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King & Spalding LLP
500 W. 2nd Street
Suite 1800
Austin, TX 78701
TEXAS
United States

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

King & Spalding LLP, which represents both corporations and private clients, has a dedicated white-collar practice that sits apart from its litigation department, and that is especially renowned for its expertise in serving the financial services, life sciences, energy, automotive, and professional services sectors. Washington DC’s Mark Jensen, whose strengths lie in enforcement actions, investigations, and white-collar litigation, Michael Pauze, a DC-based seasoned trial lawyer, and Andrew Hruska, a New York-based attorney who frequently handles international cases, jointly lead the practice. Also in DC, Wick Sollers is noted for his experience representing clients from the energy, healthcare, and financial services industries. In summer 202, the arrival of powerhouse litigator Randy Mastro from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP further strengthened the team’s New York outfit.

Practice head(s):

Wick Sollers; Andrew Hruska; Michael Pauze

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP‘s ‘premiere e-discovery practice’ has a history of more than 25 years of continuous operation, and offers comprehensive services to high profile domestic and multinational clients. The department has expertise in a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, financial services, and technology, and fields a broad team of attorneys, project management professionals, and technologists, able to provide advice on high-stakes litigation, investigations, and crisis management. Well-respected name Ronni Solomon has been active in the e-discovery space since its inception, with almost three decades of litigation experience. Rose Jones, who has particular strength in acting for global clients, leads the team from Atlanta alongside John Tucker, who supervises the firm’s dedicated Discovery Center. Los-Angeles based Michael Shortnacy is a key contact for complex and crisis litigation, and covers civil and criminal investigations. Other core team members include counsel Tanya Canup, of Atlanta, whose practice focuses on information governance, as well as preservation and collection issues.

Practice head(s):

Rose Hunter Jones; John Tucker

Testimonials

King & Spalding has the premiere e-discovery practice in the nation, full stop. There is no comparison. They have bench strength beyond measure and a team of staff attorneys and specialized e-discovery experts that can handle any issue, no matter how complex or massive.’

Ronni Solomon leads the team with exceptional skill and is able to mobilize massive resources on the turn of a dime to execute any size collection, review, and production that is required by the case.’

Key clients

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (client since 2010)

Walmart Inc.

Walmart Inc. and Beech-Nut Nutrition Company

Work highlights

  • Handled discovery coordination in Toyota Motor North America, Inc.’s product liability litigation and responses to governmental investigations.
  • Advised United Parcel Service of America, Inc. on e-discovery issues for the past 14 years.
  • Handled all e-discovery issues for Equifax Inc. related to this cybersecurity breach in the over 240 multiple lawsuits and government investigations filed/served by the United States Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, the SEC, most state attorney generals and plaintiffs in consumer and securities class actions.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 1

The ‘dream team‘ at King & Spalding LLP can turn its hand to complex arbitrations in any industry sector, with its deep bench and extensive national–and international–network positioning it as a dominant player in large-scale investment cases. It particularly stands out for its pioneering experience in the energy and natural resources spheres, with one oil and gas major highlighting it as ‘simply the best international arbitration practice in the market‘. Demonstrating its commitment to further growth in 2022, the department hired highly regarded commercial and investment arbitration specialist Samaa Haridi, who joined in New York from Hogan Lovells US LLP. Additionally, the firm’s launch of a Miami office saw several geographical relocations within the arbitration group as key partners moved to tap the Latin America market from the new Florida platform. Houston-based department co-head Doak Bishop is widely regarded as an authority in disputes involving the construction, environmental, foreign investment, and energy and natural resources, areas. Fellow co-head Edward Kehoe, based in New York, is also a leading light. Kehoe and Bishop recently teamed up with Craig Miles, who splits his practice between Miami and Houston, and Houston-based Wade Coriell, to represent Chevron in an investment treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador, arising out of a $9.5bn Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron for alleged environmental harm. The group also includes senior specialists Harry Burnett, who recently moved to Miami to support his thriving Latin America practice, and Chicago-based Javier Rubinstein. In Atlanta, Elizabeth Silbert is a talented next-generation partner. Viren Mascarenhas recently left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Edward Kehoe; Doak Bishop

Other key lawyers:

Harry Burnett; Samaa Haridi; Craig Miles; Wade Coriell; Javier Rubinstein; Elizabeth Silbert; Erica Franzetti; Reginald Smith; Fernando Rodriguez-Cortina; David Weiss

Testimonials

‘King Spalding has simply the best international arbitration practice in the market. The team’s wealth of experience and expertise in a number of industries and across multiple jurisdictions is unparalleled.’

‘The practical commercial approach, the business mindset and the client-first way of working makes K&S the most effective international arbitration team I have ever worked with. They position themselves as true business partners, way beyond the traditional role of external legal advisor.’

‘K&S have tremendous strength-in-depth for international arbitration and are creative in their thinking.’

‘Samaa Haridi has huge amounts of energy and drive as well as strong technical knowledge. Harry Burnett is very familiar with Latin America.’

‘I appreciate Javier Rubinstein’s background as the global general counsel for a Big Four firm, his familiarity with cultural and legal issues across LatAm, his fluency in Spanish, and his ability to work effectively with local practitioners.’

‘The team at King & Spalding is very professional, friendly, time efficient, and know what they are doing. They treat cases as if their were their own, and guide clients on a comfortable path.’

‘Samaa Haridi has excellent experience, she knows how to deal with clients, she advises us on weekly basis, and above all she is available 24/7.’

‘Harry Burnett, Craig Miles, Samaa Haridi, David Weiss, Erica Franzetti and Fernando Rodriguez-Cortina make up a dream team. Their global cross-industry experience is unmatched. Their are all very business focused, creative and passionately strategic about every single aspect of any given case.’

Key clients

Quanta Services

Gente Oil Ecuador S.A.

Chevron

Min Fengzhen

Sanitek S.a.r.l.

Westmoreland Coal Company

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.

Desarrollo Vial de los Andes S.A.C.

Multiple renewable energy clients

Sociedad Aeroportuaria Kuntur Wasi S.A.

Corporación América S.A.

WeBuild S.p.A.

The Williams Companies

AMERRA Capital Management, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing subsidiaries of Quanta Services in several commercial, insurance and investment arbitrations, including an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Peru under the Netherlands–Peru BIT.
  • Representing Gente Oil Ecuador in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador concerning the breach of a service agreement for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons.
  • Representing Chevron in an investment treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador, arising out of a $9.5bn Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron for alleged environmental harm caused by historical oilfield operations.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Randy Mastro King & Spalding LLP. After leaving Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in August 2022, Randy Mastro has experienced an invigorated practice as one of the nation’s best trial lawyers for civil cases, securities litigation, and white collar criminal matters. In litigation pending before the New York Supreme Court, Mastro represents Maddison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. against a challenge brought by a law firm regarding MSG’s policy of excluding lawyers who are actively suing them. Mastro is based in the firm’s New York office.

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

Co-headed from New York and Atlanta by John Hooper and Susan Clare, respectively, and drawing upon significant resources across other key national offices, including Los Angeles, King & Spalding LLP‘s automotive and transport litigation team is well-positioned to defend clients in high-profile product liability and mass action disputes throughout the country. The team, which is noted for its deep subject matter knowledge, ‘technical excellence’ and ability to provide ‘class leading litigation strategy and execution’, regularly secures high-profile roles as national and trial counsel in big-ticket litigation. In addition, it often acts as strategic counsel to major automotive manufacturers in potential reputational threatening litigation, and has gained market acclaim for its ability to minimize any negative press attention and to effectively protect brand reputation. Hooper is leading the firm’s efforts for Toyota as strategic counsel across a myriad product liability and class action cases pending in various courts nationwide. Clare continues to grow her reputation in the market among domestic and foreign automotive manufacturers as a result of her ability to secure favorable outcomes in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions in cases involving allegations of vehicle safety defects. As part of her impressive docket of work, alongside fellow Atlanta practitioner Geoffrey Drake, she leads the firm’s ongoing efforts for GM on the strategy for managing 3,000 plus breach of warranty and consumer fraud lawsuits.

Practice head(s):

John Hooper; Susan Clare

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Calfo; Livia Kiser; Susan Vargas; Eric Gladbach; Jacquie Seidel; Geoffrey Drake; Madison Kitchens; Adam Reinke; Jessica  Shook; Anneke Shepard

Testimonials

The team exhibits tremendous technical excellence.’

They provide class leading litigation strategy and execution.’

The versatile team is excellent at all aspects of risk assessment, litigation, and resolution.’

Key clients

American Honda Motor Co.

AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI AMERICA

Ford Motor Company

General Motors

Mercedes-Benz USA

Subaru of America Inc.

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

Volkswagen

Work highlights

  • Representing Toyota in several product liability and many of the currently active class action cases pending in various courts nationwide, including actions alleging defects in Denso fuel pumps, defective fuel tanks, defective inverters, and defective batteries, among others.
  • Representing General Motors in various high-profile, high-exposure class action litigation matters throughout the country.
  • Representing Daimler and MBUSA in an array of US-based litigation matters, including the multiple putative class actions filed in federal courts around the country, including the Northern District of Georgia and the Southern District of Florida.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 1

Leveraging the expertise of product liability lawyers drawn from across the firm’s national network of offices, many with significant trial experience, King & Spalding LLP handles a wide range and volume of cases, for manufacturers and producers, across a broad spectrum of consumer products. The tobacco industry remains a core area of strength, with the firm’s longstanding representation of RJ Reynolds continuing to generate a slew of high-profile mandates in trial and appellate courts across Florida, in particular. Many litigators in the firm’s Miami office have been central to the recent trial successes for Reynolds, with Val Leppert ‘s recently chalking up a string of notable appellate victories, saving the company significant financial burdens following the reversal of adverse judgments totaling almost $65m. The firm’s strength within the food and beverages sector, which is increasingly being targeted by the plaintiff’s bar for alleged consumer deception offences, was recently enhanced following a trio of experienced hires in June 2022, including the ‘highly impressive’ Dale Giali and Keri Borders, who joined the Los Angeles office from Mayer Brown LLP and San Francisco-based Michael Resch , who reunites with his former colleagues following his most recent stint as general counsel at Amy’s Kitchen. In New York, John Hooper and Morton Dubin are also key members of the team, with the latter noted for his trial skills, which have been put to good use in many high-profile product liability matters, including for Johnson & Johnson in its cosmetic talc litigation. Bruce Hurley in Houston, Ursula Henninger in Miami, and New York’s Shaila Rahman Diwan co-lead the overarching trial and global disputes team.

Practice head(s):

Ursula Henninger; Bruce Hurley; Shaila Rahman Diwan

Other key lawyers:

John Hooper; Morton Dubin; Livia Kiser; Dale Giali; Keri Borders; Val Leppert; Julia Ramano; Drew Bell

Testimonials

Dale Giali is highly impressive and has strong food industry and legal knowledge. Dale primarily handles claims defense work for food companies.’

Key clients

AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI AMERICA

Beech-Nut Nutrition Company

Boehringer Ingelheim

Campbell Soup Company

Floor & Décor, Inc.

