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

King & Spalding LLP
100 N TRYON STREET
SUITE 3900
CHARLOTTE, NC 28202
United States

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP's team acts as lead e-discovery counsel to a number of global corporations, including UPS and Toyota. The group is noted for handling high-stakes cases, including in the aftermath of major data breaches, where the firm is instructed on internal and government investigations, as well as any follow-on litigation, as it did for Equifax. The department is jointly led from Atlanta by seasoned e-discovery attorney Ronni Solomon, who is an expert in regulatory, investigatory and civil matters; Rose Jones, a specialist in advising on the development and implementation of global e-discovery protocols; and director of e-discovery operations John Tucker, whose focus is preservation and collection, as well as discovery project planning and strategy. From Los Angeles, Michael Shortnacy is a litigator who regularly leads on e-discovery matters in court.

Practice head(s):

Ronni Solomon; Rose Jones; John Tucker

Key clients

UPS

Toyota Motor North America

Equifax

The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP fields ‘an extraordinary arbitration team’, with recent work shows its strengths across a range of commercial and investment arbitration work, as well as arbitration-related litigation. The group’s ability to act worldwide is enhanced by the firm’s global network and the arbitration experience of its counterparts spread across 17 offices worldwide. In Houston, the team is routinely involved in disputes relating to large projects in the oil and gas industry; John Bowman is a well-known name in this space, as is Reginald Smith, whom clients have singled out as 'vigilant, courteous, and persuasive'. The group has a strength in energy disputes across the board, but also acts for leading construction, manufacturing, transport, telecoms, and hospitality companies. Further, demonstrating its ability to represent individual investors equally well, the team recently secured a $45m award for Dutch national Trinh Vinh Binh in an arbitration initiated under the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; at the time of writing, this victory marks the largest compensation for moral damages awarded to an individual investor to date. Also recommended is New-York based Viren Mascarenhas, who represented the UK claimants in a £3bn UNCITRAL arbitration against Uruguay. The department is led by Edward Kehoe and Doak Bishop, based in New York and Houston, respectively. The group’s French language arbitration offering was somewhat weakened with the departure of Caline Mouawad to dispute resolution boutique Chaffetz Lindsey LLP in December 2019.

The ‘excellent’ full-service international arbitration group at White & Case LLP handles an impressive number of cases for sovereign clients, thereby cementing its market-leading position in international investment arbitration. The team is also adept at acting for corporate clients in commercial arbitral proceedings, and is regularly retained for construction, energy, mining and metals, and oil and gas sector work in Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Americas. It is led out of Washington DC by Abby Cohen Smutny, who heads the global international arbitration group, and Carolyn Lamm, who serves as head of the Americas arbitration practice. However, the practice group also has a strong presence in New York - where key contacts include Paul Friedland, Ank Santens and Damien Nyer - and Houston; it is also well placed to call upon the expertise of arbitration specialists from across its global network. The Houston-based team has focused on serving Portuguese-speaking clients, among others; following his arrival from King & Spalding LLP, Jorge Mattamouros has become instrumental to the team’s offering in this regard.

Practice head(s):

Doak Bishop; Edward Kehoe

Other key lawyers:

John Bowman; Reginald Smith; Viren Mascarenhas; Harry Burnett; Elizabeth Silbert

Testimonials

An extremely responsive and business-savvy team, which provides solutions that take into account the business objectives of its clients.

It was our first and sole arbitration of such a huge scale, which made the team’s input crucial and essential.

Public international law is an extremely narrow field in which King & Spalding is an experienced player.

King & Spalding has an extraordinary international arbitration team consisting of people specialized in different areas. They have a deep understanding of construction disputes and international arbitration.

Doak Bishop is not only a highly accomplished and distinguished practitioner, but a leader in the field.

I would recommend Doak Bishop for his capacity to distil the main elements of a complex dispute, simplify them, and deliver clear messages to arbitral tribunals. His delivery during hearings is impressive.

Reginald Smith is vigilant, courteous, persuasive, and able to consider all aspects of a potential settlement.

Key clients

Chevron

Unión Fenosa Gas

Shell

Teinver

Ascom Group

Government of Turkey

Minera Aratirí

Air Canada

Rockhopper

AT&T / Bellsouth

Sociedad Aeroportuaria Kuntur Wasi S.A.

Corporación América S.A.

Salini Impregilo S.p.A.

Practice head(s):

Abby Cohen Smutny; Carolyn Lamm

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

This is an excellent team with the legal knowledge, advocacy experience, and organizational skills to get the job done and win the case.

The team is amazing, flexible, and creative. The overall level of service is excellent.

We have engaged White & Case as a counsel in an investment arbitration. We are thoroughly satisfied with the team’s performance. The lawyers respond quickly and effectively to our requests in every situation. They are client-oriented and go to great lengths to ensure the efficient use of the client’s time. They ensure that we remain fully informed and that our input is sought in a comfortable and accommodating manner. The team is well attuned to our organizational needs, and is able to grasp the details of the case as well as the big picture.

The team of White & Case LLP has extensive expertise and experience in all types of arbitration cases before the most-renown international arbitration institutions and in ad hoc arbitrations. The team is also very efficient and well-organized.

Abby Cohen Smutny is an exceptional counsel who impresses with reliable strategic judgement and excellent advocacy skills.

Abby Cohen Smutny shows excellent strategic thinking, and sound and reliable judgment. She impresses with her deep knowledge of public international law, international investment law, and extensive experience in international arbitration.

Ank Santens is an effective cross-examiner.

Paul Friedland is a top-tier international arbitration expert with a wealth of experience.

Damien Nyer is a hard worker.

I believe that Damien Nyer will be a future leader in international arbitration. Damien has an exceptional ability to read a situation and understand his client’s needs.

Key clients

Republic of Bulgaria

Executive Chamber of the State of New York

Republic of Uzbekistan

Republic of Korea

The Russian Federation

Salini Impregilo S.p.A. / Jan De Nul N.V. / Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.

Gabriel Resources

Telefónica SA

MetLife

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Israel Chemicals

Gabriel Resources

Republic of Peru

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

King & Spalding LLP specializes in automotive class action work, with a breadth of expertise in general product liability and particular strength in matters relating to advanced automotive technology. Atlanta-based Philip Holladay has experience acting in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases for automotive manufacturers across the United States and in Puerto Rico. He co-leads the team with Susan Clare, also in Atlanta, who been involved in recent cases for General Motors and Mercedes-Benz. Also recommended are consumer class actions experts John Hooper and Stephen Devereaux in New York and Atlanta, respectively; and Rachael Trummel, who joined the Chicago office in 2019 from Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP.

Practice head(s):

Phil Holladay; Susan Clare

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

General Motors LLC

Toyota Motor North America

Honda North America, Inc.

Daimler AG / Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC

Subaru of America Inc.

Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI AMERICA

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

King & Spalding LLP’s multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, scientists and consultants specialize in representing pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and life sciences companies in nationwide product liability litigation. The firm has particular experience in mass tort litigation, and has developed unique expertise in pelvic mesh matters and women’s health issues. Houston-based Bruce Hurley heads the practice and defends drug and device manufacturers in tort litigation. Also notable are senior counsel Chilton Varner, who is an experienced trial lawyer, representing clients in mass tort litigation, class actions and multi-district litigation; Andy Bayman, who specializes in the life sciences sector; and Geoffrey Drake, who acts for companies in the life sciences, automotive, energy and technology sectors. The team was boosted in 2020 by the arrivals from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP of: Morton Dubin II, a first chair trial lawyer known for high stakes product liability matters; John Ewald, who is a trial lawyer focused on product liability and toxic tort cases; Kristen Fournier, an experienced mass tort and product liability litigator; and Kathy O’Connor, who represents pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and consumer product companies. All named lawyers are based in Atlanta unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Hurley

Key clients

Allergan

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

Avanos (formerly Halyard Health)

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Eli Lilly & Co.

GlaxoSmithKline

Johnson & Johnson

Merck & Co.

