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King & Spalding LLP

  • Designation: Atlanta
  • Head Count: 838
  • Gross Revenues: $827,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $990,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,985,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

King & Spalding is an Atlanta-based law firm. The firm placed 33rd on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms, with gross revenue of $718,000,000 in 2010. King & Spalding has ranked in the top 75 of the Am Law 100 rankings since 1986. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size, the firm has 793 attorneys and is the thirty-seventh largest law firm in the United States. In the 2011 Global 100 survey, King & Spalding ranked at #39 in highest revenue worldwide. The firm's practice areas include antitrust, business litigation and arbitration, corporate finance, energy, environmental, financial restructuring, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, project finance, real estate, tax, and tort and environmental litigation (including products liability practice), as well as Latin American, German and Middle Eastern-Islamic Finance practice groups. The firm has 14 U.S. and international offices, including offices in Houston, New York, Washington, D.C., London and Dubai.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 30 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 30 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 36 1 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 92 6 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

Litigation Department of the Year

: Daily Report : January 24, 2014

These nine firms presented the best evidence that they won results for clients in 2013, whether it was in favorable verdicts, dismissals, settlements or other actions that protected clients' interests.

King & Spalding, DLA Piper Aid Blank in Atlanta Soccer Bid

Lawrence Viele Davidson : Daily Report : January 22, 2014

Lawyers from King & Spalding and DLA Piper shepherded the $70 million acquisition of a Major League Soccer expansion team by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

The Churn: Patton Boggs Trio Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Three more partners have left struggling Patton Boggs for new endeavors.

Life Sciences Lawyer Leaves DLA Piper for King & Spalding

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Thomas Duley joined King & Spalding's Palo Alto office as a partner.

The Churn: Bingham Hedge Fund Duo Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Two prominent hedge fund partners and a privacy practice cochair have left Bingham McCutchen.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Scott Morehouse joins Sheppard Mullin's real estate, land use and environmental practice as partner in the Costa Mesa, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

GM Docket Is Growing

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

General Motors Co.'s legal troubles have shifted into overdrive, with plaintiffs lawyers insisting that drivers of recalled cars are risking their lives by getting behind the wheel.

ON THE MOVE: Ga. Justice Project Ends Campaign with $5.2M

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 09, 2014

The Georgia Justice Project has raised $5.2 million in a three-year capital campaign to broaden its mission of defending the criminally accused and helping them reintegrate into society.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Securities litigation firm Murphy & McGonigle has moved and consolidated its two Manhattan offices at 1185 Avenue of the Americas. Also, Nordstrom Inc. has signed a seven-year lease for office and showroom space at 205 W. 39th St.

GM In-House Lawyers Pulled Into Ignition Switch Probe

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 07, 2014

The in-house lawyers at General Motors Co. are slowly being pulled into the public questions over its ignition switch recall.

Cigarette Makers Launch New Bid to End Engle Woes

Julie Triedman : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

After several previous efforts fell flat, cigarette companies facing thousands of smoker lawsuits in Florida filed their latest batch of U.S. Supreme Court petitions last week. In nine new petitions for certiorari, they argue that the Florida courts are violating their due process rights, and that "billions of dollars are at risk in what amounts to little more than legal poker."

The Churn: Cooley Woos Mintz Levin IP Team, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Cooley poaches a six-lawyer intellectual property group from Mintz Levin, a former federal prosecutor who left the Justice Department amid controversy moves to Baker Botts, and O'Melveny brings back a former associate who has been a key legal adviser to President Obama since his run for the U.S Senate in 2004.

Litigator of the Week: Erin Murphy of Bancroft

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

Like her mentor Paul Clement, Erin Murphy of Bancroft PLLC now knows what it's like to deliver the winning argument in a polarizing U.S. Supreme Court case.

Cigarette Makers Launch New Bid to End Woes

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

Tobacco companies facing thousands of smoker lawsuits in Florida filed their ninth batch of U.S. Supreme Court petitions last week, claiming the Florida courts are trampling on their constitutional rights in the so-called Engle progeny litigation.

Newsmakers: Week of March 31

: Texas Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Bret Madole has joined Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal in Dallas as a partner in and leader of the firm's corporate practice. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Randy Aoyama joins Hinshaw & Culbertson as partner in the Phoenix office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Industry Watching as Supreme Court Moves to Pin Down Rules for Software Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Cooley's Heidi Keefe hopes the court will use to set clear standards that can be exploited early in litigation.