Foster Poultry Farms

General Motors

GlaxoSmithKline

Home Depot, U.S.A., Inc

Kenvue (formerly known as Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.)

KIND

Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC

Mine Safety Appliances

Nestle USA, Inc.

Organon

The Procter & Gamble Company

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Snap, Inc.

TikTok

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

Viking Group, Inc.

Walmart, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing RJR in smoking and health cases in difficult jurisdictions such as Florida, Hawaii and Nevada, securing complete defense verdicts and minimal damages awards at the trial level and securing an unprecedented string of appellate victories.
  • Representing Beech-Nut Nutrition Company in more than 49 nationwide class actions, personal injury and Attorneys General lawsuits, and government investigations alleging the presence of toxic metals in baby food.
  • Defending TikTok in a series of high-profile lawsuits that allege harm to underaged users of social media.

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

With a deep bench of product liability lawyers spread throughout the country, including a particularly focused degree of expertise within the pharmaceuticals space out of the firm’s Atlanta and New York offices, King & Spalding LLP remains a popular choice among leading life sciences clients, including GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson and Boehringer Ingelheim, to handle many of their most complex disputes. As well as procedural and core litigation capabilities, clients benefit from deep understanding of the underlying science involved in the cases, with a number of practitioners also benefiting from advanced science degrees. As well as regularly achieving success through compelling dispositive motions, the team is also adept trying cases, with a number of the lawyers within the group adept at providing persuasive arguments in jury and bench trials. One such lawyer is Atlanta-based partner Andrew Bayman , who has gained a strong reputation for trying cases, including in often complex and innovative matters; exemplified by his historical involvement for GlaxoSmithKline in the first “innovator liability” trial in the country. Recently recognized by the American College of Trial Lawyers, New York-based first-chair trial lawyer Morton Dubin is also key to the firm’s success at a trial stage and regularly works alongside Kristen Fournier in high-profile disputes, including for Janssen Pharmaceuticals in connection with the MDL concerning the prescription drug Elmiron. Atlanta-based partner Adam Spicer is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Drake; Bobby Woo

Other key lawyers:

Andy Bayman; Morton Dubin; Kristen Fournier; Adam Spicer; Lana Varney; TaCara Harris; Julia Zousmer; Gregory Ruehlmann; Michael Vives

Key clients

AstraZeneca

Boehringer Ingelheim

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Eisai, Inc

GlaxoSmithKline

Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Kenvue (formerly known as Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.)

Organon

Walmart, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acting as national counsel to Boehringer Ingelheim in all litigation arising from allegations that heartburn medication Zantac is associated with an increased risk of cancer.
  • Representing Janssen Pharmaceuticals in MDL in the District of New Jersey, as well as co-ordinated Pennsylvania and New Jersey state court litigation, alleging that Janssen’s ELMIRON®, a drug commonly prescribed for symptoms associated with interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome), can cause permanent vision damage including a condition referred to as pigmentary maculopathy.
  • Representing Walmart in a nationwide litigation involving allegations that retailers of private-labelled acetaminophens failed to warn pregnant mothers about the potential risks to their children of prenatal exposure to the drug.

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

With experts located on both coasts, as well as in key Southern cities, including Houston and Atlanta, King & Spalding LLP is well-positioned to represent clients in high-exposure and high-profile groundwater, waste, soil, water, air, and climate cases throughout the country, including in venues considered to be the most plaintiff friendly. Indeed, a particular strength of the firm is its ability and willingness to try cases, working up persuasive narratives to present before juries, in part due to the firm’s familiarity and in-depth underlying knowledge of often highly complex scientific and technical issues. Noted not only for her subject matter expertise and procedural nous, including as coordinating national counsel on large scale consolidated disputes, New York-based partner Kristen Fournier is also highly attuned to jury demographics and trends, tailoring her advocacy before the courtroom to suit on cases involving asbestos and chemical exposure, in particular. In Houston, Tracie Renfroe  is well-versed in effectively developing litigation strategies for clients in the energy, manufacturing, and pharma sectors; she has particular expertise advising clients in relation to groundwater and drinking water contamination. Accomplished senior trial lawyer Robert Meadows is also recommended for his energy-related toxic tort expertise, while at the more junior end of the spectrum  Elizabeth Taber, also based in Houston, continues to thrive on behalf of energy and oilfield clients including in the defense of groundwater contamination lawsuits. San Francisco-based partner Matthew Blaschke co-heads the team alongside Fournier and has expertise across a range of toxic and environmental consolidated private litigation, as well as in relation to government investigations and enforcement actions.    

Practice head(s):

Matt Blaschke; Kristen Fournier

Other key lawyers:

Tracie Renfroe; Elizabeth Taber; John Hooper; Morton Dubin; Robert Meadows; Craig Stanfield; Charles Correll; Nick Kayhan; John Ewald; Douglas Henderson; Matthew Bush; Kevin Hynes

Key clients

Boehringer Ingelheim

The Dow Chemical Company

General Motors

GlaxoSmithKline

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

Mercedes-Benz USA

Mine Safety Appliances

Chevron

Renco Group

International Paper Company

Shell Oil Company

LaFarge/Holcim

Viking Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Union Carbide Corporation in two putative class actions in West Virginia seeking mass, community wide medical monitoring on the theory that exposure to EtO (ethylene oxide) causes a wide range of cancers.
  • Representing BASF in high-profile lawsuits brought by water purveyors Rio Linda Elverta Community Water District and Sacramento Suburban Water District against the federal government, and manufacturers and suppliers of products alleged to contain the chemical.

Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 1

Counting prominent oil and gas corporations, including Chevron and ConocoPhilips, among its key roster of clients, the trial and global disputes team at King & Spalding LLP handles litigation arising from high-end lawsuits surrounding climate change attribution, environmental justice, decommissioning and further disputes concerning the energy transition. Other key areas of expertise include toxic torts, trade secrets, royalties and administrative agency litigation. The team is led from Houston by Tracie Renfroe, who acts on toxic tort, environmental and commercial disputes civil jury trials, class actions and arbitrations, while San Francisco-based Charles Correll specializes in environmental litigation and mass torts on both a domestic and international scale. Andrew Stakelum handles onshore and offshore litigation, with unique experience supporting energy companies operating on the Gulf Coast, while Elizabeth Taber represents clients in the oilfield services industry in high-stakes litigation involving catastrophic injuries, environmental contamination and mass torts. Houston-based Robert Meadows, who represents clients across state and federal courts, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Tracie Renfroe

Other key lawyers:

Robert Meadows; Charles Correll; Tim Engel; Elizabeth Taber; Craig Stanfield; Andrew Stakelum; Craig Ledet

Key clients

Baker Hughes

Chevron Corporation

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

ConocoPhillips

G2X Energy

Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

Refinería de Cartagena S.A. (Reficar)

Shell

Exterran

Work highlights

  • Represented Chevron in an investment treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in the Hague, arising out of a US$9.5 billion Ecuadorian court judgment (the “Lago Agrio” judgment) against Chevron for alleged environmental harm caused by historical oilfield operations. In June 2022, a Dutch appeals court dismissed Ecuador’s renewed bid to overturn the award.
  • Obtained a key win for client Exterran in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in a lawsuit brought by Iberoamerica de Hidrocarburos, S.A. (IHSA) alleging tortious interference with IHSA’s contracts with Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), the Mexican state-owned oil company.
  • Representing Baker Hughes in litigation arising from chlorinated solvent contamination near Baker Hughes subsidiary Dresser, LLC’s former valve manufacturing and refurbishing facility in Pineville, Louisiana.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP continues to advise a diverse clientele on a full range of issues, including white-bagging, alleged overpayments, and M&A. The practice is known for its distinct expertise in bringing Medicare reimbursement litigation against the HHS, and acting for providers in payment disputes with commercial insurance companies. Jim Boswell co-heads the team alongside Mark Polston. Based in Atlanta, Boswell has extensive experience in representing physician groups, while Stephanie Johnson is particularly adept at defending clients in False Claims Act (FCA) investigations. In the Washington DC office, Polston leads the Medicare reimbursement litigation team, advising a number of clinical laboratories and hospitals, while Chris Kenny is particularly adept at advising on payment systems in relation to reimbursements for organ acquisitions. Adam Robison supports the team from Houston with his broad expertise in Medicare payment programs, often taking the lead in Civil Monetary Penalty investigations for nursing home providers and hospitals; and Washington DC's Daniel Hettich is a Medicare reimbursement specialist.

Practice head(s):

Jim Boswell; Mark Polston

Other key lawyers:

Dan Hettich; Adam Robison; Chris Kenny; Richard Zall; Stephanie Johnson

Key clients

GenesisCare (formerly 21st Century Oncology)

Advent Health

Affinity Health Plan

American Clinical Laboratory Association

Antelope Valley Hospital

Archimedes Health Investors

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Ascension Health, Inc.

Athyrium Capital Management

Atrium Health

Baylor College of Medicine & Affiliated Medical Services

Baylor, Scott & White

Bon Secours Health System

BronxCare Health Network

Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Health Care System

California Hospital Association

Capital One/Healthcare Financial Services

CareOne LLC

Charleston Area Medical Center

Clinton Health Access Initiative

Community Health Systems, Inc.

Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation

Cooper University Hospital

Crossroads Hospice

DaVita Inc.

Digital Transformation Opportunities Corp (DTOC)

El Camino Hospital

Eleanor Health

Emory Healthcare

Encompass Health

Exact Sciences

Florida Hospital Association

Work highlights

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 1

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

With a strong following of public companies, privately held businesses, and private equity firms, King & Spalding LLP is well equipped to support clients in the full spectrum of M&A matters, excelling particularly in the middle-market. The practice also assists in serial and portfolio transactions and continues to advise clients in SPAC-related deals.  Based in Atlanta, Keith Townsend, who heads up the public companies practice group, is adept in both corporate governance and transactional matters. Also in Atlanta, Rahul Patel is the main point of contact for some of the firm’s most significant corporate clients engaged in control and non-control transactions. In the New York office,  Jonathan Melmed handles strategic, private equity and SPAC deals across the energy, financial, and infrastructure sectors, while Enrico Granata co-chairs the private equity group. Kathleen Blaszak joined from Winston & Strawn LLP in July 2022, bringing a wealth of experience in M&A and strategic alliances in the TMT sector; she is based between Northern Virginia and Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Keith Townsend; Rahul Patel; Jonathan Melmed

Other key lawyers:

Enrico Granata; Cal Smith; Larry Yanowitch; Erik Belenky; Kathleen Blaszak; John Hyman

Key clients

EVO Payments

Genuine Parts Company

Mativ

Exterran Corporation

Cox Enterprises

Roper Technologies

H.I.G. Capital / USALCO

Riverview Acquisition Corp.

BOA Acquisition Corp.

Kraton Corporation

Tomson Technologies and Group 2 Technologies

Equifax

BBB Industries

Axium Infrastructure

Instar Asset Management

ManTech International

Booz Allen Hamilton

Fugue, Inc.

Eisai Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Advised EVO Payments on its pending $4bn sale to Global Payments.
  • Advised ManTech International on its $4.2bn sale to Carlyle.
  • Assisted Mativ Holdings, Inc in closing its acquisition of Neenah, Inc., in an all-stock merger of equals transaction.

