King & Spalding adds 24 new partners in corporate and disputes focused promotions round
Atlanta giant again focuses on home turf in round featuring 42% women
Top 25 US law firm King & Spalding has made up 24 lawyers to partner in its latest promotions round.
The round marks a slight step down on last year’s 32-strong cohort and also features slightly fewer women proportionally, with 10 women in the latest round (42%) compared to 14 last year (44%).
As with last year, this time round the promotions are strongly focused on the Atlanta-based firm’s home country, with 19 of the promotions going to lawyers across eight US cities and the remainder spread across London, Singapore and Abu Dhabi.
The firm’s corporate, finance and investments (CFI) practice gained the most new partners, with 10. Eight lawyers got the nod in the trials and global disputes practice, three of whom – Washington DC-based David Mattern, Houston-based Abby Parsons and Denver-based Angela Tarasi – are also members of the firm’s IP team.
The special matters and government investigations team welcomed two new partners, while the environmental health and safety, tax, data privacy and security, and investment funds and asset management teams each gained a partner apiece.
In the US, the firm’s Atlanta headquarters and its New York office each saw four partners move up the ranks, while Houston and Washington DC each gained three new partners. Two moved up in San Francisco and there was one promotion each in Austin, Sacramento and Denver.
Not included this time round was the firm’s Miami base, which it opened early this year as it looked to expand its trial, transactional and governmental capabilities and deepen its existing ties to the Sunshine State's bustling legal market. The firm relocated a 12-partner team from across the US to spearhead the launch, led by tobacco and consumer products trial practice head Randy Bassett, who relocated from Atlanta to serve as office managing partner.
The only one of the firm’s five European offices to be included in the round was London, which saw Alon Blitz, Andrew Brown and Amy Levin move up in the CFI team.
The trio’s promotion in London follows King & Spalding adding a pair of finance partners to its CFI practice in the city in September from Paul Hastings amid a wider European transactional growth push that also saw it hire partners in Paris and Frankfurt and in October add a private equity partner in London from Dickson Minto.
The sole promotion in Singapore went to corporate lawyer Zoë Bromage, who specialises in the development, acquisition and disposition of energy assets. Her promotion follows finance and restructuring partner Andrew Brereton being named office managing partner in Singapore earlier this year and ‘rising star’ M&A specialist Parveet Singh Gandoak, joining the CFI practice from Skadden in the city in November.
Rounding out the promotions is James Clark, who got the nod in Abu Dhabi in the CFI team and focuses his practice on the on the procurement and construction of major infrastructure projects.
“The promotions are a demonstration of these lawyers’ expertise, professionalism and commitment to our clients and communities, and they reflect the dynamism and diversity of our firm,” said Robert Hays Jr, chairman of King & Spalding.
The round follows a strong performance by King & Spalding for the 2021 financial year, when revenue jumped 20% to hit $1.83bn against a 25% rise in profit per equity partner to $4.37m.
The full list of partners:
Jessica Beess und Chrostin (New York City) focuses on complex international dispute resolution, with particular expertise in commercial and investor-state disputes in the infrastructure, oil and gas, mining, and renewable energy sectors.
Peter Berg (Houston) represents developers on high-value and high-risk construction and related transactions in the energy sector, including first-of-their-kind renewable and green energy projects.
Alon Blitz (London) focuses on alternative credit, cross-border acquisition and leveraged finance transactions and restructuring.
Zoë Bromage (Singapore) specializes in the development, acquisition, and disposition of energy assets, focusing on oil and gas (including LNG and carbon capture) and hydrogen.
Andrew Brown (London) advises borrowers and lenders on finance matters, including acquisition finance, general corporate lending, asset-based lending, restructuring and real estate finance.
James Clark (Abu Dhabi) represents developers, sponsors and lenders on the procurement and construction of major infrastructure projects, gigaprojects and renewable and traditional energy projects.
Amina Dammann (Austin) practices environmental law, including representing clients in governmental investigations and enforcement actions, as well as in federal and state court litigation.
Sam Diamant (San Francisco) advises companies in complex commercial disputes, including matters involving technology licensing disputes, breaches of contract, business torts, and false advertising.
Ken Fowler (New York City) is a business-oriented litigator who represents clients in M&A, contract, and securities disputes.
Igor Gorlach (Houston) counsels clients on privacy, cybersecurity, healthcare, and consumer protection issues, with particular expertise in the digital health and life sciences industries.
John Green (Washington, D.C.) counsels clients on federal tax planning and dispute resolution in a wide variety of US and international contexts.
Amy Schuller Hitchcock (Sacramento) conducts internal and independent investigations, and advises corporations and organizations regarding complex and sensitive government and law enforcement matters.
Hillyer Jennings (Atlanta) represents public and private companies and private equity funds in a variety of M&A and corporate matters.
Yelena Kotlarsky (New York City) focuses on white-collar criminal defense litigation, internal and government investigations, corporate compliance, and regulatory matters.
Amy Levin (London) advises on global outsourcing transactions, technology transactions, commercial contracts, cross-border reorganizations and restructurings.
David Mattern (Washington, D.C.) represents technology companies and other businesses in high-stakes litigation and appeals, including in matters concerning copyright law and the DMCA, Section 230, and cybersecurity.
Tucker McCarthy (Washington, D.C.) represents lenders and borrowers in various secured lending transactions, with a focus on commercial real estate finance and asset-based lending.
Abby Parsons (Houston) is a trial lawyer focused on intellectual property with experience in a wide range of technology, from pharmaceuticals and medical devices to software and high-tech patents.
Adam Reinke (Atlanta) defends class actions and product liability lawsuits involving automobiles, medical devices, and consumer goods in federal and state courts throughout the US.
Randall Robinson (Atlanta) focuses on the formation, organization and operation of various types of domestic and offshore investment funds and joint ventures as well as SEC regulatory compliance matters.
Rachel Shepardson (New York City) focuses on the structuring, formation and operation of private investment funds and other types of investment vehicles throughout their life cycle.
Jennifer Stewart (San Francisco) is a trial attorney whose practice focuses on defending corporations in product liability, pharmaceutical and medical device cases.
Michelle Stewart (Atlanta) represents public and private companies, including private equity firms and their portfolio companies, in M&A and other strategic corporate transactions.
Angela Tarasi (Denver) is a trial lawyer with extensive federal courts experience, focusing on intellectual property and other high-stakes cases involving complex businesses and technologies such as computer hardware, software, and medical devices.