King & Spalding Expands Its Complex Litigation Practice in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:03

Broadening its civil litigation presence in Washington, D.C., King & Spalding has recruited noted trial lawyer Bobby R. Burchfield and litigator Matthew M. Leland as partners to its complex litigation practice. They join King & Spalding from McDermott Will & Emery, where both lawyers were partners and Burchfield previously served as head of complex litigation, co-head of the Washington office, and member of the Management Committee.

Burchfield has more than 30 years of experience in complex corporate litigation. He has been lead defense counsel for major clients in antitrust, securities, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, class action and corporate takeover defense litigation. Burchfield has the added distinction of never having lost a jury trial. In addition to jury trials, he has extensive experience in bench trials, arbitrations and appeals. He has argued in five U.S. Courts of Appeals, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court, where he represented the Republican National Committee in a First Amendment challenge to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law (McConnell v. Federal Election Commission) and represented now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the successful First Amendment challenge to aggregate contribution limits (McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission). He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Antitrust Modernization Commission, and served as general counsel to President George H.W. Bush’s reelection campaign. 

Leland, for the past 10 years, has litigated cases in federal and state courts, arbitrated disputes and represented clients involved in federal agency investigations. His clients have spanned industries including energy, health care, pharmaceutical, high-technology, construction and architecture. Leland served as legislative director to John E. Sununu in the U.S. House of Representatives and was his senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate. He also was the deputy campaign manager of Sununu’s successful first congressional campaign and a member of his transition team.