Adrian R. King, Jr.

Tel 215.864.8622
Fax 215.864.8999

Adrian R. King, Jr., is a Co-Practice Leader of the firm's Gaming Group. He focuses his practice on general business and corporate law, government relations, regulatory affairs, government contracting, and gaming. He regularly represents clients before federal, state, and local executive branch and administrative agencies.

Over the years, Adrian has served the public by playing several high-level roles within Pennsylvania state government. Most recently, he was First Deputy Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, returning to Ballard Spahr in June 2014 after 17 months of service. During his time with the Office of Attorney General, he was involved in numerous high-profile matters, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Philip Morris USA, Inc. litigation, which restored the payment of $120 million in tobacco master settlement funds, and the reversal of Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage.  

Adrian also previously held other significant positions in state government. In February 2005, he was appointed to Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell's Cabinet, serving as Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. In this position, he oversaw the development and administration of the Commonwealth's comprehensive all-hazards disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery programs.

During the years 2003 and 2004, Adrian served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Rendell. In this position, he oversaw the Commonwealth's public safety and homeland security functions with respect to both operations and policy, and functioned as the Governor's chief adviser in critical situations involving: (i) elevation of the national terrorist threat level, (ii) natural and manmade disasters, (iii) state of emergency declarations, (iv) the deployment of the National Guard and State Police assets to critical infrastructure sites (e.g. nuclear power plants), and (v) public safety generally. He also served as the Governor's day-to-day and emergency point of contact for Pennsylvania's State Police, Office of Homeland Security, State Fire Commissioner, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (including the Pennsylvania National Guard), Department of Corrections, and Board of Probation and Parole.

Adrian was also the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET), an integrated criminal justice information network that enables 39 state departments and agencies, 266 county government and municipal police department users, and 17 federal agencies to share and access instantaneously key criminal justice data, including fingerprints, mug shots, drivers license photos, and arrest warrant information.

Adrian also served as the Governor's liaison to the Departments of Banking and State, as well as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, with whom he worked closely on the implementation of expanded gaming in the Commonwealth. He also coordinated the Governor's response to the Department of Defense's BRAC 2005 process, including oversight and management of the Rendell v. Rumsfeld litigation.

In addition, Adrian was the Governor's representative to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, a bi-state agency that operates more than 20 river crossings between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He also served as a Commonwealth trustee for the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund, the entity charged with providing health benefits to more than 80,000 Commonwealth employees and their family members.

In 2001, Adrian served as counsel to Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street's Task Force on Police Discipline.

Representative Matters

Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs

  • Representation of AT&T in federal and state government relations matters relative to its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile 
  • Representation of LightSquared before federal executive branch agencies in connection with its development of a nationwide wireless broadband network 
  • Representation of Exelon Generation in connection with Pennsylvania government relations and emergency planning matters 
  • Representation of Unisys Corporation in connection with the extension of its Data Powerhouse services contract with the Pennsylvania. Governor’s Office of Administration 
  • Representation of Prison Health Services in connection with the extension of its medical services contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections 
  • Representation of Level 3 Communications before the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Administration 
  • Representation of Wellington Development before the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in connection with the development of a waste coal energy plant 
  • Representation of GTECH Corporation in connection with procurement issues and matters before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and Department of Revenue 
  • Representation of UGI Corporation (Amerigas Partners) in connection with amending certain Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry regulations 
  • Representation of Oracle Corporation before the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Administration


  • General Legal Counsel to Penn National Gaming, Inc.
  • Counsel to Centaur Gaming in connection with application for a Pennsylvania Category 1 gaming license 
  • Counsel to Trump Entertainment Resorts in connection with application for a Pennsylvania Category 2 gaming license 
  • Counsel to Valley Forge Convention Center Partners and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in connection with their successful applications for a Pennsylvania Category 3 gaming license 
  • Counsel to NCR Corporation, Simplex Grinnell, Teradata Corporation, Shuffle Master, the Philadelphia Phillies and Global Cash Access in connection Pennsylvania gaming vendor applications 
  • Counsel to CanAm Enterprises in connection with its successful effort to obtain approval to provide Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5) financing to Pennsylvania Casinos