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

King & Spalding LLP is known for its class action work, acting for a range of manufacturers, including in the chemical, petroleum, agricultural, automotive, mining, and waste disposal industries. The firm also serves as national coordinating counsel for product liability and mass tort litigation. Carol Wood in Houston focuses on environmental issues arising in the energy industry, oil, gas, and mining. She co-leads the team with San Francisco-based Matt Blaschke, who represents clients in the chemical, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical industries, particularly in the defense of complex litigation involving scientific or technical issues. Also notable are Houston-based Robert Meadows who is an experienced trial lawyer and commercial litigator, and Elizabeth Taber who has expertise in environmental litigation, notably groundwater contamination matters, mass tort, and wrongful death cases. The practice was further strengthened in 2019 by the arrivals of Douglas Henderson who joined the Atlanta office from Troutman Sanders and brings experience in environmental litigation, toxic and mass torts litigation, and property rights disputes, Chicago-based Karl Heisler who arrived from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and is an environmental lawyer specializing in enforcement defense and incident response, energy specialist Marcella Burke who joined in Washington from the Department of the Interior, and experienced litigator Adam Spicer who joined in Atlanta from Butler Snow LLP.

Practice head(s):

Carol Wood; Matt Blaschke

Other key lawyers:

Robert Meadows; Elizabeth Taber; Douglas Henderson; Karl Heisler; Marcella Burke; Adam Spicer; Shannon Kasley; Tracie Renfroe; Megan Nishikawa

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge, great contacts, experience with a wide variety of companies and industries ensures great sharing of best practices and experiences’

‘Shannon Kasley provides excellent client support. He is always available, knowledgeable about all aspects of a case and the people handling it and goes out of his way to ensure to leverage the firm’s capabilities for his clients’

‘All members of the King & Spalding team – from file clerks, IT personnel, secretaries, paralegal, associates and partners – work hard to ensure that the clients’ needs are met’

‘They all work hard and are willing to go the extra mile’

‘In my decades in practice, I have worked with numerous law firms and I find King & Spalding to be one of the best’

‘Tracie Renfroe is an excellent trial lawyer and a great advocate. She works harder than anyone I know, delegates where appropriate, and is a pleasure to work with’

‘Megan Nishikawa is intelligent, very well organized, manages others well, and also a hard worker’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson Consumer

ConocoPhillips

Chevron

Dow Chemical Company

International Paper

Becton, Dickinson (BD Bard)

Forestar Group

The Renco Group

Shell

Chevron Phillips

BASF Corporation

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP's significant presence in Houston, exceptional disputes expertise and strong regulatory background in Washington DC ensures it is fully adept at oil and gas cases including environmental contamination cases, climate change disputes and a growing number of contentious infrastructure and construction matters. Commercial and royalty cases remain at the core of the practice, and the team is especially active in the Texas, Louisiana and California markets. Robert Meadows is an accomplished trial law with a track record in commercial and tort cases in the oil and gas sector; Jeremiah Anderson is recommended for commercial and environmental tort cases; and San Francisco's Charles Correll is also noted for commercial, mass tort and environmental litigation. Tim Engel has retired from the partnership, and Marcella Burke has filled the gap in Washington DC, having joined the firm from the Department of the Interior. Tracie Renfroe leads the team and is active in big-ticket cases across the country, as is Carol Wood. All partners are based in Houston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Tracie Renfroe

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Chevron

ConocoPhillips

Shell Oil

Halliburton Energy Services

G2X Energy

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to service providers Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP has a strong record in litigation, investigations, and enforcement including the False Claims Act, managed care, and government reimbursement litigation. Atlanta-based Jim Boswell and Peter Strotz in Los Angeles defended Prime Healthcare against the California Department of Insurance under the Insurance Frauds Prevention Act. Mark Polston and Chris Kenny, both in Washington DC, represented the Florida Hospital Association in litigation seeking to increase their Medicare DSH payments going back to 2007. Dan Hettich, also in Washington DC, focuses on Medicare reimbursement issues. In the transactional space, the practice has experience with public-private partnerships, the affiliation of hospital chains with larger networks, acquisitions and disposition, and health plan contract renegotiations. San Francisco-based Stephen Goff advised the California Public Employees Retirement System on renegotiating its contract negotiation of premiums with multiple insurers. Jon Harris in Atlanta has extensive experience in healthcare industry transactions. Atlanta-based Glenn Reed jointly heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jim Boswell; Mark Polston; Glen Reed

Key clients

Atrium Heath

American Clinical Laboratory Association

Atlantic Health System

BronxCare Health System

California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)

California Hospital Association

Capital One/Healthcare Financial Services

Catholic Health Services of Long Island

Charleston Area Medical Center

CHRISTUS Health

Citizens Medical Center

Community Health Systems

DaVita Healthcare Partners

Florida Hospital Association

H and H Drug Stores

Hackensack Medical Center

HCA

LifeLinc Corporation

Montefiore Medical Center

Northbay Healthcare

Northwell Health

North Carolina Hospital Association

Ochsner Health System

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Piedmont Healthcare

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

King & Spalding LLP's team is led out of the Charlotte office by Jason Huff, who heads the transportation finance group and has extensive experience of a variety of lease structures, lending transactions, and rolling stock acquisition and financing transactions. Another key figure is Christopher Buchanan, who focuses on financing and acquisition/disposition of transportation assets including railcars, locomotives, and chassis, among others. Senior associate Derek Marks and New York-based associate Mickey Jett are also recommended; the duo acts for financial institutions, lenders and lessors in transportation finance transactions, particularly those involving business aircraft and rail equipment.

Practice head(s):

Jason Huff

Key clients

SunTrust Bank

Wells Fargo Rail Corporation

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Citibank

RBC Capital Markets

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP's defense of Google in its Supreme Court battle against Oracle is on of the more recent examples of the firm's strong presence in the digital copyright space. The practice is led by San Francisco-based Kenneth Steinthal, who acts for an impressive client roster in the digital copyright space, including Google, iHeart  Media and Netflix. In addition to his digital copyright work, Steinthal has earned particular praise for his work in the area of music music, where one client described him as 'one of the top, most-respected legal minds in the area of music rate setting and copyright litigation'. Other recommended names include New York-based Bruce Baber, who led the representation of Google in the Oracle case, and counsel Jason Blake Cunningham.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Steinthal

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Baber; Jason Blake Cunningham 

Testimonials

‘The team has experience, diversity, originality, creativity, passion and expertise.’

‘What sets them apart is that feeling that they take our matters personally; that is they share the joy in our victories and the frustration in our setbacks. And the adversity causes them to redouble their efforts in a way that would take the wind out of the sails of others.’

‘I have worked with Kenny Steinthal off and on over the course of three decades. No other attorney has the expertise advising copyright users about the how to address the copyright owners in the music industry –especially in a litigation.’

‘They are good at finding solutions beyond litigation.Kenneth Steinthal is a wise sage in this world. One of the top most-respected legal minds in the area of music rate setting and copyright litigation.’

Key clients

Google/YouTube

ESPN

Radio Music License Committee

The Orchard

Netflix

National Association of Broadcasters

iHeartMedia

NationalPublicRadio

SoundCloud

Peloton Interactive

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

King & Spalding LLP is noted for its expertise in a wide range of M&A and corporate transactions, including divestitures, going-private transactions, anti-takeover strategies, tender offers and proxy contests. The practice group also handles large-scale commercial joint ventures and LBOs, benefitting from the firm's complementary strengths in fund formation, leveraged finance, securities, tax and restructuring. The team is experienced in a variety of industry sectors, but has been especially active in the energy, infrastructure, real estate, healthcare, life sciences, business services, technology and telecoms sectors. New York-based James Woolery is a key figure in the M&A and corporate governance practice; he counsels C-suites, boards and general counsels on corporate and strategic matters. Another key figure is Atlanta-based Rahul Patel, who has experience of M&A and private equity buyouts, joint ventures and other control and non-control transactions. Also in 2019, the Washington DC team was bolstered by the arrival of four partners from Morrison & Foerster LLPLarry Yanowitch, Tom Knox, Charles Katz and Jeremy Schropp.

