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At a Glance


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About King & Spalding LLP

Over its 130-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 West Coast and Northeastern 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 some K&S offices.  

A King Rises

In 1885, 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 was appointed 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.

In the late 20th century and into the early 21st century, the firm began a series of expansions that made it into the global firm it is today, first opening shop in DC, followed by New York and Houston. The expansion bug bit, and the firm continued its growth both in the U.S. and on an international scale, now boasting 21 offices worldwide. 

Holistic Practice

With an eye toward the increasing multi-disciplinary nature of today’s legal practice, King & Spalding has taken a new approach to its practice areas. The firm is now organized into three large practice groups: Trial & Global Disputes (Litigation); Corporate, Finance & Investments (Transactional), and Government Matters (Regulatory/Investigations). The firm counsels clients across myriad industries, including automotive, transportation, and mobility; energy; financial services; food and beverage; franchise & hospitality; government investigations; and life sciences and health care. 

The firm has a robust litigation department—with more than 450 litigators around the world—and is among the top 25 in Vault’s General Commercial Litigation ranking. The firm is particularly adept at cross-border work and is known for its strong international arbitration and litigation practice. Indeed, the firm has worked on arbitrations in more than 140 countries, and its practice is top ranked by the Global Arbitration Review.

King & Spalding’s Securities and Enforcement group is also highly regarded. The firm regularly appears before the SEC, DOJ, CFTC, FINRA, PCAOB, and the U.K FCA, as well as other regulatory bodies. The firm is among the top 25 in Vault’s White Collar & Internal Investigations ranking, has been honored twice by Law360 as White Collar Practice Group of the Year, is one of Global Investigation Review’s Top 25 Firms for Investigations.

Another notable area at the firm is its Energy practice, which features a deep bench of 250 lawyers. The firm serves a range of clients in the oil and gas industry and also counsels on matters relating to conventional power; district energy, cogeneration, and trigeneration; energy storage; hydropower; nuclear power; and renewables.

Making Connections

Lawyers at King & Spalding are encouraged to network with each other. One way the firm fosters these relationships is through Connect K&S, which is an office visit program through which associates can travel to other offices on the firm’s dime. Since matters are assigned across offices, this program allows associates to strengthen relationships with those they are working with in other locations.

News & Awards

  • Represented Global Brokerage, Inc. in its successful opposition to a securities class action certification motion in which Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses, of the Southern District of New York, refused to certify a putative class of notes holders.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a global commodities business into whistleblower allegations of fraud and bribery in its West African operations, including post-investigation remediation.
  • Advises Sharecare in its $3.9 billion SPAC merger with Falcon Capital.
  • One of the GAR 30 top two international arbitration practices worldwide for the third consecutive year, 2021—Global Arbitration Review
  • K&S earned a top score in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index for the ninth consecutive year, 2021
  • M&A, Equity & IPO Deal of the Year and Cross-Border Deal of the Year, 2020—Islamic Finance News
  • King & Spalding Chairman Robert Hays named one the 2020 Most Admired CEOs— Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • Practice Group of the Year: Construction, International Arbitration, Product Liability and Structured Finance, 2020—Law360
King & Spalding LLP

1180 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA 30309-3521
Phone: (404) 572-4600

Firm Stats

Chairman: Robert D. Hays Jr.
Recruiting Chairs: Carmen Toledo (Atlanta); Adam Gray (Austin); Amy Peters (Chicago); Mark Thigpen (Charlotte); Michael Shortnacy (Los Angeles); Brandt Leibe (Houston); Ellen Snare (New York); Charles Katz (Northern Virginia) ; Megan Nishikawa (San Francisco); Anne Voigts (Silicon Valley); Jack Fontham (Washington, DC)
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2021:

Base Salary

1st year: $205,000
2nd year: $215,000
3rd year: $240,000
4th year: $275,000
5th year: $305,000
6th year: $330,000
7th year: $350,000
Summer Associate: $3,942/week

Employment Contact

Recruiting contacts for all locations at

No. of U.S. Offices: 11

No. of International Offices: 10

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
McLean, VA
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I Abu Dhabi

Major Departments

Corporate, Finance, and Investment
Financial Services
Government Matters
Life Sciences & Healthcare
Trial & Global Disputes
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.