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King & Spalding LLP

  • Designation: Atlanta
  • Head Count: 874
  • Gross Revenues: $861,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $985,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,140,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

King & Spalding is an Atlanta-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, King & Spalding has 874 attorneys and is the 32nd largest firm in the United States.  With $861,500,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 31st on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, King & Spalding ranked as the 39th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, GA, London, NC, NY, Paris and TX.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 31 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 31 -1 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

Movers

: The National Law Journal : October 20, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Edwards Wildman's Tech Cochair Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Another Edwards Wildman Palmer partner departs ahead of the firm's proposed merger later this year with Locke Lord; a Bingham partner heads to the FCC; Fried Frank and Kirkland & Ellis add a pair of new partners; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Entry-Level Pay for Big Law in Atlanta Flat Since Recession

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 17, 2014

Five years after big firms slashed associate pay in response to the recession, the market rate for their first-year associates in Atlanta is still $135,000.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : October 17, 2014

Abraham George, formerly a deputy bureau chief in the Brooklyn D.A.'s Office's Major Narcotics Investigation Bureau, has become general counsel at The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation For Justice, and other moves.

Clement Marks Milestone of 75 Supreme Court Arguments

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : October 16, 2014

Surrounded by friends, rivals, judges, family and even some clients, former solicitor general Paul Clement celebrated an enviable milestone Wednesday night: his 75th oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court. “I learned from Ted Olson that you have to celebrate life's events,” Clement said.

Fried Frank Picks Up Tax Duo in New York, London

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

A month after losing its former leader and two other capital markets partners to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Wall Street mainstay Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson is bringing on two tax partners from King & Spalding and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

GE Bags Skadden's Pozen for Top Antitrust Role

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

Sharis Pozen, a former acting assistant U.S. attorney general for antitrust who joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in July 2012, left the firm this month to become vice president for global competition and antitrust at General Electric. Pozen is the latest high-profile Am Law 100 partner to join the in-house legal ranks of the Fairfield, Conn.-based conglomerate, which has tapped Skadden to advise on its pending $17 billion buy of the energy unit of French engineering giant Alstom.

Am Law Firms in Africa See Minimal Effects of Ebola—For Now

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 15, 2014

The outbreak of the virus has led to postponed conferences, travel restrictions and reliance on videoconferences with clients for some firms doing business in West Africa, where the virus has taken its greatest toll. But for the most part, it's been business as usual.

AstraZeneca Prevails on Nexium Claims, Wins Costs

Amaris Elliott-Engel : The National Law Journal : October 14, 2014

Consolidated federal litigation over Nexium is dead after a California federal judge entered judgment in favor of AstraZeneca Pharmacueticals L.P. and McKesson Corp.

Morvillo Partner Leaves to Join Fried Frank

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014

Stephen Juris, a partner of white-collar defense boutique Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello, has left to join Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson as a partner in its commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense and securities enforcement practices.

Dickstein Shapiro IP Group Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips adds a three-partner West Coast IP team from struggling Dickstein Shapiro; Boies Schiller loses a litigator to Barclays, but grabs Al Franken's former general counsel; Davis Polk and Willkie Farr bring back partners from public service; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move: Womble Picks Up Litigation Team From Smith Moore

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 14, 2014

Elizabeth Bondurant and her litigation team have joined Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice from Smith Moore Leatherwood. They handle insurance and fiduciary litigation, including ERISA claims.

With a Series of Star Hires, Freshfields Shifts Strategy in New York

Chris Johnson : Global Lawyer News : October 13, 2014

Elite U.K. firms have struggled to establish themselves as serious contenders in the United States, especially in big-ticket transactional work. Now Freshfields has recruited high-profile talent from Skadden, Wachtell, Fried Frank, and Shearman in a bid to challenge Wall Street firms on their own turf.

With a Series of Star Hires, Freshfields Shifts Strategy in New York

Chris Johnson : Global Lawyer News : October 13, 2014

Elite U.K. firms have struggled to establish themselves as serious contenders in the U.S., especially in big-ticket transactional work. Now Freshfields has recruited high-profile talent from Skadden, Wachtell, Fried Frank and Shearman in a bid to challenge Wall Street firms on their own turf.