Practice head(s):

James Woolery; Rahul Patel

Other key lawyers:

Raymond Baltz Jr; Keith Townsend; Jonathan Melmed; Larry Yanowitch; Tom Knox; Charles Katz; Jeremy Schropp

Testimonials

‘The best middle market M&A group in the Southeast by far’

‘Rahul Patel offers a high quality client service’

‘King and Spalding has a fanatically strong core M&A group that is supported by equally strong subject matter experts, who understand the deal and what the client is after’

Key clients

TSYS

Thomas H. Lee Partners

Roper Technologies

Northlane Capital Partners

SunTrust Banks

Americold Realty Trust

Bristow Group

Tradewind Energy

Global Payments

Jack Cooper Ventures

BlueMountain Capital Management

Cortland Partners

Acuity Brands

Columbia Property Trust

Starwood Energy Group Global

Transocean

InstarAGF Essential Infrastructure

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The standalone group at King & Spalding LLP, which sits apart from the litigation department, focuses entirely on government investigations and enforcement proceedings. Washington DC's Wick Sollers, who has a strong reputation for corporate representations involving economic sanctions, FCPA and FCA issues, jointly leads the team with Michael Pauze, Andrew Hruska in New York, and Chicago's Zachary Fardon. In Atlanta, former US deputy attorney general Sally Yates brings heavyweight expertise in government enforcement, congressional investigations and crisis management, while another former US deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein joined the Washington DC team in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Wick Sollers; Michael Pauze; Drew Hruska; Zach Fardon

Other key lawyers:

Sally Yates; Mark Jensen; Rod Rosenstein; Zack Harmon

Key clients

Chevron

Deutsche Bank

Johnson & Johnson

Equifax Inc.

Wells Fargo

UPS

Sears Holding Company

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals (BIPI)

AT&T

Seaboard

PWC

Allianz Global Investors

CVS/Caremark

Halliburton

Delta Airlines

SunTrust Banks

Credit Suisse

General Motors

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP’s international trade practice is led by Stephen Orava, who stands out for his in-depth experience of trade policy and US and non-US trade remedy investigations, among other matters. Christine Savage heads the export controls, economic sanctions, and CFIUS group. Among its recent highlights, the group has shown itself to be active in actions undertaken pursuant to the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and the Trade Act of 1974. The team also benefits from strong and consistent working relationships with colleagues in Geneva and London, specifically in the area of WTO dispute settlement. In July 2019, the department was significantly strengthened by the return of Stephen Vaughn, following his service as general counsel of the Office of the US Trade Representative.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Orava

Other key lawyers:

Christine Savage; Steve Jones; Michael Taylor; Bonnie Byers; Stephen Vaughn

Testimonials

Substantive strength complemented by keen policy insight and creativity’

King & Spalding houses the best and most experienced attorneys in the field of international trade.

Stephen Orava and Stephen Vaughn have a firm command of the relevant law and procedures, including informal agency customs. They consistently adopt a thoughtful approach to practical problem-solving for clients.

Key clients

Coalition for Acetone Fair Trade

AK Steel Corporation

American Furniture Manufacturers Committee for Legal Trade

Anvil International LLC

Altavian, Inc.

Banker Steel Company

Sandvik, Inc.

Rheem Manufacturing

Domtar Corporatoin

ProAmpac and Polytex Fibers

Elkay Manufacturing Company

Archer Daniels Midland Company/ Cargill Incorporated/ Tate & Lyle Ingredients North America LLC

Novelis Inc.

US Magnesium LLC

Dow Chemical Company

Coalition for Sustainable Cement Manufacturing and Environment

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP is noted in particular for its expertise in whole-business securitization. Practice head Michael Urschel is a key name to note in this space; he represents a number of key investment banks including Barclays in the securitization of assets ranging from restaurant and other franchise rights to telecoms infrastructure. Terry Novetsky has been involved in deals involving the securitization of fund interests, among a variety of other assets. Also recommended are counsel Anthony Mechcatie, recently promoted partner Ryan McNaughten, and Jonathan Arkins, who joined in September 2019 from Arnold & Porter.

Practice head(s):

Michael Urschel

Key clients

Barclays Capital

RBC Capital Markets

Finch Investment Group

White Oak Asset Finance

Citigroup

InSite Wireless Group

Hunt Financial Securities

Capital One Securities

GSO Capital Partners

KKR

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 2

Primarily centred out of Houston and also aided by corporate practitioners in New York with significant oil and gas-related expertise, the 'dynamic and flexible' team at King & Spalding LLP is 'extremely strong in the oil and gas sector' and has a 'deep understanding across the gamut of issues', including as it relates to regulatory, commercial/trading, technical and operational matters. 'A consistent high performer in innovative complex transactions in the energy space', the firm has a 'solid bench of top talent', enabling it to provide 'creative and eloquent solutions' for domestic and international energy companies, private equity firms and strategic investors on corporate and finance work across the value chain of transactions in the sector.  LNG work is a significant driver of the firm's practice, an area that was bolstered following the arrival of the 'very well-respectedDavid Lang from Baker McKenzie LLP in January 2019. Peter Hays and the 'commercial and highly ethicalStuart Zisman are particularly strong at handling upstream and midstream M&A and joint venture work, and are both key members of the team that also includes LNG construction expert Scott Greer and Vera De Brito de Gyarfas, whose former on the ground experience in Venezuela adds credibility to the team's ability to handle energy projects throughout Latin America.

Practice head(s):

Scott Greer; Stuart Zisman

Other key lawyers:

Vera De Brito de Gyarfas; Peter Hays; Monica Hwang; David Lang; Jonathan Melmed; Chris Delphin

Testimonials

The team is dynamic, flexible to client needs and able to respond quickly to the fast pace that these types of transactions require.

King & Spalding is a consistent high performer in innovative complex transactions in the energy space

King and Spalding has a solid bench of top talent that are always ready, willing and able to jump into projects, both large and small.

This team throws very pragmatic lawyers into complex commercial situations with a lot of stress and tight deadlines with difficult clients.

The firm is large and extremely strong in the oil and gas sector – with deep understanding of the gamut of issues.

In addition to being solid corporate lawyers, they are skilled advisors on industry trends and players, alternative commercial structures, and how similar deals have been and are now being done around the globe.

David Lang is very well respected not only because of his deep knowledge of LNG but also his ability to work on multiple types of energy transactions.

David Lang is very knowledgeable on LNG project development and marketing work. Easy to work with, calm demeanor, and understands how to close out complex, contentious issues in a way that balances risk and reward.

Stuart Zisman is a consummate professional, and someone who I regard as one of the finest attorneys with whom I have ever worked. His intelligence, wit, demeanor and attitude make him someone you always want on your side in complex transactions.

Stuart Zisman is unique in the industry in that he has spent a great deal of time in both commercial and legal regimens. His commercial insights are highly valuable in that they allow him to quickly and appropriately assist our team in choosing the appropriate and efficient legal path to take.

Scott Greer could write the book on LNG EPC. We look to Scott for all our EPC-related work and trust his judgment on complex, high value matters.

Key clients

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Bayport Polymers

Cheniere Energy

ConocoPhillips

Chevron Corporation

Commonwealth LNG

Enterprise Products

Exterran Corporation

InstarAGF Asset Management

Luxe Energy

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Motiva Enterprises

NextDecade, LLC

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

PetroRio

Sierra Oil & Gas

Starwood Energy Group Global Inc.

Targa Resources

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 2

Leveraging a nationwide office network, King & Spalding LLP is well equipped to handle high-exposure environmental litigation and arbitration across the country. The team is particularly experienced in environmental agency enforcement, but also has a strong profile in litigation involving surface water rights, fracking, coastal erosion, climate change, drinking water and soil contamination, as well as issues arising from explosions, fires and chemical releases. A key figure in the team is Washington DC-based Granta Nakayama, who has been especially active in litigation related to emissions from diesel engines. Nakayama jointly heads the practice alongside Adam Sowatzka, whose areas of focus include civil and criminal enforcement matters, and wastewater and stormwater cases, and Peter Hsiao, who has in-depth knowledge of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA and toxic torts. Sowatzka and Hsiao are based in Atlanta and Los Angeles, respectively. The team has also reported some noteworthy hires in 2019: Douglas Henderson joined the Atlanta office from Troutman Sanders, and Karl Heisler in Chicago joined from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

Practice head(s):

Granta Nakayama; Adam Sowatzka; Peter Hsiao

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Barmeyer; Douglas Henderson; Joseph Eisert; Ilana Saltzbart; Brian Stansbury; Karl Heisler

Testimonials

‘Superb understanding of environmental aspects of regulatory requirements for the automotive industry. Able to draw on extensive experience to handle challenging interactions with state and federal regulators. Pragmatic and creative in approach to resolving disagreements with regulators.’

