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“More than ever before, we are working on our clients’ most sophisticated matters – those that demand multidisciplinary expertise, often across several jurisdictions globally.”

Robert D. Hays

2016 Annual Review

Life Sciences

Facing mass tort litigation of emotionally charged cases that threaten its reputation and business operations, GlaxoSmithKline has turned to King & Spalding to defend its franchise drug, Paxil, and its bottom line for over a decade.  

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When the corrupted judiciary of a sovereign state threatened Chevron’s business, the U.S. oil and gas major turned to King & Spalding.

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Financial Institutions

As Total System Services, Inc. (TSYS), a leading global payments solutions provider, has grown to become one of the largest payment companies in the U.S., King & Spalding has been a key partner. When TSYS moved to substantially expand its merchant business with a high-stakes acquisition, the strength of our partnership was brought to bear.

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Through our vibrant pro bono and community service programs, our lawyers tackle cutting-edge pro bono cases; our volunteers make a difference in our communities; and we donate to charitable causes. The American Bar Association, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, the Corporate Volunteer Council, United Way and other organizations have recognized our public service.


Pro bono hours contributed by King & Spalding lawyers in 2016


Direct service hours K&S personnel and family members invested throughout 2016


Nonprofit partners worldwide that benefited from the firm’s volunteer efforts

In partnership with the American College of Trial Lawyers and another law firm, we filed a groundbreaking lawsuit challenging the lengthy delays that veterans face when appealing denial of benefits.

We secured asylum status for political refugees, assisted human sex trafficking victims with T-visa applications and furnished an apartment for a refugee family with young children from Ukraine.

We sorted food bank donations, served meals at shelters and soup kitchens, prepared and packed thousands of sandwiches and snacks, and raised funds to alleviate hunger in our communities around the globe.

Providing the highest-quality legal service to our clients requires top talent. And top talent is diverse in many ways. Our client solutions, culture and working environment benefit from the diversity of our skills, backgrounds and perspectives.


Score on the Corporate Equality Index, a report card on LGBT equality in corporate America


Number of K&S Affinity Groups, which provide support and forums for idea exchange


Number of diversity-related programs and organizations King & Spalding supported in 2016

The firm offers confidential career consulting for our associates and counsel. Our Diversity Partner meets individually with all U.S. associates years 1-3 (irrespective of gender or ethnicity) and all diverse associates.

King & Spalding, in partnership with Lambda Legal, obtained a significant civil rights victory on behalf of a transgender client who was denied an unopposed petition to change his legal name.

For the 11th year, K&S sponsored the Justice Benham Law Camp, which provides minority high school students with exposure to the field of law.

Independent industry recognition holds weight, signifying that clients are the ultimate winners. We’re pleased to have received this type of recognition in 2016 — across our practices — for what it confirms about our highly integrated approach and what it means for our world-class clients.


Law360 2016 Firm of the Year


Practice area rankings – Chambers Global 2016


Top 12 U.S. law firms general counsel rely on as go-to outside counsel - BTI Consulting Group 2016 Brand Elite report


Petroleum Economist named our global Energy team 2016 Legal Services Provider of the Year — citing our “multitude of success stories” and strategic approach to client projects in a challenging environment.

Global Disputes

Again ranked a Top 5 International Arbitration Practice in 2016, “King & Spalding has built its name on results” and is “one of the largest and most active practices operating today,” states Global Arbitration Review.

Government Investigations

“Highly recommended,” King & Spalding was named a Top Washington, D.C., Firm for FCPA Matters by Global Investigation Review in 2016, citing our high-profile cases and “substantial presence in the nation’s capital.”