Mayer Brown, A&O Fly in for GE's $1.78B Helicopter Lessor Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 13, 2014

The two firms are handling the $1.78 billion sale of Dublin-based Milestone Aviation Group to General Electric, which will absorb the helicopter lessor into its massive aircraft leasing division.

Federal Circuit Scolds Texas Judge, Sends Rockstar-Google Feud to California

Scott Graham : The Recorder : October 09, 2014

The appeals court said U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of Texas abused his discretion by moving forward with duplicative litigation.

On the Move: McGuireWoods Adds Three Partners

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 08, 2014

McGuireWoods has added three partners in the past month—most recently tax lawyer Gerald Thomas II from Morris Manning & Martin this week.

Google-Oracle Software War Lands on Supreme Court's Steps

Scott Graham : The Recorder : October 08, 2014

Google is petitioning the high court to reverse a Federal Circuit decision that applied copyright protection to so-called declaring code.

Holland & Knight Gets New Atlanta Leader

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 07, 2014

Holland & Knight has made Allen Maines the new leader of its Atlanta office, succeeding Robert Highsmith, who served in the role for five years. Highsmith continues to lead the firm's state capitals team and its Georgia government relations practice.

King & Spalding Raids Bingham in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 07, 2014

Bingham McCutchen has one partner left in London following the departure of a restructuring specialist for King & Spalding, which lost the founder of its London office to General Electric. Meanwhile, Schiff Hardin heads to Dallas, along with other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

DietGoal Can't Escape Invalidity Ruling in Texas Patent Cases

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : October 06, 2014

DietGoal Innovations tried to keep a batch of Texas patent lawsuits alive by attacking a New York ruling killing off the company's patent. But despite drawing a visiting appeals judge in the Texas case, DietGoal's bid to challenge the New York decision will have to wait.

White & Case Wins Arbitration Victory for Hungary

Jan Wolfe : Global Lawyer News : October 06, 2014

An ICSID panel found for Hungary in a €300 million investor-state arbitration over a canceled mega-casino backed by U.S. billionaire Ronald Lauder.

Almost One Fifth of the Global 100 Firms Have Atlanta Offices

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 01, 2014

In this year's Global 100 ranking by The American Lawyer, there are 19 firms with Atlanta offices, including DLA Piper, the No. 2 firm on the list after Baker & McKenzie.

Columbus Lawyer Sues GM Again Over Exploding Pickups

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : September 30, 2014

The Columbus lawyer who won a $105 million jury verdict against General Motors in 1993 over exploding gas tanks in a pickup has sued the automotive company again because it has failed to take hundreds of thousands of the same trucks off the roads.

Bingham Starts Hiring Again, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 27, 2014

After months of partner departures, Bingham McCutchen has dipped into the lateral market to make some hires of its own by bringing on an energy partner in Washington, D.C., and a senior counsel in San Francisco. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Meet The GC: Harold M. Cohen of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Mary Welch : Daily Report : September 24, 2014

Harold M. "Sonny" Cohen became senior vice president of legal affairs, corporate secretary and general counsel of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. (formerly known as AFC Enterprises Inc.) in September 2005.

On The Move: Khayat Leaves King & Spalding to Start Solo Practice

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : September 23, 2014

Robert Khayat has left King & Spalding to open a solo litigation shop, The Khayat Law Firm.

Inadmissible: Rule 12 Access

: Texas Lawyer : September 22, 2014

Lawyers might be interested in a little-known tool to request copies of courts' administrative records such as emails, calendars and payroll records.

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Mary Welch : Daily Report : September 22, 2014

The latest reported data regarding GCs at 419 Southern-based public companies reveals compensation is on the rise. We examine trends, and take a closer look at the top-paid GCs in Georgia and the South. Search our online database of nearly 2,800 compensation packages, going back to 2007, by name, industry, state and more.

Top Ten Georgia GC Compensation

: Daily Report : September 22, 2014

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