Transport > Rail and road: finance Tier 1

In addition to its representation of US banks in the acquisition and sale of rail assets, King & Spalding LLP‘s national transportation finance practice advises on the leasing and financing of rail-related assets. Its enviable track record includes advising on a large North American bank portfolio of rail assets that comprises over 175,000 railcars and 1,800 locomotives. The group is also experienced in advising on a range of finance structures, in relation to rolling stock, chassis, containers, automobiles and tractors. With longstanding experience in matters involving railcar assets, Christopher Buchanan is an expert in a broad range of transportation-related financing matters involving cash flow and asset-based loan facilities. Buchanan also represents transportation industry financial sponsors and portfolio companies. Providing additional partner-level support from Atlanta, restructuring and bankruptcy specialist Jeff Dutson routinely acts for creditors in aviation-related workouts, while Ronald Lovelace leads the firm’s highly regarded banking and institutional finance team. Associate to note, Kathryn Wilson represents financial institutions, lenders, borrowers, lessors and lessees in transportation finance deals, and is particularly focused on aircraft, rail and equipment assets. All advisers listed are based in Charlotte unless otherwise mentioned.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Lovelace

Key clients

Truist Bank (SunTrust Bank)

Wells Fargo Rail Corporation

KKR Credit Advisors

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP often works in conjunction with the firm’s government investigations, healthcare, international trade, and intellectual property departments, routinely representing clients in litigation in trial and appellate courts, and appearing before arbitral tribunals, government enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies. Richard Marooney‘s practice encompasses disputes pertaining to the accounting, energy and financial service industries, and he co-leads the team alongside Andy Bayman in Atlanta. Arriving from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in August 2022, the vastly experienced Randy Mastro represents clients in civil cases, securities litigation and white collar criminal matters. Houston-based Mary-Olga Lovett joined from Greenberg Traurig LLP in July 2023. All individuals are located in New York, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bayman: Richard Marooney

Other key lawyers:

Randy Mastro; David Balser; Mark Kirsch; Mary-Olga Lovett

Key clients

American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Americold

American Kidney Fund

BASF

Barclays Bank PLC

Beech-Nut Nutrition Company

Benefytt Technologies Inc.

Capital One

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Deloitte Consulting

Ernst & Young

Eaze Technologies

Federal Reserve Banks

Getac Technology Corporation

Global Payments Direct, Inc.

Hims & Hers Health, Inc.

Hillrom

Home Depot

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

JP Morgan

Lyft Inc.

NSO Group Technologies Ltd.

Old Navy

Progressive Insurance

Ripple Labs

Senior Planning Services, LLC

Varian Medical Systems

Work highlights

  • Defended Capital One as lead counsel in over 60 consumer class actions filed in federal courts throughout the country arising from a data breach incident announced in July 2019 involving the compromise of personal information of 100 million customers in the United States.

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 2

Led by Andy Bayman and Reginald Smith  based in Atlanta and Houston respectively, King & Spalding LLP’s trial and global disputes group has undergone significant expansion in New York, welcoming lateral hires such as Randy Mastro from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP along with Mark Kirsch and Matt Biben in August 2022. The firm also gained Samaa Haridi from Hogan Lovells US LLP in early 2022, strengthening its international arbitration and disputes practice with an emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa. Also opening its doors in Miami, the firm has focused its attention on Latin America as well as bolstering its class action litigation capacity in the South. Érica Franzetti, Harry Burnett, and Craig Miles  are among those relocating to the Miami office, joined by Brian Miller, Samantha Kavanaugh and Ross Linzer from Akerman LLP. The firm concentrates on parallel proceedings across sectors including energy, mining, financial services, and healthcare, with experience in asset recovery, enforcement actions and anti-suit injunctions. Richard Marooney is a key name to note in New York for his focus on international financial services disputes with major institutional clients in this area.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bayman; Reginald Smith

Other key lawyers:

Randy Mastro; Mark Kirsch; Matthew Biben; Samaa Hiridi; Erica Franzetti; Harry Burnett; Craig Miles; Brian Miller; Samantha Kavanaugh; Ross Linzer; Richard Marooney

Testimonials

‘The firm has extensive experience in international arbitration especially in investor-state arbitrations.’

‘Their experience, knowledge and preparation for cases is impressive.’

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

Deutsche Bank

Ernst & Young Global Limited

Exterran

GOL Airlines

Multiple renewable energy companies

NatWest Markets plc

NSO

Rusoro Mining Limited

Stati (Ascom Group S.A.)

The Government of Mongolia

Viking Group, Inc./The Viking Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing and advising claimants multiple renewable energy investors in global enforcement proceedings arising out of seven arbitration awards against Spain and Italy under the Energy Charter Treaty for the withdrawal or modification of renewable energy incentives.
  • Representing Chevron in an investment treaty arbitration and related litigation against the Republic of Ecuador seated in the Hague, arising out of a $9.5bn Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron for alleged environmental harm caused by historical oilfield operations.
  • Representing Deutsche Bank in various class and direct-action litigation matters in that derive from previous investigations into alleged manipulation of the global FX market by traders at various FX dealer banks.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP climbs the ranking this year having greatly increased its bench strength and expanded its docket of high-stakes securities cases. The firm has 15 partners focused on this area of law across ten domestic offices, giving it one of the most geographically diverse practices in the US. Jessica Corley leads the firm’s trial and global disputes practice from Atlanta, where Warren Pope  and Michael Smith are standout securities litigators. Corley and Pope secured the dismissal of a securities class action for ADTRAN, Inc. that alleged the company made false and misleading statements related to the company’s business prospects and financial disclosures. A major recruitment drive in 2022 brought in key partner talent in New York including Mark Kirsch and Randy Mastro from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, as well as three partners in Miami from Akerman LLP. Kirsch is acting for Rio Tinto Group in a putative class action and a suit brought by the SEC alleging securities law violations arise in connection with a $4bn write-down the company took relating to a mining project in Mozambique. Paul Bessette in Austin, who is defending SolarWinds Corporation in a putative class action alleging it made false and misleading statements about its cybersecurity practices, and Richard Marooney in New York also play key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Corley

Other key lawyers:

Warren Pope; Michael Smith; Mike Pauze; Richard Marooney; Paul Besette; Randy Mastro

Key clients

AAC Holdings, Inc.

Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc.

ADTRAN, Inc.

Capital One

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

Conduent Incorporated

Digital Turbine, Inc.

Evolent Health, Inc.

Exterran Corporation

FleetCor Technologies, Inc.

Floor & Decor Holdings, Inc.

Former Directors of Yuma Energy, Inc., Will Mesdag & Chris Teets

Global Brokerage, Inc. (formerly FXCM, Inc.)

Hanger, Inc.

HSBC

Jason New and William Parrett

Marc Schessel, CEO and founder of SCWorx

Medallion Financial Corp., Andrew Murstein

Merit Medical, Inc. and certain executive officers

Mondelez Global

Neovasc, Inc.

Net Element, Inc., n/k/a Mullen Automotive, Inc.

Newell Brands, Inc.

OPKO Health, Inc.

Phunware, Inc.

PolarityTE

Rio Tinto Group

Ripple Labs

Shattuck Labs, Inc.

Shaun Thaxter

SolarWinds

The Aaron’s Company, Inc.

The GEO Group, Inc.

The RealReal, Inc.

Tivity Health, Inc.

Tractor Supply Company

True Link Financial Advisors

U.S. Xpress, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Capital One Financial Corporation and certain of its officers in putative securities class action litigation arising in connection with the data security incident announced on July 29, 2019. The highly publicized data breach incident is significant due to its vast impact on over 100 million individuals and due to the involvement of a hack of cloud-based data apparently executed by a former employee of the cloud storage vendor.
  • Representing Rio Tinto in a suit brought by the SEC against it alleging Section 10(b) fraud and other securities law violations. (SEC. v. Rio Tinto et al.) The claims arise in connection with a $4 billion write-down Rio Tinto took relating to a massive mining project in Mozambique.
  • Defending SolarWinds Corporation and its Chief Information Security Officer in a putative class action alleging claims under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The lawsuit was filed in the wake of a cutting-edge cyberattack, an unprecedented federal government data breach described as “the largest and most sophisticated” cyberoperation ever that sought to compromise systems of U.S. Government and Fortune 500 SolarWinds clients using the company’s Orion software.

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 2

With a strong focus on transactions in the renewable energy space, King & Spalding LLP advises clients, including major private equity and infrastructure funds and companies active in areas including solar, wind, battery stroage, as well as renewable natural gas, on the acquisition and disposal of projects and portfolios, with additional strength in project financing. In addition, the practice is also noted for its capabilities in advising on the whole cycle of renewable energy projects, including development, construction and operation. The team is jointly led by Jonathan Melmed in New York, who is reputed for advising on U.S. and international M&A, private equity and complex corporate transactions, Stuart Zisman, and global energy and construction transactional practice head Scott Greer in Houston. Zisman is also noted for his expertise in global energy transactions of all types, including energy storage, as well as commercial agreements. Another key contact for transactional work is New York’s Adam Hankiss. The firm’s reach was extended with the arrival of Fradyn Suárez  into its new Miami office from Jones Day in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Melmed; Stuart Zisman; Scott Greer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Arevon Asset Management

Atlas Holdings

Axium Infrastructure

Brookfield Infrastructure Group

D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments

Global Clean Energy, Inc.

Instar Asset Management

Ridgewood Infrastructure, LLC

Starwood Energy Group

The Carlyle Group

UBS Infrastructure

Wabash Valley Resources

Hy Stor Energy

Avantus

Transmission Developers, Inc.

HIF

Work highlights

  • Advised Axium Infrastructure on the acquisition of BWC Holdings, LLC.
  • Representing Transmission Developers, Inc. – a Blackstone portfolio company – in the development of the Champlain Hudson Power Express Project, a multi-billion dollar HVDC transmission line, which will deliver 1,250MW of hydro power to the NYC.
  • Advised Macquarie Capital on the sale of Savion, LLC to a subsidiary of Shell plc.

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 2

The trial and global disputes; government matters team at King & Spalding LLP offers coast-to-coast expertise and is led by Washington DC’s Granta Nakayama, New York’s Kristen Fournier, San Francisco’s Matt Blaschke and Tracie Renfroe in Houston. The firm fields multidisciplinary groups to advise on litigation and emerging issues, such as forever chemicals, climate change, environmental justice, renewable fuels and ESG matters. Renfroe acts for energy and industrial clients on contamination, toxic tort and product liability cases, and is experienced in international arbitration. Atlanta’s Douglas Henderson is notable for his experience in toxic and mass torts litigation and property rights disputes, while Peter Hsiao in Los Angeles has 34 years’ trial experience, with a focus on environmental and natural resources cases. Recently, Shannon Kasley and Jeremiah Anderson left the firm, as did Megan Nishikawa.

Practice head(s):

Granta Nakayama; Kristen Fournier; Matt Blaschke; Tracie Renfroe

Other key lawyers:

Charles Correll; Douglas Henderson; Nick Kayhan; Peter Hsiao; Elizabeth Taber

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

The Renco Group

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Baker Hughes Company

Environmental Resources Management Southwest Inc.

