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December 6, 2018

King & Spalding Elects 30 New Partners and Promotes 11 Counsel Across 10 Offices

NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 2018 — King & Spalding announced today that it has named 30 new partners. The partner elections span seven offices (Atlanta, Chicago, Frankfurt, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C.).

“The expertise of this year’s partner class showcases today’s King & Spalding and our ability to counsel clients around the world,” said Robert D. Hays, Jr., chairman of King & Spalding. “The firm’s commitment to organic growth and to providing our next generation the necessary resources and opportunities led to this class of accomplished new partners.”

The following lawyers will be partners effective Jan. 1, 2019:

  • Elizabeth Adler (Atlanta) represents clients in responding to data security incidents, including crisis management, investigations, and notifications to individuals and government regulators, as well as representing clients in class action litigation and government inquiries and investigations that result from data security incidents and other data privacy issues. 
  • Robert Beard (Atlanta) focuses on tax issues facing investment funds, real estate investors, and participants in mergers and acquisitions, particularly private equity buyers and sellers.
  • Christopher Boies (New York) specializes in representing lenders and agents in all aspects of commercial workouts and restructurings. He also represents leading financial institutions and debt funds in unitranche, first lien/second lien and other secured lending transactions.
  • Christina Conroy (New York) represents accounting firms and corporations in a variety of civil and regulatory enforcement matters, including professional malpractice claims, securities litigation and government investigations. 
  • Brandon Dalling (New York) focuses on project, acquisition and leveraged finance, other secured and unsecured lending transactions, mergers and acquisitions, physical and financial structured commodity hedging and supply transactions and energy management arrangements.
  • Scott Edson (Washington, D.C.) represents clients in all stages of complex litigation, working to shape litigation from initial pleadings, through discovery, trial, and all levels of appeal.
  • Douglas Elsbeck (New York) represents established and new fund sponsors and other investment advisers in the formation of private investment funds, joint ventures, separate accounts and other vehicles for investment in real estate, debt, energy and other industries.
  • Robert Garner (Houston) represents owners and developers for their global construction projects, including liquefied natural gas export projects, power plants, petrochemical facilities, paper mills, pipelines, gas processing facilities, cement manufacturing facilities, mining and port expansions, manufacturing facilities and high-rise developments.
  • Philip Green (Atlanta) represents corporations in complex, high-stakes product liability actions, with significant experience taking dozens of cases to trial in both federal and state courts.                
  • Nikesh Jindal (Washington, D.C.) represents clients across a broad range of administrative law matters and government-facing litigation, with a particular emphasis on healthcare and life sciences issues and False Claims Act litigation.
  • Stephanie Johnson (Atlanta) defends healthcare clients in government enforcement actions and advises clients on a wide range of compliance and regulatory matters, including internal investigation and self-disclosure strategies.
  • Rose Jones (Atlanta) focuses on e-discovery issues and serves as lead e-discovery counsel for global clients across a wide range of sectors and industries in high-stakes, complex disputes under local and international law.
  • Jonathan Katz (Houston) focuses on the representation of owners and developers in their construction projects, including power plants, liquefied natural gas facilities, and petrochemical facilities.
  • Jason Keehfus (Atlanta) focuses on the defense of individual and class action product liability lawsuits, with particular expertise in tobacco litigation.
  • Katherine Kirkpatrick (Chicago) focuses on white collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, corporate compliance, and regulatory matters.
  • Madison Kitchens (Atlanta) defends product manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, medical device, automotive, food & beverage, consumer goods and energy industries against class action and mass tort claims brought by plaintiffs across the United States.
  • Kathryn Lehman (Atlanta) defends consumer products companies against individual and class action product liability claims, focusing on high-risk trials. 
  • Valentin Leppert (Atlanta) handles appeals in high-stakes product liability litigation and routinely partners with trial lawyers to develop legal strategies and to provide comprehensive legal issues support throughout all phases of the case, including briefing and arguing complex matters before trial courts.  
  • Elizabeth F. Lindquist (Washington, D.C.) counsels life sciences companies on a broad range of federal procurement and contracting matters, and advises pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers on regulatory, enforcement, and litigation issues related to government price calculation and reporting practices.
  • Ryan McNaughton (New York) represents underwriters, issuers, lenders, borrowers, private equity firms and other financial institutions in a variety of structured and asset-backed financings, including public and private secured and unsecured note offerings and credit facilities.
  • Emily Newton (Atlanta) focuses on antitrust matters and class actions in a variety of industries, and she also specializes in fiduciary litigation.
  • Julia Romano (Los Angeles) defends Fortune 100 and other large companies in a wide range of complex litigation matters, including medical device, pharmaceutical, automotive, product liability and toxic tort cases.
  • Kyle Sheahen (New York) focuses his practice on internal and government investigations and related litigation, including criminal, regulatory, and civil enforcement investigations and litigation involving federal, state, and non-U.S. authorities.
  • Brian T. Stansbury (Washington, D.C.) counsels clients on foreign and domestic regulatory and enforcement matters, incident response and crisis management, and environmental-toxic tort litigation.
  • John Toro (Atlanta) litigates complex commercial disputes on behalf of his clients, including contract and business tort cases, consumer class actions, insurance recovery suits and corporate governance disputes.
  • John Tucker (Atlanta) advises clients on a wide range of e-discovery issues and manages the firm’s Discovery Center, which has 150 full-time team members dedicated solely to discovery and other document-related matters and who apply industry-leading resources and technology to help clients emerge successfully from the discovery process. 
  • Susan Vargas (Los Angeles) focuses her trial practice on product liability and toxic tort litigation, as well as regulatory counseling.
  • Alexandra Weis (Frankfurt) advises German and international open-end and closed-end real estate investment funds, their management companies and asset managers as well as their fund investors on German investment and regulatory law, including fund and tax structuring, international and German real estate transactions and corporate and financing matters.
  • David Weiss (Houston) concentrates his practice on investor-state arbitration and international commercial disputes, and has significant experience and expertise in investment and energy disputes and disputes in Latin America.
  • Chadwick Werner (Atlanta) represents financial institutions, direct lenders, equity sponsors and corporate borrowers on a wide range of secured and unsecured financial transactions, including leveraged-based and investment-grade syndicated credit facilities, asset-based lending, subordinated debt transactions, dividend recapitalizations and merger and acquisition financing.

