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April 13, 2018

BTI Consulting Names Four King & Spalding Partners Client Service All-Stars

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2018 — BTI Consulting Group has named four King & Spalding partners—David Balser, Mark Brown, Bobby Burchfield and William “Cal” Smith, III—to its annual list of Client Service All-Stars. The list honors attorneys who possess “skill and dedication to providing superior client service.”

BTI interviewed more than 350 corporate counsel at large organizations, with $1 billion or more in revenue, to compile this year’s list, and respondents were asked to single out by name—unprompted—a lawyer who stands for unparalleled client service. The report is independent and unbiased—no law firm or attorney influences the results, submits nominations, or provides client names to BTI.

David Balser (Atlanta) specializes in trying high-stakes business cases for Fortune 500 companies and other leading businesses in state and federal courts throughout the country. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Balser focuses on contract disputes, business torts, class actions and professional liability litigation. Balser’s clients include telecommunications, energy, transportation, and professional services firms, and he has extensive experience representing private equity firms and hedge funds.

Mark Brown (Washington, D.C.) is nationally recognized in Food & Drug Administration regulatory matters, civil litigation, criminal investigations and prosecutions, compliance matters and comprehensive risk assessments. Brown advises pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech companies, and pharmacies, on a broad range of FDA requirements and FDA regulatory issues that arise in products liability litigation and other disputes. A former Associate Chief Counsel for FDA, Brown is the Chair of the FDA and Life Sciences practice.

Bobby Burchfield (Washington, D.C.) specializes in complex trials and appeals for major corporations, particularly in C-suite level antitrust, securities and contract disputes. As a partner in our Contracts and Business Torts, and Appellate, Constitutional and Administrative Law practices, Burchfield tries cases and argues appeals throughout the country, including before the Supreme Court of the United States, for corporate clients and political entities in a broad range of high stakes disputes. He also serves as Ethics Advisor to President Trump’s businesses. Burchfield has never lost a jury trial.

William “Cal” Smith, III, (Atlanta) has been involved in numerous high profile M&A and other corporate transactions for public companies, including spin-offs and related strategic initiatives designed to unlock value for his clients. Smith also has extensive experience counseling boards of directors, CEOs and other C-Suite executives with respect to strategic alternatives, activist defense, fiduciary duties and corporate governance matters, including engaging with institutional investors and other key governance constituencies. Smith was corporate secretary of Georgia-Pacific Corporation when it was acquired by Koch Industries, Inc. in a deal valued at $21 billion.

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