to grasp new concepts quickly.

Jeff Telep and Joe Eng have been great to work with.  Jeff is very articulate.  Joe is amazingly bright and has creative ideas for our work.

‘Jeff Telep has been a great asset both in providing subject matter expertise as well as excellent judgement and guidance. His calm, low-key demeanor combined with extensive background in the area has kept us on track and helped us to solve what at times seemed to be insurmountable problems.  Joe Eng has also provided excellent insight and creative solutions to some of our patent issues.’

Jeff Telep is an expert in the ITC process.

Chris Campbell brings a litigator’s perspective to the complexities of intellectual property and how it may be used and expected defenses from respondents in the ITC process.’

Jeffrey Telep is very highly regarded by his peers for his ability as a counselor and a litigator. Jeff is a thought leader in the field.

Natasha Moffitt with her computer engineering background and deep understanding of German language and patent practice is highly skilled in handling international, transatlantic patent litigation cases for German and European automotive clients, deep understanding of software-inventions IoT, connected cars, and FRAND/SEP issues.

Key clients

Amtech Systems LLC

Automotive Data Solutions/Firstech

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation

EMD Serono

Amarin Pharmaceuticals

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP is best known for its business aircraft acquisition, disposition and financing practice, which ranges from operating and finance lease structures to multi-step, international transactions. The team was recently active in representing both recipients and lenders in relation to aviation-related CARES Act proceeds. In Charlotte, Jason Huff is transportation finance head, and Chris Buchanan's experience includes aircraft-related financing structures. Atlanta-based Carolyn Alford leads the finance practice.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Alford

Other key lawyers:

Jason Huff; Chris Buchanan; Mickey Jett; Derek Marks

Key clients

G2 Secure Staff L.L.C.

DAL Global Services LLC

Embraer Executive Aircraft, Inc.

AAW Holdings, LLC

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP has placed significant emphasis on the tech transactions practice in recent years. The firm has a strong Silicon Valley presence, with Laura Bushnell among the key partners, and has bulked up significantly in Northern Virginia, with Jeremy Schropp and Tom Knox, (previously of Morrison & Foerster LLP) who represent a mix of venture capital investors and emerging growth companies. Geoff Leonard in San Francisco is noted for his advice to life sciences and medical device companies, while Jack Capers in Los Angeles is strong in the technology and life sciences sectors. The team is especially active on the investor side, and its Middle Eastern presence attracts a range of sovereign and family funds from the region.

Practice head(s):

Tom Knox; Laura Bushnell; Jeremy Schropp

Other key lawyers:

Geoff Leonard; Jack Capers

Testimonials

‘When it comes to corporate, finance, M&A and technology transactions, Tom Knox has seen it all. Tom has excellent judgment and a keen ability to cut to the heart of the matter and deliver succinct, practical advice. Dan Kahan also has great judgment and is a whiz with spreadsheets, quickly grasping the economics of even the most complex transaction structures and distilling the salient features in order to provide insightful advice.’

‘Tom Knox and his team have a world of experience in supporting venture backed technology companies.’

‘Tom and his team bring a unique combination of exacting domain expertise with a practical sensibility for board and other dynamics unique to venture backed businesses.’

‘Working with King And Spalding has been a fantastic experience. They handle all requests with uttermost professionalism. The team has very experienced individuals who ensure that they do what is best for their client. They are available when you need them and they provide service with a smile.’

‘Laura Bushnell has the expertise and knowledge to guide a start-up through the various stages of financing and growth. My organization has worked with Laura and her wonderful team (Susan Morasci and Carolyn Nguyen) who helped us with 2 rounds of financing. They ensured that the rounds were closed on time and they handled the paperwork well to make the whole process seamless.’

Key clients

Capital One Ventures

Bessemer Venture Partners

Factory OS Inc.

Imperative Care Inc.

RWDC Industries

Virtru

Peloton Technologies Inc.

YesVideo, Inc.,

HeartFlow, Inc.

KIYATEC, Inc.

ThreatQuotient

Normshield

Virtual Power Systems, Inc.