BASF Corporation

International Paper Co.

Dow Chemical Company

Honeywell International

Lafarge/Holcim

Work highlights

  • Advising Delta Airlines on a case arising out of an engine failure on a flight shortly after it departed LAX. Class plaintiffs are individuals with homes located under the flightpath who seek damages from the jet fuel jettison based on trespass and nuisance claims.
  • Advising Shell Oil Company as trial counsel to defend five benzene groundwater contamination cases in Illinois federal and state courts.
  • Advising BASF as lead trial counsel in high-profile lawsuits brought by water purveyors Rio Linda Elverta Community Water District and Sacramento Suburban Water District against the federal government, and manufacturers and suppliers of products alleged to contain the chemical hexavalent chromium.

Environment > Environment: regulatory Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP offers clients ‘subject matter experts who have keen insights on the issues, can apply past learning to current risks and use those insights to identify emerging trends’. With teams on both coasts, the firm is well placed to handle regulatory matters across the US, under the leadership of Washington DC’s Granta Nakayama. It is particularly strong in enforcement defense matters and negotiations with regulators, such as the EPA; mobile source emissions; compliance in highly regulated sectors; and issues around toxic chemicals, such as PFAS. Nakayama is a key name for compliance and enforcement matters, while in Los Angeles, Peter Hsiao, a former DOJ environmental attorney, is recommended for natural resources and toxic tort law. Ilana Saltzbart, also in DC, is an EPA alumna with considerable experience of the CAA. Chicago’s Karl Heisler is noted for incident response and workplace health and safety work. Marcella Burke left in July 2022. Adam Sowatzka has also left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Granta Nakayama

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Top-shelf representation; thoughtful; pro-active; sensitive to client needs and goals.’

‘Karl Heisler has been my primary point of contact. He has provided superior representation and counseling, consistently taking initiative, keeping in contact with the client, and providing creative and helpful thoughts and ideas.’

‘The K&S team does a phenomenal job of distilling the complexity of issues down to a manageable and understandable level.’

‘They are subject matter experts who have keen insights on the issues, can apply past learning to current risks and use those insights to identify emerging trends.’

‘They are exceptionally collaborative, exceed expectations and true partners for their clients.’

‘Karl Heisler also shown care in his recognition of client needs, including in his work efficiency and billing practices. I look forward to continuing to work with Karl as needs may arise.’

‘Patrick Runge is exceptional – well versed on the issues and shares insights/analogs to the risks at hand.’

‘Karl Heisler is a true partner to his clients – he is highly credible; distills the complex so that it is understood by non-experts; highly strategic and transparent in his assessments/solutions; and is a great K&S team leader.’

Key clients

Environmental Resources Management Southwest Inc.

Volkswagen AG

Chevron

The Home Depot

Phillips 66

Honeywell International

Baker Hughes

LafargeHolcim

BASF Corporation

International Paper

Work highlights

  • Representing Chevron in an appeal of an EPA action related to the Clean Air Act’s Outer Continental Shelf program.
  • Advising Volkswagen on the largest ever Clean Air Act enforcement case, ongoing for several years.
  • Working with Rayonier Advanced Materials for many years to successfully secure and defend the renewal of the wastewater discharge permit (NPDES permit) for the company’s pulp mill in Jesup, Georgia, one of the largest pulp mills in North America and the largest cellulose specialties plant in the world.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP has considerable experience advising on esoteric asset securitizations, non-traditional real estate ABS transactions, healthcare and trade receivables securitizations, in addition to mortgage repurchase transactions. The New York-based practice continues to consolidate its expertise in hybrid leveraged finance and securitization products, whole-business securitization and digital infrastructure securitization with experience in the securitization of restaurant concepts, digital infrastructure, cellular tower and distributed antenna operators, as well as solar and renewable energy assets. Jeff Misher handles structured transactions involving trade, loan and leasing receivables, while Jonathan Arkins, who advises on diverse asset types such as data centers and intellectual property license streams, is another key contact in the group. In January 2022, Washington DC-based David Ridenour joined the firm from DLA Piper LLP (US). Ryan McNaughton left the firm in April 2023. Also in April 2023, Michael Urschel, Kathryn Weiss and Martin Eid departed for Milbank.

Key clients

Barclays Capital Inc

Cerberus Capital Management

Credit Suisse

Diamond Communications LLC

Hotwire Communications

Morgan Stanley

Nuveen/TIAA

Five Guys Holdings, Inc.

White Oak

The Toronto Dominion Bank

MUFG

Work highlights

  • Represented Barclays Capital Inc as sole structuring advisor and sole book-running manager, in connection with the sale of $427 million Series 2022-1 Notes.
  • Represented Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and KKR Capital Markets LLC as initial purchasers, in connection with the offering and sale of the $732.55 million Class A-2 Secured Music Catalog Term Notes of Hi-Fi Music IP Issuer II L.P.
  • Represented Hotwire Communications, Ltd., through its newly-created subsidiary, Hotwire BTS Funding I, LLC, in connection with the closing of a Loan and Security Agreement consisting of a $500 million revolving credit facility.

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 2

The primarily Washington DC based practice at King & Spalding LLP, led by Mark Brown, Nikki Reeves, and Seth Lundy, consists of ‘creative lawyers' who handle both internal and government investigations, life sciences M&A, and fundraising matters. Reeves is known for her regulatory and FDA expertise, advising biologics and pharmaceutical companies on both pre and post-market compliance issues, good clinical practices, and good manufacturing practices. Brown assists biotech and medical device companies on FDA enforcement matters, and is particularly skilled at negotiating consent decrees of injunctions, while Lundy is well-versed in state and federal fraud and abuse issues. Lisa Dwyer maintains a digital health and regulatory focused practice, while Brian Bohnenkamp advises pharmaceutical companies on transparency laws imposed on manufacturers, including the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. John Shakow exhibits ‘extensive, almost encyclopedic expertise‘ across pharmaceutical government pricing, reporting, and Federal Supply Schedule matters, advising biotech entities on their interactions with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. Preeya Noronha Pinto has considerable  experience acting for life sciences manufacturers in reimbursement planning matters during product development.

Practice head(s):

Mark Brown; Nikki Reeves; Seth Lundy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team consists of creative lawyers who focus on solving issues. They are willing to provide direct opinions and views.’

‘John Shakow is a highly effective communicator with a willingness to provide a direct assessment and opinion. John has extensive, almost encyclopedic expertise in government pricing programs.’

Key clients

AbbVie

Acadia Pharmaceuticals

Allergan, Inc.

Amarin Corporation

Amryt Pharmaceuticals

Baxter International

BioMarin

Bristol Myers Squibb

Carl Zeiss Vision

Coloplast Corporation

Eli Lilly

EMD Serono

Exact Sciences

GlaxoSmithKline

HeartFlow, Inc.

Hillrom

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

Imperative Care

Integra LifeSciences

Invacare Corporation

KIYATEC

LEO Pharma, Inc.

Medtronic

Novo Nordisk

Pharmacyclics

Pfizer

PhRMA

PolarityTE, Inc.

SmileDirectClub

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Teleflex, Inc.

Urogen

Zimmer Biomet

Work highlights

  • Advised on all FDA regulatory aspects of a $2.4 billion merger between Oaktree Acquisition Corp. II. and Alvotech.
  • Represented Walmart in a nation-wide litigation involving allegations that retailers of private-labeled acetaminophen failed to warn pregnant mothers about the potential risks to their children of prenatal exposure.
  • Acted for Eisai Pharmaceuticals in several rounds of negotiations regarding its multi-billion-dollar research and development collaboration with Biogen, formed to co-develop products to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease.

Industry focus > Education Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP’s higher education practice group has extensive experience advising clients, most notably healthcare and academic medical centers on government matters, internal investigations, corporate finance and investments, data privacy and security matters, and litigation. Chicago office managing partner Zachary Fardon represents companies and individuals in a broad range of sensitive white-collar defense and investigations matters including whistle-blower litigation. Atlanta-based trial lawyer Andy Bayman co-heads the group with Fardon and represents pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, retailers, automotive manufacturers and other major companies in complex and novel product liability and toxic tort cases. Adam Robison has a particular focus in advising clients on False Claims Act and Civil Monetary Penalty investigations, fraud and abuse, along with anti-kickback and physician self-referral issues, including physician contracting. Matthew Nichols departed in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Zach Fardon; Andy Bayman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Emory University

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Medical University Hospital Authority

Vanderbilt University

Work highlights

  • Representing Emory University in consolidated COVID-19 tuition-refund class action litigation.
  • Represented The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in renegotiation of its long-term multi-billion dollar affiliation agreement with Harris County Hospital District.

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

International Trade > Trade remedies and trade policy Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP finds favor for its lawyers’ ‘knowledge, innovative thinking and preparation for cases’. The firm’s trade litigation offering forms a key part of its full-service international trade practice and it possesses extensive experience in the full scope of trade remedies, trade policy, WTO matters and related regulatory work. Stephen Orava chairs the Washington DC-based team and has a focus on trade remedies, WTO dispute settlement proceedings and climate change-related trade issues. Orava recently represented an ad hoc coalition of American superabsorbent polymer producers in filing petitions at the DOC and ITC seeking antidumping relief against superabsorbent polymer imports from South Korea. A former General Counsel of USTR, Stephen Vaughn is notably spearheading the firm’s representation of Cleveland-Cliffs in five-year reviews of antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of corrosion-resistant steel, cold-rolled steel and hot-rolled steel. Other key contacts include Michael Taylor, whose practice spans customs and trade remedy-related matters, senior counsel Neal Reynolds, and Jamieson Greer, who maintains a broad trade practice with a focus on trade remedies and trade policy and negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Orava

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

King & Spalding supported us in a trade remedy case, providing technical and legal assistance and guiding the international participants through the whole procedure including several hearings with ITC.’

The team provides clear guidance and clear communication, particularly Jamieson Greer, Stephen Orava and Neal Reynolds.’

King and Spalding has the best team in the practice of international trade. We have seen the results over many years of engaging K&S to represent us in the ITC. There are no other firms that prepare better for their cases.’

King and Spalding excel in all areas of international trade disputes.’

Their knowledge, innovative thinking and preparation for cases are significantly better than any other firm that has represented the opposite side. Daniel Schneiderman, and Michael Taylor are exceptional individuals.’

Key clients

Ad Hoc Coalition of American Super Absorbent Polymer Producers (coalition of BASF Corp., Evonik Superabsorber LLC, and Nippon Shokubai America Industries)

AMG Vanadium

Briggs & Stratton LLC

CalCIMA (California Construction and Industrial Materials Association)

Coalition for Sustainable Cement Manufacturing and Environment (“CSCME”)

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

Committee for Fair Trade in Ammonium Sulfate, including AdvanSix (formerly Honeywell Resins & Chemicals) and PCI Nitrogen

Domtar Corporation

The Dow Chemical Company

Iowa Fertilizer Company

J.R. Simplot Company

Novelis Corp., Hindalco Industries Ltd. (and affiliates)

Novolex

Olin Corporation and affiliates

United Parcel Service

US Magnesium LLC

U.S. Producers of Citric Acid (coalition of Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, and Primient)

Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company

Wincom, Inc.