Supreme Court Moves to Pin Down Rules for Software Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court on Monday will set out to distinguish patent-eligible inventions from mere abstract ideas. This time the court will be doing it in the context of computerized business methods, and that has Silicon Valley lawyers paying extra attention.

Merck & Co. Wins Round of Suits Over Fosamax Osteoporosis Drug

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

A federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed more than 100 lawsuits alleging Merck & Co.'s osteoporosis drug Fosamax causes bone fractures.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Norberto Quintana joins Holland & Knight's financial-services practice as partner in the New York office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Retired K&S Partner Goes Nuts (Well, Pecans)

Paul Shea | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 21, 2014

Dwight Davis trades in lawyering for farming what the Chinese call "American health nut."

Unmanned Aircraft Fly Into the Future of Privacy Law

Phyllis B. Sumner, John A. Drennan and Alexander K. Haas : Corporate Counsel : January 20, 2014

The future for domestic drones is tantalizingly close and unquestionably promising, but drones also pose unique privacy issues.

Outgoing Official Touts SEC's Approach to Economic Analysis

Hilary Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

Craig Lewis, the chief economist of the SEC's Dvision of Economic and Risk Analysis who rarely speaks publicly, this week gave what may be the last speech he delivers before returning to his previous post as a professor at Vanderbilt University.

ON THE MOVE: New Faces at Nelson Mullins, Bloom Sugarman

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 19, 2014

Charles Huddleston has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as of counsel. He was a shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz until going solo in August.

GC of Novelis Inc. Manages a Worldwide Team

Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 19, 2014

Les Parrette is senior vice president, general counsel and compliance officer for Novelis Inc., a world leader in rolled aluminum products and aluminum recycling.

Big Firms Wait on Sidelines as West Slaps Russia With Sanctions

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

The Obama administration and European Union announced sanctions Monday against several key individuals with ties to the Kremlin, just one day before President Vladimir Putin said he would accept Crimea's bid to join the Russian Federation. Caught in the middle are several top international and Am Law 100 firms, whose Moscow offices could be adversely affected. should the schism between East and West become more pronounced. Amid the uncertainty, two big Russian M&A deals yielded roles this week for four Magic Circle firms.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Pamela Fulmer joins Arent Fox's intellectual property and complex litigation practices as partner in the San Francisco office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Inadmissible: Cameras in the Court #TLtbt

: Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

This week, a coalition of media and public interest groups sent a letter urging U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to allow cameras to record and broadcast high court proceedings.

Federal Circuit Revives Patent Case Over Google's Street View

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Two former Caltech students claim Google steps on technology they invented more than a decade ago.

The Churn: Holland & Knight Scatters Five Partner Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Holland & Knight adds two partners in Tampa and individual partners in Miami, New York and San Francisco; Burr & Forman welcomes four health care attorneys in Birmingham; and two energy and natural resources partners move to Husch Blackwell's Denver office.

Federal Circuit Revives Infringement Case Over Google's Street View

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Two former Caltech students claim Google steps on technology they invented more than a decade ago.

King & Spalding turns newsletter into online resource

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 12, 2014

"What the Energy Law Exchange does is to catalogue those articles into practice areas, geographic regions and the like to provide access to those interested, as well as an ability to provide news alerts," said Charles "Tim" Engel.

Fried Frank Announces Partner, Counsel Moves

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Five lawyers at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson have been promoted to partner effective March 1.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: At Fried Frank, a Strong Year Ahead of Leadership Change

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Fried, Frank, Harris & Jacobson's Valerie Ford Jacob said Wednesday she is stepping down from her position as cochair on the heels of a year that saw the firm rebound from a shaky 2012 by recording increased revenue and its highest-ever profits per equity partner, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Randolph Thrower Dies at 100: 'He Believed in Service'

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 11, 2014

When John Marshall Law School professor Michael Mears was a young trial lawyer 30 years ago, he found himself paired in a land acquisition case with one of Georgia's preeminent tax attorneys.

GM GC Begins Investigation Into Fatal Engine Shutdowns

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2014

General Motors Co. general counsel Michael Millikin will cohead an internal investigation into the company's handling of complaints related to sudden vehicle shutdowns that led to at least 13 deaths.

Morris Manning Posts a Second Strong Year

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 10, 2014

Morris Manning & Martin chalked up another strong year in 2013, following the 2012 rebound of the real estate practice, a key area for the firm.

