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King & Spalding LLP

  • Designation: Atlanta
  • Head Count: 886
  • Gross Revenues: $934,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,055,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,355,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 2

King & Spalding is an Atlanta-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, King & Spalding has 886 attorneys and is the 34th largest firm in the United States.  With $934,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 29th on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, King & Spalding ranked as the 36th 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 29 2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 29 2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 32 3 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 120 3 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard NR N/A Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 96 20 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 29 5 Summer programs

In the News

Sherman & Howard Augments Atlanta Beachhead With Partner From Taylor English

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : November 24, 2015

25 Firms in Atlanta Achieve Perfect Score on LGBT Equality Ranking

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : November 24, 2015

2015 Litigation Department of the Year

: Daily Report : November 19, 2015

SunTrust Banks Inc.: Large Office

Lawrence Viele Davidson : Daily Report : November 19, 2015

When Fortin became general counsel, SunTrust assets were $46.5 billion. He had 20 attorneys in-house and contracted with outside counsel in different states for different needs. As in the entire industry, the bank grew, regulation decreased and the combination proved problematic.

Jamestown: Real Estate

Lawrence Viele Davidson : Daily Report : November 19, 2015

It's a Jamestown philosophy to have their lawyers at the table from the beginning, said Jamestown Chief Executive Officer Matt Bronfman, who used to be its general counsel.

K&S Partner's First Gitmo Clients Are Released a Decade After He Took Cases

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : November 19, 2015

A decade after Atlanta lawyer John Chandler took them on as pro bono clients, two Yemeni men imprisoned at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have finally been released.

King & Spalding: Insurance (Large Firm)

Mary Welch : Daily Report : November 19, 2015

As a rule, traditional big law firms tend not to brag, often deferring to their clients to speak about courtroom wins. But sometimes bragging is necessary, as when King & Spalding, in speaking about its national and global insurance disputes practice, called it a "blockbuster year."

King & Spalding Increases Size of New Partner Class Amid Continued Growth

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : November 17, 2015

In a sign of optimism, King & Spalding has elected 24 new partners—a marked increase over the 17 it promoted last year.

Another Cobb Judgeship Opens for 2016 Elections

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : November 16, 2015

Cobb County State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley has told the Daily Report she plans to retire at the end of her current term, creating an open seat for the 2016 election.

Tobacco Companies Want Judge to Recuse Over Law Firm Ties

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : November 12, 2015

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta's law firm ties have prompted calls for him to recuse in a court fight in Washington between tobacco companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Their concern: Mehta's former law firm, Zuckerman Spaeder, worked for anti-tobacco groups while the judge was a partner.

Dickinson Wright Debuts Health Care Venture, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 09, 2015

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright launches a health care affiliate; Duane Morris hires a diversity leader; Quinn Emanuel starts a class action practice in Australia; Sidley expands in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Freshfields' Tim Coleman Remembered For Humor, Smarts, Mentoring

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : November 05, 2015

Timothy J. Coleman, former rising star of the U.S. Justice Department's criminal division and a successful white-collar lawyer in private practice, was remembered this week as organized, devoted to his profession and brimming with humor and practical jokes. Nothing in his interactions with others, friends and former colleagues told The National Law Journal, shed light on how Coleman had fallen to his death Tuesday morning from the top of his law office building in downtown Washington.

Patent Litigator Jumps From Plaintiffs Firm Robbins Geller to Jones Day

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : November 05, 2015

Patent litigator Ryan Walsh has left national plaintiffs' firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd to join Jones Day as a partner.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015


: The National Law Journal : November 02, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

A Holland & Knight Partner Heads to Cambodia, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : November 02, 2015

A United Nations war crimes tribunal for former members of the Khmer Rouge reels in a Holland & Knight partner; Kilpatrick Townsend sets up shop in Texas; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

High School Students Learn Finesse of Lawyering from Washington's Top Litigators

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 29, 2015

Blank Rome's tutor relationship with Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington began in January. Now the attorneys have bonded with a second set of students. In addition to Blank Rome, firms such as Jenner & Block, Crowell & Moring and Vinson & Elkins have been involved in the program for more than a decade, from the first years of the school when it was originally located in a church in Congress Heights. Clifford Chance also pitched in often, tutoring and in helping to paint classrooms.

