King & Spalding Adds Healthcare Practice In Austin; Firm Named “Energy Advisory Firm of the Year”; Robert D. Hays, Jr. Re-elected Chairman

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:27

King & Spalding adds healthcare expertise to its Austin office with the addition of Kathy L. Poppitt as partner and Catherine M. Greaves as counsel. They both join King & Spalding from Cox Smith.

Ms. Poppitt is a healthcare lawyer with more than 25 years’ experience focusing on healthcare regulatory law, healthcare litigation and administrative law. She counsels providers on operational issues such as joint ventures and other contracting, corporate compliance and governance, peer review and credentialing, and Medicare/Medicaid requirements and participation. She provides guidance to health insurance companies on compliance with Texas and federal marketplace requirements. She also represents providers in the resolution of state and federal enforcement actions and other issues involving regulatory agencies. Ms. Poppitt received her JD from the University of Texas School of Law and her BBA degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

Catherine Greaves’ experience focuses primarily on compliance with state and federal laws related to healthcare. Ms. Greaves counsels clients regarding Medicare, Medicaid and other governmental programs, including coverage and reimbursement issues, government audits, internal investigations, and other compliance issues. She assists clients with joint ventures, acquisitions, mergers, and other complex provider relationships, licensure, and certification matters, as well as employment and recruitment arrangements. She also has experience advising clients on matters related to HIPAA and HITECH and federal and state healthcare fraud and abuse issues, including anti-kickback laws, physician self-referral prohibitions (Stark Law), false claims, and other sanction matters. Ms. Greaves received her JD from the University of Houston Law Center and her BBA degree from Texas A&M University.  


King & Spalding was selected for the award at the prestigious Petroleum Economist Awards 2014, held in London on September 10, by an independent panel of industry experts, including: Abdalla El-Badri, secretary general, OPEC; Lord Cullen of Whitekirk, KT; Torstein Indrebø, secretary general, International Gas Union; and Lord John Browne, Baron Brown of Madingley, former chief executive, BP.

The judges were impressed by “the breadth of customer projects taken on by the firm and, in particular, its strong presence in LNG” as well as the expanding “global presence” of more than 250 energy lawyers in 17 offices worldwide. The judges also highlighted the firm’s lead roles on large LNG projects in Africa, including Damietta LNG in Egypt, Mozambique LNG and Tanzania LNG as well the firm’s strong energy disputes practice, headlined by the $500 million award against the Republic of Kazakhstan following the seizure of petroleum assets operated by Moldovan investors in the country.


King & Spalding has announced that Robert D. Hays, Jr. was re-elected chairman of the firm by the partnership for an unprecedented fourth term. His new three-year term begins on January 1, 2015.  

Mr. Hays was elected to his first term as chairman in 2005. As chairman, he initiated a strategic review of the firm to ensure King & Spalding was positioned to serve its national and international clients and be a professionally rewarding firm for its lawyers to practice. Today, King & Spalding is a financially and operationally disciplined platform for growth, yet still retains its collegial and performance-based culture. 

Under Mr. Hays’ leadership, King & Spalding materially strengthened its brand; devoted additional resources to key practice areas; increased the depth and breadth of its talent base; achieved significant increase in its AmLaw profitability ranking rising to 22nd; and opened 12 new offices in Abu Dhabi, Austin, Charlotte, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Moscow, Paris, Riyadh (affiliate), San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Singapore.