The Churn: Kaye Scholer Adds Cybersecurity Expert, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Kaye Scholer creates a new global cybersecurity and privacy group in connection with a recent hire; Dentons makes a series of additions in Washington, D.C., and several lawyers leave Edwards Wildman & Palmer.

New 'Get Tough' Stance Will Put SEC to Its Proof

William F. Johnson : New York Law Journal : January 06, 2014

In his Corporate Crime column, William F. Johnson, a partner at King & Spalding, writes: As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rolls out new policies to enforce violations of securities laws, no matter how small, and to seek admissions from defendants in more settled cases, the SEC's ability to prove what it believes will be tested. Recent trial results have suggested more belief than proof.

Customer Recordings Entered in Evidence in Nicor Suit

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

A state trial judge has allowed Nicor Gas Co. to submit a sample of recorded customer calls in an Illinois consumer class action after concluding that doing so would not violate an Illinois privacy statute.

Illinois Privacy Law Debated in Suit Against Natural Gas Co.

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 04, 2014

Lawyers in a class action that involves Illinois consumers of natural gas company Nicor Gas Company are assessing whether the submission of thousands of recorded customer calls would violate an Illinois privacy statute.

The Churn: Dentons Continues Heenan Blaikie Hiring, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Dentons hires a total of 46 attorneys from failed Canada firm Heenan Blaikie; Akerman adds three new litigators in its month-old Chicago office; and a former White House adviser joins Akin Gump.

Georgia-Pacific Fights Certification of Class Action

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 28, 2014

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products is trying to kill a class action alleging property damage from pollution around its Savannah River Mill, with the Georgia Supreme Court hearing the company's appeal last week.

ON THE MOVE: 2 K&S Bond Lawyers Go to Holland & Knight

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 26, 2014

Bond lawyers Woodrow W. "Woody" Vaughan III and Allison Dyer have left King & Spalding for Holland & Knight. Vaughan joined as partner and Dyer as senior counsel.

Lawyers Get $20M in Cobb EMC Deal

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 26, 2014

A Cobb County Superior Court judge said Tuesday that an attorney fee request for nearly $20 million made him gasp initially, but he approved it as part of a $100 million settlement over a profit-sharing lawsuit brought by members of the Cobb Electric Membership Corp.

King & Spalding Breaks $2M PPEP Barrier

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 25, 2014

King & Spalding made a lot of money in 2013, posting significant gains in both revenue and profit for the fifth consecutive year.

The Churn: MoFo Lands Judge Peck, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

MoFo hires the federal bankruptcy judge who oversaw Lehman Brothers' Chapter 11 case; nine securitization and structured finance attorneys leave Jones Day to join Chapman and Cutler; and Latham adds its third private equity partner from Clifford Chance in the past year.

Hotels, Travel Sites Beat Price-Fixing Class Action

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that hotel chains and online travel companies conspired to fix the price of rooms booked online, handing a big win to a brigade of defense firms.

Solo with A Safety Net: Letzring Leaves Big Firm for Hall Arbery

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 18, 2014

Many big firm lawyers dream of having their own shop but are leery of taking the leap.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Gary McConnell joins Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott's products liability practice as partner in the Pittsburgh office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Mercer U. Taps Schneider as Chairman of Its Board of Trustees

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 14, 2014

King & Spalding senior partner Richard "Doc" Schneider is the new chairman of Mercer University's Board of Trustees and will make his first official appearance in that role at the board's spring meeting in April.

The Score: Paul Weiss Drops Wells Report, Helps Client Buy Easton

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Roughly a year after reaping $3.6 million to conduct an internal investigation of the NBA players' union, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner Ted Wells released Friday the results of his inquiry into the Miami Dolphins bullying imbroglio. Wells' firm also took the lead this week counseling a client on its $330 million acquisition of struggling Easton-Bell Sports' baseball and softball business. Meanwhile, Davis Polk and Covington, respectively, helped Comcast and the NFL ink a pair of major TV rights deals.

In-house Lawyer Details How Sony Mobile Tackles U.S., Global Issues

Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 12, 2014

Evan Glover is legal director of the Americas for Sony Mobile Communications.

