PHILADELPHIA (June 5, 2014) – Adrian R. King, Jr., the First Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania, will rejoin Ballard Spahr on June 16 as a partner in the Business and Finance Department, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced today.

Mr. King focuses on general business and corporate law, government relations, regulatory affairs, government contracting, and gaming law. He helps clients identify and pursue opportunities that lie within the intersection of business and government and represents them before federal, state, and local executive branch and administrative agencies.

“Adrian is a dedicated public servant and an outstanding lawyer. We are pleased to welcome him back to the firm,” Mr. Stewart said. “During his time in Harrisburg, Adrian was involved in high-profile issues such as helping the Commonwealth recoup $120 million in contested tobacco settlement money. He returns to Ballard with an even greater understanding of state government, something this firm and clients deeply appreciate.”

Mr. King was a partner at Ballard Spahr for more than seven years before taking the position with Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane in January 2013. Over the years, he has held a variety of high-profile positions in Pennsylvania government. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Edward G. Rendell and was later appointed to the Governor’s Cabinet as Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, managing a budget of more than $100 million.

Mr. King also served as Governor Rendell’s liaison to the Departments of Banking and State, as well as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

“I was honored when Kathleen Kane asked me to help get her administration up and running, but it was always my intention to return to private practice at Ballard,” Mr. King said. “Many of the issues we worked on in Harrisburg will make Pennsylvania a safer and better place to live and work. I’m proud of that. I’m also very glad to get back to the business of law.”

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