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Alston & Bird LLP

  • Designation: Atlanta
  • Head Count: 805
  • Gross Revenues: $686,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $850,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,715,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 2

Alston & Bird is an Atlanta-based law firm. The firm acquired Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava & MacCuish on September 1, 2008. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size, the firm has 794 attorneys and is the thirty-sixth largest law firm in the United States. In terms of revenue, the firm ranked 47th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms, with gross revenues of $571,000,000 for 2010. The firm ranked 54th on the 2011 Global 100 survey. Alston & Bird offers legal services in areas including corporate finance, litigation, tax, intellectual property, and legislative and public policy law. In addition to its Atlanta headquarters, the firm has eight offices in North Carolina, Washington, D.C., New York, California, and Texas.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 41 2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 41 2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 38 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List 32 14 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 46 18 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 70 -4 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 28 25 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 22 3 Summer programs

In the News

The Only Clothing Line Named for an Atlanta Lawyer Comes Home

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 26, 2014

Atlanta lawyer Bobby Jones—a founder of the Augusta National Golf Club and a predecessor firm to Alston & Bird—died in 1971, but the sportswear line named for him is alive and on its way home.

The Churn: Bingham Departures Continue, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

Bingham & McCutchen loses a real estate finance partner to Holland & Knight and litigator to Stubbs Alderton Markiles; Greenberg Traurig adds a former FINRA enforcement counsel; and Holland & Hart absorbs a Salt Lake City tax boutique.

Firm Hit With Defamation Suit Can't Fight Back With Anti-SLAPP Law

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 24, 2014

A law firm and two name partners can't use Texas' anti-SLAPP statute to fend off a defamation suit against them.

Obituary: Milton Harry Ellerin

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Milton Harry Ellerin, a longtime solo practitioner in New York City, died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 89.

After In-House Lawyer is Jailed, Insurer's GC Comes to South Georgia and Settles Case

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 21, 2014

A trial over a paper mill worker's horrific burns, alleged racketeering and charges of fake insurance coverage ended last week with a confidential settlement, halfway through its expected two months.

Firm Hit With Defamation Suit Can't Fight Back With Anti-SLAPP Law

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 20, 2014

A law firm and two name partners can't use Texas' anti-SLAPP statute to fend off a defamation suit against them.

Feds Allege Ga. Hospitals Paid Kickbacks

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 20, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department has intervened in a whistleblower case against one of the country's largest hospital chains, alleging that three of its Georgia hospitals paid kickbacks for more than a decade to a chain of metro Atlanta prenatal clinics in return for patient referrals.

ON THE MOVE: New Faces at Nelson Mullins, Bloom Sugarman

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 19, 2014

Charles Huddleston has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as of counsel. He was a shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz until going solo in August.

Big Firms Wait on Sidelines as West Slaps Russia With Sanctions

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

The Obama administration and European Union announced sanctions Monday against several key individuals with ties to the Kremlin, just one day before President Vladimir Putin said he would accept Crimea's bid to join the Russian Federation. Caught in the middle are several top international and Am Law 100 firms, whose Moscow offices could be adversely affected. should the schism between East and West become more pronounced. Amid the uncertainty, two big Russian M&A deals yielded roles this week for four Magic Circle firms.

Alston & Bird Posts Flat Year in Revenue, Income

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 12, 2014

Alston & Bird had a flat 2013 after posting significant gains in revenue and net income in 2012.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Jennifer Weiss joins Goulston & Storrs' tax practice as partner in the Boston office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

D.C. Bar Announces 2014 Presidency Candidates

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

The D.C. Bar announced yesterday that this year's candidates for president-elect are Stephen Glover, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and Timothy Webster, a partner at Sidley Austin.

Flipboard Turns to Wilson Sonsini for Zite Buy

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

D.C. Calendar

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Legal forums throughout the D.C. metropolitan area.

IPO Lawyers Ready to Work Like It's 1999

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

All signs point to a bumper crop of offerings.

