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King & Spalding invests in workforce team with six new partners

King & Spalding invests in workforce team with six new partners

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  • Firms that practice law in the United States are often represented by lawyers.
  • In about a year, the firm has grown its worldwide human capital and compliance practice to nearly 50 lawyers, expanding to about 50 in about one year.
  • Hires from Seyfarth, Barnes & Thornburg, and Simpson Thacher are the latest additions to Chicago and New York.

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King & Spalding said Tuesday that it has recruited six partners from three rival firms to expand its year-old global human capital and compliance practice.

Tom Ahlering, Anne Dana, Gina Merrill, and Jesse Pauker from Seyfarth Shaw, Pete Wozniak from Barnes & Thornburg, as well as Jenny Neilsson, who will join later this month from Simpson Thacher yamp. Bartlett, are among the new partners.

Along with Wozniak and Neilsson, Ahlering, who most recently co-chaired Seyfarth Shaw's biometric compliance group, will join King & Spalding in Chicago. Dana, Merrill, and Pauker will be located in the firm's New York office.

The lawyers are the firm's latest additions to its global human capital and compliance practice since it was launched last year with a trio of partners from Seyfarth Shaw. King & Spalding now has about 35 partners, bringing its total staff to approximately 50 attorneys, including the new hires.

Darren Gardner, who runs the practice in San Francisco, said the last five years have seen a "revolution" in workplace management issues and priorities.

He said workplace challenges have expanded beyond traditional labor and employment concerns, with the COVID-19 epidemic accelerating the changes and requiring more compliance advice.

Merrill, who has been with Seyfarth for the past eight years, said she was drawn to King & Spalding's full-service capabilities.

"I was attracted to the entrepreneurial nature of both the (global human capital and compliance) group and the firm," she said.

Representatives from Seyfarth and Simpson Thacher didn't immediately respond to requests for comment on the lawyers' departures. A Barnes & Thornburg representative said the business wishes Wozniak all the best.

The appointments come in the midst of a larger recruiting campaign for King & Spalding. The Atlanta-based firm this month also recruited former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partner Lazar Raynal in Chicago and former international arbitration partner Erica Franzetti from Dechert in Washington, D.C., to enhance its trial and global dispute capabilities.

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Xiumei Dong xiumie Don Gong

Xiumei Dong covers legal industry news, with a focus on law firm strategy and growth, in-house counsel, and the Washington, D.C., legal market. Reach her at

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