Alston & Bird LLP

Alston & Bird LLP Company Profile

As definitively "Atlanta" as Coca-Cola, TBS and Bobby Cox, Alston & Bird isn't just a Georgia peach: it has built a nationally-regarded lobbying practice and has an expansive reach from New York to California. 

Shopping for Growth

Atlanta-based Alston & Bird's predecessor firms date back to 1893. Nearly a century later, in 1982, the firm known as Alston, Miller & Gaines merged with Jones, Bird & Howell and adopted the combined name Alston & Bird. Despite this growth, the firm's operations were limited to Georgia, where it represented institutions like CNN, Emory University and Augusta National founder Bobby Jones, a former firm partner.

Alston & Bird's first expedition across state lines came with the debut of its Washington, DC office in 1990. Then, in 1997, the firm merged with Bell Seltzer Park & Gibson, a deal which included two offices in North Carolina. New York was next, thanks to a 2001 merger with Walter, Conston, Alexander & Green. In 2007, the firm acquired Crews, Shepherd & McCarty (and its office in Dallas); the pattern of growth-by-acquisition continued with the 2008 grab of California-based boutique Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava & MacCuish, which added an office in Los Angeles. Alston & Bird also set up shop in the verdant technology hills of Palo Alto, where it has expanded the office to include litigation and corporate practices in addition to intellectual property.

Political Savvy

The Alston & Bird roster boasts some big names, many of them connected with politics and the firm's bipartisan legislative and policy group. Former presidential candidate and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole works alongside a number of former government officials from the State Department, the Department of Justice, the CIA, the IRS, the Treasury Department and the White House. The group also includes officials who serve on the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for International and Strategic Studies. No wonder Alston & Bird has been called upon to advise a number of American and foreign government agencies, tackling projects like the Pentagon's International Security Affairs Balkans Working Group.

Another leading practice is Alston & Bird's tax department, which is one of the largest law firm-based tax practices in the country. Besides regularly handling tax matters for firm clients, the Alston & Bird tax team has clients that rely on it for tax work and only tax work. The firm's tax pros have worked with Fortune 100 companies, private foundations, multinational corporations and high-tech startups.

Keeping Up with Subprime Strategy

Alston & Bird's eight major practice areas are further broken down into dozens of subspecialties, ranging from ADR litigation to water resources issues. The firm's industry focus includes the energy, health care, financial services, hospitality, infrastructure, special services, technology and insurance sectors, as well as colleges and universities. Like many of its rivals, Alston & Bird responded to the recession and credit crisis by creating a dedicated subprime mortgage markets group. This multidisciplinary team represents financial institutions (on Wall Street and Main Street) in matters involving regulatory issues, transactions, bankruptcies, internal investigations, sales of distressed assets, securities fraud, class action suits and litigation.

Among the clients who've called upon Alston & Bird's services over the years are corporate giants like Bank of America, Delta Air Lines, Dow Chemical, Nokia, Twentieth Century Fox and Aflac.

IN THE NEWS

April 2014

Class Dismissed
Alston & Bird successfully convinced a Texas federal judge to throw out a putative class action suit that claimed the firm's client Dell Inc., Dell's CEO and others disseminated false information in connection with a proposed $24.4 billion buyout of the company. The judge dismissed the case without prejudice after the plaintiffs filed a voluntary motion for dismissal on April 3. As one of 2013's most extensive and hard-fought takeover battles, the Alston & Bird team prevailed over several high-profile investors, one of which included Carl Icahn.

March 2014

Generic Drugs, Not Generic Case Strategies
Alston & Bird scored a $106 million district court jury verdict for its clients Mylan Inc. and Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the only U.S.-headquartered generic and specialty pharmaceutical companies, in a dispute against GlaxoSmithKline LLC (GSK) regarding a breach of contract claim over the production and sale of a generic formulation of Paxil CR, a popular antidepressant. In 2007, GSK signed an agreement granting Mylan an exclusive right to market and sell paroxetine hydrochloride, the generic name for Paxil CR. Breach of this original agreement led to this new dispute, and after a nine-day trial, the jury found GSK breached that agreement by subsequently allowing a third party, Apotex, to sell generics of the drug in 2010.