Public-Private Partnerships

  • Counsel to a consortium consisting of Amtrak, Jones Lang LaSalle, and Merchant Equity Group in connection with the construction of transportation-oriented development to be located at Amtrak’s North Philadelphia Station
  • Counsel to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in connection with the proposed lease of the Pennsylvania Turnpike; secured the largest bid for a public asset in U.S. history: $12.8 billion
  • Counsel to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in connection with the development of a Marine Container Terminal Facility to be located at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard

Professional Activities

American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association

Security Clearances

Granted Top Secret security clearance by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Recognition & Accomplishments

Recipient of the Pennsylvania National Guard's highest civilian honor, the Meritorious Service Medal, for dedication and service to the Commonwealth, October 2005

Recipient of the Patrick Henry Award from the National Guard Association of the United States for “outstanding and exceptional service” to the Armed Forces of the United States, the National Guard and the National Guard Association, September 2005

Selected as one of 50 “Young Leaders” by the American Swiss Foundation; participated in the ASF Young Leaders Conference, Ermatingen, Switzerland, May 2005

Selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal to receive its 40 Under 40 Award, which recognizes 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are proven performers in their respective industries and communities, May 2007


Co-author, "Colorado Gaming Commission Moves to Ban Licensees From Involvement in Marijuana Industry," Ballard Spahr alert, September 24, 2018

Speaking Engagements

"State Regulators and AGs Flexing New Enforcement Muscle under Dodd-Frank," Ballard Spahr webinar, July 10, 2014

Pennsylvania Bar Institute Continuing Legal Education Course: The New Gaming Legislation – Table Games and What They Mean for Pennsylvania, March 2010

Pennsylvania Bar Institute Continuing Legal Education Course: Gaming Law Update, June 2009

Philadelphia Bar Association, Young Lawyer Division: Panel Discussion on Philadelphia Casinos, October 2008

Democratic Governors Association Fall Meeting: Panel Discussion on United States Infrastructure Policy, October 2008

Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Conference: The Evolving Political Landscape for P3 in the U.S., October 2008

American Public Transportation Association Legal Affairs Workshop: Prerequisites to Public-Private Partnerships, February 2008

North American Public Private Partnerships & Infrastructure Finance Conference: P3 Opportunities in Pennsylvania, September 2007

Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel Continuing Legal Education Course: Transportation Funding Initiatives, September 2007

Pennsylvania Bar Institute Continuing Legal Education Course: Gaming Law Update, October 2006

Delaware Valley Association of Corporate Counsel, Fifth Annual General Counsel Forum: Presentation on Corporate Emergency Preparedness, October 2006

Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel Continuing Legal Education Course: Representing the Executive Branch Client, September 2006

Board and Committee Memberships

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's State Police Transition Review Team, 2014

Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority, Board Member, January 2013-January 2014

Historic Philadelphia Inc., Board Member, December 2011-September 2012

Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Board Member, June 2008-September 2012

Temple University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Trustee Appointed by Governor Rendell and unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate, June 2007-June 2011

American Revolution Center, Board Member and Secretary, December 2005-present

Philadelphia Hospitality, Inc., Board Member, January 2006-July 2008

Co-Chairman, Mayor Nutter’s Emergency Services Transition Committee, 2007

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Security Committee, 2007

City of Philadelphia Emergency Preparedness Review Committee, 2006

New Jersey Governor John Corzine’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Transition Policy Group, 2006

Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street's Task Force on Police Discipline, Counsel, 2001

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 1993, cum laude)

Columbia University (B.A. 1989)

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government (Certificate in Crisis Management 2004)


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Mr. King has appeared, via pro hac vice motion, in the state and/or federal courts of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New Hampshire, and New Jersey.