2023 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The culture and the people are fantastic, the work is substantive, and the compensation is top of market.”
“Real sense of professional fulfillment, quality of work and clients, career outlook.”
“It is a super demanding environment but that is the nature of the beast if you want to work on top level matters and get good experience.”
“It's not a K&S critique, it's a BigLaw critique. My work-life balance is not where it should be, even with a group of colleagues who care about work-life balance.”
About King & Spalding LLP
Over its 130-year history, King & Spalding has branched far from its Southern roots to open offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, giving West Coast and Northeastern firms a run for their money. With stellar corporate, litigation, and regulatory practices, the firm counts among its longtime clients Atlanta-based Coca-Cola—a history of partnership evidenced by the old-fashioned soda fountains found in some K&S offices.
A King Rises
In 1885, Alex C. King and Jack J. Spalding founded what eventually became Atlanta’s largest law firm. Among the firm’s early matters was extensive service for the railroad industry. And like true royalty, the firm was rich in connections—in 1918, King was appointed U.S. Solicitor General, and in the 1940s, Spalding’s son Hughes forged many of the firm’s key alliances, including those with Coca-Cola and Trust Company Bank.
In the late 20th century and into the early 21st century, the firm began a series of expansions that made it into the global firm it is today, first opening shop in DC, followed by New York and Houston. The expansion bug bit, and the firm continued its growth both in the U.S. and on an international scale, now boasting 23 offices worldwide.
With an eye toward the increasing multi-disciplinary nature of today’s legal practice, King & Spalding is organized into three large practice groups: Trial & Global Disputes (Litigation); Corporate, Finance & Investments (Transactional), and Government Matters (Regulatory/Investigations). The firm counsels clients across myriad industries, including automotive, transportation, and mobility; energy; financial services; food and beverage; higher education; technology; and life sciences and health care.
The firm has a robust litigation department—with more than 450 litigators around the world—and is among the top 25 in Vault’s General Commercial Litigation ranking. The firm is particularly adept at cross-border work and is known for its strong international arbitration and litigation practice. Indeed, the firm has worked on arbitrations in more than 140 countries, and its practice is top ranked by the Global Arbitration Review.
King & Spalding’s Government Matters team includes former leaders at the Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Commerce, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Bank of England, the U.K’s Financial Reporting Council and the World Trade Organization.” The firm is among the top 25 in Vault’s White Collar & Internal Investigations ranking, has been honored twice by Law360 as White Collar Practice Group of the Year, is one of Global Investigation Review’s Top 25 Firms for Investigations.
The firm’s Corporate, Finance & Investments team includes more than 400 lawyers in 21 offices across the world to help clients execute complex, high-value transactions. They advise on a full range of domestic and cross-border transactions, including finance and restructuring, capital markets, M&A and private equity, investment funds, real estate, construction, energy & infrastructure projects, tax, and global human capital matters, among others. In the last four years, its global finance team has closed 1300+ finance transactions totaling $300 billion+ in aggregate financing. Its corporate team has handled over 240 M&A transactions in 2021 with sizes ranging from ten million to multi-billion dollars. Its transactional teams are regularly recognized by legal publications, including 45 practices and 57 lawyers ranked in IFLR1000 2021, and 27 practices and 54 lawyers ranked in Chambers USA 2022.
Lawyers at King & Spalding are encouraged to network with each other. One way the firm fosters these relationships is through Connect K&S, which is an office visit program through which associates can travel to other offices on the firm’s dime. Since matters are assigned across offices, this program allows associates to strengthen relationships with those they are working with in other locations.
News & Awards
- Represent Azmeel Contracting, a leading contractor in Saudi Arabia, on its restructuring plan under the Saudi Financial Restructuring Procedure
- Advised Exterran Corporation (NYSE: EXTN) in its business combination with Energlex Ltd. (TSX: EFX), to create a premier integrated global provider of energy infrastructure in a $1.5B transaction
- Hailed by American Lawyer as the “Case of the Century”, King & Spalding secured a ground breaking victory for Chevron and Texaco in a long-running UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador brought under the U.S. – Ecuador bilateral investment treaty. In 2018, the tribunal unanimously ruled that a US$9.5 billion judgment rendered against Chevron in the Ecuadorian courts for alleged environmental remediation was procured through fraud, bribery and corruption and was previously settled by Ecuador.
- Represented Equifax in its comprehensive response to the cybersecurity incident it announced on September 7, 2017. Our leadership resulted in the $671 million comprehensive data breach resolution announced in July 2019, which included settlement agreements that would resolve the multi-district consumer class action litigation, as well as investigations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Attorneys General of 48 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, and the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). In addition to our work culminating in the consumer settlement discussed above, we have also represented Equifax in numerous other matters arising out of the 2017 cybersecurity incident, including Congressional investigations, financial institution class actions, and securities class actions and shareholder suits – and have helped bring them to successful resolutions.
- Number One International Arbitration Practice, 2022 - Global Arbitration Review
- Top Score in HRC Report on LGBTQ+ Workplace Equality, 2022 - Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index
- Cross-Border and UAE Deal of the Year for 2021, Islamic Finance News
- Crisis Management and Government Oversight Award – 2022, National Law Journal
- Ranked top competition and antitrust practices, 2021, Global Competition Review’s 100 List
1180 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309-3521
Phone: (404) 572-4600
Chairman: Robert D. Hays Jr.
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2022:
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000+
Summer Associate: $4,134/week
Ms. Katie S. Brown
Director of Associate Recruiting
1180 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309-3521
Recruiting contacts for all locations at kslaw.com/careers
No. of U.S. Offices: 13
No. of International Offices: 10
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I Abu Dhabi
Corporate, Finance, and Investments
Trial & Global Disputes
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.