IEL Elite

King & Spalding

Esteemed international practice



The internationally recognised Darren Gardner leads King & Spalding’s global human capital and compliance practice from San Francisco. With partners based across Europe, Australia, and the US, the team is able to advise on issues impacting workforces across the globe.

They provide strategic advice that looks at both the immediate issue and those issues that are around the corner.

The team acts for an impressive client list, including private equity companies and a large number of Fortune 500 companies.

In September 2022, the firm opened its French employment practice through the lateral hire of Alice Mony from Bredin Prat.


The team is expert in seamlessly advising corporations on strategic multi-jurisdictional projects – including those involving more than 150 jurisdictions at a time – and co-ordinating advice across countries, as well as assisting multinationals with day-to-day concerns impacting their global workforces.  

This includes modification of workforce structures, cross-border transactions, major multi-country investigations, new market entry, and benefits, compensation and remuneration.

They are responsive, innovative, and trusted advisers. For any complex or simple matter, there is no other firm that I would go to.

The US team is able to assist with a broad variety of class, collective, and government enforcement actions, and other high reputational risk disputes. Notably, the group includes experts in protecting trade secrets and other confidential information.

Other key names

  • Amelie Bernardi (Germany)
  • Michael W Johnston (US)
  • Luke A Edwards (Australia)
  • Jules Quinn (UK)
  • Dominic Hodson (US)
  • David Tetrick Jr (US)

Experts based in…

Australia, France, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States.

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