King & Spalding LLP at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Jewel of Atlanta”
  • “Great litigators”
  • “Southern”
  • “Formal”

About King & Spalding LLP

Over its 127-year history, King & Spalding has branched far from its Southern roots to open offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, giving Left Coast and Yankee firms a run for their money. With stellar corporate and litigation practices, the firm counts among its longtime clients Atlanta-based Coca-Cola-a history of partnership evidenced by the old-fashioned soda fountains found in K&S offices.

A King Rises

Momentous events of 1885: the roller coaster was patented, Pasteur discovered the rabies vaccine, Lady Liberty swanned into New York harbor, and Alex C. King and Jack J. Spalding founded what eventually became Atlanta's largest law firm. Among the firm's early matters was extensive service for the railroad industry-a crucial factor in Atlanta's post-Civil War rebuilding. And like true royalty, the firm was rich in connections-in 1918, King's former colleague Woodrow Wilson appointed him U.S. Solicitor General, and in the 1940s, Spalding's son Hughes forged many of the firm's key alliances, including those with Coca-Cola and Trust Company Bank. Expansion in the latter half of the 20th century included development of a client base outside the Southeast in areas like the auto and pharmaceutical industries. Defending General Motors against the spate of lawsuits brought on by Ralph Nader's activism in the 1960s helped to make the firm its name.

From FDA to WTO

The firm's first expansion came in 1979 when it opened a Washington, DC office to help clients with FDA matters. Offices in New York and Houston followed. The 21st century saw more expansion-fueled by client demand in the pharmaceutical, biomedical, energy and high-technology sectors-and several offices in California as well as overseas were established. King & Spalding's most recent office openings include Paris, where it boasts an international arbitration practice specializing in civil engineering, construction, oil, gas and energy, telecommunications and information and technology; Geneva, where the firm mainly represents clients in World Trade Organization matters; Singapore, furthering the firm's international arbitration practice; and its latest addition: Moscow.

From Peach Trees to Big Apples

With its real estate capital markets practice now based in New York City, the aspirations of the firm's capital transactions and real estate group-which encompasses practices in Atlanta, Houston, London, New York, Charlotte and Frankfurt-are clear. The Frankfurt base is also driven by the firm's real estate capital markets, finance, corporate and tax practices and complements its longstanding German practice based in New York City. But that's not all the New York office is known for-lawyers in M&A, finance, financial restructuring, business litigation and professional services liability practices, as well as a large portion of the firm's intellectual property group, work out of New York.

From the Deep South to the Middle East

K&S was one of the first U.S. firms to grasp the potential of Middle Eastern markets. The firm has determinedly built up its Islamic finance capabilities and continues to establish offices in the region. In January 2007, the firm opened shop in Dubai, staffing the new venture with lawyers from its Atlanta, London, New York and Houston offices, as well as associates gleaned from the Dubai arm of rival Baker Botts. Primarily concentrating on Islamic finance, private equity, real estate and energy law, the Dubai office has already grown into one of the largest offices of any U.S. firm in the Middle East. In April 2007, King & Spalding opened in Riyadh and in June 2008, the firm launched in Abu Dhabi.

Healthy Prospects

King & Spalding has one of the largest health care law practices in the United States and is a perennial on the Chambers USA listing of top firms serving the industry. It counts as partners three past presidents of the American Health Lawyers Association, and the firm sponsors an annual forum on health law and policy.


It's Electric!
King & Spalding served as international counsel to the project company, Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC (AGL), during the development, construction and US$ 250 million debt financing of the landmark, 187 megawatt Shuakhevi Hydropower Project in Georgia (the former Soviet Republic), the first power project that will export electricity from Georgia to Turkey, financed on a limited-recourse basis. The Asia Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Finance Corporation made available first disbursement of their loan facilities for this project on April 5, 2015.

International Trade Team of the Year
King & Spalding's International Trade practice was named 2015's International Trade Team of the Year by Chambers USA in an awards ceremony in New York City on May 19. The annual Chambers USA Awards for Excellence "shine a spotlight on the firms and individuals that have excelled above all others in the U.S. legal market over the period 2014-15," according to the publication.

Go Unanimous or Go Home
King & Spalding partner Jeffrey S. Bucholtz won a significant victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on February 24, 2014 in Walden v. Fiore. King & Spalding represented a U.S. Drug Enforcement agent, obtaining from the Supreme Court a unanimous reversal of the Ninth Circuit in an opinion that reaffirms and clarifies important due process limits on personal jurisdiction.

Practices of the Year and a Global Footprint
In Law360's 2015 survey of the top practice groups in the world (January 2105) King & Spalding was identified as a "Practice of the Year" in three areas of the law: energy, product liability and real estate, based on the significance, size, complexity and number of cases won and deals completed. Law360 also once again included the firm in its annual Top 20 Global Firms in 2014.

Did You Say $750 Million?
King & Spalding won a total of more than $750 million in damages and interest in arbitrations for two clients against the Republic of Kazakhstan and Romania, in December 2013 and January 2014, respectively. The award against Kazakhstan is the largest award under the Energy Charter Treaty and the third-largest treaty arbitration award in history. The Romania award is among the ten largest treaty arbitration awards on record.

A Pretty Powerful Project
King & Spalding advised Sasol Chemicals (USA) LLC in the development of an engineering, procurement and construction management contract with Fluor and Technip for a world-scale petrochemical complex near Lake Charles, Louisiana. King & Spalding also is advising Sasol on a suite of local and international engineering and construction contracts for the project. The $8.1 billion project will include a 1.5 million-tons-per-year ethane cracker and six downstream derivatives units. The project is expected to be ready for commercial operation in 2018.

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King & Spalding LLP

1180 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (404) 572-4600
Fax: (404) 572-5100


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Robert D. Hays Jr.
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 930

  • Employment Contact
    Atlanta and Charlotte
    Nicole Archibald
    Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (404) 572-3129
    Email: Austin, San Francisco, Silicon Valley
    Lea Thompson
    Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (512) 457-2116
    Email: Charlotte
    Emily Kota
    Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (404) 572-4635
    Email: Houston
    Katie Brown
    Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (832) 397-8662
    New York
    Jaclyn Tortora
    Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (212) 556-2361
    Washington, DC
    Kate Ferguson
    Chief Recruiting Officer
    Phone: (212) 556-2209

  • Base Salary
    Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC
    1st year: $135,000
    Summer associate: $2,600/week Austin, TX; Houston, TX; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Silicon Valley, CA; Washington, DC
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,100/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    27 out of 32 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust & Competition Litigation
    Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical/Medical Devices
    Complex Commercial Litigation
    Finance & Restructuring
    Government & Regulatory
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    International Trade
    Private Equity
    Real Estate (Capital Markets/Development & Finance)
    Tort & Environmental Litigation

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Houston, TX
  • New York, NY
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Geneva
  • London
  • Moscow
  • Paris
  • Riyadh (affiliate)
  • Singapore
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