Fugue

Welcome

Dividend Finance

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 5

King & Spalding LLP's national merger control team works prolifically on mergers across a variety of sectors, with standout involvements in the beverages and healthcare industries during 2020. An example of its work in this space was its representation of Rockstar in its $3.85bn sale to PepsiCo. The team has broad expertise in litigation and second request investigations alongside prolific Hart-Scott-Rodino filings, and among its top ranks are experienced lawyers with enforcement agency experience. Indeed, practice co-head Norm Armstrong formerly served as deputy director and deputy assistant director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Joint practice head Jeffrey Spigel is noted for his broad corporate advisory expertise and role in global merger approval proceedings. Bob Cooper joined from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in July 2020. All lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Norm Armstrong; Jeff Spigel

Other key lawyers:

Bob Cooper

Key clients

Google

Delta Airlines

BASF Corporation

Xerox Corporation

Porsche Cars North America

The Home Depot

Energizer

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Under Armour, Inc.

Aaron’s

Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc.

Equifax

Evangelical Community Hospital

Hanesbrands

Huntington Ingalls Industries

HD Supply

Ochsner Health System

Rockstar

Mueller Water Products, Inc.

Sanford Health

Starwood Energy Group

Tenet Healthcare

Transocean Ltd.

Universal Health Services

WestRock Company

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

King & Spalding LLP has remained active in its core focus areas of energy, healthcare, and insurance, working prolifically with its stable of buyout clients, which includes Capital Dynamics and Brookfield Infrastructure. New York-based Jonathan Melmed has continued his impressive performance, representing the likes of TPG Sixth Street and D.E Shaw in upper-mid-market transactions. The firm’s Atlanta office has had a strong year, with Rahul Patel leading on notable transactions such as H.I.G Capital’s $330m acquisition of USALCO, and Spencer Stockdale also leading on a several important deals. The practice was bolstered by the arrival of Timothy FitzSimons from Jones Day, and the promotion of New York-based Adam Hankiss to partner in January 2020. Hankiss is building a solid reputation in complex energy, infrastructure, and natural resources transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Melmed; Rahul Patel

Other key lawyers:

Spencer Stockdale; Timothy FitzSimons; Adam Hankiss

Key clients

H.I.G. Capital

Capital Dynamics, Inc.

Starwood Energy Group Global, Inc.

InstarAGF Asset Management

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

TPG Sixth Street Partners

Northlane Capital Partners

Axium Infrastructure

Luminus Partners Master Fund, Ltd.

Real estate Tier 5

King & Spalding LLP is active in sales, purchases, joint ventures, development projects and real estate-related M&A, and also offers complementary support on finance and tax structuring. Among the key contacts are New York duo Erik Andersen and Jennifer Morgan, Atlanta-based Joshua Kamin and Mark Thigpen in the Charlotte office.

Other key lawyers:

Erik Andersen; Jennifer Morgan; Joshua Kamin; Mark Thigpen

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

King & Spalding LLP represents private fund sponsors, managers and placement agents across a range of industries, with a particular focus on real estate funds. The team also has expertise in shari'ah-compliant funds. Kathryn Furman heads the practice from Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Furman

Key clients

Greystar Real Estate Partners No

Prologis, Inc.

Cortland Partners

Ventas, Inc.

Black Creek Industrial

Jamestown

Asana Partners

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

King & Spalding LLP is well versed in appellate work at numerous federal and state courts of appeal, as well as in the US Supreme Court. The group’s recent workload testifies to its notable ability to handle IP appeals at the Federal Circuit. Practice co-heads Jeffrey Bucholtz and Ashley Parrish are also widely recognized for their representation of life sciences and pharmaceutical companies in administrative law cases and investigations. In addition, the team is adept at handling substantive law matters in areas such as energy, environmental law, healthcare, torts and product liability, among others. The firm has also been expanding its presence in California, with former Acting Assistant Attorney General Ethan Davis returning to the San Francisco office in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Bucholtz; Ashley Parrish

Other key lawyers:

Anne Voigts

Key clients

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

American Clinical Laboratory Association

Chevron Corporation

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Benefytt Technologies

Federal Reserve Banks

Equifax

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Delta

Walmart

James Shaw

IControl Systems

Allergan

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Finance > Commercial lending

King & Spalding LLP provides comprehensive advice to a range of clients involved in debt transactions, which often includes complimentary advice on tax, regulatory and real estate issues. Though active in all areas of the market, the group is particularly notable for its lender-side practice as it works with all of the ten largest banks in the US, in addition to major non-bank lenders such as KKR, Apollo and Blackstone. Carolyn Alford leads the nationwide team from Atlanta and has specialist expertise in the energy, healthcare and media sectors. Of the firm's national network of offices, New York houses the largest number of finance partners, including Ellen Snare and Todd Holleman, though the Chicago practice has developed at an impressive pace since the arrival of Amy Peters in 2018.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Alford

Other key lawyers:

Ellen Snare; Todd Holleman; Amy Peters

Key clients

Five Guys Holdings, Inc.

