Focusing on litigation, regulatory, and transactional work, King & Spalding’s Atlanta roots set a tone of “southern hospitality” throughout the firm. Come for the collegiality and mentorship, stay for the free Coca Cola. After almost 100 years in Atlanta alone, K&S is now widely regarded as a global firm with 23 offices worldwide and more than 1,200 attorneys.
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Even though King & Spalding is headquartered in what is not necessarily considered a top legal market, it is the preeminent law firm in Atlanta and has expanded to major U.S. and international cities. The hiring process tends to focus on highly ranked schools, be they T14 or prominent regional schools where the firm has offices. For all, good grades, journal experience, clerkships, and personality fit are standard criteria for being hired. K&S particularly looks for collegial people who will fit well in genial, down-to-earth office settings and who also enjoy socializing with coworkers. Integration and becoming part of the team, even for lateral hires, is a strong point. The firm culture seems to engender real friendships among attorneys, and partners value the wor...
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, S...