ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - December 16, 2009) - King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, announced today it elected four partners to the firm's 10-person policy committee, effective January 1, 2010. They are Raymond E. Baltz, Jr. (Atlanta), Richard T. Marooney (New York), Robert E. Meadows (Houston) and W. Ray Persons (Atlanta).

King & Spalding's policy committee is responsible for firm policies, strategic initiatives and the overall enhancement of the firm. Members are elected by the partnership to a three-year term.

The new members replace partners Charles E. Alexander, Andrew T. Bayman, Richard A. Cirillo and Michael R. Smith, whose terms expire at the end of 2009.

Raymond E. Baltz, Jr. is head of the firm's corporate practice group. He represents private equity funds in leveraged buyout transactions and corporations in strategic merger and acquisition transactions. He also has experience with joint ventures and strategic alliances as well as general corporate and securities matters.

Richard T. Marooney is a member of the firm's business litigation practice. He has 14 years' experience managing and trying complex commercial disputes -- particularly in the financial services and energy industries -- involving securities class action defense, fraud and breach of contract matters.

Robert E. Meadows is managing partner of the firm's Houston and Austin, Texas, offices and a member of the litigation practice. His extensive trial experience includes general commercial litigation in addition to tort litigation defense for corporations involved in oil and gas, construction/engineering and product manufacturing. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

W. Ray Persons is a member of the firm's tort and environmental litigation practice. A seasoned trial lawyer, he focuses his practice on complex litigation, including class actions, mass torts and product liability. He appears regularly in state and federal courts throughout the country, and he has served as lead counsel in more than 65 jury trials. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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