Alston & Bird LLP at a Glance


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  • “Less mobility between practice groups”
  • “Long hours”

The Buzz

  • “Best in Atlanta”
  • “Family friendly”
  • “Cheap”
  • “Gunners”

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.

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.


April 2015

The Client is Always Right

Alston & Bird was singled out by general counsel as one of the most highly regarded law firm brands, ranking No. 15 among the firms comprising the BTI Brand Elite 2015: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms.  In another study by the BTI Consulting Group-BTI Client Service All-Stars 2015-corporate counsel chose seven Alston & Bird lawyers as the best at serving clients. Among the firm's selected lawyers, one is an associate. No other firm had more attorneys recognized as client service all-stars.  

Rap Battles

Alston & Bird clients NFGTV, Inc. (Eastern TV) and Monami Entertainment LLC, production companies for VH1's hit reality TV show, "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta," have been granted summary judgment in a two-and-a-half-year defamation battle.  In a lawsuit filed in 2012 in Fulton County Superior Court in Georgia, plaintiff Mickey Wright, Jr.-a former record executive and music personality known as MeMpHiTz-alleged that he was defamed in several episodes of the show's first season in comments made about him by Kimberly Michelle Pate, the award-winning singer/songwriter known as K. Michelle.  The lawsuit had asked for $15 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.

Going Green

Alston & Bird is proud to participate in the pilot launch of the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standard (ALISS).  Developed by a task force of the Law Firm Sustainability Network that included Alston & Bird, ALISS is a comprehensive online assessment tool designed to help law firms measure their efforts to promote energy efficiency and conservation, boost recycling and identify opportunities to improve current sustainability programs and practices.  Alston & Bird is at the forefront of law firm environmental sustainability. In addition to participating in ALISS, the firm is a founding member of the Law Firm Sustainability Network and a recipient of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Gold certification for its Atlanta office.  The firm is also a Leadership Club member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, which encourages the use of green power.

March 2015

Big Clients, Big Wins

Alston & Bird represented clients in two of the country's largest verdicts of 2014 as determined by The National Law Journal. Both cases were ranked among the top 30.  In the publication's "Top 100 Verdicts of 2014," the firm's win on behalf of Mylan Inc. and Mylan Pharmaceuticals earned the No. 18 spot.  In that case, the firm secured a $106 million district court jury verdict against GlaxoSmithKline LLC in a breach of contract claim over the production and sale of a generic formulation of Paxil CR, a popular antidepressant.  Ranked No. 28 among the top verdicts was Alston & Bird's success representing Mohawk Industries in a breach of contract dispute with Arizona Chemical Co. LLC. The firm secured a $70.1 million circuit court jury verdict.

Accept Your Offer ASAP

For the 16th consecutive year, Alston & Bird was named among the top 100 employers in the country by Fortune magazine. Additionally, the firm was further recognized by Fortune as one of the country's top 10 employers for women.  Fortune's 18th annual list of America's "100 Best Companies to Work For®" ranks the firm No. 41, making Alston & Bird the only law firm recognized by Fortune as a best company each year since 1999.  The magazine also ranks Alston & Bird No. 4 on its list of "Top 10 Best Companies for Women," with women comprising 53 percent of employees firmwide. The firm is one of only two law firms to make the list of top companies for women.

November 2014

A Perfect 11

Alston & Bird earned a top rating of 100 percent in the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, an annual survey by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that measures commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality.  This survey marks the 11th consecutive year that the firm has achieved a perfect CEI score and earned the distinction as one of the best places to work for LGBT equality.

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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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Richard R. Hays
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 790

  • Employment Contact
    Erin Springer
    Director of Attorney Hiring
    Phone: (404) 881-4464
    Fax: (404) 253-8674

    Recruiting contacts for all Alston & Bird locations can be found at

  • 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
    40 out of 43 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Corporate & Finance
    Environment, Land Development & Natural Resources
    Health Care
    Intellectual Property
    Legislative & Public Policy
    Privacy & Data Security

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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