Global Arbitration Review Ranks King & Spalding Fourth In The World For International Arbitration

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 08:44

King & Spalding has been recognized as one of the top four global law firms serving as arbitration counsel in the latest edition of Global Arbitration Review’s annual GAR 30 survey. The firm moved up three spots in this year’s rankings and was listed as counsel on 54 pending arbitration matters with an aggregate value of more than $66 billion.

The ranking further solidifies King & Spalding’s position as one of the ‘big four’ of international arbitration, maintaining it place alongside Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Shearman & Sterling and White & Case at the top of this year’s list. Global Arbitration Review commends the group for “outperform[ing] when it comes to value of work,” and cites the exceptional job it has done bringing in highly-regarded lawyers and developing its associate ranks. King & Spalding is also identified as one of five “prospects” with the potential to reach the number 1 spot in next year’s survey.

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King & Spalding has recruited Jane Player and Sarah Walker as partners in its London office.

Litigators Ms. Player and Ms. Walker join King & Spalding from Bird & Bird in London, where both were partners and Ms. Player served as joint head of the international dispute resolution group. The two recruits bring the number of lawyers in the office, which opened in 2003, to 23, including 15 partners.

King & Spalding’s London office has played a pivotal role in the firm’s exceptional record of international growth even through the global economic turn-down in recent years, and supports many of the firm's global practices, including energy transactions, M&A, private equity, international arbitration, antitrust/competition and international trade.

Ms. Player, who qualified in 1987, became a partner in DLA Piper in 1994 and was appointed head of litigation in London the following year. She moved to Bird & Bird in 2002. Her practice covers commercial contractual claims and she has represented UK and international clients. She has been ranked by Chambersand the Legal 500.

Ms. Walker qualified in 1995 and practiced at DLA Piper before joining Bird & Bird as a partner in 2005. She focuses on dispute evaluation and resolution, arbitration, mediation and negotiation. She is admitted as a full member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and, since 2006, served as a committee member for the London Branch of the Chartered Institute. She, too, has been recognised by Chambers and the Legal 500.

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Dawn M. Jones, a senior attorney in the product liability practice of King & Spalding, in Atlanta, is the recipient of the Atlanta Bar Association’s 2012 Leadership Award. The annual award is based on recipients’ contributions to the legal profession and to the community. Ms.  Jones will receive the award at a bar association luncheon at the Piedmont Driving Club on April 12.

Ms. Jones, an intensive-care-unit registered nurse by training, with more than a decade of critical care nursing experience, applies her medical training and background in her legal practice to defend manufacturers of pharmaceutical products and consumer goods in product liability lawsuits. Prior to joining King & Spalding, she was an associate general counsel for the Grady Health System, the largest non-profit, public hospital system in the state of Georgia. 

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King & Spalding took home three awards – including Product Liability Firm of the Year – at Benchmark Litigation’s inaugural U.S. South litigation awards, held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Atlanta, on March 8. Chilton Davis Varner, a senior trial lawyer with King & Spalding, was named Georgia Litigator of the Year, and the firm was awarded Georgia Case of the Year for its work representing GlaxoSmithKline in a series of cases involving the antidepressant medication Paxil.

“Our product liability group continues to be involved in some of the most complex litigation in the United States,” said Andrew T. Bayman., King & Spalding product liability practice leader. “This recognition reflects the firm’s outstanding record in these cases and is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our product liability lawyers, who consistently stand out among the best in their field. Achieving success on behalf of our clients is always the primary objective, but it is rewarding to be acknowledged for the quality and number of those results.”