Washington Red Raspberry Commission

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Cleveland-Cliffs following the ITC’s unanimous vote to continue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on corrosion-resistant steel from five countries and on cold-rolled steel from five of six countries, respectively.
  • Successfully represented Domtar and Finch Paper in reviews at the DOC and the ITC concerning imports of uncoated paper.
  • Advised Olin Corporation and its affiliates in the Brazilian antidumping investigation regarding imports of caustic soda from the US.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

Renowned for its activity in energy-related construction matters, King & Spalding LLP‘s clients include global as well as domestic project developers, lenders and owners, with the team practice handling construction transactions, as well as litigation. Scott Greer works out of Houston and is an vastly experienced individual who is particularly active in LNG, while Stephen O’Neal in San Francisco has great experience overseeing construction disputes. Mike Stenglein is located in Austin and is seasoned in representing contractors as well as owners in disputes pertaining to large facilities including chemical plants, refineries as well as pipelines. Houston-based Craig Ledet is often engaged in construction and engineering defect litigation, particularly in the energy sector; he operates alongside Peter Berg who represents clients in traditional oil, gas and energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Scott Greer; Mike Stenglein

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘The breadth of experience is very much a strength of the practice.’

‘While they will assure that you get the full benefit of their expertise and insights, it is only after they have satisfied your need-to-know that they offer their additional view.’

‘They are flexible in scheduling last-minute calls, etc. and very responsive to meeting deadlines, they always deliver when they say they say they are going to deliver.’

‘Steve O’Neill is an expert on the full array of construction matters, he is able to to explain nuance in contract language in a way that makes it easy to understand potential ramifications. He is always willing and able to make time for discussions and always extremely thorough and prompt with work products. A very strong mentor for other attorneys in his firm.’

Key clients

Refinería de Cartagena S.A.

Cheniere

Transmission Developers, Inc.

Arlington Valley Solar Energy II

EnergySource Minerals

Avantus

Quanta Services, Inc.; QPS Engineering, LLC

Occidental Petroleum

Chevron

Saulsbury Industries, Inc.

Commonwealth LNG

Crestwood Equity Partners LP

HIF

Freeport LNG

Sterling Site Access Solutions, LLC

Microsoft Corporation

Mexico Pacific Limited

Arbor Renewable Gas LLC

HOBO Renewable Diesel, LLC

ABB Installation Products

Nacero Inc.

Vista Ridge LLC

A. Teichert and Son, Inc.

Crux Subsurface Inc.

VinFast Manufacturing US, LLC

Mitsui Fudosan America

Work highlights

  • Represented Transmission Developers, Inc. on the development of the Champlain Hudson Power Express Project. delivering 1,250MW of hydro power of renewable energy to NYC.
  • Represented Cheniere on its US$5.4 billion contract with Bechtel for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Stage 3 LNG Project.

Transport > Rail and road: litigation and regulation Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP‘s recent track record includes advice on significant automotive industry diesel issues, as well as regulatory, enforcement and policy work. The firm also houses experts in transportation-related high-stakes disputes, government investigations, and corporate and finance work. On the litigation side, the group’s prowess covers both single-plaintiff catastrophic injury cases and multi-district litigation and class actions. As a former assistant administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance, Washington DC-based Granta Nakayama is go-to practitioner for automakers facing diesel-related issues, and Livia Kiser in Chicago represents automotive manufacturers, automotive technology companies, and distributors and suppliers in matters involving vehicle components. Other names to note are Los Angeles-based Alexander Calfo and Susan Vargas, whose product liability practices cover the automotive sector; DC-based environmental law specialist Ilana Saltzbart; and New York-based automotive industry expert Jacquie Seidel. Also in New York, John Hooper chairs the firm’s automotive and transportation litigation practice, which is co-chaired by Susan Clare in Atlanta, where class action and product liability litigator and newly promoted partner Adam Reinke is located.

Practice head(s):

Granta Nakayama; John Hooper

Key clients

American Honda Motor Co

Automobili Lamborghini America

Daimler

Mercedes-Benz USA

Daimler Trucks North America

General Motors

Kia Motors America

Porsche

Porsche Cars North America

Stellantis (formerly FCA)

Subaru of America

Subaru Corp

Toyota Motor Sales

Toyota Motor Company

Volkswagen

Work highlights

  • Representing Volkswagen before the Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board and the US Department of Justice in widely publicized matters surrounding emissions from 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engine-powered vehicles.
  • Representing Toyota as strategic counsel in several product liability cases, including actions alleging defects in Denso fuel pumps, defective fuel tanks, defective inverters, and defective batteries.
  • Representing General Motors in patent litigation brought by Intellectual Ventures, which concerns patents spanning a range of subject matters and technologies.

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

Comprised of ‘creative lawyers who focus on solving issues’, King & Spalding LLP houses a comprehensive appellate practice, which has notched up appearances before federal and state appellate courts nationwide, as well as the US Supreme Court. The group’s ability to leverage subject-matter experts from across the wider firm’s regulatory and litigation practices is a significant differentiator and it is particularly experienced in the energy, IP, and life sciences and healthcare spheres. Jeffrey Bucholtz, who is noted for his experience in representing FDA-regulated companies, co-chairs the department together with Ashley Parrish, whose practice has a strong administrative law dimension; both are based in Washington DC. The team also includes Silicon Valley-based Anne Voigts, who recently paired up with Washington DC-based Medicare reimbursement specialist Daniel Hettich to represent Empire Health Foundation before SCOTUS in a case concerning reimbursement rates for hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of indigent patients.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Bucholtz; Ashley Parrish

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Creative lawyers who focus on solving issues. Willing to provide direct opinions and views without too much hedging or qualification.’

‘Ashley Parrish is a creative lawyer who quickly sees through complex matters to the core legal issues. Strategic thinker who focuses on end game as well as next steps. Understands, and can help navigate, not just the legal environment but also the broader political and external environment.’

Key clients

ABB, Inc.

AbbVie (including Allergan)

American Clinical Laboratory Association

American Honda Motor Co

Atlanta Gas Light Company

BASF

Benefytt Technologies

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Care Alternatives

Chevron Corporation

Delta

Eaze Technologies, Inc.

Empire Health Foundation

Equifax

Everport

Federal Reserve Banks

Florida Hospital Association

Google

Halliburton

Hope Medical

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

James Shaw

Julia Hahn

JW Aluminum Company

Lyft, Inc.

Melinta Therapeutics

Mid-American Apartments, Inc.

Molina Healthcare

Nawai Wardak Transportation Company

Novo Nordisk

NSO Technologies

Postmates Inc.

Purdue Pharma

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

RD Legal Funding

SmileDirectClub

Stokes

Texaco, Inc.

The Federal Reserve Banks

Triangle Capital Corporation

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Walmart

Work highlights

  • Represented Empire Health Foundation before the Supreme Court in a case concerning reimbursement rates for hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of indigent patients.
  • Successfully convinced the Supreme Court to grant its petition for certiorari in a Section 1983 case against a state trooper for malicious prosecution.
  • Represented JW Aluminum as counsel of record in opposing a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court in litigation addressing whether the obligations imposed by the Coal Act are subject to discharge in bankruptcy.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP has ‘superb litigators with excellent trial instincts‘ and clients praise their ‘attention to detail and drafting talent‘. The firm has played a role in shape critical points of law governing directors’ duties, disclosure claims, and post-closing disputes, and retains a significant presence in matters in the Delaware courts as well as other fora across the country. Richard Marooney in New York (who is ‘a consummate trial lawyer, quick on his feet, responsive, and excellent manager of his trial team‘) and Jessica Corley in Atlanta lead the trial and global disputes practice. Warren Pope in Atlanta, and up-and-coming partner Peter Isajiw in New York also play key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Richard Marooney; Jessica Corley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Superb litigators with excellent trial instincts. Attention to detail, drafting talent.’

‘Rich Marooney – a consummate trial lawyer, quick on his feet, responsive, and excellent manager of his trial team.’

Key clients

Evolent Health, Inc.

FanDuel

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

Hillrom

Hudson Vegas Investment SPV, LLC (“Hudson”)

Jernigan Capital, Inc.

Kraton Corporation (“Kraton”)

MMA Capital Holdings, Inc.

Newell Brands, Inc.

Phunware, Inc. and Former Officers & Directors

Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc.

Sharecare, Inc.

Turbonomic, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. in litigation arising from a $1bn merger agreement with an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc
  • Represented FanDuel and its directors after its founders and 134 other former officers and employees brought lawsuits seeking $1 billion in damages, accusing them of cheating them out the proceeds of a merger with Paddy Power Betfair.
  • Represented the software company Turbonomic Inc. in defeating an attempt by Turbonomic’s competitor, Densify, to block IBM from acquiring Turbonomic.

Energy > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP’s energy regulatory practice handles the full range of regulation and litigation matters in the oil and gas arena, with demonstrable experience advising on LNG project development, hydrocarbon storage, carbon capture and alternative fuels mandates. The group frequently acts before the FERC and other regulatory bodies on cases concerning regulatory enforcements and investigations, natural gas certificate issues and safety matters associated with natural gas pipelines and LNG facilities. In the Washington DC office, James Bowe is noted for his expertise in the regulation of energy pipelines, energy storage facilities and oil and gas import and export facilities, in addition to carbon capture projects. Bowe jointly leads the team alongside Nikesh Jindal, who advises on regulation surrounding onshore and offshore exploration, while Houston’s Mark Greenberg focuses on energy-related commodities.

Practice head(s):

James Bowe; Nikesh Jindal

Other key lawyers:

Mark Greenberg; Tyler Brown

Testimonials

‘Great expertise, collaboration and industry leadership. Specifically James Bowe.’

‘Jim Bowe is an extremely knowledgeable energy regulatory lawyer.’

Key clients

Arbor Renewable Gas

Arena Energy

Cenovus Energy, Inc.

Chevron Corporation

Citadel Advisors LLC

Competitive Power Ventures

ConocoPhillips

Crestwood Midstream Partners, LP

Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville, LP

EQT Corporation

Freepoint Commodities

Hy Stor Energy LP

J.P. Morgan

Mexico Pacific Limited LLC

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Starwood Energy Group Global Inc.

Targa Resources Partners

Third Coast Midstream

Trafigura

Work highlights

  • Representing ConocoPhillips in an appeal of a U.S. Dept. of the Interior order to decommission oil production platforms and numerous oil wells on a federal lease offshore California, in which ConocoPhillips argues that the successor (now bankrupt) owner of the lease, not ConocoPhillips, is responsible for decommissioning.
  • Advising Hy Stor Energy LP on establishing a first-of-its-kind business focused on the production of clean hydrogen, a fuel and feedstock critical to decarbonization.
  • Representing PREPA in various commercial and regulatory matters such as the implementation of PREPA’s Integrated Resource Plan, including management of a renewable generation and energy storage resource procurement process, required by an Energy Bureau-approved resource Procurement Plan.