February 2014

Award-Winning Innovation
At a lunchtime ceremony, Alston & Bird was named Best Law Firm - Innovation at the inaugural CTA Intelligence Service Awards, created to recognize and reward those who have provided outstanding support and services to the North American managed futures industry over the past 12 months. Alston & Bird's Investment Management Group is comprised of approximately 20 attorneys specializing in the structuring, formation and ongoing advice relating to emerging and institutional investment funds. Clients include institutional investment managers and asset management groups of major financial institutions, as well as entrepreneurial start-up and established managers looking to build an asset management business. The firm's clients are located throughout the United States and overseas in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

A Real Deal
Alston & Bird represented the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust, Inc., in connection with Inland's recently announced stock-for-stock merger with Kite Realty Group Trust. The merger has an announced transaction value of $2.1 billion and equity value of $1.2 billion. Alston & Bird also represented the Inland Special Committee in connection with Inland's $503 million sale of certain real estate assets to Realty Income Corporation, which was announced in December 2013.

January 2014
Blow the Whistle
Alston & Bird's work on behalf of BlueLinx Holdings in Pruett v. BlueLinx Holdings Inc., specifically regarding a matter of first impression in which the Northern District of Georgia concluded that Dodd-Frank whistleblowers are not entitled to a jury trial or punitive damages, was listed among the "Top Ten Whistleblower and Retaliation Developments of 2013." The Law360 year-end piece noted that the decision "is likely to have a meaningful impact in favor of employers" and that "employers can expect traction in relying on this decision in negotiating settlements." The ruling and its significance is described in detail in the Alston & Bird Labor & Employment Advisory "District Court Finds No Right to Jury Trial for Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Retaliation Plaintiffs."

July 2013
Friends of Synovus Financial
Attorneys from the firm's Financial Services & Products and Corporate Transactions & Securities Groups successfully represented Synovus Financial in connection with Synovus' repayment of $968 million in TARP funds. The repayment of the TARP funds was partially funded by a $185 million common stock offering and a $130 million preferred stock offering. The firm has served as Synovus' primary corporate counsel since 2008, representing Synovus on a variety of matters throughout the economic downturn and advising and assisting Synovus to execute on its plan to return to sustained profitability.

Largest Insurance Brokerage Deal of the Year
Attorneys from the firm's Corporate Transactions, Tax, Executive Compensation and ERISA Groups successfully represented client Beecher Carlson Holdings, Inc., in what has been called the largest insurance brokerage deal of the year, with the sale of the Atlanta-based company to Brown & Brown, Inc., for $360 million. The firm has represented Beecher Carlson- formerly a portfolio company of private equity firm Austin Ventures, with equity also held by FSPM, management and outside investors-for more than nine years since the company's inception.

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Alston & Bird LLP


One Atlantic Center
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309-3424
Phone: (404) 881-7000
Fax: (404) 881-7777
www.alston.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Richard R. Hays
  • Hiring Attorneys: Elizabeth A. Price (Atlanta); David A. Brown (DC); Ross R. Barton (Charlotte); Heather B. Adams (Research Triangle); Natalie C. Clayton (New York); Kate Moseley (Dallas); J. Andrew Howard (Los Angeles); Ryan W. Koppelman (Silicon Valley)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 790

  • Employment Contact

    Erin Springer
    Director of Attorney Hiring
    Phone: (404) 881-4464
    Fax: (404) 253-8674
    E-mail: erin.springer@alston.com

    Recruiting contacts for all Alston & Bird locations can be found at www.alston.com/careers


  • Base Salary

    Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Research Triangle, NC
    1st year: $135,000    
    Summer associate: $2,600/week

    Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Silicon Valley, CA; Washington, DC
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer Associate: $3,075/week


  • Summer Associate Offers

    42 out of 42 (2Ls) (2013)


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Corporate & Finance
    Environment, Land Development & Natural Resources
    Health Care
    Intellectual Property
    Legislative & Public Policy
    Litigation
    Privacy & Data Security
    Tax

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA (HQ)
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Dallas, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Research Triangle, NC
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Brussels
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