‘Grant Nakayama provides calm leadership and is a respected leader with a strong team of experts.’

Key clients

Volkswagen

FCA US

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District

Sea Island Acquisition

Kia Motors America

Total Terminals International

The Atlanta Regional Commission

Georgia Water Supply Providers (comprising the City of Atlanta, the City of Gainesville, the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority, Fulton County, DeKalb County, Forsyth County, and Gwinnett County).

Forestar Group

State of Utah

Garrison Investment Group

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP advises some of the world's leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device manufacturers, and is noted in particular for its strength in complex regulatory matters, acting for clients at every stage of the product lifecycle, from IP protection and clinical trials, through product approvals and post-approval regulatory and transactional matters, as well as in litigation. Of recent note, the IP team secured a win for Galderma in a Hatch-Waxman litigation against Sun Pharmaceuticals. Product liability litigation, government investigations, and congressional investigations are also strengths of the team. The life sciences and healthcare industry group is jointly led by Mark Polston and Nikki Reeves from the Washington DC office, which also includes FDA specialists Lisa Dwyer,  Seth LundyMark Brown and John Shakow; patent litigator Gerald Flattmann; and white-collar crime specialist Mark JensenPreeya PintoBrian Bohnenkamp and counsel Jessica Ringel are also recommended for regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Nikki Reeves; Mark Polston; Mark Brown

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

K&S is cohesive and the work flows together seamlessly. Each member knows their role and area of expertise and relies upon other team members when topics extend out of their area of expertise. Working with K&S give me a feeling that I am fully supported during deposition preps – and that they know the specific field I am working within. K&S tailors the work to the field needed, and brings in lawyers with appropriate background to ensure success‘.

Their internal discussions gave the ability for the customer to make an informed decision as to how to move forward. The team addresses every little detail which allows for a professional outcome‘.

Key clients

AbbVie

Acadia Pharmaceuticals

Allergan

Amarin Corporation

BioMarin

Bristol Myers Squibb

EMD Serono

Exact Sciences

HeartFlor

Hillrom

Hope Medical Enterprises (d/b/a Hope Pharmaceuticals)

Integra LifeSciences

Invacare Corporation

KIYATEC

Labcyte

LEO Pharma

Medtronic

Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals

PhRMA

Pharmacyclics

Takeda

Tandem Diabetics

Teleflex

Zimmer Biomet

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

King & Spalding LLP has a strong reputation for emissions cases, and is regularly involved in the most significant disputes in this space. Recent examples of this have included its continued representation of Fiat Chrysler and VW in proceedings relating to emissions of diesel-powered vehicles manufactured by the companies. The automotive and transport group is jointly led by Jackie Glassman and environmental specialist Granta Nakayama. Glassman is recognized for her knowledge of regulatory and policy matters in the automotive space, particularly issues concerning safety responsibilities and fuel efficiency initiatives. Other names to note are John Hooper in New York, an expert in product liability litigation; Ilana Saltzbart, who focuses on environmental investigations or enforcement actions; and Susan Clare in Atlanta, who has represented automakers in high-exposure product liability and mass tort cases. All attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Glassman; Granta Nakayama

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Toyota Motor Sales and Toyota Motor Company

Volkswagen

Kia Motors America

Ford Motor Company

Porsche and Porsche Cars North America

General Motors

UPS

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

The team at King & Spalding LLP has 'deep experience across every part of the construction process'. It specialises in top-value energy projects, including LNG and petrochemical plants, and has a notable presence in the manufacturing and social infrastructure sectors. The 'invaluable' Scott Greer heads the firm’s worldwide transactional practice from Houston – which was recently boosted by the arrival of Ingrid Myers from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in February 2020. February also saw the arrival of Stephen O’Neal from Jones Day. Based in the firm's San Francisco office, O'Neal is among the market's most respected names in the arbitration and mediation of construction and engineering disputes. Greer and associate Peter Berg are recognised for 'great customer service', with Berg further commended as a 'highly competent construction contract negotiator'. Also based in Houston, Craig Ledet is a 'leader in the industry' and 'stand-out litigator' who is currently representing G2X Energy in $170m-worth of disputes over a new methanol project in Beaumont.  Austin-based Mike Stenglein supports Ledet in contentious work, and is recommended as 'a strategic thinker who can impressively balance legal, business and political considerations'.

Practice head(s):

Scott Greer; Mike Stenglein

Other key lawyers:

Stephen O’Neal; Craig Ledet; Ingrid Myers; David Keefer; Adam Gray; Peter Berg

Testimonials

I believe what makes them unique is the following: (1) Lawyers with construction/engineering backgrounds and real-world construction/engineering experience from which to draw upon; (2) dedicated solely to providing advice to owners/developers; (3) deep understanding of current market conditions as it relates to legal risk allocation as well as commercial risk allocation.

Stand-out attorneys are Scott Greer and Peter Berg that I’ve recently worked with. They have great customer service, are creative in developing solutions unique to client situations and have the necessary technical know-how and real-world experience to achieve client goals in the construction space.

Craig Ledet is a leader in the industry. With a stellar reputation, excellent knowledge of the law and the industry, and practical, down-to-earth advice that is always timely and responsive. His advice leaves you feeling that you have the best support possible and all the answers, no matter the complexity or urgency of the problem.

The King & Spalding practice has deep experience across every part of the construction process, from initial scoping and contracting to dispute resolution, and every step in the process is deeply integrated with each other step. For example, K&S assumes that you will end up in litigation (even though they work with you to try to avoid that) from the outset of the matter, and every piece of advice they render is designed to advantage you if you get into that situation. They also have a deep understanding of all the related insurance issues, which is very helpful.

Craig Ledet in the K&S Houston office is a stand-out litigator who recently assisted us in achieving a great outcome. He is pragmatic and relentless. He dove into an extremely complex set of facts and narrowed them down to an understandable soundbite statement of the case that was compelling. He also managed the resources at K&S and at outside experts very well, resulting in a highly efficient outcome.

Partner Craig Ledet is very responsive and willing to take the time needed to fully understand the issues and listen to the client’s desires for resolution. He is able to articulate the possible claims and various options for relief, and is always prepared. Associate Bill Burns has expert knowledge of arbitration procedure and rules, and is very intelligent. To add to the previous testimonial – associate Peter Berg is a highly competent construction contract negotiator. He helped our pipeline company negotiate two pipeline construction contracts, two compressor station construction contracts, contracts for the construction of 5-meter stations, change orders when required and purchase orders for compressors and steel pipes. His advice and negotiating skills put the pipeline company in a good position when disputes arose.

K&S team has deep expertise in EPC contracting and bankruptcy, which has been extremely helpful for our small JV company. We have had immediate access to a much higher level of information, personalization and service than I’ve seen from other law firms in Houston area.

Scott Greer has been invaluable to our company in developing the EPC contract and working with us to enforce it throughout the project. Stuart Zisman has been serving as our general counsel through the first 18 months of the company and has been able to answer any question we’ve thrown his way, from ERISA issues to confidentiality to lawsuits from people claiming to be hurt on the site. I highly recommend both partners for their professionalism and service to customers.

The King & Spalding construction team is incredibly strong and deep. They offer a unique blend of international arbitration expertise with “hardcore construction” knowledge that few other international firms can match. What distinguishes them most is their responsiveness, strategic thinking, and construction experience. Beyond my own involvement with the team in the largest arbitration in the history of Colombia, I understand that the team is working to provide similar assistance to large public and privately held clients across the globe. I have worked with many other lawyers from other firms and the King & Spalding team based in Texas is far above the rest.

Mike Stenglein is lead counsel for King & Spalding. My experience working with him has been excellent. His vast experience is evident in his outstanding ability to coordinate a massive construction dispute involving multiple failures and complicated facts. He’s very responsive – seven days a week at any hour. He is a strategic thinker that can impressively balance legal, business, and political considerations. He seems equally comfortable speaking with a construction manager up to the CEO and corporate board. His experience as former CPA provides significant benefits, as he understands damages models and the business issues far better than most lawyers. Unquestionably the top construction lawyer I have ever dealt with and I cannot recommend him highly enough. Adam Gray is a young partner that I see as a rising star in the construction world. He’s excellent working with witnesses and distilling complicated construction and arbitration issues in an understandable way. Very smart and provides a high level of client service.