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

Counting Chevron, Cheniere Energy and ConocoPhillips, to name a few, among its key roster of clients, King & Spalding LLP handles a broad range of transactions, including acquisitions, divestments, financings and off-take agreements connected to high-end oil and gas transactions. The team advises on all manner of upstream, midstream and downstream mandates, particularly in the fields of oil, LNG, carbon capture, alternative fuel, strategic asset deals and financing, refinancing and debt reduction transactions. Stuart Zisman spearheads the midstream offering and has experience in midstream and downstream energy transactions and projects, advising on pipelines, fractionation facilities and refineries. Peter Hays focuses on upstream mandates, with demonstrable expertise in the acquisition and divestiture of hydrocarbon assets. Both Zisman and Hays operate from the firm’s Houston office.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Zisman

Other key lawyers:

Peter Hays; David Lang

Key clients

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Bayport Polymers, LLC

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP

Castleton Resources

Cheniere Energy

Chevron Corporation

Clear Fork Inc.

Commonwealth LNG, LLC

ConocoPhillips Company

Enervest Inc.

EnLink Midstream Partners, L.P.

Enterprise Products

EOG Resources, Inc.

EQT Corporation

Exterran Corporation

Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc.

Helmerich & Payne

Hobo Renewable Diesel

Instar

JPMorgan Ventures Energy Corporation

Kinder Morgan Inc.

Luxe Energy LLC

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Motiva Enterprises LLC

NextDecade

Next Wave Energy Partners, LP

Percussion Petroleum

Providence Energy

P66

Rockcliff Energy

Starwood Energy Group Global Inc.

Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP

Targa Resources Partners, LP

Third Coast Midstream

Trafigura

Work highlights

  • Advised Chevron on the structuring of a commercial decommissioning transaction with Fieldwood Energy and QuarterNorth Energy (lenders; credit bid purchaser), in connection with the Fieldwood bankruptcy.
  • Advised Corpus Christi Liquefaction Stage III, LLC (CCL3), a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc. (Cheniere), in connection with LNG sale and purchase agreements and other commercial arrangements underpinning the US$4 billion project financing of the Stage 3 Project.
  • Advised Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc. in connection with a US$125 million preferred equity investment in GCEH by ExxonMobil.

Environment > Environment: transactional Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP handles a broad range of transactional matters in the private equity, project finance, energy and infrastructure sectors, with a focus on M&A, restructurings and financings. With regards to the environmental aspects of transactions, the practice is well versed in perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) issues, sustainability and ESG, and energy transition matters. The team is led by Granta Nakayama, who is a key name for energy and environmental issues, such as regulatory and enforcement matters. Cynthia Stroman is recommended for energy and renewables transactions and is well versed in compliance and land use issues. Joseph Eisert handles transactions, enforcement and incident response, while Chicago’s Karl Heisler deals with workplace safety incidents and government investigations. Marcella Burke left in 2022. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Granta Nakayama

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Axium Infrastructure

H.I.G. Capital

Atlas Holdings

Santos Limited

Mativ Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MATV)

Genuine Parts

Macquarie

Paceline Equity Partners

Cogentrix

AIG Asset Management (U.S.), LLC

Paceline Equity Partners (and its portfolio company AHF Products)

Work highlights

  • Regularly represent H.I.G. Capital on its most complex transactions, including the the environmental and chemical regulation aspects of these matters.
  • Advising AIG Asset Management as agent for its affiliate lenders on a $196m mortgage construction loan comprised of a building loan and a project loan to an affiliate of BRP Companies.
  • Advising Mativ Holdings, Inc. (formerly, Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc.) on its acquisition of Neenah, Inc. in an all-stock merger of equals transaction valued at $3bn.

Finance > Commercial lending

King & Spalding LLP exhibits notable strength acting on behalf of lenders, with its client portfolio also extending to to funds, private equity sponsors and corporate borrowers, with the group advising on senior, subordinated, investment grade, bridge and mezzanine debt facilities. In New York, Todd Holleman and Ronald Lovelace lead the practice, accompanied at the helm by Jennifer Daly, who works out of the firm’s Charlotte office spearheading the firm’s private credit special situations expertise. To bolster these efforts, the firm incorporated several new arrivals, including Mary Liz Brady from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in May 2022 and Marisa Sotomayor from Paul Hastings LLP in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Todd Holleman; Ronald Lovelace; Jennifer Daly

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Accent

Butterball

Cousins Properties

FleetCor Technologies Operating Company

Schweitzer-Mauduit International

Tenex Capital Management

Trane Technologies

United Flow Technologies Intermediate Holdco II

USALCO

Yancey Bros. Co.

Antares Capital

Blackstone

Blue Torch Capital

Capital One, National Association

Crescent Capital Group

Golub Capital

HPS Investment Partners

JPMorgan Chase Bank

KKR Credit Advisors

Carlyle

Work highlights

  • Represented Golub Capital Markets in connection with a $3.29bn senior secured credit facility.
  • Represented HPS Investment Partners in connection with a $1.2bn credit facility with Titan-Atlas Merger Sub.
  • Represented Blackstone Alternative Credit Advisors LP, in connection with a $835m credit agreement with Pelican Intermediate Holdings.

Finance > Project finance Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP ‘s corporate, finance and investments team is sought after by clients including domestic and international energy companies, investors, lenders, and sponsors engaged in projects in energy generation, storage, and transmission. Brandon Dalling leads the team from New York, where he has experience advising on leveraged and acquisition financing structures. Tristan Pelham Webb splits his time between New York and Denver, with a strong practice in greenfield and brownfield developments and construction. Scott Greer and Stuart Zisman are key contacts in Houston, while Jonathan Melmed in New York is a go-to lawyer for private equity energy and infrastructure matters. The firm’s reach was prolongated with the arrival of Fradyn Suarez into its new Miami office in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Brandon Dalling

Other key lawyers:

Tristan Pelham Webb; Ayesha Chatterjee; Fradyn Suárez; Scott Greer; Stuart Zisman; Jonathan Melmed

Testimonials

‘Outstanding market knowledge and technical legal skills.’

‘Very down-to-earth, responsive and approachable.’

 

Key clients

Axium Infrastructure

Arevon

Avantus (formerly 8minute Energy)

Brookfield Infrastructure

Global Clean Energy Inc.

Instar

Recurrent Energy

Starwood Energy Group

The Carlyle Group

UBS Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advised on a syndicated debt financing for the construction and operation of two battery energy storage systems totaling 1.4 GWh.
  • Advised on the closing of two credit facilities and $97 million letter of credit facility for Cornerstone.
  • Advised on a joint venture with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and Coachella Partners LLC, in connection with a note purchase agreement.

Government > Government relations Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP has a strong record in assisting major US and foreign companies with policy advancement, legislative reform and funding matters at federal, state and local levels. Noted for its wealth of experience in policy and regulatory issues related to the healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceutical industries, the group is also sought after by clients from the telecom, aerospace, financial services and tech segments. Thomas Spulak oversees the Washington DC-based group and has significant experience in dealing with the legislative process. David Farber is a key contact for public policy, litigation and regulatory matters. Steve Kupka is a popular choice among healthcare providers and energy companies. J Boggs, who manages the firm’s state attorneys general practice, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Spulak

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Adventist HealthCare

Alliance for Aging Research (AAR)

Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc.

Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)

Flagler Health

Makana Therapeutics

MCS

Padron Cigars

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)

Quest Diagnostics

Seaboard Corporation

Silicon Power Corporation

SiCamore Semiconductor Corporation)

Government > State attorneys general Tier 3

With a nationwide reach, King & Spalding assists US and foreign multinationals with complex state attorneys general investigations and related litigation. Headed by Washington DC-based J Boggs, the group is particular active in areas such as data and tech, real estate, healthcare, environment and food. Boggs co-leads the firm’s fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency group and is often sought after by major corporates and trade associations.  In Los Angeles, trial lawyer Peter Hsiao is a key contact for investigations involving environmental matters.

Practice head(s):

J. Boggs

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Kidney Fund

Dialysis Patient Citizens, Inc.

Egon Zehnder International RD

Garrison Investment Group LP

Google LLC

RD Legal Funding LLC

The State of Utah

Insurance > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP represents clients involved in insurance and reinsurance transactions, including M&A and associated regulatory matters, working alongside the firm’s corporate and private equity practices to advise on national and international acquisitions and investments. The practice is led by Bernhardt Nadell in New York, who advises on insurance industry mergers and acquisitions, insurance-related securities transactions, reinsurance matters, insurance law and regulation and corporate issues. Counsel Gary Ho, also based in New York, assists with insurance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Bernhardt Nadell

Other key lawyers:

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.

Munich RE

ACON Investments

Trive Capital

CURO Group Holdings Corp.

Taiyo Life Insurance Company

T&D Financial Life Insurance Company

Afiniti, Inc.

Paceline Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented T&D United Capital Co., Ltd in a $2.1 billion co-investment transaction with Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC, various other sovereign wealth funds and pension plans, and The Carlyle Group.
  • Represented a leading Japanese life insurance company in a $2 billion reinsurance transaction with Fortitude International Reinsurance Company Ltd.

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

The Section 337 practice at King & Spalding LLP works increasingly for complainants, protecting domestic US innovators from unfair import competition. Recent prominent matters include representing Causam Enterprises in a six-patent ITC investigation regarding smart thermostats and load control switches and representing Advanced Silicon Group Technologies LLC and Advanced Silicon Group, also in a six-patent ITC investigation. Jeffrey Telep leads the team out of the firm’s Washington DC office, bringing long-standing experience litigating high-profile disputes at the ITC. DC-based Chris Campbell, a first chair trial lawyer regularly representing clients in complex patent infringement litigation, and associate Brian Hill are both integral to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Telep

Other key lawyers:

Chris Campbell; Brian Hill; Britton Davis; Katherine Vessels

Testimonials

‘I believe Jeff Telep and Brian Hill have a first-rate knowledge of Section 337 practice and perform admirably for their clients.

‘Jeff Telep is thoughtful, articulate, and knowledgeable. He is not a gun-slinger and seeks solutions, short of trial, when available.’

‘Brian Hill has a comprehensive understanding of Section 337 law and precedent and complements Jeff Telep’s capabilities.’

 

Key clients

Causam Enterprises

Advanced Silicon Group Technologies LLC

EMD Serono

F5 Networks

Holochip

iApartment

Criterion Technology, Inc.

