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King & Spalding LLP


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What the team is known for

Draws upon impressive breadth and depth of resources to represent clients in wide-ranging high-stakes litigation across the country. Experience includes product liability claims, securities class actions and commercial disputes. Strong bench of experienced trial lawyers who frequently appear in headline cases across the USA, with additional support provided by a respected appellate practice. Notable capabilities in the healthcare, insurance, real estate and transport sectors, among others.


"It is among the strongest in this area," comments a peer, adding: "The firm has a deep practice and very good lawyers who do sophisticated work."

An interviewee comments: "The attorneys handle things expertly with a superb customer focus lens."

"They are very talented and committed to serving the client," reports a source, adding: "It's our go-to firm because of the sheer number of talented lawyers."

Work highlights

Represented Equifax in a number of class actions relating to a cybersecurity incident, including a putative securities class action, a consolidated shareholder derivative action and 400 consumer class action cases which were consolidated into an MDL.

Notable practitioners

Aaron Lipson is an experienced litigator, with notable expertise in DOJ and SEC investigations. He also advises companies on compliance matters and internal investigations.
"Aaron is absolutely amazing in terms of his knowledge, experience, bedside manner and communication skills." "He is very experienced with regulatory enforcement matters and well regarded by the SEC."

Warren Pope is well known for his securities litigation practice, which covers shareholder derivative claims and government investigations.
"He is thoughtful, exacting and able to analyze issues from all sides and perspectives before rendering an opinion."

Chilton Davis Varner is well known for her commercial dispute work, particularly pertaining to product liability and business torts.
"Chilton has an excellent reputation and is quite the trailblazer."

David Balser is a trial lawyer who maintains a first-class practice which sees him advise on disputes such as consumer class actions.
"David is fantastic; he has a unique combination of legal acumen and seasoned litigation experience in highly complex matters which is coupled with superb customer focus."

Jessica Corley is regularly sought out by companies and their executives for representation in securities litigation. She handles class actions, shareholder derivative suits and regulatory investigations.
"She is very upfront, analytical and timely."

Robert Thornton has a broad practice, covering various disputes over securities, consumer fraud and professional liability. He is experienced at the state and federal court level.
"He has a good reputation and is known as a significant commercial litigator in the financial services area."

Matt Baughman handles a wide range of white-collar criminal defense matters, including investigations into FCPA violations, fraud and cybersecurity issues. He offers substantial experience in government positions, including as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the DOJ.
"I enjoy working with Matt; he has a lot of experience with the SEC, he's easy to get along with and he has very good judgment."

Michael Smith is vastly experienced in complex securities litigation. He regularly handles class actions and shareholder derivative claims.
"He is extremely professional but very approachable. He is also thoughtful, knowledgeable and analyzes issues from all perspectives."

Paul Murphy returns to the firm after serving as the FBI Chief of Staff. He specializes in white-collar criminal defense and government investigations, and has substantial experience representing both companies and individuals.

Ray Persons frequently advises on class actions, product liability disputes and mass torts.
"He has an impeccable reputation and is a really great lawyer."

Sally Yates wins praise from all corners of the market for her impressive white-collar criminal defense practice. She draws on her experience as Deputy Attorney General in her skilled handling of high-stakes investigations brought by government bodies.
"She has one of the best résumés in the country." "She is extremely competent, thorough, intelligent, and companies rely on her."

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King & Spalding LLP


1180 Peachtree Street




GA 30309

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Litigation: General Commercial

Chilton Davis Varner
Senior Statespeople
David L Balser
Band 1
M Robert Thornton
Band 4
Ray Persons
Band 2

Litigation: Securities

B Warren Pope
Band 2
Jessica Corley
Band 2

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