King & Spalding Lawyer Honored; Firm Advises On Successful Acquisition

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 09:35

Thomas Hawk, a partner at King & Spalding, has been named one of Atlanta’s premier young business leaders by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in its annual “40 Under 40” list published in a supplement to the newspaper’s November 8 edition. Mr. Hawk, a 36-year-old healthcare lawyer in King & Spalding’s Atlanta office, was chosen for his significant career achievements and social responsibility.

The newspaper called Hawk “a leader in the Atlanta healthcare community and a cheerleader for the Atlanta healthcare and life sciences industry.”

Mr. Hawk is a leading practitioner in the merger-and-acquisition and regulatory fields of healthcare law. His clients include health systems, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy benefit management companies, physicians and physician organizations, and managed care organizations.

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King & Spalding advised sports apparel maker Under Armour in its acquisition of workout application company MapMyFitness for $150 million in cash, increasing Under Armour’s capabilities among social sports communities on mobile devices. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

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The King & Spalding team involved in the deal was led by Atlanta corporate partner William G. Roche and consisted of the following lawyers: Corporate: Justin M. King (associate, Atlanta), Jessica Petrilli (associate, New York) and Michelle Ferguson Stewart (associate, Atlanta); Employee Benefits: Eleanor Banister (partner, Atlanta), Mark P. Kelly (counsel, Atlanta) and Ryan Gorman (associate, Atlanta); and Trademark: Jill A. McWhirter (partner, Houston) and Ramtin Taheri (associate, Atlanta).

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King & Spalding earned a top score of 100 percent in the Corporate Equality Index 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.” This annual survey of the nation’s largest publicly traded businesses, privately owned companies and top revenue-grossing law firms has been conducted since 2002 by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

“We are proud of the recognition we have received in the Human Rights Campaign survey,” said Samuel M. Matchett, partner and chair of the diversity committee of King & Spalding. “We dedicate substantial human and financial resources toward creating and nurturing a diverse, collaborative and inclusive environment at our firm. We believe the diversity of the firm significantly enhances our ability to provide the highest-quality legal service to our clients.”

The Corporate Equality Index this year rated 734 of the largest businesses in the United States, including 299 Fortune 500 companies and 138 Am Law 200 law firms. The index measures the extent to which employers protect their LGBT employees, rating employers on a scale from 0 to 100 percent. Ratings are based on nine factors such as equal employment opportunity policy, employment benefits, organizational LGBT competency, public commitment and responsible citizenship.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.