Amtech Systems LLC

Trive Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Represented Causam Enterprises in a six-patent ITC investigation that went to trial against multiple importers of smart thermostats and load control switches using demand response technology.
  • Represented Advanced Silicon Group Technologies LLC and its sister company, Advanced Silicon Group, Inc. (collectively “ASG”), in a six-patent ITC investigation that went to trial against multiple Chinese and Korean manufacturers and importers of solar cells and modules.
  • Represented EMD Serono in a Section 337 complaint on infringing gray market and falsely advertised imports of IVF products, which were exported by a number of Turkish pharmacies and imported by end users in the United States.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 3

International Trade > Customs, export controls and economic sanctions Tier 3

On the customs front, King & Spalding LLP is widely recognized for its adept handling of major US customs investigations; it also provides support on compliance matters, internal investigations and litigation. Team lead Michael Taylor is distinguished by his broad customs and Homeland Security expertise; he recently acted for ASC Engineered Services in a ‘reverse’ False Claims Act case, alleging improper filings and misrepresentations in relation to certain butt-weld fittings from China. Jeffrey Telep and newly promoted partner Patrick Togni are also recommended for customs work. Christine Savage steers the sanctions, export controls and CFIUS practice and brings to bear significant government-side experience from a previous role as attorney-advisor in the Commerce Department. Savage is particularly noted for her experience in the technology, energy, financial services, and aerospace and defense sectors. Other key contacts for sanctions and export controls matters include counsels Danielle Pressler and Shaswat Das, both of whom have served stints at OFAC, and Alexis Early. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Michael Taylor; Christine Savage

Key clients

Access USA Shipping, LLC (client for over 5 years)

Aegis Security Insurance Company

Atlas Holdings LLC

American Furniture Manufacturers Committee for Legal Trade (client for over 15 years)

Chr. Hansen, Inc.

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (client for over 15 years)

Energizer Holdings, Inc. (client for 5 years)

Hunter Douglas, Inc.

Mueller Water Products, Inc. (client for over 5 years)

Novelis, Inc. (client for over 10 years)

Novolex (client for over 10 years)

Porsche Cars North America (client for over 5 years)

R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Terphane, Inc. (client for over 5 years)

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

Hexcel Corporation (client for over 15 years)

Work highlights

  • Advised Novelis in relation to the US government’s national security proceedings under Section 232.
  • Represented ASC Engineered Services in a ‘reverse’ False Claims Act case, alleging improper filings and misrepresentations by the company to avoid the payment of duties on certain butt-weld fittings from China.
  • Advised Chr Hansen on preparing and filing tariff classification litigation before the US Court of International Trade.

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 3

The Atlanta-based team at King & Spalding LLP has experience representing clients in class actions, particularly those regarding excessive fee and self-dealing allegations. The firm also handles multiemployer withdrawal liability, DOL investigations, and is on the AIG national fiduciary liability panel authorized to defend AIG insureds in ERISA class actions. Practice head David Tetrick is recommended for his ERISA class actions defense work for, among others, Northern Trust, Cisco Systems and HomeDepot. Darren Shuler focuses his practice alongside Tetrick on ERISA-related class action defense and employee benefits disputes. Danielle Chattin also plays a leading role in the firm’s class action litigation.

Practice head(s):

David Tetrick

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AIG

Archegos Capital Management

Cisco Systems, Inc.

The Coca-Cola Company

Cumulus Media Inc.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Floor & Décor

The Home Depot Inc.

SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Molina Healthcare, Inc.

Northern Trust Corporation

Peabody Energy Corporation

Work highlights

  • Defeated on summary judgment a certified class action that targeted Home Depot for allegedly offering unreasonable investment alternatives in its 401(k) plan and permitting Financial Engines to provide automated investment advisory services to plan participants.
  • Acted as lead defense counsel in a putative class action filed in Silicon Valley against Cisco Systems alleging that some large 401(k) plans in the country violated ERISA by offering the BlackRock Life Path target date funds.
  • Represented Molina Healthcare in a putative class action filed in Los Angeles against Molina alleging that its decision to offer a suite of target date funds managed by flexPATH Strategies was imprudent.

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

King & Spalding LLP has invested heavily into its emerging companies and venture capital team in recent years, and this continued into 2022 with the opening of its Miami office, led by partner and practice co-head Daniel Kahan. The firm has a strong following among the venture arms of major companies, including Capital One Ventures, ConocoPhillips, and Moody’s. The team also represents a broad range of startups, both on early stage financings and later stage exits, including SPAC mergers. Kahan co-leads the practice with Tom Knox in Northern Virginia, who represents companies and investors, and Laura Bushnell in Silicon Valley, who assists small and mid-cap companies. Other key individuals include Linda Lorenat  in Silicon Valley and Charles Katz in Northern Virginia.

Practice head(s):

Tom Knox; Laura Bushnell; Daniel Kahan

Other key lawyers:

Linda Lorenat; Charles Katz

Key clients

Applied Cognition

Analyst!

Atom Power

Avatar Growth Capital

Bessemer Venture Partners

Capital One Ventures

Caresave Technologies (Homecare.com)

Collective Hotels and Resorts

Cox Enterprises

Dapple Security

Eleanor Health Holdings

Glide Holdings/Welcome

HeartFlow Holding

Idyllo

Kiyatec

Mesmerise

Netography

Oh Snap!

Onera Health

Palmetto Clean Technology

Progressive

Sozo Ventures

Steadfast Capital Ventures

Tul

Virtru

Yondr

Work highlights

  • Advised Virtru in its Series C financing co-led by Foundry Capital and including ICONIQ Capital and Tiger Global.
  • Advised Eleanor Health Holdings in its $50 million Series C financing, which was led by General Catalyst.
  • Advised NewView Capital in its $105 million Series C financing of Human Interest.

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

Internal investigations following cyber incidents and data governance assistance are frequent mandates for King & Spalding LLP‘s government matters, trial and global disputes department. Chief privacy officer based in Atlanta Phyllis Sumner represents US banks, insurance, pharma, hotel chain and consulting companies in comprehensive responses to high-profile data breaches. Also in Atlanta, David Balser is regularly the first port of call for companies facing data breach litigation claims, brought by a class of consumers and state Attorneys General. Head of the government matters team, in Chicago, Zachary Fardon leverages his white-collar defense and investigations experience to advise financial services firms on government investigations concerning data breaches. Based in Washington DC, Robert Hudock prepares clients for cyber-attacks by implementing information security programs and complying with federal and state specific requirements. Elizabeth Adler, in Atlanta, focuses on multi-district class action defenses arising out of prominent data security incidents. Sean Royall, a consumer protection and antitrust litigator, joined the New York office from Sidley Austin LLP in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Phyllis Sumner; David Balser; Zachary Fardon

Testimonials

‘The K&S team takes a holistic view of privacy and cyber when providing advice. They are well versed with the regulations and laws related to cyber. They can provide pointed, relevant and well-thought support.’

‘Responsive, always available, willing to understand your business to provide the most relevant guidance. Phyllis Sumner, Elizabeth Adler and Misty Peterson have all taken this approach to provide excellent client support.’

‘Phyllis Sumner is an absolute star. She is one of the most gifted and calm practitioners that I have ever worked with. She has been instrumental in turning around a case that was quite challenging and headed in a difficult direction and has worked very well under difficult circumstances with other counsel, regulators, and internal senior leaders.’

Key clients

Align Technology

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Capital One

Coca-Cola Company

Deloitte Consulting

Equifax, Inc.

General Motors

Integrity Marketing Group

Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.

National Western Life Insurance

Novant Health

Nuance Communications

Pulse8

Red Beacon, Inc.

ReproSource Fertility Diagnostics, Inc.

Shutterfly, LLC

SolarWinds

Subaru of America Inc.

The Home Depot, Inc.

The Gap, Inc.

Google, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Defended Capital One as lead counsel in over 60 consumer class actions filed in federal courts arising from a data breach incident announcement in July 2019 involving the compromise of personal information of a significant number of customers.
  • Assisted Google in its investigation and disruption of the novel Glupteba botnet, which used malware to infect and hijack victim computers and then surreptitiously instruct those victim computers to execute commands issued by cybercriminals.
  • Represented The Gap and The Home Depot in a privacy class action brought against some of the country’s largest retailers and a third-party fraud protection vendor, under the CCPA.

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 3

A strong background in music litigation has seen the primarily California-based team at King & Spalding LLP represent Google in a far-reaching matter concerning royalty rates for music streaming services that will have an impact across the industry. Additionally, the team advocates on behalf of a number of large entertainment companies in copyright, theft of ideas and defamation disputes. Practice head Kenneth Steinthal is a specialist in IP issues related to digital content distribution. Highly-regarded trial lawyer Arwen Johnson has a strong focus on studio disputes and recently represented New Line Productions in an idea theft dispute concerning the 2018 Melissa McCarthy comedy ‘Life of the Party’. Washington DC-based David Mattern brings additional copyright infringement expertise to the team and is playing a key role in the aforementioned Google streaming dispute.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Steinthal

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

A&E Television Networks

Amazon (including subsidiary Twitch)

AMC Networks

Audacy (formerly known as Entercom and including CBS Radio)

BBC

Bloomberg TV and Radio

Comcast/NBCUniversal

Corporation for Public Broadcasting, including NPR and PBS

Cumulus Media

CW Network

DISH

Disney/ESPN

Film Finances

Fox Cable

Google/YouTube

iHeartMedia

Lodgenet/Sonifi

Madison Square Garden/MSG Networks

Mood Media/Muzak

Netflix

New Line Productions

The Orchard (Sony Music subsidiary)

Pandora Media

Paramount Global (f/k/a ViacomCBS/Showtime)

Peloton

Radio Music License Committee

Rhapsody/Napster

Starz/Lionsgate

TikTok

Townsquare Media

Univision

Vevo

Warner Bros. Discovery (including both former Warner entities such as HBO and Turner and Discovery entities such as Scripps)

Zoom

Work highlights

  • Representing Google in the Web V Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) proceedings regarding royalty rate increases on digital performances of sound recordings made by non-interactive music streaming services.
  • Represented Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. in a matter in which the plaintiff claimed that the Ben Affleck thriller ‘The Accountant’ was based on his idea.
  • Represent Google/YouTube in the Copyright Royalty Board litigation known as “Phonorecords III” to determine the structure and rates for “mechanical” reproduction rights in musical compositions associated with the streaming activities of digital music services.

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

Transport > Aviation and air travel: finance Tier 3

Business aircraft acquisitions, dispositions, financings and leasings are core areas for King & Spalding LLP, which is well known for complex international transactions that involve financing trade-ins. The team also advises on purchase financings involving progress payments for aircraft that will be leased after exportation, and it is increasingly active in Payroll Support Program-related matters. The aviation practice of Charlotte-based Chris Buchanan is traditionally focused on the financing, leasing, acquisition and sale of transportation assets including aircraft, aircraft engines and aviation-related assets); he is currently also advising on aviation-related pandemic programs. Also in Charlotte, associates Kathryn Wilson and Allison Dunsford both act on aviation-related financings. In New York, Peter Montoni specializes in debt restructurings and workouts, while Todd Holleman is the global practice group leader of the firm’s corporate, finance and investments practice.