Key clients

NextDecade Corporation (NASDAQ: NEXT)

Freeport LNG

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Enterprise Products Partners, L.P.

Bayport Polymers, LLC

Hilltop Energy Center

G2X Energy

Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE: CEQP)

Quanta Services

Saulsbury Industries

Arlington Valley Solar Energy II

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Midship Pipeline Company, LLC

Paulding County, Georgia

Bass Pro, LLC

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

King & Spalding LLP ‘offers the best of both worlds on appeals’, combining broad-base appellate experience with in-depth knowledge of specific fields, namely energy, healthcare, and IP. In the US Supreme Court, the team is noted in particular for its petition filing work. In one instance, it successfully acted for Google in seeking certiorari in the case of Google LLC v Oracle America Inc., aiming to assess whether copyrights extend to a software interface. The practice is also very active in the courts of appeals across the country. Silicon Valley-based Anne Voigts has gained special recognition for her work at the Ninth Circuit. Washington DC-based duo Jeffrey Bucholtz and Ashley Parrish jointly lead the practice group, which is part of the wider trial and global disputes group. In January 2020, Paul Mezzina returned to the Washington DC office, following his US Supreme Court clerkship for Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Bucholtz; Ashley Parrish

Other key lawyers:

Paul Mezzina; Anne Voigts; Nikesh Jindal; Marisa Maleck

Testimonials

This is a very good group, led by highly talented lawyers. The partners are all accomplished appellate generalists, who have also learned specialty subject matter areas, which allows them to offer the best of both worlds on appeals in a number of areas. The team on any given appeal is usually smaller than at other firms, which promotes efficiency. The associates are strong, but the partner engagement is what really sets the team apart.

Jeff Bucholtz is exceptionally good.  A legendary hard worker, he is great on his feet in court — he thinks quickly and gets to the point. His briefs are also very well-crafted. He is our go-to lawyer for HHS regulatory issues. We also retain him a lot for False Claims Act work.

Ashley Parrish is immensely likeable and talented.  A real joy to work with. We work together on class actions and administrative law issues. He is also very strong in energy issues.

Paul Mezzina has the total package and will go far.

Key clients

Allergan USA

Amarin

American Clinical Laboratory Association

Atlanta Gas Light

Bass Pro Shops

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Chevron Corporation

Delta Air Lines

Equifax

Federal Reserve Banks

Google

Grant Thorton

Health Insurance Innovations

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco

Scana

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 3

Headed by Andrew Bayman in Atlanta, the litigation department at King & Spalding LLP is often involved in high-profile disputes across the country for major clients. A recent area of considerable growth is in cybersecurity litigation. In a major case, David Balser and Phyllis Sumner defended Delta against cybersecurity class actions in California and Georgia federal courts, a matter now pending before the Ninth Circuit. In another highlight matter, a team led by Israel Dahan and Richard Marooney continued to represent Xerox, and successfully secured the dismissal, with prejudice, of FUJIFILM’s $1bn breach of contract suit against Xerox, a major event in the industry. The department's other key attorneys include Bobby Burchfield, an antitrust and class action expert in the firm's DC office; Mike Stenglein, an arbitration specialist in Austin; and Livia Kiser, a recognized trial lawyer specializing in toxic tort class actions and consumer disputes, who splits her time between LA and Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bayman

Key clients

AstraZeneca

AT&T

Bass Pro Outdoor World

Boehringer Ingelheim

BMS

British American Tobacco

Chevron USA

Citibank

The Coca-Cola Company

Community Health Systems

ConocoPhillips

Credit Suisse

CVS Health

Deloitte

Delta Air Lines

Eaton Corporation

Emory University

Ernst & Young

Equifax

Exterran Energy Solutions

General Dynamics

GE

GM

Georgia-Pacific

GlaxoSmithKline

Goldman Sachs

Google

Halliburton

Hoffman-LaRoche

Honeywell International

The Home Depot

Huntington Ingalls

IBM

Johnson & Johnson

KPMG

Merck

Microsoft

MillerCoors

Morgan Stanley

Motiva Enterprises

PwC

Prudential Capital Group

Purdue Pharma

Reliance Industries

Roark Capital Group

RJ Reynolds

Shell

Southern Company

SunTrust Bank

Total

Toyota

UPS

Wells Fargo

WellCare Health Plans

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 3

The trial and global disputes group at King & Spalding LLP is headed by Andrew Bayman in  Atlanta, and is well placed to handle complex cross-border litigation thanks in part to its cooperation with experts from across the firm's 17 offices worldwide. Active from filing through to appeal, the team routinely handles complex commercial litigation for clients in the healthcare and life sciences, automotive and energy sectors. Energy disputes specialist Reginald Smith is also recommended; he divides time between Houston and New York, and is noted for his recent work involving foreign sovereign immunity issues.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bayman

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

'The firm has very experienced lawyers who are fast, efficient and very smart', says a client of King & Spalding LLP. Active in the Delaware courts, the presence of litigators in offices across the US puts the firm in contention for the growing number of cases filed in other jurisdictions elsewhere in the country. Set up as a litigation powerhouse, the firm's growing transactional practice is generating more deal-related work for its commercial litigators, who handle director duties cases, appraisal litigation, disclosure claims and post-closing disputes involving privately-held companies. Based predominantly in Atlanta and led by Michael Smith and David Balser, the business disputes and securities litigation practice has 'client-focused and driven' partners such as Warren Pope and emerging talent Jon Chally.

Practice head(s):

Michael Smith; David Balser

Testimonials

‘The firm has very experienced lawyers who are fast and efficient, very smart and good strategists.

The firm provides flexible rate schedules for clients, personal attention to detail by all attorneys working on a case, and personal accountability from the partners. They think in a legally savvy but also business savvy way and act as professionals at all times.

Michael Smith is  extremely knowledgeable and professional, he is a gentleman in that he is very smart but solicits the opinions of others.

Warren Pope is an imposing force – aggressive, very knowledgeable and professional.

Sally Yates is smart, approachable, candid, discreet and professional.

All partners of the partners I have met are client-focused and driven.

Key clients

Xerox Corporation

Genuine Parts Company

SCANA Corporation

Chris & Maria Callas

Total System Services, Inc.

Tall Tower Capital, LLC

Bob Evans Farms, Inc.

Surekha Shah

Mueller Water Products, Inc.

C.A. Investimentos

S.C. Participações Limitada

Entercoms, Inc.

Efacec Power Transformers, Inc.

Signature Pharmaceuticals

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

The well-regarded trial specialists at King & Spalding LLP have experience in a range of mass tort and class actions, particularly those relating to the tobacco industry. Acting for manufacturers and producers, the firm handles individual and group cases at the trial and appellate levels. Practice head Randy Bassett is based in Atlanta and specializes in high-exposure product liability cases. His team was boosted in 2019 by the arrival of Rachael Trummel, who joined the Chicago office from Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP.

Practice head(s):

Randy Bassett

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Trummel; Ursula Henninger; Jeff Furr; John Hooper

Key clients

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (client for more than 5 years)

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

The Home Depot, U.S.A.

Wurth Louis and Company

Sony Electronics, Inc.

Progressive Casualty Insurance Company

MSA  The Safety Company

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP is a firm with a culture that leans strongly towards litigation and does not rely on its transactional lawyers to fill its pipeline of securities litigation. Instead, clients often seek out the firm specifically for its skills in 10b5 securities class actions, as well as as derivative suits and M&A-related litigation. Focused predominantly, though not exclusively, on mid-market matters, the litigators work closely with the firms government investigation and regulatory enforcement lawyers. Michael Smith in Atlanta and Paul Bessette in Austin lead the 8-partner practice. One client praises Jessica Corley in Atlanta as 'one of the best securities lawyers - male or female - and she is the hardest working attorney I know'. Warren Pope, also in Atlanta, frequently appears as lead or co-lead counsel in federal and state courts from California to New York.

Practice head(s):

MIchael Smith: Paul Bessette

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Jessica Corley is one of the best securities lawyers (male or female); she is the hardest working attorney I know and very smart. She welcomes it when people underestimate her. She is a winner – professional at all times.

Key clients

AAC Holdings, Inc.