The Churn: Latham Adds from Ropes in Boston, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2014

A Boston-based white-collar litigator jumps to Latham & Watkins from Ropes & Gray; Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck gains five intellectual property lawyers; and Morrison & Foerster welcomes back a former partner from the Obama administration.

Solo with A Safety Net: Letzring Leaves Big Firm for Hall Arbery

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 18, 2014

Many big firm lawyers dream of having their own shop but are leery of taking the leap.

Is Threat of Surveillance New Reality for Law Firms?

Sara Randazzo and Andrew Ramonas : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

For many lawyers who represent foreign governments, the recent revelation that the U.S. National Security Agency's Australian ally has been privy to communications between an American law firm and its international client comes as no surprise.

Courts Wait for Thaw to Open

: Daily Report : January 13, 2014

As sleet, freezing rain and snow continued to fall Wednesday, courts announced they will be closed Thursday. Legal community events also have been postponed.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Patricia Hennessy joins Conrad O'Brien as co-chairwoman of the education law group in the West Chester, Pa., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: For Dentons' U.S. Arm, Flat Revenue and Slight Rise in Profits

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

Two months after the collapse of its planned combination with McKenna Long & Aldridge and nearly a year after a three-way merger with Paris-based Salans and Toronto-based Fraser Milner Casgrain, Dentons reported Monday that gross revenue was essentially flat for its U.S. arm in 2013 and profits per equity partner were up 4.8 percent.

Tax Guru Ashraf Goes to Ballard

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 05, 2014

Tax attorney Saba Ashraf has joined Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr as a partner from McKenna Long & Aldridge, where she led the tax practice.

The Lateral All-Stars

Hillary Flynn, Tom Brennan, Chris Johnson and Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The most high-profile lateral partner moves of 2013.

Covington Snags DLA Piper's D.C. Managing Partner

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

The managing partner of DLA Piper's Washington office, Frank "Rusty" Conner III, has jumped ship to Covington & Burling, along with financial institutions M&A specialist Michael Reed.

Your Career: Merger Mania

Sandy Lechtick : The Recorder : January 31, 2014

In this post-recession economy, partners should really understand where their firm is headed and what that means for them, writes recruiter Sandy Lechtick.

Legal Aid Society's Capital Campaign is Halfway Home

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 31, 2014

The Atlanta Legal Aid Society has reached the halfway point in an ambitious capital campaign to pay for its future home at 54 Ellis St. N.E., thanks to significant contributions from several Atlanta firms.

Corporate Law Departments Lead Firms in Diversity Push

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 29, 2014

The first in a new series of conversations about diversity in the legal profession drew a crowd of about 200 to Emory University School of Law on Monday evening.

ON THE MOVE: Weinstock Immigration Firm Opens

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 29, 2014

Karen Weinstock has opened her own immigration law firm, Weinstock Immigration Lawyers. The new firm is made up of the former Atlanta office of Memphis-based immigration firm Siskind Susser, where Weinstock had worked since 2001 and was the local managing partner.

Google Tops Best Employer List; Firms Trail Behind

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 22, 2014

Fortune has released its list of the top 100 companies to work for in 2014, which includes an office with an official VP of Fun.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 22, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

The 'Genesis' of a New Era for Class Action Defendants?

David Carpenter and James Cash : Corporate Counsel : January 22, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in has sparked a debate over the ruling's future impact on Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 class actions.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 15, 2014

Six firms announce promotions, while Karlinsky LLC and Sidley Austin announce new additions and Cozen O'Connor has named Abby Wenzel and Bernard Lee to cochair the firm's real estate practice.

Bar Panelists Speculate on Future of State's Appellate Courts

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 15, 2014

Asked to paint a picture of Georgia's appellate courts 50 years down the road, a panel of lawyers and judges predicted major changes will occur as the court system copes with a growing caseload.

Michael Lucas Succeeds Tamara Caldas at AVLF

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 15, 2014

Michael Lucas is the new deputy director of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, succeeding Tamara Caldas, who left the legal nonprofit in October to become Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton's pro bono partner.