Practice head(s):

Todd Holleman

Other key lawyers:

Chris Buchanan; Kathryn Wilson; Allison Dunsford; Peter Montoni; Arthur Steinberg; Stephen Baskin

Key clients

G2 Secure Staff

Unifi (DAL Global Services)

Embraer Executive Aircraft

AAW Holdings

Blackstone Alternative Credit Advisors

Work highlights

  • Represented Embraer Executive Jets in the administration of its approximately $100m loan facility from Apple Bank (backed by ExIm Bank).
  • Represented Unifi (DAL Global Services) in applying for, administering and complying with the requirements for its Payroll Support Program funds.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP handles antitrust litigation for major clients in several industries including education, financial services and healthcare. Its client roster features names such as Deutsche Bank, which it represented against allegations of manipulation of the foreign exchange benchmark prices. The team is led from Washington DC by Jeff Spigel who counsels clients undergoing investigation and advises on strategies, and Norm Armstrong, who offers public and private sector experience and has a broad antitrust practice including civil and criminal investigations and litigation. In Atlanta, Jeff Cashdan focuses on criminal and civil cartel matters and other civil antitrust actions with a recent matters concerning price-fixing claims in the hospitality industry. Other key attorney’s include Atlanta-based partner Emily Newton and DC-based Chris Yook who advises clients on antitrust implications and represents clients in government enforcement and civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Norm Armstrong; Jeff Spigel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aaron’s

ACON Investments

Axium

BASF Corporation

Cornell University

Cox

Deutsche Bank

Equifax

Energizer

Evangelical Community Hospital

Google

Genuine Parts Company

Hanesbrands

H.I.G. Capital

Hunter Douglas

J.R. Simplot Company

ManTech International Corporation

Ochsner Health System

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Piedmont Healthcare

Queen’s Health System

Quikrete Holdings, Inc.

Rice University

The Home Depot

Trafigura Trading LLC

United Parcel Service

Viserion Grain, LLC

Westrock Company

Work highlights

  • Represented BASF in its antitrust trial against Ingevity Corp.
  • Representing both Cornell University and Rice University in a class action complaint against 16 universities alleging a conspiracy on financial aid.
  • Represented Trafigura in responding to California Attorney General investigation into gasoline prices in California in the related class action lawsuit alleging violations of federal and state antitrust laws.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP has a well-developed DCM practice, encompassing high-yield debt, equity-linked securities, liability management, and green and sustainability-linked bonds, among other areas. It has worked on a number of headline green bond offerings in recent times. The firm is noted for its strength in the energy, financial institutions, life sciences and healthcare, industrials, real estate and telecommunications sectors. The issuer-focused practice boasts clients such as General Motors, ConocoPhillips and Evolent Health. Atlanta partners Keith Townsend, Cal Smith and Zachary Cochran are all key capital markets specialists.

Practice head(s):

Keith Townsend

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

General Motors

CURO Group Holdings Corp.

ConocoPhillips

Genuine Parts Company

Evolent Health

BOA Acquisition Corp.

North Sea Natural Resources Ltd.

UBS O’Connor

Silverback Asset Management

Whitebox Asset Management

PROG Holdings, Inc.

Tenor Capital Management

Virtual Power Systems

Highbridge Capital Management, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised General Motors on an $2.25bn offering of green bonds.
  • Advised ConocoPhillips on a $2.9bn registered notes offering, a $3.1bn cash tender offer, and $3bn private exchange offers.
  • Advised Genuine Parts Company on a $1bn underwritten public offering of senior notes.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP’s multi-office strategy brings it a spread of work across the energy, financial institutions, life sciences and healthcare, industrials, real estate and telecommunications industries. Its expertise continues to bring it engagements from Fortune 500 companies through to pre-IPO businesses. Atlanta partner Keith Townsend has an established record in IPOs, shelf offerings and at-the-market offerings. New York’s Elizabeth Morgan and Kevin Manz are key figures in New York, along with Laura Bushnell in Silicon Valley.

Practice head(s):

Keith Townsend

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Raymond James & Associates

Riverview Acquisition Corp.

Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc.

NexTier Oilfield Solutions Inc.

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

HCM Acquisition Corp.

BOA Acquisition Corp.

PROG Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PRG)

Whitestone REIT

PolarityTE

F45 Training Holdings, Inc.

Global Clean Energy Holdings

EVO Payments

Cohen & Company Capital Markets

Work highlights

  • Advised EVO Payments on its acquisition by Global Payments’ of all its outstanding shares of common stock.
  • Advised HCM Acquisition Corp on its $287m IPO.
  • Advised Piedmont Office Realty Trust on its $250m ATM program.

International Trade > CFIUS Tier 4

In 2022, King & Spalding LLP boosted its CFIUS credentials with the hire of Philip Ludvigson from the Department of the Treasury, where he led the office overseeing all CFIUS mitigation agreements. He joins an increasingly prominent team that has recently advised on filings in the defense, energy, infrastructure, and financial services sectors, among other industries. Next-generation partner Alexis Early maintains a thriving national security reviews practice, which takes in CFIUS, Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), and FOCI-related matters. The Washington DC-based group also draws on senior trade controls and economic sanctions expert Christine Savage, whose practice has a significant CFIUS component.

Practice head(s):

Christine Savage

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Axium Infrastructure

InstarAGF Asset Management

Kraton Corporation

Santos Ltd.

Roper Technologies, Inc.

T&D Holdings

Work highlights

  • Represented Kraton Corporation in its acquisition by South Korea-based DL Chemical in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.5bn.
  • Advised Santos on its merger with Oil Search, resulting in a global energy company with a market capitalization of approximately $16bn.
  • Advised T&D Holdings on the acquisition by a Carlyle-managed fund and T&D of a 76.6% ownership interest in Fortitude Group Holdings from AIG.

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

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 5

The Washington DC-based team at King & Spalding LLP handles complex, high-value merger review processes alongside regulatory investigations and litigation arising from contested mergers, working with major names in tech, chemicals, and education, including notable new transactional mandates for Rice University and Cox. The practice offers US-wide expertise, cross-border capabilities, and significant agency experience, with practice co-head Norm Armstrong previously serving as Deputy Director and Deputy Assistant of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, while co-head Jeff Spigel has a successful record in acting before the DOJ and FTC in strategic merger filings and investigations, as well as regularly working on multijurisdictional transactions requiring global antitrust approvals.

Practice head(s):

Norm Armstrong; Jeff Spigel

Key clients

Aaron’s

ACON Investments

Axium

BASF Corporation

Cornell University

Cox

Deutsche Bank

Energizer

Equifax

Evangelical Community Hospital

Genuine Parts Company

Google

Hanesbrands

H.I.G. Capital

Hunter Douglas

J.R. Simplot Company

ManTech International Corporation

Ochsner Health System

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Piedmont Healthcare

Queen’s Health System

Quikrete Holdings, Inc.

Rice University

The Home Depot

Trafigura Trading LLC

United Parcel Service

Viserion Grain, LLC

Westrock Company

Work highlights

  • Representing EVO Payments, Inc. in a DOJ Antitrust Division investigation of EVO’s proposed acquisition by Global Payments valued at US$4 billion.
  • Represented ManTech International Corporation in its sale to funds managed by global investment firm The Carlyle Group, in an all-cash transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately US$4.2 billion.
  • Represented Quikrete Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of Forterra Inc. The parties received a Second Request from the DOJ and negotiated a settlement with the DOJ that allowed the parties to close on their transaction.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: large deals ($500m+) Tier 5

The private equity practice at King & Spalding LLP is particularly renowned for buyouts in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with New York-based team co-head Jonathan Melmed representing key clients in this sphere such as D.E Shaw, Starwood Energy, and Macquarie Infrastructure. Also leading the team from Atlanta is Rahul Patel , who as well as representing ACON Investments and H.I.G. Capital on complex transactions, advised SPANX founder Sara Blakely on the sale of her company to Blackstone for $1.2bn. In New York, Enrico Granata represents sponsors and hedge funds on acquisitions, minority investments and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Rahul Patel; Jonathan Melmed

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very high level of substantive comments. Unparalleled dedication to client service and meeting deadlines.’

Key clients

Axium Infrastructure

Macquarie Infrastructure / Macquarie Capital

Starwood Energy Group Global, Inc.

Ridgewood Infrastructure

Morguard Corporation

Instar Asset Management

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments

ACON Investments

Sara Blakely (SPANX)

H.I.G. Capital

Eagle Merchant Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Axium Infrastructure in the acquisitions of BlueWave, a portfolio of wind projects from BlackRock Renewable Power and contribution agreement with respect to repowering of the Criterion Wind Project.
  • Advised ACON Investments in the acquisitions of Shaw Contract Flooring Services, Inc. and Pro Installations, Inc. and Resource Colorado, Inc.
  • Advised Instar Asset Management in closing on its business combination of Oilfield Water Logistics (Instar’s portfolio company) and Pilot Water Solutions.

Real estate Tier 5

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

King & Spalding LLP’s financial restructuring practice sits within the firm’s global corporate, finance, and investments group, led by Todd Holleman and Jennifer Daly in New York. The practice represents banks, private debt funds, direct lenders, and ad hoc lender groups, among others, in relation to a range of restructuring matters in and out of court, and has recently represented KKR Credit Advisors as DIP lender and prepetition second lien secured lender to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. in connection with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Roger Schwartz, Christopher Boies, and Peter Montoni, all based in New York, are also key names in the team, handling a diverse range of matters, while Matthew Warren in Chicago and Austin Jowers in Atlanta are also recommended for their work in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Todd Holleman; Jennifer Daly

Key clients

Antares Capital

Apollo Capital Management, L.P.

Arbour Lane Capital Management

Archegos Capital Management

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc.

Assured Investment Management (f/k/a BlueMountain Capital)

Capital One, NA

Cerberus Capital Management

Citibank

Citizens Bank

First Eagle Investment Management

Fortress Investments Group

GDB Debt Recovery Authority

General Motors LLC

Highbridge Capital

JP Morgan

KKR Credit Advisors

Prudential

Shiloh Industries

Truist

Work highlights

  • Represented the Ad Hoc Term Loan and Secured Notes Group in connection with approximately $1 billion of pre- and post-petition debt in Talen Energy’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
  • Represented KKR Credit Advisors as DIP lender and second lien lender in connection with the Sequential Brands Group Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Represented the Special Restructuring Committee, which was comprised of four independent directors, in connection with Fusion Connect’s out-of-court restructuring and recapitalization transaction that was negotiated at the direction of, and approved by, the Committee.

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

King & Spalding LLP stands out for its comprehensive offering in the real estate fund space, acting for a host of private fund sponsors in the formation of investment vehicles. The team also acts in a range of other private equity fund matters and is the counsel of choice for a number of sponsors, funds and investors across the US. Kathryn Furman at the firm’s Atlanta office is the leader of the fund formation practice as a whole and leads on the range of matters in fund formation, negotiation, and secondary transactions. John Wilson , Jennifer Morgan and Doug Elsbeck are among the names to note in New York.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Furman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Greystar Real Estate Partners

Prologis, Inc.

Cortland Partners

Ventas, Inc.

Black Creek Industrial

Jamestown

Asana Partners

Axium Infrastructure

Lion Industrial Trust

Clarion Partners

Grosvenor

TTV Capital, LLC

Dream Asset Management Corporation

Griffin Partners Investment Management, LLC

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

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation

King & Spalding LLP has expanded its financial services industry team, led by Damien Marshall, through the recent hiring of several partners from across firms throughout 2022. This includes Matthew Biben and Mark Kirsch who joined from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Jamie Dycus also joined the firm from WilmerHale, and focuses on class actions regarding antitrust, securities and consumer protection matters. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

King & Spalding helps leading companies advance complex business interests in more than 160 countries. Working across a highly integrated platform of more than 1,300 lawyers in 23 offices globally, King & Spalding delivers tailored commercial solutions through world-class offerings and an uncompromising approach to quality and service.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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