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King & Spalding Overview

Atlanta, GA
1001 to 5000 employees
1885
Private Practice / Firm
Legal
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Celebrating more than 130 years, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 1,000 lawyers in 20 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm ... Read more

Mission: Long-standing client relationships are one of the surest barometers of a law firm’s success in meeting its clients’ needs for legal services. King & Spalding lawyers pride themselves on developing continuing client relationships that are ... Read more

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King & Spalding – Why Work For Us?


Celebrating more than 130 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 900 lawyers in 20 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm also represents hundreds of clients with new ventures and mid-sized companies in emerging industries.

Long-standing client relationships are one of the surest barometers of a law firm’s success in meeting its clients’ needs for legal services. King & Spalding lawyers pride themselves on developing continuing client relationships that are productive, professional and collegial. The firm is one of only 52 law firms that have been on the BTI Client Service A-Team for 12 consecutive years—representing only 8% of the law firms serving the Fortune 1000.

The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, its uncompromising commitment to quality and its dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients.

At King & Spalding, we are committed to being a strong partner to the communities in which we live and work.  Our impact is felt globally through volunteerism, pro bono activities and charitable giving in each of the twenty cities that house King & Spalding offices. We strive to provide our employees with opportunities to connect with the community that are meaningful, convenient, and fun. King & Spalding is proud of our employees’ commitment to bettering our communities. 



Year-Round Activities:

Throughout the year, hundreds of lawyers and staff participate in volunteer events around the globe, in partnership with nonprofits and NGOs. In the area of education, we tutor and mentor students, teach classes on legal topics and business literacy skills, and provide school supplies for children. We support health and well-being initiatives, including fund-raising for cures and quality-of-life efforts for the sick. In the area of basic needs, we work at food banks, build affordable homes and sort medical supplies for disaster-relief efforts. We also take part in environmental projects.

Philanthropy:

We raise more than $1 million annually in support of United Way. Our personnel invest in the organization’s impactful, multi-stakeholder efforts to improve education, health, family stability and basic needs in underserved communities.

Individuals and the firm donate to additional organizations, with a particular focus on pro bono legal service providers that assist people who cannot afford legal representation and protect civil and public rights and civil liberties.

We also give to disaster relief efforts. Past donations have supported people displaced by the South Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and major earthquakes. We also contribute to MedShare, which delivers surplus medical equipment to hospitals and crisis sites around the world.

K&S Cares Day:

For over 10 years, our worldwide offices have participated in our annual King & Spalding Cares Day. Typical activities include fund-raising walks and races for medical research; provision of basic needs for low-income and homeless individuals and survivors of domestic violence; work with the disabled; and support for children in need.

At King & Spalding, we recognize that diversity is more than just a buzz word; it is an integral part of our culture. We believe that the diversity of our firm significantly enhances our ability to provide the highest quality legal services to our clients. We strive to create a collaborative environment that benefits from the sharing of experiences, ideas and unique qualities that each of our lawyers brings to the firm.

The best talent is diverse in many ways, including gender, race, sexual orientation and national origin. King & Spalding is committed to attracting, retaining and promoting diversity throughout the firm.


Noteworthy achievements:

  • King & Spalding earned a top score of 100 percent in the Corporate Equality Index in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014; a report card on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in corporate America. King & Spalding scored a maximum rating in all nine categories, earning the coveted distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” 

  • For the fourth time in seven years, King & Spalding received a Law Firm Diversity Recognition Award from Chevron Corporation for its commitment to promoting diversity in the legal field.
  • King & Spalding was recognized by client Boehringer Ingelheim for achieving the highest diversity score among all the company’s preferred-provider law firms, two years in a row.

Of course, we recognize that diversity and inclusion are about more than numbers. Because diversity is one of the firm's core values, it is supported by a standing committee that leads the firm's diversity and inclusion efforts. Each partner in the firm has committed to spend a minimum of 15 hours working on diversity and inclusion efforts. Last year, our partners devoted more than 3000 hours to diversity efforts. This is in addition to the time spent on associate professional development activities. 