The Churn: Chadbourne Adds 'Deep Throat' Lawyer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A former Manatt Phelps partner in Washington, D.C., with ties to Watergate figures joins Chadbourne; Hinshaw & Culbertson makes a group hire from an IP boutique in Chicago; and Orrick lands two Bingham entertainment trial lawyers in Los Angeles.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 13, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Boston University Settles Bulk of Diode Patent Claims

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2014

A lawyer for Boston University has informed two federal judges that it is in the process of settling cases with some two-dozen corporate defendants over a patent on light-emitting diodes.

Force-Placed Insurance Suit Seeks Federal Class Status

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 02, 2014

An Alabama homeowner is suing a U.S. subsidiary of London bank HSBC in federal court in Atlanta, claiming it has engaged in a long-running illegal kickback scheme over homeowners insurance.

Wine, Working and Womanhood—Alston & Bird Lawyer Says Working Moms Are "All In This Together"

: Daily Report : January 20, 2013

When Anne-Marie Slaughter, contributing editor at The Atlantic magazine and a professor at Princeton University, wrote an article in 2012 about working mothers, it created a stir among women.

Real Estate Roundup: Alston Snags Former Dewey Space

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, large law firms are addressing their office needs in cities across the country by either renewing existing leases or signing new ones.

Enter Our Litigation Department of the Year Awards Contest

: Daily Report : January 19, 2013

This spring, the Daily Report will recognize our state's best law firm litigation practices, and we invite you to nominate your firm or practice for this honor.

Judge Holds Execs of Failed Banks Personally Liable in FDIC Suit

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 17, 2013

A federal judge in Atlanta has taken issue with his fellow judges over whether a Georgia law protects the corporate officers and former executives of a failed bank from personal liability for the bank's losses if they are found to have neglected their corporate duties.

Your Skills: Planting the Seeds for Success

Greg Mitchell : The Recorder : January 13, 2013

Your Skills: Four Lessons in Mentoring

Ryan Koppelman : The Recorder : January 13, 2013

Associates often assume roles of both mentor and mentee as they gain experience, says Ryan Koppelman of Alston & Bird.

Law Firm Litigation Awards Deadline is Feb. 3

: Daily Report : January 11, 2013

Every day on the pages of the Daily Report our readers see examples of the work of some of Georgia's best litigators.

Environmental Group Ends Fish Kill Dispute in $5 Million Deal

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 11, 2013

The price tag is growing on the value of legal actions spawned by the death of 38,000 fish in the Ogeechee River two years ago.

Privacy a Sticking Point for Dealmakers

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 09, 2013

Privacy compliance is increasingly a sticking point between targets and acquirers. Lawyers say they're seeing closes delayed, offering prices reduced and some transactions scuttled altogether over privacy risks.

Privacy a Sticking Point for Dealmakers

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 09, 2013

Lawyers such as Ropes & Gray's James DeGraw say user data policies present a host of challenges.

Moreland Report Revives Debate Over N.Y. Grand Jury Immunity

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2013

A preliminary report of Governor Cuomo's anti-corruption panel has reignited an old debate over whether New York should join the federal government and the vast majority of states and scrap its controversial "transactional immunity" rule that cloaks grand jury witnesses with an extraordinary shield against prosecution.

Samsung Fights Sanctions Over Discovery Leak

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 09, 2013

For the second time in recent weeks, John Quinn defended his firm in court, insisting its breach of a protective order was inadvertent.

Privacy a Sticking Point for Dealmakers

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 06, 2013

Lawyers like Ropes & Gray's James DeGraw say user data policies present a host of challenges.

Thompson Hine Continues Hiring Spree with 2 Laterals

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 04, 2013

Thompson Hine continues its growth push in Atlanta with the recruitment of two longtime Atlanta lawyers. Peter Coffman joined from Dow Lohnes as a partner and Aaron Watson joined from Barnes & Thornburg as senior counsel.

2 Firms Take on New Marketing Officers

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 04, 2013

Burr & Forman has hired Susan Longo as its new chief marketing officer, replacing Erin Meszaros, who has moved to Sutherland Asbill & Brennan as its chief business development and marketing officer.

In Fight Over Leaked Secrets, Nokia Lays Out Demands

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 03, 2013

INADMISSIBLE: Ten Months Later—No PTO Chief In Sight

: The National Law Journal : January 02, 2013

It's hard to find a hotter topic than patent reform right now on Capitol Hill. It's even harder to find what the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has to say about it. Plus more in this week's column.

Cigar Industry Fires Up DC Lobbying Effort

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 26, 2013

More than a dozen small businesses in the cigar industry have come together to stub out proposed tobacco regulations and taxes in Washington, D.C.

Justices Rule ER Medical Director Wasn't Liable for Death

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 26, 2013

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday reversed a lower court decision that doctors and businesses had said would have unfairly expanded who can be liable for medical malpractice and other torts.

Using Live Video Exhibits in Inter Partes Review

Steve Hemminger and Chris Kelly : Corporate Counsel : January 26, 2013

There is a new strategy for enhancing a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Inter Partes Review petition and increasing the chances of a review being instituted: the use of recorded live technical tutorials and expert testimony.

SKANSKA USA BUILDING INC: Best Practices for Strategic Management

Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 21, 2013

Skanska USA Building Inc.'s in-house legal department's organization chart is a matrix of dotted lines, direct lines and criss-crossed lines. It involves geographic territories as well as subject expertise in four regions and 30 offices.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

Deal Taps B.J. Pak for Judge-Picking Panel

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 07, 2013

Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed a new member to his Judicial Nominating Commission: state Rep. B.J. Pak, R.-Lilburn. He is the commission's first Korean-American member.

Quinn Adds Cleary's Morillo to D.C. White-Collar Team

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

Juan Morillo is headed from Cleary to Quinn Emanuel, where he will cochair the firm's Washington, D.C., white-collar and corporate investigations group. A former pick for The American Lawyer's Fab 50 Young Litigators, Morillo is the latest addition to a two-year-old Quinn Emanuel office that continues to grow.

Waller, Merchant & Gould Advise on Experian's PHC Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2013

The two firms are advising private equity-owned U.S. health care data company Passport Health Communications on its $850 million sale to Experian, a credit information giant that along with some rivals has increasingly come under scrutiny by federal regulators.

ON THE MOVE: Patent Lawyer Finds Chemistry at Ballard

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 06, 2013

Patent lawyer Wendy Choi has left Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton to join Ballard Spahr as a partner.

Are Restrictive Covenants Meaningful Protection or Not?

Lisa H. Cassilly and Sayaka Karitani : Corporate Counsel : January 04, 2013

Not only are more employers requiring workers to sign restrictive covenant agreements, a number of jurisdictions in the United States have demonstrated greater receptivity to actions seeking to enforce noncompetes.

Privacy Pitfalls Lurk for Medical Apps

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 01, 2013

Betty Weinberg Ellerin

Scott Mollen : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

Scott Mollen writes: In the legal community, few have embraced the obligation to mentor others, including lawyers, judges and people from all walks of life, as Judge Ellerin has done throughout her career. She is also known as a fierce fighter for the downtrodden and others in need of a "voice."

Office Space Market Tightens

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 30, 2013

It's been a tenants' market for Class A office space since the recession but the market is starting to tighten up, according to a report on national law firm office space from real estate brokerage Jones Lang LaSalle.

NYLJ Honors Lifetime Achievers

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

The New York Law Journal pays tribute, in these essays written by friends, family and colleagues of our honorees, to 16 leaders in public interest, academia and the judiciary for their lifelong dedication to promoting justice in New York.

Pro Bono Work Recognized

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 28, 2013

The 2013 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, honoring City Bar Justice Center Volunteers, were presented on Oct. 22 at the New York City Bar.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge both lose partners ahead of a merger vote that would unite the two firms; Hogan Lovells hires three corporate partners from Kaye Scholer; and Troutman Sanders adds three lawyers to three different offices. .