Alston & Bird LLP at a Glance


  • “The partners care about associate development”
  • “Generally supportive culture”
  • “Work/life balance”


  • “Bonus requirements”
  • “It can be a real struggle to be a diverse attorney here.”
  • “Our TX office is on the NYC pay scale, but the Atlanta office is not”

About Alston & Bird LLP

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, adding an office in nearby San Francisco in 2017. Overseas, the firm opened its first international office in Brussels to focus on payments and data privacy and added a Beijing outpost to service Chinese clients in 2015.

Business Savvy

Attorneys at Alston & Bird help clients resolve some of the most challenging issues facing businesses today. The firm's nationally recognized Privacy & Data Security Group represents a full range of clients in identifying their objectives at every step of the information lifecycle regarding the collection, use and protection of customer data. The group's cybersecurity attorneys are called on by large, global corporations to assist in both preventing and responding to security incidents and data breaches, including all varieties of network intrusion and data loss events.

Another leading practice is Alston & Bird's Finance Group, centered on a lending core and bolstered by niche specialty areas, including corporate trust, commercial mortgage servicing and structured finance. Representing the most active issuers, originators, servicers, trustees, master servicers, fund managers, investors, rating agencies, and insurers, the team has experience in structuring and closing complex transactions across a wide variety of asset classes. The practice includes long-time strengths like debt finance, but also securitization, private equity funds, and emerging areas like aircraft and equipment financing.

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.

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Alston & Bird LLP

One Atlantic Center
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (404) 881-7000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Richard R. Hays
  • Hiring Partners: Elizabeth A. Price (Atlanta); David A. Brown (DC); Ross R. Barton (Charlotte); Michael A. Kaeding (Raleigh); Natalie C. Clayton (New York); Kate Moseley (Dallas); Roger Cerda (Los Angeles); Ryan W. Koppelman (Silicon Valley)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2018: 821

  • Base Salary

    Atlanta; North Carolina
    1st year: $155,000
    Summer associate: $3,000/week

    Dallas; New York; DC; California
    1st year: $180,000
    Summer Associate: $3,500/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    43 out of 45 (2Ls only) (2017)

  • 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 • Raleigh, NC • San Francisco, CA • Silicon Valley, CA • Washington, DC Beijing • Brussels