Former Solicitor General Paul Clement Returns To King & Spalding

Monday, December 1, 2008 - 01:00

King & Spalding has announced that former United States Solicitor General Paul Clement will rejoin the firm's Washington, D.C., office to establish an expanded national appellate practice and a strategic counseling practice.

Mr. Clement is returning to the firm after a seven-year absence during which he served as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States, the nation's top lawyer before the Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed Clement as Solicitor General in 2005 at the age of 38, making him the youngest Solicitor General confirmed by the Senate since William Howard Taft in 1890. Before his confirmation as Solicitor General, Clement served as Acting Solicitor General for nearly a year and as Principal Deputy Solicitor General for over three years. In total, Clement served over seven years in the Office of the Solicitor General, the longest period of continuous service in the Office by a Solicitor General since the 19th Century. He has argued 49 cases before the Supreme Court, including McConnell v. FEC, Tennessee v. Lane, Rumsfeld v. Padilla, United States v. Booker and MGM v. Grokster. He also argued a number of the government's most important cases in the lower federal courts.

King & Spalding has secured a significant victory before the International Trade Commission for its client Appleton Paper. The ITC ruled in favor of the U.S. lightweight thermal paper industry in cases involving dumped and subsidized imports of lightweight thermal paper from China, and dumped light-weight thermal paper from Germany. The ruling clears the way for the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose substantial penalties on lightweight thermal paper imports from both countries. This is the first time the United States government has imposed anti-subsidy duties on imports of paper from China.

The King & Spalding legal team representing Appleton was led by Gil Kaplan and Joe Dorn, partners in the firm's International Trade practice.

GE Commercial Finance's Media, Communications and Entertainment Group was represented by King & Spalding acting as administrative agent, lead arranger and sole bookrunner for the amendment and restatement of the senior credit facilities for Otelco Inc., a wireline telephone services provider in Alabama, Maine and Missouri.

King & Spalding announced that it has won Executive Alliance's first annual Project of the Year National Award for 2008 in the infrastructure management category. The firm was selected for this award for its data center consolidation project, through which King & Spalding employed innovative new network and storage technologies to successfully reduce the number of its U.S. office data centers by 60 percent, while providing more efficient and cost-effective information technology as the firm continued to expand with the addition of eight offices since January 2007.

Elizabeth Vranicar Tanis, an experienced trial lawyer with particular expertise in accountant liability, securities and class action matters, as well as Big Four representation experience, has joined King & Spalding as a partner in its business litigation practice in Atlanta.

Paul K. Ferdinands, a partner and head of King & Spalding's financial restructuring practice group, has been selected for induction into the prestigious American College of Bankruptcy. Selection as a fellow by this elite group of approximately 650 bankruptcy and insolvency professionals is by invitation only.

King & Spalding announced that 12 lawyers have been made partners in the firm, effective January 1, 2009. In Atlanta: Anne M. Cox, Corporate; Natasha H. Moffit, Intellectual Property; and Jill Wasserman, Intellectual Property. In Dubai: Nabil A. Issa, Finance and Wael M. Wahbeh, Corporate. In Houston: Roberto J. Aguirre Luzi, Litigation and Russell D. Workman, Litigation. In London: Michael Rainey, Finance and Pulina Whitaker, Corporate. In New York: Jonathan D. Ball, Intellectual Property. In San Francisco: Elaine H. Tseng, FCA and in Washington, D.C., Daniel F. Donovan, Government Advocacy & Public Policy. In addition, the firm elected the following lawyers as counsel: Stefanie J. Greer, Financial Restructuring (New York); Kathleen S. Minniti, Corporate (New York); and Alison Van Lear, Corporate (Atlanta).