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Potentially controversial clients firing King & Spalding

Last week, I said "Any corporate defendant considering King & Spalding as their attorneys should evaluate closely: apparently, all it takes for that law firm to unethically drop a representation is just a wee bit of political pressure, and if it works for Human Rights Campaign, why not for unions or other activists on the left?"

Since then, the state of Virginia and the National Rifle Association have dropped King & Spalding, both expressing concern that the law firm might choose to abandon them in the face of pressure. Neither is an especially big client of the firm (and both were probably with the firm because of Paul Clement rather than the firm's reputation, so would likely have followed Clement to Bancroft anyway), but more King & Spalding clients should consider carefully Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's reasoning.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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