Oil and Gas Equipment Division to Change Hands for $550 Million

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 10, 2014

William Lemmer, senior vice president and general counsel of Cameron International Corp., turned to lawyers from Winston & Strawn and Baker Botts for the Houston company's pending sale of its reciprocating compression division to GE Oil & Gas for about $550 million in cash.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

ON THE MOVE: IP Litigator Jumps to Nelson Mullins; Ogletree Lures N.Y. Labor Lawyer

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 05, 2014

Mark VanderBroek has become a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough after 28 years at Troutman Sanders, where he was a partner. VanderBroek is a business litigator with a focus on intellectual property and franchise disputes. He also handles alternative dispute resolution.

Technology-Assisted Review Still Triggering Angina

Sherry Karabin : Law Technology News : January 04, 2014

Wachtell, Lipton's Maura Grossman will try to calm lawyers who are intimidated by predictive coding at two LTNY sessions.

The Churn: Yankees President Heads to Jackson Lewis, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Randy Levine, team president of the New York Yankees, has left Akin to join the New York office of Jackson Lewis as of counsel. Meanwhile, Covington adds two financial M&A partners in Washington, D.C., and Gibson Dunn lands new partners in Los Angeles and New York.

Broward Jury Awards $5M In Smoker's Death From Cancer

Adolfo Pesquera : Daily Business Review : January 03, 2014

A Fort Lauderdale brother and sister were awarded compensatory and punitive damages from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in the lung cancer death of their mother, a two-pack-a-day smoker.

Legal Aid Society's Capital Campaign is Halfway Home

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 31, 2014

The Atlanta Legal Aid Society has reached the halfway point in an ambitious capital campaign to pay for its future home at 54 Ellis St. N.E., thanks to significant contributions from several Atlanta firms.

GC for LexisNexis Risk Solutions Keeps Eye on Regulations, Court Cases, Social Media

Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 29, 2014

Meredith Sidewater is senior vice president and general counsel for Lexis­Nexis Risk Solutions. In this role, she manages the company's legal activities, including compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies, investigations, commercial transactions, litigation management, acquisition and divestiture activity, intellectual property and employment matters.

ON THE MOVE: Weinstock Immigration Firm Opens

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 29, 2014

Karen Weinstock has opened her own immigration law firm, Weinstock Immigration Lawyers. The new firm is made up of the former Atlanta office of Memphis-based immigration firm Siskind Susser, where Weinstock had worked since 2001 and was the local managing partner.

King & Spalding Lures Fried Frank Defense Lawyers

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

William Johnson and Dixie Johnson, two leaders of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson's white-collar defense and securities enforcement practice, are leaving to join King & Spalding.

Steptoe to Open Office in Silicon Valley

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 24, 2014

In its first foray into Northern California, Steptoe & Johnson LLP next week will open a new office in Silicon Valley, poaching two IP partners from King & Spalding to lead the Palo Alto outpost.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 24, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

The Churn: K&S Adds Two From Fried Frank, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

King & Spalding bolsters its white-collar group by recruiting a pair of partners of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Meanwhile, three Am Law firms open new offices with lateral hires. The Churn is constant. Please send all announcements to thechurn@alm.com.

Steptoe & Johnson Opens in Palo Alto

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

The D.C.-based firm is launching its first Northern California office with two IP partners poached from King & Spalding.

Steptoe Said to Be Taking Valley Patent Litigator From King & Spalding

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 22, 2014

KPMG Settles Big Tax Shelter Case Before Trial

Greg Land : Daily Report : January 21, 2014

Accounting giant KPMG and investors seeking nearly $500 million in damages caused by the firm's fraudulent tax shelters settled a suit a week before it was to be tried in Fulton County State Court.

Drill Baby Drill! $740 Million Pending Sale of Drilling Business

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 20, 2014

Varel International Energy Services Inc. of Carrollton is using lawyers from King & Spalding for its pending sale to Sandvik AB for about $740 million. Sandvik, a Swedish high-technology engineering company, turned to lawyers from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

After Diversity Criticism, Bar Adds Two Minorities to Executive Director Search Panel

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 17, 2014

Following criticism about a lack of diversity, State Bar of Georgia President Charles "Buck" Ruffin has added two new members to a committee charged with searching for a new executive director.

Insurance Industry Deals a Boon to Big Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

A dozen Am Law 100 firms have grabbed roles on a series of transactions announced since the start of 2014 involving the insurance industry, where consolidation in the sector this year could could produce a bevy of business for transactional lawyers.

