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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 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 $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 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 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

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.

Dodson Joins Southern Center as Policy Director to Focus on Criminal Justice Reforms; plus other "On the Move" news.

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : May 31, 2016

Marissa McCall Dodson has left the national American Civil Liberties Union, which she'd joined in November, for the Southern Center for Human Rights, where she is the new public policy director.

King & Spalding Helps Atlanta Score Super Bowl

KRISTEN RASMUSSEN : Daily Report : May 26, 2016

Super Bowl LIII won't kick off until 2019, but the King & Spalding team worked on the game plan for nearly a year to help Atlanta clinch its bid to be the host city.

Atlanta Bar President Passes Gavel and Reviews Year, Including Equal Justice in Law Enforcement Effort

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : May 25, 2016

Atlanta Bar Association president Harold Franklin passed the gavel to Jim Blitch on Tuesday at the group's annual lunch at the Piedmont Driving Club.

Lawmaker and Former Colleague Team Up for New Firm; Plus Other 'On the Move' News

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : May 24, 2016

M. Scott Holcomb, a six-term member of the Georgia House of Representatives (D-Atlanta), and Bryan Ward, his former colleague at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, have formed litigation firm Holcomb + Ward.


: The National Law Journal : May 23, 2016

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

Sheppard Mullin's Growth Surge Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 23, 2016

Steptoe & Johnson's Korea practice co-head finds a new home; a Bryan Cave practice leader joins the Kentucky Derby; a longtime Paul Weiss litigator becomes a regulator; Perkins Coie hires from Microsoft; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cobb County Judge's Race Centers on Experience … and Accusations

Greg Land : Daily Report : May 20, 2016

The race between Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben Green and challenger Nathan Wade pits a six-year jurist with deep campaign coffers against a lightly-funded opponent who is banging away at what he claims are ethical lapses by the judge.

2016 Firm Financials: The Numbers Are In

: Daily Report : May 19, 2016

Atlanta Firm Financials tells you who's up, who's down and everything in between.

Did the Justices Send a Message to the EEOC in a Legal-Fee Case?

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : May 19, 2016

By ruling in favor of awarding legal fees to a company that the government accused of widespread sexual harassment, the U.S. Supreme Court may have been sending a broader message that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission needs to clean up its act.

Attorneys for Smoker's Family Receive Record $29M Award

Celia Ampel : Daily Business Review : May 19, 2016

A three-member legal team won the largest tobacco verdict in Palm Beach County history.

Atlanta's Top-Grossing Firms Outpace Am Law 100 Revenue Growth

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : May 19, 2016

Atlanta's largest firms prospered last year, despite the uncertain economy and continued flat demand for legal services nationally.