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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, NC, NY 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

Jackson Walker Helps in Over $21 Million Qui Tam Settlement

John Council : Texas Lawyer : April 24, 2015

The U.S. government doesn't always participate in qui tam actions—but they do when it's worth $21.75 million in settlement cash.

King & Spalding Hires Projects Partner in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : April 23, 2015

Simon Cowled was most recently a counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Family Ties: S&C Partner Helps Private Equity Exec Buy NBA Team

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

Sullivan & Cromwell's Alison Ressler is advising her brother-in-law Antony Ressler, founder of buyout giant Ares Management, on his $850 million acquisition of the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks. Ressler's familial relations also came up this week in leaked Sony emails.

Half-Dozen K&L Gates Partners Decamp, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 21, 2015

K&L Gates sees six partners leave for four firms; some of Fried Frank's Asia lawyers find new homes; Jackson Lewis opens two new offices; Mayer Brown adds a practice leader; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Broward Jury Hits R.J. Reynolds With $25M in Punitive Damages

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : April 21, 2015

A Broward jury awarded a Fort Lauderdale smoker $25 million in damages Tuesday, adding to the $21.5 million in compensatory damages awarded Friday.

Emory Law Announces Civil Rights Professorship Named for John Lewis

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : April 21, 2015

Emory University Law School is honoring Atlanta civil rights hero and congressman John Lewis with an endowed civil rights professorship that will be called the John Lewis Chair in Civil Rights and Social Justice.


: The National Law Journal : April 20, 2015

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

INADMISSIBLE: Women of Supreme Court Honor the First

: The National Law Journal : April 20, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court's three female justices came together in Washington on April 15 to pay tribute to retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and her legacy in the law, her work with women judges and her push to improve civic education. Plus more in this week's column.

McDermott Loses International Arbitration Head to Mayer Brown

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2015

B. Ted Howes is the latest addition to Mayer Brown's international arbitration group, the firm announced Monday. Howes joins the firm in New York from McDermott Will & Emery, where he worked for nearly two decades.

New Hires Beget New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 19, 2015

Goodwin Procter launches a London private equity practice; Dentons arrives in Budapest; Fox Rothschild opens in Chicago; Polsinelli puts down stakes in Nashville; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Supplement Marketer Fights $40M Sanction

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : April 17, 2015

Two of three federal judges in Atlanta on Friday sounded receptive to a Norcross firm's appeal of a $40 million contempt order over its marketing of dietary supplements.

DaVita to Settle Whistleblower Fraud Claims; Sanctions Motions Are Dropped

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : April 17, 2015

The nation's largest kidney dialysis company is settling whistleblower claims by two former staff members that it defrauded the federal government of hundreds of millions of dollars, according to papers filed in federal court in Atlanta.

Tobacco Companies Bring New Fight with Feds Over Labels

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : April 14, 2015

Tobacco companies have long fought with the feds over what they can—and must—say on cigarette packages and other product labels. In the latest case, filed Tuesday, tobacco makers are challenging a new directive from the Food and Drug Administration that the companies claim unlawfully requires pre-approval for label changes.

Wine Lovers Relocate, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 14, 2015

Duane Morris and McKool Smith saw a pair of oenophiles pull up stakes for new endeavors; Kirkland & Ellis adds one litigator and loses two more; Paul Hastings bolsters its banking group in London; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Sutherland Snags Real Estate Partner From King & Spalding

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : April 14, 2015

Real estate lawyer D. Clayton Howell has joined Sutherland Asbill & Brennan as a partner from King & Spalding. Howell represents commercial real estate owners, operators and investors in a variety of transactions, mostly in Atlanta but also nationally.

Michigan Firm Stays Out of Gay Marriage Case

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : April 13, 2015

The private-practice lawyer who will defend Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court is working independently from his firm, Warner Norcross & Judd, which declined to get involved in the litigation.

Automatic Renewal and the Risk of Class Action Litigation

David L. Balser, Claire Carothers Oates and Lawrence A. Slovensky : Corporate Counsel : April 08, 2015

Companies that sell automatically renewing offerings should be aware of the existence and requirements of auto-renewal statutes and related consumer protection statutes.

Holland & Knight Picks Up Investment Fund Partner

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : April 07, 2015

Terry Davis has joined Holland & Knight as a partner from Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz and will co-chair the firm's investment management practice.

Acacia Feels Fallout From Schlumberger Ruling

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : April 07, 2015

Former Schlumberger lawyer Charlotte Rutherford was supposed to help Acacia deploy its patent arsenal against the Texas oil industry. Schlumberger and its lawyers at Latham & Watkins had other ideas.

On the Move

: The Recorder : April 06, 2015

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

Oil Refiners' Lobby Taps Crowell & Moring, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 03, 2015

Crowell & Moring's environmental and natural resources chair decamps for a key client; Fried Frank hires a new litigation chief; McGuireWoods adds a former top Milbank litigator in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

About Those Firms That Didn't Score Pro Bono Honors …

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 03, 2015

Although two dozen firms earned honors for their pro bono work in D.C. earlier this week, more than a few important Big Law names were missing. Is pro bono work on the decline across the city?

Wilmer Hires US Attorney Ronald Machen in Competition for DOJ Brass

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 02, 2015

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, not to be left out among the scramble to hire exiting U.S. Justice Department brass, has re-hired Ronald Machen Jr., formerly the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, the firm announced Thursday.

Judge Won't Modify Broad Protection Order in Paterno Suit

Max Mitchell : The Legal Intelligencer : April 01, 2015

A broad protection order barring disclosure of pretrial discovery materials will stay in place in the Paterno v. NCAA suit, the judge overseeing the case has ruled.

Fried Frank Hires DLA Piper's $5 Million Man

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 01, 2015

Fresh off a rebound financial year in 2014, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has hired a new litigation chair in James "Jamie" Wareham from DLA Piper, a global legal giant that made its soon-to-be-former partner a $5 million man after hiring him four years ago from Paul Hastings.

GC of Birla Carbon in Marietta Works With Global Reach and Responsibilities

Mary Welch : Daily Report : March 31, 2015

Joe Gaynor joined Columbian Chemicals Co. in 2010. It was acquired by the Aditya Birla Group in 2011 and now operates as Birla Carbon.

AmLaw 100 Emoji Edition: D.C. Firms' Results, Part 2

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 31, 2015

Back by popular demand, we bestow money-judging emoji unto another group of D.C.'s largest law firms. The group below includes firms that are among the largest 25 in the metro area and claim a founding city outside of Washington.

Battle Over King & Spalding's GM Notes Continues

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : March 31, 2015

King & Spalding is facing a second demand to hand over its confidential internal communications about client General Motors so plaintiffs counsel can see what the firm's lawyers knew about an alleged cover-up of a deadly ignition switch defect.

HD Supply's GC to Join Local Biomaterials Startup

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : March 30, 2015

The outgoing general counsel of HD Supply, Ricardo Nuñez, announced in an email to colleagues that his last day at the company is April 1.


: The National Law Journal : March 30, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.