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Alston & Bird LLP

  • Designation: Atlanta
  • Head Count: 789
  • Gross Revenues: $675,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $855,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,665,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -3

Alston & Bird is an Atlanta-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Alston & Bird has 789 attorneys and is the 45th largest firm in the United States.  With $675,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 44th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Alston & Bird ranked as the 52nd highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, GA, NC, NY and TX.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 44 -3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 44 -3 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 45 -5 Lawyer head count
The A-List 32 -3 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 41 1 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 76 -6 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 28 25 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 22 3 Summer programs

In the News

DLA Piper, Proskauer, S&C in Big Lights as NBA Season Begins

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 29, 2014

As the 2014-15 National Basketball season tips off this week, several Am Law 100 firms are getting in on some off-the-court legal action. DLA Piper has been retained to advise on a sale of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, Sullivan & Cromwell is counseling the owner of the New York Knicks on a potential split of his company's operations and Proskauer Rose its representing the league itself on a landmark deal in Brazil. The NBA players' union also filed its annual operating report, which details legal fees paid to Paul Weiss, Orrick, Steptoe, Weil and Winston & Strawn.

Lawyers Puzzle Over Ping-Pong Rulings From Appeals Court and Becker

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : October 29, 2014

Ping-pong rulings between the Court of Appeals and a DeKalb County judge over cases in the DeKalb school construction scandal are fascinating, said a veteran criminal defense attorney watching the action.

Appeals Court Halts Becker's Order Releasing DeKalb School Convicts

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : October 29, 2014

The state Court of Appeals has halted the release of two defendants in the DeKalb County school corruption case whose convictions were reversed Monday by a trial court judge.

DeKalb DA Suggests Judge Reversed Convictions to Retaliate Against Appeals Court

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : October 28, 2014

The DeKalb County district attorney's office suggested that the judge who suddenly reversed two major convictions in a school contracting scandal did so as a way to get back at a Court of Appeals panel that criticized her handling of a related case.

Daschle Hopes Clients Will Follow Him to Baker Donelson

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

Sen. Tom Daschle, former Democratic majority leader, will start a public policy advisory group named after him at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz's Washington office, the firm announced Tuesday. Daschle leaves DLA Piper after a five-year tenure.

Who in Big Law Cut Checks for the Midterms?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

The NLJ looks at how the legal industry supports certain interests and people, and where lobbying horsepower could focus in the coming years. In this report, we've highlighted midterm election contributions to three powerful members of Congress.

Appeals Judges Say If Lewis Lied in DeKalb Schools Case, Other Convictions Are Questionable Too

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : October 24, 2014

The appeals court panel that gave former DeKalb County school superintendent Crawford Lewis a new chance to avoid prison hinted that a trial judge's failure to accept Lewis' plea deal for probation could undermine his codefendants' convictions.

A Sidley Partner's Quick Turnaround, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 21, 2014

Six weeks after joining Fried Frank, former Sidley Austin securities and derivatives enforcement head David Katz returns to the firm; Kirkland & Ellis makes two more high-profile additions; Schulte Roth snags Patterson Belknap's trusts and estates chair; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Entry-Level Pay for Big Law in Atlanta Flat Since Recession

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 17, 2014

Five years after big firms slashed associate pay in response to the recession, the market rate for their first-year associates in Atlanta is still $135,000.

Georgia Legal Services Honors Champions of Justice

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 16, 2014

The Georgia Legal Services Program honored 10 lawyers, judges and citizen advocates at its annual Champions of Justice event on Oct. 7, hosted by Alston & Bird.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : October 13, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Rent-to-Own Company Accused of Spying Settles for $28 Million

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : October 13, 2014

Deal with the attorney general's office resolves claims that Aaron's Inc. installed spyware on rental computers that enabled it to monitor and record its customers' actions.

Blank Rome Whistleblower Group Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 10, 2014

One of the few whistleblower practices at an Am Law 100 firm is heading out on its own; fast-growing Parker Ibrahim & Berg raids Edwards Wildman Palmer to branch out in Boston; Ballard Spahr's mortgage banking head goes in-house; and more notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

In-House at Large Public Companies

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Chart tracking In-House Counsel at Large Public Companies.

