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June 18, 2015

David Balser, Jonathan Chally, Zachary McEntyre and Lawrence Slovensky Win 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing

ATLANTA, June 18, 2015 — King & Spalding business litigation partners David Balser, Jonathan Chally, Zachary McEntyre and Lawrence Slovensky have won a 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing.

Balser, Chally, McEntyre and Slovensky, who are based in Atlanta, are among 30 winners of the award, and were selected from submissions from the 1,000 largest U.S. firms. Their article, “Interlocutory Appeal of Class Certification Decisions Under Rule 23(f): An Untapped Resource,” appeared in the Bloomberg BNA Class Action Litigation Report.

Burton award winners were honored at a ceremony and gala on June 15 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The awards were established in 1999 by William C. Burton to promote and reward the refinement and enrichment of good legal writing and the achievement of legal reform. Winners are chosen by a committee consisting of educators from the law schools of Harvard University, Columbia University and Stanford University, as well as leading members of the legal profession and the judiciary.

Balser is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who represents Fortune 500 companies and other leading businesses in high-stakes litigation throughout the United States. Chally has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, particularly the defense of consumer and securities class action lawsuits. McEntyre has played a leading role in dozens of class actions representing clients in myriad industries, including retail, energy, manufacturing, insurance, food and beverage, and healthcare. Slovensky’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, as well as consumer privacy, data breach management and intellectual property disputes.

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