Adeptus Health, Inc.

Alliance MMA, Inc.

Bristow Group, Inc.

Capitala Finance Corporation

Conduent Incorporated

Energy XXI

Equifax Inc.

Evolent Health, Inc.

Floor & Decor Holdings, Inc.

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

Hanger, Inc.

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Newell Brands Inc.

Quorum Health Corporation

SCANA

Tivity Health, Inc.

Triangle Capital Corporation

U.S. Express Enterprises

WR Hambrecht + Co

Finance > Project finance Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP has an extremely strong track record for advising sponsors on major upstream, midstream, and downstream oil, gas, and LNG projects. The bulk of the team works out of the firm's Houston office, including practice head Scott Greer and partners Peter Hays and Monica Hwang. The firm also has several highly experienced partners based in New York, including Jonathan Melmed who has a good track record for renewables and conventional power projects, and Brandon Dalling. Washington DC-based partner James Bowe is also noted for his transactional, regulatory, and development expertise in pipeline and oil and gas projects.  Recently the firm has been involved in several major US-based pipeline, LNG, and petrochemical projects, although it is also well versed in major cross-border developments in Africa and Latin America. Houston-based partner Vera De Brito de Gyarfas is especially strong in international matters.

Practice head(s):

Scott Greer

Key clients

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Cheniere Energy

Freeport LNG

NextDecade Corporation

LNG Canada

Woodfibre LNG

LNG Quebec

Commonwealth LNG

Bayport Polymers

Chevron Corporation

Clear Creek Resources Partners

Luxe Energy

Mitsui & Co

Motiva Enterprises

PetroRio SA

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Sendero Midstream Partners

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

Government > Government relations Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP has considerable experience in the infrastructure and healthcare industries, and is among the market's go-to firms for energy-related matters. The public policy team is active in high-profile congressional investigations, and includes several legislative experts such as Daniel Donovan and Steven Kupka, who is noted for his expertise in Latin America-facing matters. Former US Attorney General Sally Yates is a key member of the firm's government investigations practice, and policy expert Amirah Salaam is recommended for matters relating to homeland security and foreign affairs. Practice head Thomas Spulak has extensive lobbying experience and is active in the areas of international trade, healthcare and life sciences, aerospace, and infrastructure. Former Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coates re-joined the firm last year.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Spulak

Key clients

Amazon Web Services

Equifax

Embraer and its US subsidiary, Embraer Aircraft Holding

OpenGov

Glasswall Solutions

Adventist Healthcare and American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)

Audentes

Amarin

GBT

Kaneka

Medicare Rights Center

MARC Coalition

Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition

Republican National Committee

Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP has key oil and gas expertise through its substantial regulatory team in Washington DC, which has a particularly strong track record in LNG regulatory matters, including LNG project developments; it is also noted for natural gas storage tariff matters. James Bowe is noted for oil and gas midstream regulatory matters connected to project developments, M&A and commercial matters, while Charles Engel is a leading figure in oil and gas royalty cases, including matters before the Department of the Interior. Marcella Burke joined from the Department of the Interior in 2019 and specialises in environmental and regulatory oil and gas matters. Neil Levy departed to McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Practice head(s):

James Bowe; Charles Engel

Other key lawyers:

William Rice; Marcella Burke

Key clients

Chevron

Mexico Pacific

The Gas Company

Hawai’i Gas

Crestwood Midstream Partners

ConocoPhillips

SEMCO Energy

Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville

RH energytrans

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Deploying a multi-disciplinary approach which draws upon the expertise of corporate, tax, finance and regulatory lawyers with energy specific industry knowledge, King & Spalding LLP is best-known for its work on behalf of private equity and infrastructure funds on the acquisition and disposal of assets from across the spectrum of renewable sources, including solar, hydro and wind. Corporate partner Jonathan Melmed is regularly at the forefront of the most significant renewable energy-related private equity work handled by the team and has been pivotal to the firm's exponential growth in the area since his arrival in mid-2018 from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Melmed

Other key lawyers:

Edouard Markson; Zori Ferkin; Brandon Dalling

Key clients

Axium Infrastructure

Brookfield Infrastructure Group

D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments

Atlas Holdings

InstarAGF Asset Management

Starwood Energy Group

The Carlyle Group

UBS Infrastructure

Industry focus > Environment: regulatory Tier 3

Fielding a team of seasoned practitioners with previous experience in federal and state agencies, King & Spalding LLP stands out for its enforcement expertise, and wide-ranging advisory practice covering water rights, soil contamination, incident response and crisis management, as well as air emission regulation. The team has significant strength in mobile source-related work, and also has a strong track record in advising on regulated products and supply chains regulated by EPA and other state agencies. Department head Granta Nakayama has a wealth of experience in regulatory investigations pertaining to emissions from diesel engines; he is based in Washington DC. Another contact in DC is Cynthia Stroman, who focuses on science-based advocacy and chemical regulation. Adam Sowatzka in Atlanta is also recommended; he has experience in incident response and enforcement actions concerning wastewater and stormwater issues.

Practice head(s):

Granta Nakayama

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Barmeyer; Cynthia Stroman; Lewis Jones; Adam Sowatzka; Peter Hsiao; Joseph Eisert; Ilana Saltzbart; John Fortuna

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge base with former regulators and technical experts in the environmental space.’

‘Grant Nakayama has assembled an excellent team for regulatory work.’ 

‘Cynthia Stroman possesses fantastic attention to detail and is always available.’

Key clients

Volkswagen

FCA US

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District

Sea Island Acquisition

Kia Motors America

Total Terminals International

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)

Georgia Water Supply Providers (the City of Atlanta, the City of Gainesville, the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority, Fulton County, DeKalb County, Forsyth County, and Gwinnett County).

Honeywell International

Rayonier Advanced Materials

City of Murfreesboro, Water Director

Soundview Paper Company

Forestar Group

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 3

The insurance team at King & Spalding LLP is well-regarded for its ‘breadth of expertise across multiple disciplines’. These areas of expertise include representing clients in the financial institutions sector (where Atlanta-based Shelby Guilbert specializes), and recovering insurance for property damage, business income, and other losses from catastrophic events. Other areas of strength include cyber liability, asbestos-related cases, and healthcare claims arising from regulatory compliance. Atlanta-based Anthony Tatum represented Navicent Health in an insurance coverage dispute arising from an underling qui tam action and government investigation. Meghan Magruder and Martin McNerney jointly head the practice and are based in Atlanta and Washington DC respectively.

Practice head(s):

Meghan Magruder; Martin McNerney

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

SunTrust Banks

Sava SeniorCare

Equifax

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Prime Healthcare Services

Navicent Health

JHOC d/b/a Premier Transportation

LKQ Corporation

Xerox Corporation

The Coca-Cola Company

Pneumo Abex

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP is the trusted trademark counsel for big-name brands including The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot and Madison Square Garden, among many others. Richard Groos is a key name in the firm's Austin office; he is particularly experienced in trademark matters in the hospitality and retail sectors. Kathleen McCarthy in the New York office stands out for her social media and Internet-related trademark work. Kenneth Steinthal in San Francisco is another name to note for IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Steinthal

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Home Depot

The Coca-Cola Company

Mary Kay

Sephora USA

DFS Group

The Madison Square Garden Company

Ignite Restaurant Group

National Association of Broadcasters

Steve Jackson Games

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 3

Atlanta-based firm King & Spalding LLP is retained by a roster of clients in the financial services, energy and consumer goods sectors to handle the breadth of ERISA litigation matters. Recent highlights in the health plan space for practice head David Tetrick involved high-value liability claims to lifetime-vested benefits. On the plaintiff side, Washington DC-based Bobby Burchfield often represents healthcare service providers against plan administrators. Tetrick and Darren Shuler regularly defend plan sponsors in breach of fiduciary litigation, class actions concerning prohibited transactions, and novel class actions concerning the usage of proprietary funds in 401(k) investment strategy.

Practice head(s):

David Tetrick

Other key lawyers:

Bobby Burchfield; Darren Schuler

Testimonials

Has breadth and depth of experience and the ability to not only spot potential issues ahead of time, but to think through a strategy to deal with them under different scenarios.

The firm brings an unprecedented amount of knowledge and experience to the ERISA litigation area. The value of such experience in this area cannot be overstated.

