Ballard Spahr is pleased to announce that Adrian R. King, Jr., a leader of our P3/Infrastructure Group and our Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs and Contracting Group, has been named First Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania by incoming Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. He will begin his new role on January 15.

Mr. King, a Business and Finance partner at Ballard Spahr, is known for his work in general business and corporate law, government relations and contracting, and gaming. He helped the firm achieve prominence in government relations and infrastructure issues and has also held significant positions in Pennsylvania state government.

Mr. King was Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, a Cabinet position, under former Governor Edward G. Rendell, who returned to Ballard Spahr after serving two terms as governor. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. King served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Rendell. In that position, he oversaw the Commonwealth's public safety and homeland security operations and was the Governor's chief adviser on matters involving the Pennsylvania State Police, Office of Homeland Security, State Fire Commissioner, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Department of Corrections, Emergency Management Agency, and Board of Probation and Parole.

At Ballard Spahr, Mr. King is known for his work with public-private partnerships. He has helped governments, quasi-governmental entities, and private companies nationwide work together to build or improve rail stations, public highways, energy facilities, and ports. His government relations work includes assistance with matters involving mergers and acquisitions, contracting, and regulatory affairs. Mr. King is a board member at Historic Philadelphia, Inc., and the American Revolution Center.

Said firm Chair Mark Stewart: "Adrian is a veteran of Pennsylvania government, and it's hard to imagine a better adviser for the new Attorney General. We have no doubt that Adrian again will be a singularly valuable resource for one of the top elected officials in the Commonwealth, and we are proud that he was chosen for this vitally important role."