Ms. King is Akin Gump’s chief operating officer. In this role she works closely with the firm’s chairperson and is an ex officio member of the management committee and is responsible for leading and directing all operational functions of the firm.
Ms. King is a senior international executive with experience in global operations, strategic planning, merger planning and integration, as well as finance and general management. Throughout her career she has worked closely with senior leaders in law firms and major corporations to significantly increase profitability and productivity by building, leading and motivating highly effective teams of professionals.
Prior to joining Akin Gump, Ms. King has held similar roles at global law firms. Other leadership positions she has held include vice president, operations and administration at Verizon, where she was a member of the Merger Integration Team during the industry's two largest, multibillion-dollar mergers (NYNEX/Bell Atlantic and Bell Atlantic/GTE); COO at Counsel Connect, an American Lawyer Media-owned online communications and information service for lawyers, which she helped launch in 1994; and senior business manager of the General Electric Legal Organization, which at the time had 475 lawyers in 75 locations around the world.
Awards & Accolades
Ms. King was named to The National Law Journal ‘s 2013 list of Legal Business Trailblazers & Pioneers as one of the Strategists & Drivers.
A London native and a dual national of the United Kingdom and the United States, Ms. King frequently writes and speaks on legal management topics and is active in numerous legal and business organizations, including:
- the College of Law Practice Management
- the British American Business Counsel (of which she is a member of the Board of Directors)
- the Association of Legal Administrators
- the Large Law Firm Executive Director's Roundtable and the American Bar Association.