Volunteers Needed for Truancy Intervention Project

Terry Walsh : Daily Report : October 03, 2014

Finding meaningful volunteer opportunities can be a challenge for practicing lawyers and their staff. The Truancy Intervention Project (TIP) is offering a seminar Oct. 21 to explain how the legal community can help.

Atlanta Legal Aid Celebrates 90 Years

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 03, 2014

The Atlanta Legal Aid Society celebrated its 90th anniversary in style on Thursday, with a lunch for 500 friends, supporters and staff at the Georgia Aquarium.

Kamins to Retire, Ending Judicial Conduct Proceedings

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : October 02, 2014

Barry Kamins said in a stipulation that he will retire as state Supreme Court justice on Dec. 1, and the Commission on Judicial Conduct agreed to drop its investigation of whether he violated ethics canons through his behind-the-scenes role as advisor to the 2013 campaign of former Brooklyn district attorney Charles Hynes.

On the Move: Jones Day Recruits Data Security Partner

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 01, 2014

As data breaches continue to make headlines, with the massive Home Depot breach as the latest example, Jones Day has recruited data security and privacy practitioner Todd McClelland as a partner from Alston & Bird.

Almost One Fifth of the Global 100 Firms Have Atlanta Offices

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 01, 2014

In this year's Global 100 ranking by The American Lawyer, there are 19 firms with Atlanta offices, including DLA Piper, the No. 2 firm on the list after Baker & McKenzie.

Who's On and Off the Global 100 List

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

Several firms appear for the first time on the Global 100 list, while others fall off.

Bingham Starts Hiring Again, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 27, 2014

After months of partner departures, Bingham McCutchen has dipped into the lateral market to make some hires of its own by bringing on an energy partner in Washington, D.C., and a senior counsel in San Francisco. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Meet The GC: Harold M. Cohen of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Mary Welch : Daily Report : September 24, 2014

Harold M. "Sonny" Cohen became senior vice president of legal affairs, corporate secretary and general counsel of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. (formerly known as AFC Enterprises Inc.) in September 2005.

On The Move: Khayat Leaves King & Spalding to Start Solo Practice

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : September 23, 2014

Robert Khayat has left King & Spalding to open a solo litigation shop, The Khayat Law Firm.

Legal Aid to Expand its Law Hotline Using Retiree Volunteers

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : September 23, 2014

The Atlanta Legal Aid Society is stepping up its efforts to tap into the retired lawyer community for volunteers to help clients over the phone, thanks to a grant from the federal Legal Services Corp.

Supreme Moment: Four Georgia Lawyers to Argue at High Court

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : September 22, 2014

Several Georgia lawyers are preparing for cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, which in two weeks returns from its summer hiatus.

Freshfields Adds Four But Loses One, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 20, 2014

The Magic Circle firm's New York hiring spree continued, although one partner has left the London-based legal giant's office in Washington, D.C., for a top in-house job at Chevron. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and more in our latest tally of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Atlanta's Big Law Partners Average $700K, Pay Survey Says

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : September 19, 2014

Compensation gap between equity and non-equity partners is widening, it says

Antitrust Opt Outs Open Doors for Defense Lawyers

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : September 19, 2014

Nixon Peabody's John Foote, who specializes in antitrust defense, recently wrapped up his first plaintiff's case for Kodak.

Women Leaders in Tech Law: Dominique Shelton, Alston & Bird

: The Recorder : September 18, 2014

As a privacy advisor, Shelton makes it her business to monitor the class action plaintiffs bar, the Federal Trade Commission and state regulators.

Takeover Battle Highlights Skadden's Inversion Expertise

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 17, 2014

Four Am Law 100 firms are facing off in a $2.2 billion takeover fight involving Endo International's bid to acquire Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, a deal that would stymie a $345 million tax inversion deal forged by the latter this summer with Canadian biotechnology firm QLT. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which is currently advising Auxilium, has also done inversion work for Endo.