Practices

Mass Tort and Toxic Tort

King & Spalding’s lawyers try high-exposure, mission-critical toxic-tort and mass-tort cases and win.  Over the past three decades, mass and toxic tort claims have escalated in complexity, intensity, and volume, costing American businesses billions along the way.  King & Spalding’s seasoned lawyers help businesses minimize the risk and losses from these claims with the unusual combination of big-firm resources and lawyers who regularly try high-stakes tort cases. 

King & Spalding lawyers have successfully tried cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including in the most plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions.  We have handled vast and overlapping discovery obligations, navigated thorny legal theories, tackled complex technical and scientific issues, and managed difficult facts.  We are nationally recognized for our expertise in what we do, and our team has achieved favorable outcomes in the pharmaceutical, chemical, pulp and paper, agricultural, automotive, energy, quarrying and mining, power generation, tobacco, telecommunications, and many other industries.

Far-Reaching Experience.  Our lawyers handle individual cases, multi-jurisdictional litigation, class actions, and mass joinders brought by all types of plaintiffs, from property owners to water districts to consumers.  And we are well-versed on the claims in these cases, including personal injury, fear, increased risk of disease, medical monitoring, property damage, and business losses.  

Technical Understanding.  Our understanding of the scientific, medical, and technical issues in toxic-tort and mass-tort cases is built on decades of practice, having presented and cross-examined literally hundreds of experts in scientific disciplines.  We know our opponents and maintain a library on plaintiffs’ experts.

Long-Standing Relationships.  We have a network of local counsel, including trial-tested veterans in the most difficult, plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions in the country, and we are supported by experienced appellate counsel.   We regularly serve as national coordinating or trial counsel on the most difficult cases in the worst jurisdictions.

Efficiency.  We are client-driven and attuned to the business pressure large-scale mass-tort and toxic-tort cases cause.  We believe in a lean, efficient team, and we continually work to use cost-efficient strategies. 

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Practice Lawyers

Adam G Sowatzka
Atlanta

J Kevin Buster
Atlanta

Alexander Calfo
Los Angeles

Carol M Wood
Houston

Donald F Zimmer Jr.
San Francisco

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Mass Tort/Class Actions Law Firm of the Year, 2015 & 2017 - U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers

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