Lifetime Achievers 2010: Ben Johnson III, Alston & Bird

, The American Lawyer

For retired Alston & Bird partner Ben Johnson III, the starting point for any discussion of his career isn't his major client relationships or his 11-year tenure as managing partner, but rather, his mentors. That list includes his father, Ben Johnson, Jr., dean at both Emory University School of Law and Georgia State University College of Law; Archibald Cox, for whom Johnson was a research assistant while at Harvard Law School; Griffin Bell, for whom he clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; and Philip Alston, Jr., who took a special interest in Johnson when he joined the firm in 1971. "They provided an example with their integrity, work ethic, willingness to teach, and involvement in the larger community," Johnson says.

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