Professional Liability

We defend professional service firms and their professionals in their most sensitive matters. We have particularly deep experience defending accounting firms in the U.S. and abroad, having handled more than 300 civil and regulatory matters in the last decade. We count among our ranks a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, former senior SEC and DOJ attorneys, and former CPAs.

We successfully try cases. In recent years, King & Spalding has been lead counsel in four accounting malpractice cases that have gone to jury trials, three of which had potential exposure greater than $1 billion. Two of those cases resulted in complete defense verdicts and two settled during trial. 

We also represent accounting firms and professionals in regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. We have significant experience with PCAOB matters, including defending the first-ever contested trial of an auditor disciplinary proceeding. 

We have also successfully dealt with, among others, the SEC, DOJ, OCC, FDIC, CFTC, FTC, HUD, HHS, IRS, Senate and House committees, the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Florida Department of Financial Services, and various state agencies and accountancy boards.

In recent years, a significant portion of our work has involved representing the non-U.S. members of the global network firms. Our roster of clients has included firms and individuals in a dozen countries, such as Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines and the UK.

In addition to accountants, we also routinely represent attorneys, law firms, tax professionals and actuaries in complex litigation and regulatory matters.

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Practice Lawyers

Named a "White Collar Group of the Year"

Law360, 2017

Awarded three Benchmark Litigation awards, including the General Commercial Lawyer of the Year honor, given to partner Richard T. Marooney

Benchmark Litigation, 2017

Recognized as Leading U.S. Litigation Firm

Benchmark Litigation, 2016

Fifty-nine King & Spalding lawyers recognized as among the best in their respective practice areas in Georgia

Super Lawyers, 2015

Twenty-One King & Spalding practices and 79 Lawyers Recognized in Annual Guide to Leading U.S. Law Firms

Legal 500

Top rankings for the firm’s litigation practices in six states, with 26 individual lawyers recognized

Benchmark Litigation, 2016

Firm of the Year for Supreme Court and Appellate

Legal 500, 2015