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company

The Home Depot

SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Peabody Energy Corporation

Mueller Water Products

Moen, Inc. (a subsidiary of Fortune Brands)

Aramco Services Company

Chevron Corporation

CNH Industrial

Meritor Inc.

Borg Warner

M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP advises clients on all aspects of governance, including disclosures, board structures, and communication with shareholders. In addition to its advisory and transactional support work, the team has core strengths in defending against activist campaigns. The practice group is led by James Woolery in New York. Woolery also heads the firm's M&A team, and has a varied background in investment management and investment banking, in addition to his decades of private practice. Also of note, the firm hired Richard Fields in January 2019 from boutique firm Tapestry Networks.

Practice head(s):

James Woolery

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The King & Spalding team has first class talent, high integrity, thorough, reliable, responsive and outstanding work product.’

Key clients

Aaron’s

Beazer Homes USA

BlueLinx Holdings

Carter’s

Chick-fil-A

The Coca-Cola Company

Columbia Property Trusts

ConocoPhillips

Cousins Properties

Deason Capital Services

Energizer Holdings

Equifax

EVO Payments

Exterran Corporation

FleetCor Technologies

General Dynamics Corporation

Hanesbrands

Haverty Furniture Companies

Huntingdon-Ingalls Industries

ICC Industries

Ignite Restaurant Group

Mueller Water Products

NextDecade Corporation

Oxford Industries

SiteOne Landscape Supply

Piedmont Office Realty Trust

Post Properties

Roper Technologies

Schweitzer-Mauduit International

SunTrust Banks

St. Joe Company

The Southern Company

The Medicines Company

Total System Services

Under Armour

United Rentals

United Parcel Service

Union Pacific Corporation

Universal Health Services

Xerox Corporation

MasterCard

General Motors

Halliburton

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Genuine Parts Company

Evolent Health

Madewell

Global Payments

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

Under the joint leadership of Atlanta-based Spencer Johnson and Tony Rothermel in New York, King & Spalding LLP advises public and private REITs on the full range of REIT-related issues, from formation to financing and acquisitions. Indeed, in the past year the team has been involved in asset level and portfolio acquisitions, fund formation, finance transactions and M&A. The team is also adept at handling exit strategies, namely divestures and recapitalizations, and is also increasingly active in cross-border deals, noting an upturn in its work for foreign investors in their investments into private US REITs.

Practice head(s):

Spencer Johnson; Tony Rothermel

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Furman; Keith Townsend; Wayne Pressgrove

Key clients

Americold Realty Trust

Prologis

Columbia Property Trust

Cousins Properties

Morgan Stanley

Jamestown

Clarion Partners

Raymond James Real Estate Investment Banking

Asana Partners

Transwestern Investment Group

Douglas Emmett

CyrusOne

Edens Investment Trust

Greystar Real Estate Partners

Piedmont Office Realty Trust

White Oak Healthcare Finance

Barclays Bank

Cortland Partners

VineBrook Homes

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP had a strong showing in the financial services sector over the past year, acting for issuers such as SunTrust Banks and Total System Services. The national group’s diverse client base also spans the energy, life sciences and real estate sectors, among others. The team consistently draws on the wider firm’s M&A, private equity and finance practices to provide a full-service capital markets offering, with experience in public and private issuances, convertible debt transactions, medium-term note programs and exchange offerings. Atlanta-based Keith Townsend heads the group and advises on a wide range of transactional and regulatory securities matters. Atlanta-based Zachary Cochran is another key contact and his practice is particularly active in the financial services, energy, medical devices and real estate spheres.

Practice head(s):

Keith Townsend

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Carter’s, Inc.

Beazer Homes USA, Inc.

Total System Services, Inc.

United Parcel Service, Inc.

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc.

MV24 Capital B.V., Cernambi Sul MV24 B.V.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP houses a comprehensive capital markets practice, which routinely advises on initial and follow-on public offerings, private placements and equity-linked securities. The team also draws on the firm’s full-service offering to provide supplementary support in corporate, private equity and regulatory issues. The group mainly acts for issuers on equity transactions, with notable skill sets in REIT and financial services-related offerings. Atlanta-based Keith Townsend heads the department and brings to bear broad industry sector expertise, with his recent experience spanning REITs, energy and financial services-related offerings. Spencer Johnson, also in Atlanta, leads the firm’s REIT practice and has an emphasis on representing REITs and financial institutions. Atlanta’s Zachary Cochran acts for a diverse mix of private and public companies on capital markets transactions and is also recommend.

Practice head(s):

Keith Townsend

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Americold Realty Trust

EVO Payments, Inc.

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc.

Piedmont Office Realty Trust

Finance > Commercial lending

King & Spalding LLP has an active global finance practice, which in the US has strong teams of lawyers spread throughout its New York, Chicago, Charlotte, and Atlanta offices (the latter being its main headquarters). The versatile group represents a good mix of borrowers and lenders and is well versed in leveraged finance asset-based loans, DIP financings, and related structured finance and capital markets work. Clients include major corporates, private equity sponsors, international banks, and direct lenders. The group, which works closely with lawyers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, is also noted for its strong expertise in industries such as transportation and energy. Atlanta's Carolyn Alford  leads the team, which also includes Amy Peters in Chicago, and Todd Holleman, Jennifer Daly, and  Ellen Snare in New York.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Alford

Key clients

BC Partners Credit

Capital One, National Association

Citizens Bank, NA

GSO Capital Partners

JP Morgan Chase

KKR Credit Advisors

Northleaf Capital Partners

Owl Rock Capital Partners

SunTrust

Webster Bank

Wells Fargo

Acuity Brands

Americold Realty Trust

ConocoPhillips Company

Colonial Pipeline Company

D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments

Equifax

Hanesbrands

Piedmont Office Realty Trust

Potpourri Group

Roark Capital Group

TPG Sixth Street Partners

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP provides environmental law support to clients across a variety of industries. In particular, the team is well known in the automotive, energy and oil and gas sectors, where it advises on environmental issues relating to project developments and real estate transactions, as well as issues associated with the manufacture of regulated products and petrochemicals. Headed by Granta Nakayama, the team is predominately based in the firm's Washington office. Other key contacts include Cynthia Stroman and Joseph Eisert, both of whom have wide-ranging experience of environmental compliance, due diligence and incident response.

Practice head(s):

Granta Nakayama

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice is highly professional and very capable, demonstrating a very approachable and pragmatic attitude and culture.’

‘Les Oakes is always available when clients have issues or need to discuss matters.’

Key clients

Fibrant

Mueller Water Products

Next Wave Energy Partners

Cogentrix

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP's trademarks group is a trusted advisor for a host of multinational clients, including Allergan, Coca Cola and Chevron. Kathleen McCarthy is a key figure in the New York office; she handles a wide variety of trademark work, with a strong interest in issues concerning trademark parody. Also recommended is senior partner Bruce Baber in Atlanta, who leads work for clients including Google.

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Key clients

Google

The Coca-Cola Company

Spanx

Funboy

PODS Enterprises

Chevron Corporation

Allergan USA

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

King & Spalding LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice is integrated alongside other verticals within the firm, and routinely advises on REIT transactions, bankruptcy proceedings and M&A deals in the energy or financial services sectors. Georgia-based Sam Choy and New York-based Laura Westfall provide advice on the full scope of equity-based compensation and incentive negotiations, post-transaction benefit plan integrations and tax-related questions. Plan asset managers also benefit from the team’s ERISA fiduciary expertise. Former practice head Kenneth Raskin announced his retirement in early 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Institute of Nuclear Power Operations

Vectra Capital

TSYS

Bob Evans Farms

JW Aluminum

Escape Games NYC

Roark Capital

Morgan Stanley

Jamestown Properties Corporation

Clarion Partners

Partners Group

ATIS

Nature’s Bounty management team

Allen Systems Group

UMC Health System

United Rentals

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 4

The 'exceptional' cybersecurity team at King & Spalding LLP includes professionals based across the firm's Atlanta, Chicago and Washington DC offices, who attract praise for their 'been-there-done-that attitude, which provides their clientele with tremendous comfort in times of tremendous stress'. The group is particularly strong in incident response work, where recent highlights include advising Equifax on a cybersecurity incident and acting for the client in relation to 450 putative class actions. Phyllis Sumner — who is also the firm's chief privacy officer — leads the data, privacy and security practice. Sumner is based in Atlanta alongside government and internal investigations partner John Horn and technology litigation specialist Natasha Moffitt. Chicago-based Livia Kiser is strong for litigation defense, and Robert Hudock, Scott Ferber and Adam Solander are names to note in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Phyllis Sumner

Testimonials

The cybersecurity team at King and Spalding is exceptional. Finding lawyers who truly understand the details of information technology is rare, and finding lawyers who can get hands-on with a compromised server and assist with forensic investigations is like meeting a unicorn. In addition to the unicorn-like technical knowledge, they are excellent partners when it comes to performing security assessments of both my organization and potential acquisitions.

