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June 6, 2011

King & Spalding Profile in Legal 500’s U.S. Guide Swells to 17 Practice and 55 Individual Rankings

LONDON, June 6, 2011 – According to the latest edition of Legal 500, King & Spalding is among the leading law firms in the United States. The firm achieved 17 practices rankings and 55 individual lawyer recognitions in the publication this year.

King & Spalding improved both the quantity and quality of rankings in this edition of the annual Legal 500: US guide. In addition to increasing its number of practice rankings by 55% and almost doubling the number of individuals recommendations, the firm also achieved "tier one" recognitions in the “international arbitration” and “product liability and mass tort defense: toxic tort” categories.

Further, five of the firm’s lawyers were identified as "leading lawyers” in their field. These individuals are considered to be among the elite legal practitioners in the nation.

A complete list of the practice rankings and recognized individuals follows below. To read the practice write-ups in full, click here.

Industry focus - Energy: litigation (Tier 2)

  • Penn Huston (Recommended)
  • Neil Levy (Recommended)
  • Robert Meadows (Recommended)
  • Reagan Simpson (Recommended)
Industry focus - Energy: transaction and regulatory (Tier 3)
  • Ken Culotta (Recommended)
  • Neil Levy (Recommended)
  • David Tewksbury (Recommended)
  • Philip Weems (Recommended)
Industry focus - Environment: litigation (Tier 4)
  • Patricia Barmeyer (Recommended)
  • Kevin Buster (Recommended)
  • Bruce Hurley (Recommended)
  • Katherine Rhyne (Recommended)
  • Carol Wood (Recommended)
Industry focus - Healthcare (Tier 2)
  • Dennis Barry (Leading)
  • Richard Shackelford (Recommended)
Intellectual property - Trademarks: non-contentious (full coverage) (Tier 4)
  • Courtland Reichman (Recommended)
  • Steve Schaetzel (Recommended)
Litigation - International arbitration (Tier 1)
  • Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez (Leading)
  • R Doak Bishop (Leading)
  • John Bowman (Leading)
  • Edward Kehoe (Recommended)
Litigation - International trade (Tier 2)
  • Joe Dorn (Recommended)
  • Stephen Jones (Recommended)
Litigation - Product liability and mass tort defense: automotive/transport (Tier 2)
  • Randy Bassett (Recommended)
  • Andrew Bayman (Recommended)
  • Harold Franklin (Recommended)
  • Philip Holladay (Recommended)
  • Chilton Varner (Recommended)
Litigation - Product liability and mass tort defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices (Tier 2)
  • Chilton Varner (Leading)
  • Andrew Bayman (Recommended)
  • Halli Cohn (Recommended)
  • Todd Davis (Recommended)
  • W Ray Persons (Recommended)
  • Robert Woo (Recommended)
Litigation - Product liability and mass tort defense: toxic tort (Tier 1)
  • Kevin Buster (Recommended)
Litigation - Securities: shareholder litigation (Tier 5)
  • James Cusick (Recommended)
  • Michael Malone (Recommended)
  • Warren Pope (Recommended)
  • Michael Smith (Recommended)
  • Robert Thornton (Recommended)
  • Diana Weiss (Recommended)
Litigation - Supreme Court (Tier 2)
Litigation - Appellate (Tier 2)
  • Jeffrey Bucholtz (Recommended)
  • Daryl Joseffer (Recommended)
  • Ashley Parrish (Recommended)
Litigation - White-collar criminal defense (Tier 8)
  • Mark Jensen (Recommended)
  • Sedwick Sollers (Recommended)
  • Chris Wray (Recommended)
Mergers, acquisitions and buyouts - M&A: large deals ($1bn-5bn) (Tier 3)
  • Crayton Bell (Recommended)
  • John Herbert (Recommended)
  • William Spalding (Recommended)
Real estate and construction - Construction (including construction litigation) (Tier 4)
  • Scott Greer (Recommended)
Real estate and construction - Real estate (Tier 3)
  • Sarah Borders (Recommended)
  • Clay Gibson (Recommended)
  • Timothy Goodwin (Recommended)
  • Timothy Sullivan (Recommended)
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About King & Spalding
Celebrating 125 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm with more than 800 lawyers in Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Paris, Riyadh (affiliated office), San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Singapore and Washington, D.C. The firm represents half of the Fortune 100 and, according to a Corporate Counsel survey in August 2009, ranks fifth in its total number of representations of those companies. For additional information, visit