New Court of Appeals Judges: Mercier, Peterson and Rickman

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : October 29, 2015

Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday afternoon announced his appointments for three new positions on the Georgia Court of Appeals: Appalachian Circuit Superior Court Judge Amanda Mercier; Nels Peterson, the Georgia university system's top lawyer; and Mountain Circuit District Attorney Brian Rickman.

Polsinelli Picks Up Health Care Team of 7 From Kilpatrick Townsend

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 27, 2015

Polsinelli has landed a seven-lawyer health care team from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, led by Sidney Welch and Lynn Scott.

Millikin Faces Subpoena as GM Bellwether Looms

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : October 27, 2015

The former general counsel of General Motors Co. is fending off a subpoena to testify in the first bellwether trial over the ignition switch defect that prompted recalls of 2.6 million cars and trucks last year.

How Large Are the Public-Policy Practices Within Law Firms?

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : October 26, 2015

One of the most surprising results of this year's National Law Journal Influence 50 lobbying survey was the number of law firms that counted almost $100 million or more in revenue from work intended to influence federal policy.

In Pursuit of Washington's 'Perfect Four' for Lobbying

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : October 26, 2015

Few of Washington's large lobbying groups achieve perfect harmony in the demographics of their Honorables. The perfect harmony is the ultimate of Washington: between House and Senate, between Republicans and Democrats. The 26 firms with public policy groups worth $15 million or more last year employed 51 former members of Congress, according to The National Law Journal's annual Influence 50 survey.

2015 New Associate Survey: More Women, Minorities Among New Texas Associates

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : October 26, 2015

The number of new associates starting work this fall in Texas at the firms with the most lawyers in Texas is flat compared with 2014, but more women and minorities are among them.

Pro Bono Week: The Best of This Year's Giving and Defending

: The National Law Journal : October 26, 2015

From Rwanda to a tiny Catholic Charities office in downtown Washington, lawyers took on cases, founded projects and reflected on the good they do and what more they can achieve. As the American Bar Association celebrates pro bono work nationally this week, The National Law Journal highlights the leaders, cases and efforts that have helped lawyers give back in the last year.

Fee Tracker: Big Firms Feast on IPOs

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 23, 2015

Simpson Thacher and Davis Polk divvy up fees from the largest IPO of 2015; a look at the nation's top legal lobbying shops; and other billables of note from throughout the Am Law 200 universe.

How King & Spalding Built Its D.C. Office From One AG to a Team of 200

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 21, 2015

Long considered one of the elite Atlanta-based firms, King & Spalding's D.C. reputation has been understated because of its fewer number of lawyers and smaller congressional lobbying totals, especially compared to Washington-founded firms. But the firm has remained a major player in D.C.-focused areas.

Celebrating Service Honors Legal Volunteers [SLIDESHOW]

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 20, 2015

"There is a tradition of volunteerism that runs like a thread across this town ... and it starts with the professional community," Joe Bankoff said in the keynote speech for the Atlanta Bar Association's annual Celebrating Service luncheon on Friday at the Piedmont Driving Club.

How to Slice the Pie of a Firm's Public-Policy Practice

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : October 20, 2015

Some—but not all—law firms do everything in public policy. Or at least they say they do. The National Law Journal asked firms in our Influence 50 survey to discuss what types of public policy work generated most of their revenues, and more than 20 firms replied with detailed lists of their lobbying and other services. Here are a few more highlights from what the 20 largest firms on the Influence 50 shared.

Gary Toman Hops to Weinberg Wheeler

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 20, 2015

Gary Toman has joined litigation firm Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial as a partner of counsel after two decades in practice with Mike Nations at Nations & Toman.

Morning Wrap: Influence 50 | Wal-Mart Probe Fizzles | 'Goodfella' Stands Trial

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : October 19, 2015

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: The NLJ's annual report on the lobbying industry, a high-profile federal probe into Wal-Mart comes to a close and Larry Lessig is still running for president.