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November 28, 2018

King & Spalding Announces Award Named in Honor of Late Partner Catherine O’Neil

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 2018 — King & Spalding is pleased to announce that the Women's White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) has created the Catherine O'Neil Mentoring Award, which has been funded by the firm and its partners, and which will be presented by the WWCDA in fall 2019 in Washington, D.C.

The award was created in honor of the late O’Neil, a partner in K&S's Special Matters and Government Investigations practice group until she passed away in 2017, to commemorate her leadership in and dedication to mentoring upcoming lawyers. It will be given to an aspiring junior member of the WWCDA, and will include a continuing education stipend that has been fully funded by King & Spalding and its partners.

“We are extremely honored that this award was created to recognize Cathy’s work to benefit  lawyers early in their careers,” said Robert D. Hays, Jr. chairman of King & Spalding. “Cathy was always generous with her time developing and encouraging others both in her Special Matters practice and throughout the firm.”

King & Spalding’s Special Matters team focuses on white-collar criminal defense, civil and regulatory investigations and corporate internal investigations. The team is at the heart of the firm’s government investigations practice, which includes many of the over 100 King & Spalding professionals with prior government experience. The practice also boasts over 220 female lawyers who conduct government or internal investigations.

The WWCDA was founded 20 years ago to address the large gender gap in white collar law and provide networking, education and business development opportunities for women. Since its inception, WWCDA has grown to over 1,400 members in 35 chapters, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Nomination materials for the Catherine O’Neil Mentoring Award can be found at and sent to by July 1, 2019.

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Luis Mocete