This team is a remarkably cohesive group; they genuinely like and trust each other, which makes for incredibly strong relationships – which, in turn, they extend to their underlying clients.

Robert Hudock is a unicorn. He’s equally comfortable describing network packet flows and HIPAA. His work provides logical and defensible evidence of his legal opinions. Every time I work with him, I’m amazed. There is no one else like him.

Adam Solander perfectly understands the intersection of cybersecurity and contracting. He’s the lawyer I call when negotiating with a vendor who pushes back on security requirements. He’s equally adept at performing a technical risk assessment of the vendor and writing the contract language that will protect my company.

Michael Johnson is an amazing associate. His deep technical knowledge is used in both incident response and when performing risk assessments. I’m certain that giant technology companies would love to have his skills on their teams.

The team members are virtually unflappable, despite the incredible pressures and novel issues of fact and law with which they are presented. Their calm and their been-there-done-that attitude provides their clientele with tremendous comfort in times of tremendous stress.

Key clients

Equifax

Delta Air Lines

SunTrust Banks/BB&T

Total System Services/Global Payments

Yale University

Capital One

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

Integrity Marketing Group

One Call Care Management

The Home Depot

Real estate > Real estate Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP has a reputation for the structuring and formation of investment funds, real estate finance, sales and acquisitions, development mandates and corporate leasing. Davis Powell is a key figure in the practice group, which has experience across office, multifamily, retail, industrial, healthcare and hotel assets with specific expertise in acting for private funds.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 5

King & Spalding LLP defends corporate clients in antitrust actions including cartel and unilateral conduct cases. The group also draws on its international antitrust partners in Germany and Switzerland to assist multinationals from a broad spectrum of industry sectors such as healthcare, technology and automotive. Department heads Norm Armstrong and Jeffrey Spigel lead the team out of Washington DC. Operating out of Atlanta, Jeffrey Cashdan litigates criminal as well as civil cartel matters alleging clients' involvement in conspiracies. The San Francisco-based Kenneth Steinthal focuses on antitrust matters with an intellectual property aspect, for instance involving the distribution of audio and audiovisual content.

Practice head(s):

Norm Armstrong; Jeff Spigel

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Cashdan; Kenneth Steinthal; Chris Yook

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge of the substantive law and adept at maneuvering complicated issues and offering creative solutions.’

‘Chris Yook is exceptional in his capabilities of applying the relevant law to assist in helping create solutions for the client. He is flexible in his thinking and provides very valuable insights.’

‘Bobby Burchfield is an excellent litigator and is able to provide guidance on many different facets that the client faces.’

Key clients

Porsche Cars North America

BASF Corporation

Equifax

InterContinental Hotels Group

The Coca-Cola Company

Hanesbrands

Ochsner Health System

Progressive Casualty Insurance Company

HD Supply

Energizer

Tenet Healthcare

Universal Health Services

Transocean Ltd.

The Home Depot

Sutter Health System

Starwood Energy Group

RedBuilt LLC

Kemira Chemcals, Inc.

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

WestRock Company

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 5

The 'strong bench' at King & Spalding LLP is retained by clients to navigate not just domestic but also global transactions. Financial services, healthcare and energy are areas of particular focus, with increasing expertise in the technology sector. Norm Armstrong and Jeffrey Spigel, both of whom are located in Washington DC, are in joint charge of the merger control group. John Carroll adds to the firm's bench in the capital, especially when it comes to mergers and acquisitions of healthcare clients. Associate Meaghan Griffith, also in Washington DC, provides key support in merger clearance work.

Practice head(s):

Norm Armstrong; Jeff Spigel

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Testimonials

‘Strong bench of well-connected practitioners.’

‘Jeff Spigel, Norm Armstrong and John Carroll are strong.’

Key clients

Porsche Cars North America

BASF Corporation

Equifax

InterContinental Hotels Group

The Coca-Cola Company

Hanesbrands

Ochsner Health System

Progressive Casualty Insurance Company

HD Supply

Energizer

Tenet Healthcare

Universal Health Services

Transocean Ltd.

The Home Depot

Sutter Health System

Starwood Energy Group

RedBuilt LLC

Kemira Chemcals, Inc.

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

WestRock Company

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

King & Spalding LLP's private equity practice is led out of its New York and Atlanta offices by Jonathan Melmed and Rahul Patel, respectively. The firm generally works on middle-market transactions, with prominent clients including Roark Capital, HIG, and Lindsay Goldberg. The 'prompt, thoughtful' practice has several industry specialisms, including healthcare, life sciences, and particularly energy, which is a key focus for the US  team as a whole. The firm's international reach allows the geographically diverse practice to act in a range of complex transactions, including several major energy pipeline and transmission deals originating in Canada. These are primarily led from the New York office by Melmed, demonstrating the practice's capabilities regardless of geographical location. As part of a concerted expansion strategy, the practice group took on four partners from Morrison & Foerster LLP in 2019: Tom KnoxLarry YanowitchCharles Katz, and Jeremy Schropp.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Melmed; Rahul Patel

Other key lawyers:

Ray Baltz

Testimonials

Prompt, thoughtful, and thinking ahead.’

Spencer Stockdale has been the lead partner on a day to day basis. He is always quick and efficient with his time and ours. There is very little wasted time, and they are reliable on deliverables. Ray Baltz is the relationship manager (effectively) and does a great job of involving himself as needed and can see around corners in terms of needs.

Efficient, knowledgeable, ability to get things done, to overcome, on time and budget- a true pleasure to work with!

Justin King, Will Jordan, Spencer Johnson and team are some of the absolute best corporate and M&A lawyers I have had the pleasure to work with over a 30+ year career on Wall Street & PE.‘

They are, without doubt, one of the most commercial and cost-effective teams I’ve encountered. Have the horsepower to deal with the most complex of issues and files but the run lean with a deep bench to draw on. Fantastic in negotiations and strategy and have a great sense of the client’s needs and deal dynamics.

Ray Baltz is one of my most trusted advisers, and is as good a strategist and negotiator as I’ve seen. His legal advice always appreciates the commercial context. His leadership of his young team is apparent and appropriate in terms of where he engages versus letting his people do their job (which they do exceedingly well). Has a fantastic temperament about him as well – he is as good in friendly discussions with partners as he is breathing fire (only when needed).

Key clients

Arcapita Group

Atlas Holdings

Axium Infrastructure

Brookfield Infrastructure Group

D.E. Shaw

Macquarie Capital

H.I.G. Capital

InstarAGF Asset Management

Pinnacle Asset Management

Starwood Energy Group

TPG Sixth Street Partners

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 5

Primarily based in Silicon Valley, King & Spalding LLP's group has solid expertise in handling tech and life sciences deals. Judy O’Brien and San Francisco-based Geoff Leonard share leadership of the practice; Laura Bushnell is a key contact for representing investors and private companies in venture capital financing mandates. In October 2019 Thomas Knox joined the Washington DC office from Morrison & Foerster LLP's Northern Virginia office.

Practice head(s):

Judy O’Brien; Geoff Leonard

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Key clients

Theatro Labs

Peloton Technology

Synapse Financial Technologies

Labcyte

WhiteHorse Capital

Virtual Power Systems

Electric Cloud

HeartFlow

KIYATEC

ZEFR

Industry focus > Energy litigation: conventional power

King & Spalding helps leading companies advance complex business interests in more than 160 countries. Working across a highly integrated platform of more than 1,100 lawyers in 21 offices globally, King & Spalding delivers tailored commercial solutions through world-class offerings and an uncompromising approach to quality and service.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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