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Professional Liability

We represent accounting firms in high stakes regulatory matters and litigation. Our attorneys understand the applicable professional standards, monitor legal developments on a weekly basis, and know how to defend professionals at trial. In the last decade, King & Spalding has handled more than 400 matters involving large accounting firms, including audit, consulting, and tax matters. 

In recent years, King & Spalding has been lead counsel in four auditing malpractice cases that have gone to jury trials, three of which had potential exposure greater than $1 billion. Two of those cases resulted in complete defense verdicts and two settled during trial. Although we stand ready to take any matter to trial, we also work with our clients to seek the most favorable resolution, taking into account all of the client’s concerns, including reputational and institutional interests.

We also regularly represent accounting firms and their professionals in regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. Partners in our group have handled more than 100 investigations and enforcement proceedings in the last ten years, successfully dealing with, among others, the PCAOB, SEC, DOJ, OCC, FDIC, CFTC, FTC, HUD, HHS, IRS, Senate and House committees, the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Florida Department of Financial Services, and various state agencies and accountancy boards.  Our team includes former senior SEC and DOJ attorneys and a former PCAOB associate director. 

Our team has significant experience representing the non-U.S. members of the global network firms. Our clients have included firms and individuals in more than a dozen countries, including Argentina, Australia, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom.

We leverage the experience of our partners in our Appellate, Securities Litigation, Special Matters/Government Investigations, and Financial Restructuring practices to address the full range of issues facing our clients.  When appropriate, we involve our firm’s industry experts in matters challenging an accounting firm’s work relating to that industry.  Through our weekly Auditor Liability Bulletin, we update our clients on legal and regulatory developments.

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Named a "White Collar Group of the Year"


Law360, 2017

Awarded three Benchmark Litigation awards, including the General Commercial Lawyer of the Year honor, given to partner Richard T. Marooney


Benchmark Litigation, 2017

Recognized as Leading U.S. Litigation Firm


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Fifty-nine King & Spalding lawyers recognized as among the best in their respective practice areas in Georgia


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Twenty-One King & Spalding practices and 79 Lawyers Recognized in Annual Guide to Leading U.S. Law Firms


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Top rankings for the firm’s litigation practices in six states, with 26 individual lawyers recognized


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