Adrian R. King, Jr.

Partner

kinga@ballardspahr.com
Tel 215.864.8622
Fax 215.864.8999
Philadelphia

Adrian King focuses his practice at the intersection of law and government. With his extensive government sector experience and deep knowledge of the governmental and regulatory process, Adrian provides his clients with the benefit of an insider’s perspective as he works to achieve their goals and objectives. He regularly represents clients before federal, state, and local executive branch and administrative agencies, as well as legislative bodies and committees, with an emphasis on gaming, state attorney general enforcement actions, and government affairs. Adrian is a Co-Practice Leader of both the firm’s Gaming practice and its Government Relations and Public Policy Group.

Government Service

Over the years, Adrian has served the public by playing several high-level roles within Pennsylvania state government. Most recently, during the years 2013-2014, he was First Deputy Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, where he was involved in numerous high-profile matters, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Philip Morris USA, Inc., litigation, which restored payment to Pennsylvania of $126 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, and managed an annual agency budget in excess of $100 million.

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 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 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.

Representative Matters

Gaming

  • General Outside Legal Counsel to Penn National Gaming.
  • Counsel to IAC / Interactive Corporation in connection with its $1 billion investment in MGM Resorts International.
  • 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 Philadelphia investor Ira Lubert in connection with his successful bid for a Pennsylvania Category 4 gaming license.
  • Counsel to NCR Corporation, Simplex Grinnell, Teradata Corporation, Shuffle Master, the Philadelphia Phillies, and Everi (formerly Global Cash Access) in connection with 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.

State Attorney General Enforcement Actions

  • Representation of a summer camp operator in connection with a pandemic-related business suspension and subsequent consumer refund requests.
  • Representation of a multinational consumer electronics retailer in connection with an investigation of gift card fraud.
  • Representation of a nonprofit, physician-evaluation organization that certifies physicians practicing in certain specialties in connection with allegations of mismanagement. Investigation concluded with no action taken by the attorney general’s office.
  • Representation of a large regional mortgage lender and affiliated real estate brokerage in connection with allegations of discriminatory lending practices.
  • Representation of a merchant-focused, alternative financing source in connection with alleged violations of the Pennsylvania Rental-Purchase Agreement Act.
  • Representation of a pest control company in connection with alleged violations of the Pennsylvania door-to-door sales law.
  • Counsel to a leading drug wholesale company in connection with multistate attorney general investigation into opioid sales and marketing practices.
  • Representation of a multination chemical manufacturing company in connection with allegations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination of residential groundwater.
  • Representation of a national waste collection and recycling company in connection with consumer complaints over allegations of undisclosed fees and costs.
  • Representation of a national real estate investment trust in connection with consumer complaints regarding rental apartment utility billing practices.
  • Representation of a national on-demand prepared food delivery service relating to alleged labor law violations.

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.

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

One of 10 lawyers honored by The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly as one of the "Top Lateral Hires of 2005"

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

Publications

Co-author, Pennsylvania Overview, International Comparative Legal Guides, Gambling, A Practical Cross-Border Insight into Gambling Law, 2020 Edition

Co-author, "Virginia Takes Significant Step Toward Casino Gaming," Ballard Spahr Alert, April 5, 2019

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

Co-author, "FinCEN Imposes $650,000 Civil Penalty on Small Card Club Gaming Establishment," Ballard Spahr Alert, January 6, 2016

Speaking Engagements

Testimony before the Pennsylvania Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee: Gaming Industry Opposition to Senate Bill 1256 – VGT Expansion Legislation, October 2020

Testimony before the Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee: Gaming Industry Opposition to So-Called “Games of Skill,” June 2019

Pennsylvania Bar Institute Continuing Legal Education Course: “Creating, Influencing and Challenging a Regulation,” November 2016

Testimony before the Pennsylvania Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee and the House Gaming Oversight Committee: Proposed Increase on Section 1401 Account Assessments on Pennsylvania Casinos, May 2016

Harrisburg University, State Chief Information Officer Executive Education Program: Presentation on Leadership, Communications and Relationships, March 2016

"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

Museum of the American Revolution, Board Member and Secretary, December 2005-Present

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force, Emergency Preparedness Workgroup, 2015

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

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

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

Chairman of the Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET), a criminal justice information network that enables state departments and agencies, county government agencies, municipal police departments, and federal agencies to instantaneously share and access key criminal justice data, 2003-2005

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, 2003-2004

Commonwealth Trustee for the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund, the entity charged with providing health benefits to more than 80,000 state government employees and their family members, 2003-2004

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)

Pennsylvania

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