King & Spalding at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Best in Atlanta”
  • “Strong in arbitration”
  • “Conservative”
  • “Snobby”

About King & Spalding

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.


June 2014

Health is Wealth
The American Health Lawyers Association ranked King & Spalding's healthcare practice as the largest in the United States in its annual survey of healthcare law firms. The number-one ranking marks the eighth consecutive year in which King & Spalding has earned the top spot among law firm healthcare practices. King & Spalding topped the list with 269 lawyers in its healthcare practice, outpacing its nearest competitor by 42 percent.

March 2014

IP on Top
King & Spalding was identified as a top patent firm in the 2014 edition of Intellectual Property Today's annual patent survey. The firm ranked 89th out of 286 participating firms and was credited with securing 508 total patents last year.

February 2014 and May 2013

Supreme Victories
In February 2014, King & Spalding won a significant victory in the U.S. Supreme Court in Walden v. Fiore. The Court unanimously reversed the Ninth Circuit in an opinion that reaffirms and clarifies important due process limits on personal jurisdiction and has important implications not only for law enforcement officers who interact with travelers from all over the country, but also for journalists, businesses and many other types of defendants. In May 2013, King & Spalding, working with co-counsel at Bancroft PLLC and Hunton & Williams LLP, helped achieve a unanimous victory before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of client PPL Corp. The Court ruled that PPL was entitled to a foreign tax credit under the Internal Revenue Code, overturning a court of appeals' decision.

January 2014

No. 1 X 3
King & Spalding ranked 11th in Law360's 2013 survey of the 20 law firms with the greatest international reach and expertise. In Law360's 2014 survey of the top practice groups in the world King & Spalding was identified as a "Practice of the Year" in three areas of the law: appellate, product liability and project finance, based on the significance, size, complexity and number of cases won and deals completed.

January 2014 and December 2013

Sovereign Nation Showdowns
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.

August 2013

Engines Revving for Diversity
King & Spalding was recognized by the Chevron Corporation for its commitment to promoting diversity in the legal field. The firm received a 2013 Chevron Law Firm Diversity Award, the third time in six years King & Spalding has received this accolade from Chevron. 

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King & Spalding

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 2014: 908

  • Employment Contact
    Atlanta and Charlotte
    Amy Marsh
    Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (404) 572-3129
    Fax: (404) 572-5116
    Email:  Austin, San Francisco, Silicon Valley
    Lea Thompson
    Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (512) 457-2116
    Fax: (512) 457-2100
    Katie Brown
    Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (832) 397-8662
    Fax: (713) 751-3290
    New York
    Jaclyn Tortora
    Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (212) 556-2361
    Fax: (212) 556-2222
    Washington, DC
    Lindsey Haskins
    Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (202) 626-2387
    Fax: (202) 626-3737

  • 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
    34 out of 39 (2013)

  • 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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