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King & Spalding LLP

  • Designation: Atlanta
  • Head Count: 936
  • Gross Revenues: $1,018,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,090,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,515,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 2

King & Spalding is an Atlanta-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2016 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, King & Spalding has 936 attorneys and is the 30th largest firm in the United States.  With $1,018,500,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 27th on The American Lawyer's 2016 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2015 Global 100 survey, King & Spalding ranked as the 35th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, GA, NC, NY and TX.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 27 2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 27 2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 34 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 126 -6 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 96 11 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 96 20 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 29 5 Summer programs

In the News

NLJ 500 Expansion Adds Seven Atlanta Firms to Ranks of Nation's Largest

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : July 11, 2016

Hometown firms continue to dominate Atlanta's attorney head count, but national competitors are gaining ground.


: The National Law Journal : July 11, 2016

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Cops-Turned-Lawyers Speak Out About Shootings, Use of Force

Roy Strom : The Am Law Daily : July 08, 2016

The murder of five Dallas police officers by a sniper Thursday night sparked widespread condemnation, dismay and sadness in the aftermath of the tragic shooting of two black men this week in Louisiana and Minnesota. And lawyers were among the first to weigh in.

At Blaqwell, Watching the Ink on Big Firms' Bottom Lines

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : July 07, 2016

The Am Law Daily caught up with the two lead principals at secretive legal consultancy Blaqwell Inc. for a rare on-the-record chat about trends affecting their clients, which have included some 40 Am Law 100 firms.

Kilpatrick Tops Atlanta's Big Law Pro-Bono Rankings

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : July 06, 2016

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton led Atlanta-based firms in The American Lawyer's annual pro bono ranking of the 200 top-grossing U.S. firms, edging out last year's top-ranked Atlanta firm, Alston & Bird.

An Effective Generalist: Floor & Décor GC Gained Experience Through Broad Corporate Practice

Mary Smith Judd : Daily Report : July 05, 2016

For much of Floor & Décor General Counsel David Christopherson's career, each professional step has been a lucky accident, preparing him for his next challenge, even before he knew what that challenge would be.

Litigation Slump, Leadership Shifts Take Toll at Cadwalader

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : July 05, 2016

Could a merger be next for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft?


: The National Law Journal : July 04, 2016

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Troutman, Kilpatrick and Sutherland Raise Associate Pay

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : July 01, 2016

Three of Atlanta's biggest firms just made the holiday weekend even better for their associates. Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan and Troutman Sanders announced Friday that they're raising starting salary in Atlanta to $155,000 and bumping it to $180,000 in New York and other major markets.

King & Spalding Fields Chapter 11 for AstroTurf

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : July 01, 2016

After suffering a $30 million patent verdict last year, the synthetic grass maker skidded into bankruptcy court on Tuesday.

Big Suits

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : July 01, 2016

Partners Warn of Serious Implications for Clients as Britain votes to Leave the E.U.

Frances Ivens and Rose Walker : Legal Week : June 24, 2016

Clifford Chance senior partner Malcom Sweeting and others weigh in as Brexit sends shock waves to global stock and foreign exchange markets.

Justice David Nahmias Extols Virtue of Service

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : June 23, 2016

The Daily Report's 2016 Luminary, Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias, has some shining role models of his own.

Top Atlanta Firms Hang Back on Associate Pay Raises

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : June 23, 2016

After King & Spalding announced a $20,000 pay hike last week for Atlanta associates, Alston & Bird quickly matched—but the rest of Atlanta's big firms are in no hurry to follow.

John Bottini, 38

: Daily Report : June 23, 2016

After a two-year federal clerkship and about five years into practice at King & Spalding, John Bottini was on a path toward partnership. The firm also introduced him to a cause that remains a passion—working with Atlanta's refuge community pro bono on asylum cases.

Brent Gilfedder, 37

: Daily Report : June 23, 2016

When you see the land supporting the Atlanta Falcons' new $1.6 billion stadium, think of Brent Gilfedder.

1970s Sandusky Victims Emerge as Issue in Paterno Defamation Suit

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : June 23, 2016

Several weeks after a judge revealed in an insurance dispute that Penn State officials may have known convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky abused children as early as the 1970s, these older claims are now at issue in a related defamation suit the family of Joe Paterno filed against the NCAA.

David Gambrell

Mary Smith Judd | Special to the Daily Report : : June 23, 2016

History will note Senator David H. Gambrell's many political aspirations and contributions, state and national. Pedigree and achievements notwithstanding, Gambrell, now 85, actually might prefer to be described as a lawyer's lawyer and a family man.

W. Ray Persons

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : June 23, 2016

W. Ray Persons, a senior litigation partner at King & Spalding, says he developed the persuasive powers integral to his career by selling encyclopedias door to door while working his way through college.

King & Spalding, Alston Raise Associate Pay

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : June 21, 2016

Associate salary hikes have made their way to Atlanta with the city's two largest firms increasing compensation for its associates.

Plaintiffs Allege Conspiracy Affecting Owners of All GM Cars

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : June 20, 2016

Attorneys for General Motors and plaintiffs battled it out before a federal judge Friday over a claim that GM and outside counsel King & Spalding engaged in a racketeering enterprise by covering up long-known defects with ignition switches.

Bass Pro, Fighting Discrimination Claims, Loses Challenge to EEOC in Fifth Circuit

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : June 20, 2016

A federal appeals court ruling in favor of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's claims against the sporting goods company Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC could bolster the power of the agency to police and seek damages for alleged discriminatory hiring practices.

Forget Briefs, How DC Firms Are Wooing Summer Associates

Suzanne Monyak : The National Law Journal : June 20, 2016

From white-water rafting trips to casino nights and parties, Washington's law firms are hosting a slew of social events for this year's summer associates in an effort to prepare them and court them to rejoin the firm as first-year associates after graduation.

K&L Gates' Partner Churn Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 20, 2016

Amid more departures, K&L Gates seeks to grow; Akin Gump and Reed Smith hire from Winston & Strawn; Fox Rothschild reels in a leading Twin Cities litigator; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Mexico Agrees to API Worker-Safety Standards

ANGELA NEVILLE : Texas Lawyer : June 17, 2016

Mexico, as part of the country's initiative to attract outside investors, recently agreed to use the American Petroleum Institute's safety standards in its energy programs to promote worker safety at offshore drilling sites.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : June 15, 2016

Skadden has promoted seven attorneys to counsel, while several other firms announce new additions, including Littler Mendelson, Kramer Levin and Greenberg Traurig.

Memorial for Bob Steed, Bond Lawyer and Humorist, Set for June 14

Jonathan Ringel : Daily Report : June 07, 2016

Mercer University announced Monday that Bob Steed, a King & Spalding bond lawyer, humorist and trustee of the university, would be remembered at 11 a.m. June 14 at Northside Drive United Methodist Church in Atlanta.


: The National Law Journal : June 06, 2016

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Deal Watch: Baker Botts, Bracewell Get Jolt From Utility Union

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 02, 2016

The Lone Star State firms are working with two other Am Law 100 firms in advising on Great Plains Energy Inc.'s $12.2 billion buy of Westar Energy Inc., the latest sign of consolidation in the utilities sector.

Congratulations to Georgia Legal Community for 5th Annual Food Frenzy Success

: Daily Report : June 01, 2016

The State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division president writes to express appreciation to all participating attorneys, judges and staff members for their contributions to the success of the recently completed fifth annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy.