McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP


Although Mckenna Long & Aldridge's work is technically limited to three general practice areas (transactional, litigation and government/regulatory), the firm still manages to handle just about anything and everything related to business, with scores of specialty subgroups.

DC Institution Meets Atlanta Upstart

MLA was born of a 2002 merger between McKenna & Cuneo-a government-oriented DC firm founded in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt's former attorney general-and Long, Aldridge & Norman-a Southeastern upstart which, after its founding in Atlanta in 1974, rapidly grew on a primarily corporate practice platform. Now with nine offices from coast to coast and one abroad in Brussels, MLA has combined its government and corporate experience to build a multi-service firm.

MLA divides its practice into three main areas: transactional services (in corporate, real estate and bankruptcy law), litigation services (in areas ranging from product liability and toxic torts to white collar crime and commercial business), and governmental and regulatory services (ranging from government contracts to international law). The firm's blue chip clients include household names like AT&T, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Hewlett-Packard, the Boeing Company and Radio Shack.

MLA weathered the economic downturn well, thanks to a bankruptcy attorney hiring spree the firm embarked on just before economic growth decided to take a long vacation. The firm also represented the Canadian government when it provided hefty loans to General Motors and Chrysler in the midst of the auto industry bailout.

Government Affairs All Stars

MLA's government affairs practice benefits from the contributions of some well-known politicos. Former Vermont Governor and Democratic presidential candidate howler Howard Dean is a senior strategic advisor and independent consultant for the firm, focusing on health care and energy issues. Former Georgia governor and Senator Zell Miller counsels MLA clients on government policy.

Hiring Assessment

MLA made headlines when it recently pioneered a unique recruitment requirement-callbacks involve a personality test aimed to find candidates who are best suited for the firm culture. Important traits include initiative, leadership skills and team-oriented. Or-as a human resources representative guest-blogged for the Careerist-to help identify those that tend to "run with scissors" instead of working with the team.

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McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

303 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 5300
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: (404) 527-4000
Fax: (404) 527-4198


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Jeffrey K. Haidet
  • Total No. Attorneys 2012: 558

  • Employment Contact

    Atlanta and Brussels
    Sayako Matsuzaki
    Legal Recruitment Manager
    Phone: (404) 527-8444
    Fax: (404) 527-4198

    Denver and Washington, DC
    Megan McGrath
    Legal Recruitment Manager
    Phone: 303-634-4000
    Fax: 303-634-4400

    Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County and Rancho Santa Fe
    Julie T. Inouye
    Sr. Manager of Legal Recruitment
    Phone: (213) 243-6148
    Fax: (213) 243-6330

    San Diego
    Elizabeth Tingey
    Professional Development and Recruitment Manager
    Phone: (619) 236.1414
    Fax: (619) 645.5321

  • Base Salary

    Atlanta and Denver
    1st year: $135,000
    Summer associate: $2,600/week

    Los Angeles
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,000/week

    Washington, DC
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,000/week

  • Summer Associate Offers

    14 out of 15 (2011)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Compliance & Investigations
    Employer Services Group
    Environment, Energy & Product Regulation
    Global Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships
    Government Contracts
    Intellectual Property & Technology
    Military Bases & Communities
    Municipal Recovery & Restructuring
    Political Law
    Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs
    Real Estate
    Supply Chain Management

Major Office Locations

  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Orange County, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Washington, DC
  • Atlanta, GA
  • New York, NY
  • Albany, NY
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