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King & Spalding LLP is an American law firm celebrating 125 years of service. It was founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1885 by Alexander C. King and Jack Spalding. The firm has a London-based international arm, King & Spalding International LLP, which opened in 2003.
It is Atlanta's oldest law firm. As of March 2006, the Atlanta office moved from 191 Peachtree Tower to become the major tenant of a new office tower at 1180 Peachtree in Midtown. The firm has expanded nationally and internationally after embarking on a new strategy distributed to partners in 2007 to emphasize such industry practice areas as health care, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices, and energy. The firm also has targeted product liability, professional responsibility, international commercial arbitration, patent litigation, antitrust and government investigation. On the transactional side, King & Spalding focused on Islamic banking and finance, private equity, securities and M&A.
On June 16, 2003, Corporate Board Member magazine named King & Spalding Atlanta's best corporate law firm for the second consecutive year, and in 2008, ranked the company among the top 20 law firms in the United States preferred by corporate general counsel to represent their companies on national matters.
King & Spalding's senior partners include former United States Attorney General Griffin Bell (now deceased). Georgia's former US Senator Sam Nunn (now retired), former Indiana US Senator Dan Coats, former Florida US Senator Connie Mack, former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, and former Georgia governor George Busbee (now deceased) also joined the firm after their retirement from public office.
Members of the firm's litigation team include a former Solicitor General of the United States; other former high-ranking DOJ officials; former officials from SEC, EPA, FCC, FDA and FIC; and more than 30 former judicial clerks at the trial or appellate level, and 58 of its lawyers have worked for various federal government departments or agencies, including the SEC, DOJ, EPA, FCC, FDA, FIC and U.S. Attorney’s Offices.
Notable representations include: The Coca-Cola Company, Chevron Corporation and General Motors Corporation.

Offices:
Atlanta (1885)
Austin (2008)
Abu Dhabi (2008)
Charlotte (2007)
Dubai (2007)
Frankfurt (2007)
Geneva (2010)
Houston (1995)
London (2003)
New York (1992)
Paris (2009)
Riyadh (2007) Affiliation with The Law Office of Mohammad Ibrahim Al-Ammar
San Francisco (2008)
Silicon Valley (2008)
Singapore (2010)
Washington, D.C. (1979)

Notable Mandates
Represented Verizon Wireless in false advertising litigation involving use of maps illustrating comparison of Verizon's 3G coverage map to AT&T's 3G coverage map. Successfully defended against AT&T's motion for temporary restraining order and have successfully resolved the dispute.
As national counsel for Purdue Pharma in the OxyContin litigation, King & Spalding defeated class certification 15 times and obtained 410 dismissals, including 30 summary judgment orders, without payment or settlement.
National and trial counsel for GlaxoSmithKline in connection with multiple coordinated litigations and individual claims involving its SSRI antidepressant Paxil.
Represented Sprint in its $35 billion merger with Nextel Corporation in 2004 and subsequently advised Sprint Nextel in a number of its key acquisitions including Clearwire’s WiMAX business for $4.2 billion in 2008, Virgin Mobile USA for $483 million in 2009 and wireless affiliate iCPS, Inc., for $831 million in 2009.
Advised Caremark Rx Inc. in its $27 billion merger with CVS Corporation in 2006.
Legal counsel to Novelis, a Canadian-based aluminum company in its purchase by Hindalco Industries Ltd., an Indian steel company for total consideration of $6 billion. The transaction closed in 2007.
Advised Suez Energy International and Mitsui & Co., Ltd., on the largest-ever power and water financing for the $3 billion Ras Laffan project in Qatar in a joint venture with Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Electricity and Water Co., in 2008.
Secured a $133 million arbitration award, the largest ever granted to individual claimants by the World Bank Group’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, against the government of Egypt in 2009, involving the expropriation of a 161-acre (0.65 km2) resort property on the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea.
Secured an arbitral award finding of $700 million in damages against the government of Ecuador on behalf of Chevron Corporation, in 2010, in a bilateral investment treaty dispute related to past oil operations by Chevron’s subsidiary, Texaco petroleum company.
Achieved a total trial victory for former Vivendi CEO Jean-Marie Messier in 2010, as a federal court jury in New York City cleared him of allegations that he mislead investors, in a securities class action case thought to be the largest ever tried to verdict. While Messier and another former Vivendi executive were found not liable, the jury found that Paris-based Vivendi SA misled investors 57 times by making upbeat statements about the company's financial condition in a supposed effort to conceal the company's liquidity risks.