Winston Partner Leaves Firm to Defend Utah Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

By Tony Mauro : Legal Times : January 16, 2014

Veteran Supreme Court and appellate advocate Gene Schaerr is leaving Winston & Strawn to represent the state of Utah in defense of its ban on same-sex marriage.

Michael Lucas Succeeds Tamara Caldas at AVLF

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 15, 2014

Michael Lucas is the new deputy director of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, succeeding Tamara Caldas, who left the legal nonprofit in October to become Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton's pro bono partner.

Bar Again Delays IOLTA Rule Change

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 14, 2014

For the second time in three months, the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors delayed a vote on a professional rules change that would require lawyers to establish client trust funds exclusively with banks that offer competitive interest rates.

The Churn: Another Patton Boggs Loss, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

A banking partner leaves Patton Boggs in New York to join Greenberg Traurig; McGuireWoods hires a onetime counsel to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Latham poaches a Weil partner in London.

Leading M&A Transactions-Target or Acquirer Based in N.J.-2013

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Leading M&A transactions with the target or acquirer based in N.J. in 2013.

Ga. High Court Hears Family Feud Over Rollins Trusts

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 07, 2014

An intrafamily feud landed at the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday, as descendents of the cofounder of a major pest-control conglomerate squabble over the family's multibillion-dollar fortune.

CARE GC Joins Nunn Senate Campaign as Chief of Staff

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 06, 2014

Kent Alexander, who has traveled the world since 2011 as general counsel of international aid organization CARE Inc., has joined Michelle Nunn's U.S. Senate campaign as chief of staff and strategy.

CARE GC Joins Nunn Senate Campaign as Chief of Staff

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 31, 2013

Kent Alexander, who has traveled the world since 2011 as general counsel of international aid organization CARE Inc., has joined Michelle Nunn's U.S. Senate campaign as chief of staff and strategy.

UGA Names King & Spalding Partner to Direct Legal Affairs

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 31, 2013

After a national search, the University of Georgia has chosen King & Spalding partner Michael Raeber as its executive director of legal affairs, effective Feb. 1.

11th Circuit Sends Major FDIC Case to Ga. High Court

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 30, 2013

The Atlanta-based federal appeals court has ruled in part against the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in a decision with the potential to affect the FDIC's cases across the country.

Am Law 100 Firms Snap Up Red Lobster Work

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2013

Kramer Levin, Latham & Watkins, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are advising on a battle between activist hedge funds and the management of Darden Restaurants, owner of the Red Lobster, Oliver Garden and Capital Grille brands. While Darden announced last week its plans to spin off the Red Lobster chain, some investors want a complete breakup of the company.

Michael Raeber Named UGA Director of Legal Affairs

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 19, 2013

The University of Georgia has named a new executive director of legal affairs: Michael M. Raeber, a partner in the business litigation group at King & Spalding.

Four Am Law 100 Firms Take Star Turns on WME's IMG Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2013

Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and private equity backer Silver Lake Partners tapped Paul Weiss and Simpson Thacher, respectively, for counsel on their winning bid to acquire sports agency powerhouse IMG Worldwide from Forstmann Little & Co., which is being advised by Akin Gump and Kilpatrick Townsend as the private equity firm liquidates its portfolio.

On the Move: Stites & Harbison, Greenberg Traurig Add Lawyers

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 18, 2013

After 14 years at Seyfarth Shaw, corporate lawyer Louann Bronstein has joined Stites & Harbison's Atlanta office as a partner. Bronstein has a corporate practice, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, and serves as outside general counsel to several companies.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

Delphine Brown joins Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider's intellectual property group as partner in the New York office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Preparing for an FCPA 'Industry Sweep'

Zack Harmon and Amelia R. Medina : Corporate Counsel : January 13, 2013

In recent years, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have embraced the use of "industry sweeps" as an enforcement tool against suspected violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. This trend shows no signs of abating.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

web-editor@nylj.com : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2013

Sidley Austin, Akerman and Kaufman & Company have each added a partner, while others announce promotions.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

Are Your 'Partners' Partners?

Steven W. Suflas and Ashley L. Wilson : New Jersey Law Journal : January 05, 2013

If a lawyer wishes to bring a discrimination suit against her employer, the question of whether or not she is a "partner" makes all the difference.

Heery Settles with DeKalb for $7.5M

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 04, 2013

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2013

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi hires The Beatles' longtime U.S. lawyer; a former U.S. ambassador to Australia rejoins Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sidley Austin hires two new partners. .

