Two Former Senators To Head King & Spalding Government Group

Friday, April 1, 2005 - 01:00

King & Spalding LLP has announced that former Sen. Connie Mack (R-FL) and former Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) have joined the firm's Washington, DC office as co-chairs of the firm's Government Relations Group.

Sen. Mack retired in 2001 after serving 18 years in Congress. At the time of his retirement, he was chairman of the Senate Republican Conference and chairman of the Joint Economic Committee.

Sen. Coats retired from the Senate in 1999 after serving there 10 years. He also served 18 years in the House of Representatives.

In addition to Sen. Mack, five members of Shaw Pittman's government relations practice are joining King & Spalding, including Tom Spulak, partner; Andrew Woods, senior counsel; Mark Smith, senior government relations adviser; Viraj Mirani, government relations advisor, and Claudia Hrvatin, associate.

The Federal Trade Commission has announced that it has named William Blumenthal, an antitrust and trade regulation partner in the Washington, DC office of King & Spalding for the past decade, as general counsel of the U.S. agency.

King & Spalding's 35-lawyer antitrust team provides advice on all aspects of trade regulation and competition law.In January 2005, the firm expanded its antitrust practice group with the arrival of James M. Griffin, former deputy assistant attorney general of the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, as a partner in the firm's Washington, DC office.

King & Spalding ranks among the top 25 law firms in the nation for diversity, according to a just-released study by MultiCultural Law magazine. King & Spalding was number 24 out of the top 100 law firms included in this annual listing published in March 2005. Among the criteria considered for the selection of a law firm to the list are its diversity of lawyers, use of a mentoring program and commitment of its leadership to diversity.