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May 30, 2012

Legal 500 Recognizes 21 King & Spalding Practices And 68 Firm Lawyers in Latest U.S. Guide

LONDON, May 30, 2012 – King & Spalding has earned 21 practice rankings in the latest edition of the Legal 500: US, further solidifying its standing as one of the leading law firms in the United States. In addition, 68 of the firm’s lawyers earned 74 rankings in the prestigious guide.

As it has done every year since Legal 500 began researching the U.S. legal market, King & Spalding again improved both the number and quality of its rankings. The firm added four new practice recognitions in 2012, earned “tier one” rankings in the “energy: litigation”, “international arbitration”, “product liability and mass tort defense: toxic tort” categories, and increased its total individual listings by more than 35 percent. In addition, seven King & Spalding lawyers are listed in the elite "Leading lawyers" list, considered among the most outstanding lawyers nationwide.

A 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 1)

  • Robert Meadows (Leading)
  • Penn Huston (Recommended)

Industry focus - Energy: regulatory (Tier 2)

  • Neil Levy (Recommended)
  • Bruce Richardson (Recommended)
  • David Tewksbury (Recommended)

Industry focus - Energy: renewables/ alternative (Tier 4)

  • Ned Crady (Recommended)
  • Ken Culotta (Recommended)
  • Peter Oxman (Recommended)

Industry focus - Energy: transactions (Tier 3)

  • Neil Levy (Recommended)
  • Philip Weems (Recommended)

Industry focus - Environment: litigation (Tier 4)

  • Patricia Barmeyer (Recommended)
  • Gennaro Filice (Recommended)
  • Les Oakes (Recommended)
  • Katherine Rhyne (Recommended)
  • Carol Wood (Recommended)

Industry focus - Healthcare: service providers (Tier 2)

  • Dennis Barry (Leading)
  • Dennis Dunn (Recommended)
  • Christina Gonzales (Recommended)
  • Jay Harris (Recommended)
  • Paul Quiros (Recommended)
  • Sara Kay Wheeler (Recommended)

Intellectual property - Trademarks: non-contentious (full coverage) (Tier 4)

  • Bruce Baber (Recommended)
  • Holmes Hawkins (Recommended)
  • Kathleen McCarthy (Recommended)
  • Jill McWhirter (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 (Leading)
  • Stephen Jones (Recommended)
  • Jorge Miranda (Recommended)

Litigation - Product liability and mass tort defense: automotive/transport (Tier 2)

  • Randy Bassett (Recommended)
  • Andrew Bayman (Recommended)
  • Halli Cohn (Recommended)
  • Harold Franklin (Recommended)
  • Robert Friedman (Recommended)
  • Philip Holladay (Recommended)
  • Chilton Varner (Recommended)

Litigation - Product liability and mass tort defense: consumer products (Tier 4)

  • Jeff Furr (Recommended)
  • Ursula Henninger (Recommended)
  • W Ray Persons (Recommended)
  • Richard Schneider (Recommended)

Litigation - Product liability and mass tort defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices (Tier 2)

  • Chilton Varner (Leading)
  • Andrew Bayman (Recommended)
  • W Ray Persons (Recommended)

Litigation - Product liability and mass tort defense: toxic tort (Tier 1)

  • Robert Meadows (Leading)
  • Kevin Buster (Recommended)
  • Tracie Renfroe (Recommended)

Litigation - Securities: shareholder litigation (Tier 5)

  • Warren Pope (Recommended)
  • Robert Thornton (Recommended)

Litigation - Supreme Court (Tier 3)

Litigation - Appellate (Tier 2)

  • Jeffrey Bucholtz (Recommended)
  • Daryl Joseffer (Recommended)
  • Ashley Parrish (Recommended)

Litigation - White-collar criminal defense (Tier 8)

  • Mark Jensen (Recommended)
  • Donna Kooperstein (Recommended)
  • Michael Pauzé (Recommended)
  • J Sedwick Sollers (Recommended)
  • Chris Wray (Recommended)

Mergers, acquisitions and buyouts - antitrust (Tier 6)

  • Donna Kooperstein (Recommended)
  • Jeffrey Spigel (Recommended)

Mergers, acquisitions and buyouts - M&A: middle-market ($500m - 999m) (Tier 2)

  • Raymond Baltz Jr. (Recommended)
  • William Bates II (Recommended)
  • Michael Egan (Recommended)
  • Rahul Patel (Recommended)
  • William Calvin Smith III (Recommended)

Real estate and construction - Construction (including construction litigation) (Tier 3)

  • Angelica Alfaro (Recommended)
  • Sandra Cofer (Recommended)
  • Scott Greer (Recommended)
  • Craig Ledet (Recommended)
  • Michael Youtt (Recommended)

Real estate and construction - Real estate (Tier 4)

  • Sarah Borders (Recommended)
  • Clay Gibson (Recommended)
  • Timothy Goodwin (Recommended)

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About King & Spalding
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