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May 30, 2019

King & Spalding Earns Top-Tier Rankings in Legal 500 United States 2019 Guide

NEW YORK, May 30, 2019 — The Legal 500 United States 2019 has recognized King & Spalding with 49 practice rankings, including six Tier-1 rankings, placing it among the most ranked firms in this year’s guide.

The firm earned Tier-1 rankings for Healthcare: Service Providers, Energy Litigation: Oil & Gas, Transport: Rail and Road Finance, Transport: Rail and Road Regulation, International Arbitration, and Toxic Tort Defense.

The guide also named three King & Spalding lawyers to its Hall of Fame list and ranked 21 lawyers as Leading Lawyers — designations given to the most outstanding lawyers in their fields. In addition, Legal 500 listed 16 King & Spalding lawyers as Next Generation Lawyers in recognition of their growing profiles in their practice areas. The full list of the firm’s Legal 500 U.S. 2019 practice rankings follows. To read the write-ups in full, click here.

Dispute Resolution

  • Appellate: Supreme Court (Federal and State)
  • Appellate: Courts of Appeals
  • Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense: Advice to Corporates
  • Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense: Advice to Individuals
  • E-Discovery
  • General Commercial Disputes
  • International Arbitration
  • International Litigation
  • International Trade
  • M&A: Litigation: Defense
  • Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Automotive/Transport - Defense
  • Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Consumer Products (including tobacco) -Defense
  • Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices – Defense
  • Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Toxic Tort - Defense
  • Securities Litigation: Defense


  • Capital Markets: Debt - Advice to Issuers
  • Capital Markets: Equity Offerings - Advice to Issuers
  • Commercial Lending: Advice to Borrowers
  • Commercial Lending: Advice to Lenders
  • Project Finance: Advice to Sponsors
  • Structured Finance: Securitization


  • Government Relations

Industry Focus

  • Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas
  • Energy Regulation: Conventional Power
  • Energy Regulation: Oil and Gas
  • Energy: Renewable/Alternative Power
  • Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas
  • Environment: Litigation
  • Environment: Regulatory
  • Healthcare: Life Sciences
  • Healthcare: Service Providers
  • Insurance: Advice to Policyholders
  • Transport: Aviation and Air Travel – Finance
  • Transport: Rail and Road – Finance
  • Transport: Rail and Road – Litigation
  • Transport: Rail and Road – Regulation
  • Transport: Shipping – Litigation

Intellectual Property

  • Copyright
  • Trademarks: Litigation
  • Trademarks: Non-Contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

Labor and Employment

  • Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Transactional
  • ERISA Litigation

M&A/Corporate and Commercial

  • Corporate Governance
  • M&A: Middle-Market ($500m-999m)
  • Private Equity Buyouts
  • Venture Capital and Emerging Companies

Real Estate

  • Construction (including construction litigation)
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts

About King & Spalding
Celebrating more than 130 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 1,100 lawyers in 20 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality, and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. More information is available at