Russell G. Ryan, a partner in the special matters and government investigations practice of King & Spalding LLP, has been selected as a recipient of the 2005 Burton Awards for Legal Achievement. The awards are given to partners at only 30 law firms from among the top 500 law firms eligible.
Walter W. Driver, chairman of King & Spalding, said: "Russ is an outstanding litigator and one of our most prolific authors. His recognition by the Burton Awards is a noteworthy personal achievement, and we congratulate Russ on this exceptional honor."
The Burton Awards, now in their sixth year, were established by William C. Burton to promote and reward the refinement and enrichment of good legal writing. Winners are chosen by an academic committee consisting of educators from the law schools of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan, as well as leading members of the legal profession and the judiciary.
The 2005 Burton Awards program will be presented in associationwith the Law Library of Congress on June 6 in the Library of Congress, in Washington, DC.
Mr. Ryan's practice focuses on representing clients in enforcement investigations by the SEC and other securities regulators, conducting corporate internal investigations and advising clients on related corporate governance issues. Formerly, he was assistant director of the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Ryan is resident in King & Spalding's Washington, DC office.
King & Spalding recently announced that F. Allen Barnes, who most recently served as chief of staff to the administrator of U.S. EPA Region 4, has joined the firm as a partner. At EPA, Mr. Barnes worked on the most significant cases and issues in Region 4, which includes eight Southeastern states.
Mr. Barnes joins the firm's environmental practice in its Atlanta office and will represent clients with environmental issues before EPA and state environmental agencies, provide regulatory counsel and handle environmental litigation.