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King & Spalding Creates Full-Time Pro Bono Partner Position; Veteran Litigator Bill Hoffmann Tapped to Fill Post

09 Jan 2008
ATLANTA, January 9, 2008 — King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, announced today that it has appointed litigator William E. Hoffmann, Jr., as pro bono partner, a new full-time position at the firm.

Hoffmann, a partner in the firm’s Atlanta tort and environmental litigation practice, had been chair of the firm’s Atlanta pro bono committee since 2002. In his new role, Hoffmann will serve as a national coordinator of the firm’s pro bono efforts and assist King & Spalding’s pro bono chairs in New York, Washington, Houston and Charlotte with their pro bono programs. He will continue to litigate pro bono cases and expand pro bono programs in Atlanta.

“I am gratified that Bill has accepted this new role," said Robert D. Hays, Jr., chairman of the firm. “King & Spalding has a rich pro bono tradition and this step furthers our commitment to pro bono representation. No one is better suited for this important assignment than Bill, and I am confident that he will lead the firm's pro bono program to the next level.”

Hoffman, whose career as a litigator spans 30 years, began his professional life as a professor of philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy in addition to his law degree and was on the faculty of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, before attending law school.

After clerking for the late Francis Van Dusen on the United States Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, Hoffmann returned to his native Georgia and began practicing in Atlanta in 1978. He joined King & Spalding as a partner in 1985 and has practiced there ever since in the areas of healthcare-related litigation and product liability defense.

Early in his legal career, he won pro bono victories for student newspaper editors in Cobb County, Georgia, who had been denied their First Amendment Rights, and a death row inmate who was ultimately sentenced to life after his death sentence was overturned due to erroneous jury instruction.

More recently, Hoffmann won settlements in prisoner rights’ litigation working in conjunction with the Southern Center for Human Rights and represented clients in other death penalty post-conviction cases as co-counsel with the Georgia Resource Center. He has represented asylum seekers from Afghanistan and from four African countries and was honored as the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network’s Volunteer Partner of the Year. He has also been heavily involved with pro bono work for the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Hoffmann is a member of the board of directors of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Georgia First Amendment Foundation and is on the advisory committee of Common Cause Georgia and the ACLU of Georgia.

King & Spalding provides pro bono legal services to those who cannot otherwise obtain legal representation, and does so with the same dedication and commitment to excellence with which it represents its paying clients. Among the areas in which the firm has contributed pro bono work are prisoners’ rights and prison reform, domestic violence, human rights, animal rights, family law and consumer protection. In 2007, more than 500 King & Spalding lawyers contributed more than 30,000 hours of pro bono service, many of which were devoted to representing indigent criminal defendants in nine death penalty habeas corpus proceedings.

About King & Spalding
King & Spalding is an international law firm with more than 800 lawyers in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dubai, Frankfurt, Houston, London, New York, Riyadh (affiliated office) and Washington, D.C. The firm represents half of the Fortune 100 and in a Corporate Counsel survey in September 2007 was among the top firms representing Fortune 250 companies. For additional information, visit