Q&A with King & Spalding Attorney, Jim Alford
By: Pixie Meredith
GLI: Give me a one-minute history of your success and how your practice has changed since you have moved.
Jim: The firm is very sophisticated and experienced in international transactions and dispute resolution, including broad and deep experience in Latin America. This year, I was mentioned along with other colleagues by Latin Lawyer 250, an industry rating publication, as comprising one of the top law firm practices in Latin America in energy, trade, M&A, dispute resolution and other areas. As a result, I have been able to continue to grow my Latin America practice in energy and infrastructure, especially in Mexico, Colombia, and recently, Argentina. I also participate in the Firm’s Energy Area of Focus Leadership group and have responsibility in helping to plan our growth in Mexico, Columbia and Cuba as part of a Latin America Practice Group initiative. The obvious benefit is being able to work on a bigger platform for my cross-border work with colleagues with similar practices and as part of a firm that is widely recognized for the quality of its work in my areas.
GLI: When you decided to move, what was your biggest concern about working with a recruiter who wasn’t local to you? Was it realized or what happened instead?
Jim: The immediate question one has in working with a recruiter who is based outside of DC is whether they understand this market and have good relationships here. I saw very quickly that GLI has both, as well as credibility and the respect of firms in the city in which I would be interested.
GLI: Was there anything about the process you would have changed or done differently?
Jim: I can’t think of any major changes that I would have made to my lateral process. I feel that our collaboration was successful.
To learn more about Jim Alford and his practice, please visit his biography below: http://www.kslaw.com/people/James-Alford