Tenex Capital Management

W. C. Bradley Co.

Kloeckner Metals Corporation

Evolent Health LLC

Omni Logistics, LLC

Acuity Brands

Apollo Global Management, LLC

Antares Capital

Barclays Bank PLC

BC Partners Credit

Blackstone Credit

Capital One, N.A.

Citibank, N.A.

Citizens Bank, N.A.

CVC Credit Partners

Golub Capital

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

KKR Credit Advisors, LLC

Monroe Capital

Owl Rock Capital Partners

Truist Bank

Webster Bank

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Acting for corporates and individuals, King & Spalding LLP fields a standalone team focusing exclusively on government investigations and white-collar crime. Particular areas of strength include financial services, life sciences, energy, automotive and professional services. Listed among the team's leadership are Wick Sollers, who focuses on high-profile investigations and litigation, experienced trial lawyer Michael Pauze, and Drew Hruska, who is based in New York and often handles cross-border matters. Also of note, the the team was recently strengthened by several new arrivals. Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein joined in January 2020, and in November 2020, Ethan Davis also joined from the DOJ. In Summer 2020, David Willingham, Andrew Michaelson and Craig Bessenger joined from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. Jason Jones left for an in-house role at the FBI in August 2020. All named attorneys based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Wick Sollers; Drew Hruska; Michael Pauzé

Other key lawyers:

Sally Yates; Mark Jensen; Rod Rosenstein; Zack Harmon; Zach Fardon; Ethan Davis; David Willingham; Andrew Michaelson; Craig Bessenger

Testimonials

‘The team is kind, thoughtful, responsive, and good at listening’.  

‘Andrew Michaelson is a brilliant litigator that understand regulatory issues’.

‘The team’s previous government experience, coupled with understanding the practicalities of running a business, make them great partners’.  

‘Andrew Michaelson is a brilliant thinker and strategist’.  

‘They have outstanding leadership in all their domestic offices’.

‘The team has highly experienced and nationally known figures like Wick Sollers and Sally Yates, and uniquely, a wide talent pool of younger partners’. 

‘Nothing is beyond their skillset from health care to securities to traditional crimes and political hearings and offenses’. 

‘Intensely collaborative within and across practice areas’.

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

Equifax

Nike Inc.

Merit Medical Systems

Michael L. Babich, former President & CEO of Insys Therapeutics

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

Philip Jacoby, former CFO of Osiris

Kroll Bond Rating Agency

A PG&E executive, as well as multiple additional PG&E executives and employees.

Finance > Project finance

Highly regarded for its sponsor-side work, King & Spalding LLP advises on the financing of greenfield development projects, and also assisting with financing the acquisition of renewable energy portfolios and interests in energy companies. The group has an enviable client list, which includes major players in the LNG and solar industries, public authorities and private equity firms. In Houston, Scott Greer leads the global construction practice and advises on domestic and international projects in the petrochemical, mining and power sectors, while New York-based Brandon Dalling is rated for his knowledge of project financing of both conventional and renewable energy projects, as well as his experience of leveraged finance, acquisition finance and private equity transactions. Jonathan Melmed, also based in New York, co-chairs the global energy, power and infrastructure practice, as well as the Canada practice.

Practice head(s):

Scott Greer; Brandon Dalling

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

Significant experience in power project finance including power hedging.’

Brandon Dalling has significant experience with merchant power project financings. His prior experience at top law firms within power PF as well as within Lehman/Barclays commodities group is unique.’

Key clients

8minute Renewables LLC

Bayport Polymers, LLC

Capital Dynamics

Cheniere Energy

Chevron Corporation

Clear Creek Resources Partners

Commonwealth LNG

Competitive Power Ventures

Freeport LNG

LNG Canada

LNG Quebec

Luxe Energy LLC

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Motiva Enterprises LLC

Nacero LLC

NextDecade Corporation

PetroRio S.A.

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Sierra Oil and Gas, S. de R.L. de C.V.

Woodfibre LNG

King & Spalding helps leading companies advance complex business interests in more than 160 countries. Working across a highly integrated platform of more than 1,100 lawyers in 21 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Atlanta Josh Kamin jkamin@kslaw.com
Austin Mike Stenglien mstenglien@kslaw.com
Charlotte Mark Thigpen mthigpen@kslaw.com
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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