The following lawyers have been promoted to counsel. They represent six offices (Atlanta, Charlotte, London, New York, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.), and have all made significant contributions to clients and the firm.

  • Ranee Adipat (Washington, D.C.) specializes in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, affiliations and other transactions in the healthcare sector where she represents health systems, academic medical centers and hospitals.
  • William Clarkson (Washington, D.C.) focuses on congressional and government investigations, and legislative and policy issues, where he advises clients on anticipating and responding to congressional committee requests and subpoenas, and preparing for congressional oversight hearings. 
  • Rory Connor (London) advises and represents clients on international project development and finance transactions in the energy sector.
  • Kathryn Johnson Fletcher (Charlotte) represents financial institutions, lenders and borrowers in leveraged and investment grade financings, cash flow and asset-backed financings and other secured and unsecured lending transactions, with a focus on restaurant finance and industrial growth companies.
  • Jonathan Jordan (Atlanta) represents commercial debtors, creditors, and litigants in workouts, restructurings, bankruptcy cases, foreclosure proceedings, and complex commercial litigation.
  • Aleksandra Kopec (Charlotte) guides financial institutions and borrowers in leveraged finance, subscription line facilities, acquisition financings, first and second lien financings, cash flow and asset-backed financings and other secured and unsecured lending transactions.
  • Jennifer Lewin (Atlanta) represents healthcare providers in litigation, investigations, and regulatory matters, including managed care litigation and business disputes with health plans, False Claims Act defense, and commercial litigation involving specialized healthcare issues.
  • Nathan Mihalik (Atlanta) represents public and private companies, private equity funds and boards of directors in a variety of corporate transactions (both domestic and international), including equity and asset purchases, public and private mergers, spin-offs, recapitalizations, co-investments and joint ventures. He also represents clients in corporate governance and securities matters.
  • Daniel Ray (Silicon Valley) has significant experience advising clients in technology transactions, including complex mergers and acquisitions, licensing agreements, joint ventures and other intellectual property-driven relationships.
  • Catherine Stern (Atlanta) advises clients on a wide variety of healthcare regulatory matters, specifically including fraud and abuse laws such as the Stark law and the federal anti-kickback statute, Medicare and Medicaid regulation (including Medicare Advantage and audit and enforcement matters), EMTALA, HIPAA and various state laws and regulations that govern provider operations. 
  • George Williams (New York) advises clients and colleagues regarding U.S. and EU regulation of financial institutions as it affects the powers of the institutions, their compliance with regulatory requirements, the structure of their transactions, the development of new financial products and the improvement of macroprudential supervision by regulators.

About King & Spalding
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