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June 15, 2020

King & Spalding Earns Top-Tier Rankings in Legal 500 United States 2020 Guide

NEW YORK, June 16, 2020 — The Legal 500 United States 2020 guide has recognized King & Spalding with 49 practice rankings, including 10 Tier-1 rankings.

The guide named King & Spalding lawyers to its Hall of Fame list in 13 categories and ranked 17 lawyers as Leading Lawyers — designations given to the most outstanding lawyers in their fields. Legal 500 also listed 11 King & Spalding lawyers as Next Generation Lawyers in recognition of their growing profiles in their practice areas. In addition, more than 150 King & Spalding lawyers were recommended in their fields.

The full list of the firm’s Legal 500 U.S. 2020 practice rankings follows. To read the write-ups in full, click here.


  • Civil litigation/class actions: defense
  • Merger Control

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 - defense: automotive/transport
  • Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Consumer Products (including tobacco) -Defense
  • Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  • Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort
  • Securities Litigation: Defense


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


  • Government Relations

Industry Focus

  • Energy Litigation: Oil & Gas
  • Energy Regulation: Oil and Gas
  • Energy: Renewable/Alternative Power
  • Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas
  • Environment: Litigation
  • Environment: Regulatory
  • Environment Transactional
  • Healthcare: Advice to Service Providers
  • Healthcare: Life Sciences
  • Insurance: Advice to Policyholders
  • Transport: Rail and Road – finance
  • Transport: Rail and Road – Litigation and Regulation

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

Media, Technology and Telecoms

  • Cyber Law (including data privacy and data protection)

M&A/Corporate and Commercial

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

Real Estate

  • Construction
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts

About King & Spalding
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