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2013

Maya Melnikas joins King & Spalding's financial-institutions practice as partner in the Moscow office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2013

The general counsel of American Express is slated to join Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in April; Morrison & Foerster expands in Washington, D.C., with a hire from O'Melveny & Myers; and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn adds an intellectual property partner. .

Newsmakers

: Texas Lawyer : January 25, 2013

Ed Small, a partner in Jackson Walker's Austin office, has received the Excellence in Agriculture Award from the American Agricultural Law Association. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Cellphone Firms Fight PSC on New Charges for Indigent Users

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 25, 2013

Wireless cellphone companies are asking a federal judge in Atlanta to stop the state Public Service Commission from forcing them to charge a $5 monthly fee to their indigent customers.

Judges Mull Bank Officers' Liability

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 21, 2013

A federal appeals court is mulling whether Georgia law shields the corporate officers of a failed Georgia bank—including a current state senator and a former candidate for lieutenant governor—from personal liability for the bank's losses even if they neglected their corporate duties.

ROCKTENN: In-House Legal Work

Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 21, 2013

Robert McIntosh, general counsel, executive vice president and secretary for RockTenn, doesn't have any best practices for his legal team. None.

Morgan Lewis, Gibson Dunn, King & Spalding Lead as Roark Dines on CKE

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

Apollo Global Management has agreed to sell its majority stake in CKE Restaurants—the parent of fast food chains Hardee's, Carl's Jr., and Green Burrito—to Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group for an undisclosed sum. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is acting as lead counsel to CKE on the deal, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is advising the company's senior management and King & Spalding is representing Roark.

Nerf Gun Inventor Wins $73 million Arbitrated Award

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 18, 2013

A former NASA engineer who invented the wildly popular Nerf dart guns has been awarded $72.8 million in a royalty fight with toy company Hasbro.

The Georgia Top Ten

: Daily Report : January 18, 2013

Here are the top 10 highest compensated GCs we found in Georgia

The Score: DLA Piper Takes Lead on New Braves Stadium

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2013

Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves stunned many this week by announcing that the team will leave its downtown home in 2017 for a new $672 million stadium in suburban Cobb County. Elsewhere in our latest look at sports and the law: Gordon & Rees, Norton Rose Fulbright, Paul Weiss, and Womble Carlyle wade into an NFL bullying case; Alex Rodriguez adds to his robust legal team; and an ex-Milbank associate seeks to make running with the bulls a U.S. sport.

ON THE MOVE: Emory 3L Wins Award for Vets Legal Clinic

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 13, 2013

An Emory University law school student, J. Martin Bunt, has received a national pro bono award for starting a free legal clinic for veterans. Bunt, a 3L, received the annual Pro Bono Publico Award from the Public Services Jobs Directory, an initiative of the National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) for his work creating the Volunteer Clinic for Veterans (VCV) at Emory Law School.

Who Beat Jason Carter for Top Law Grad Honors?

Jonathan Ringel : Daily Report : January 11, 2013

In an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article announcing his candidacy for governor today, Jason Carter said: "I wouldn't be getting in this race if I didn't think I was going to win. ... I'm still mad that I finished second in my law school class. I'm not in this to finish second."

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2013

Shook, Hardy & Bacon opens a Seattle office with Microsoft's former chief patent counsel; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher hires a Department of Justice veteran; and a former U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona joins Steptoe & Johnson. .

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Farrell Fritz's Kathryn Cole has been installed as the first female president of the federal bar association's Eastern District of New York chapter. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Amicus Briefs Duel in Ford Case at High Court

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 31, 2013

Dueling Amicus curiae briefs in the Georgia Supreme Court showdown over whether Ford Motor Co. should be punished for not answering questions about its liability insurance coverage boil down to two words: finality and fairness.

Three Firms Advise as PwC Swallows Booz

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2013

PricewaterhouseCoopers continues to expand its advisory arm with the acquisition of New York–based consulting firm Booz & Company for an undisclosed amount. Davis Polk and Linklaters are advising PwC, while Booz has turned to Cleary for legal advice.

Georgia Picks Waxman, Kirkland for Water War Reps

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 28, 2013

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday that a former U.S. solicitor general and a team of Washington attorneys will defend the state from a water rights lawsuit brought by Florida in the U.S. Supreme Court.