2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The people are the best part about the firm.”
"The sophistication of the work.”
“Unpredictability of schedule.”
“Constant demands and expectations.”
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. A series of mergers and expansion efforts beginning in the late 90s (and continuing to recent years) increased the firm’s domestic footprint to California, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. 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.
Alston & Bird's eight major practice areas are 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. The firm also has a dedicated subprime mortgage markets group.
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.
Simply the Best
Its employees have spoken, and Alston & Bird is a pretty great place to work. The firm has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 20 years in a row. According to the firm, it is the only law firm to be honored in the survey for 20 consecutive years. Among the areas considered in the survey are values, leadership, trust, and camaraderie.
News & Awards
Alston & Bird has been recognized as one of the nation’s top law firms in the 2019 edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The firm earned 108 Tier-1 Rankings and was named “Law Firm of the Year” in Construction Law by the publication.
Alston & Bird Named a Fortune “Best Workplace for Parents”
Alston & Bird has been recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the country’s best places to work for parents.
Alston & Bird’s Environmental Leadership Recognized by New York City Bar
Alston & Bird has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the New York City Bar Association in honor of the environmental leadership and advocacy of the firm’s New York office.
Alston & Bird Earns Broad Recognition in 2019 IAM Patent 1000
For the eighth consecutive year, Alston & Bird has been recognized as a global leader in patent law in the 2019 edition of the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals.
- “100 Best Companies to Work For” No. 53 (Fortune Magazine)
- Alston & Bird earned four practice rankings and 19 individual rankings in the 2019 Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000.
- Alston & Bird’s Construction and Government Contracts groups were recognized by the 2019 edition of Chambers USA, along with eight of the firm’s lawyers.
- Partner Cliff Sanford received the 2019 Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award.
- Partners Yuri Mikulka and Jeff Rosenfeld were recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal in its 2019 “LA500” list of the most influential people in Los Angeles.
Why Work Here
"We believe that a diverse law firm is critical to providing the quality of legal services our clients expect, preserving our core values and maintaining our rich culture. The firm takes its commitment to diversity and inclusion seriously. We have worked and will continue to work to create and maintain an open and receptive work environment and a diverse workforce of attorneys and staff. From our recruiting and advancement practices to our vendor choices, we seek change that makes a real difference inside and outside our firm."
– John Latham and Cari Dawson, Diversity Partners
One Atlantic Center
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (404) 881-7000
Managing Partner: Richard R. Hays
Hiring Partners: Elizabeth A. Price (Atlanta); Jared M. Slade (Dallas); David A. Brown (DC); Christopher TL Douglas (Charlotte); Courtney M. Wright (LA); Adam M. Baker, David A. Freedman (NY); Michael A. Kaeding (Raleigh); Teresa T. Bonder (San Francisco); Ryan W. Koppelman (Silicon Valley)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
750 - 1K
Atlanta; North Carolina Offices
1st year: $165,000/$170,000 (Patent Bar Qualified)
Summer associate: $3,175/week Dallas; New York; DC; California Offices
1st year: $190,000
Summer Associate: $3,650/week
Summer Associate Offers:
46 out of 46 (2Ls only) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
55 total (46 2Ls; 9 1Ls) (2018)
Atlanta, GA (HQ)
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Corporate & Finance
Environment, Land Development & Natural Resources
Legislative & Public Policy
Privacy & Data Security
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.