Rahul Patel was born in London, England and lived there for 13 years before immigrating to the United States with his family. Mr. Patel and his wife Swati, a University of Florida alumna, live in Atlanta, Georgia with their two children – Anyssa (17) and Selena (15).
Mr. Patel is a partner in the law firm of King & Spalding where he has been a mergers & acquisitions lawyer for 24 years. King & Spalding is an international law firm with over 1200 lawyers in 23 offices around the world. Mr. Patel is co-head of the firm’s Private Equity / M&A Group and was elected by the firm’s partnership to serve a second term on its Policy Committee, which serves as the firm’s world-wide governing and management committee. Mr. Patel is ranked by Chambers Global, Chambers U.S.A., and Chambers Asia-Pacific as a leading M&A lawyer.
Mr. Patel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994 and law degree in 1997 both from the University of Florida where he was inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame upon graduation. He is the past President of the University of Florida National Alumni Association, the past President of the University of Florida College of Law Alumni Council and is a member of the Executive Board of the University of Florida Foundation. Mr. Patel was one of three University of Florida Law School alumni given the inaugural Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Crawford & Company (NYSE) and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Westminster Schools.
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