Everyone has choices. Our clients have a choice about the lawyers they select to represent them, and you have a choice about where you work.

If you are looking for an opportunity to work as part of a team on sophisticated legal matters for top clients, then King & Spalding may be the right place for you. We provide comprehensive training and support every step of the way to help our lawyers achieve their career development goals.

Our lawyers develop specialized expertise honed by industry insight, and they work with clients and colleagues from around the globe on complex business and legal questions.  Our high-performing culture derives from our commitment to uncompromising quality and our respect for one another. 

King & Spalding LLP (K&S) is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees in full compliance with all state, federal and local laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, age, disability or any other status protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfer, seniority benefits, layoff, recall, demotion, discipline and discharge. This policy also applies to the use of all facilities and participation in all K&S sponsored activities.

King & Spalding is a global law firm made up of lawyers and professionals who every day strive to set new standards in the provision of legal services to our clients around the world. Founded more than 130 years ago, the firm retains a remarkably cohesive culture, despite now encompassing more than 2000 lawyers and staff in 20 offices worldwide. The firm is committed to attracting and developing the very best talent in the profession, providing a uniquely compelling mix of professional growth opportunities, challenging work, highly collaborative colleagues and competitive compensation offerings.

As a top global law firm, we represent more than half of the Fortune 100 and have handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents. We are consistently recognized for our results, our uncompromising commitment to quality and our dedication to understanding the business and culture of our clients.  

Our professional staff takes on interesting work and high levels of responsibility, and is critical to our business goal of delivering exemplary service to our clients. Our staff receives the training, resources, and technology needed to perform at the highest levels. We offer competitive salaries and benefits to reward their contributions, including tuition reimbursement, profit sharing and insurance.


King & Spalding LLP (K&S) is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees in full compliance with all state, federal and local laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, age, disability or any other status protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfer, seniority benefits, layoff, recall, demotion, discipline and discharge. This policy also applies to the use of all facilities and participation in all K&S sponsored activities.

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    King & Spalding is a top global firm for a reason! Everyone is committed to excellence and the success of the firm. Compared to other law firms K&S promotes a collegial and collaborative environment where complex projects are evenly distributed allowing everyone the opportunity to contribute to important initiatives and to grow professionally. The firm's direction, immediate and long term future plans are shared with all employees furthering their inclusive culture.

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    Continue promoting the collegial culture and investing in your employees.

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King & Spalding Interviews

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at King & Spalding (Atlanta, GA) in February 2016.

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    King & Spalding’s "K&S" recruiting process is nothing short of incredible. My cohort class represent both domestic and international new hires, and their collective feedback is very positive. K&S’ attention to detail and their focus on sourcing the best candidates/new hires stands out. The professionalism of the recruiting staff also makes a big difference.

    Sourcing questions were focused on cultural fit as well as confirming my professional skills, but what caught my attention were the stories of firm community outreach and diversity / inclusion. K&S believes that tolerance, performance and service excellence is foundational to its success. The firm is laser focused on exceeding their Client needs and expectations. The way K&S achieves excellence is through great people who make up their cultural foundation, and K&S’ recruiting team really gets it.

    The recruiting, onboarding and cultural integration process impressed me not only because K&S cared about my values, but how they were aligned to firm values & objectives. My short and long-term needs were objectively considered and fully met. Yes, the typical negotiations occurred regarding compensation and benefits (which are amazing!), but we continued discussing team dynamics, work-life balance and how to raise the bar at the firm for continued domestic and global expansion.

    I’ve been with the firm for 9 months, and I’m so happy I took the opportunity to help lead this firm into new and exciting ventures. What a great group of professionals and a perfect cultural fit for me!

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King & Spalding Awards & Accolades

  • National LGBT Bar Association Names Viren Mascarenhas to Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 List, National LGBT Bar Association, 2019
  • King & Spalding Named One of America's Best Corporate Law Firms, Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2018
  • King & Spalding Among the Region’s Top International Firms, Legal 500 Latin America 2018, 2018
  • Chevron Law Firm Diversity Award, Chevron Corporation, 2013
  • Best Law Firms, US News & World Report, 2015
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