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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

Senator-Elect to Georgia Lawyers: Judges 'Shouldn't Create Law'

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : December 16, 2014

In one of his first public speaking engagements since being elected to the Senate last month, David Perdue on Tuesday told a gathering of mostly conservative Georgia lawyers that judges "shouldn't create law."

Paul Weiss Media Pro Heads to Vice Media, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 16, 2014

James Schwab, head of the media and entertainment practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, is poised to become president at Vice Media; a former Bingham McCutchen partner heads to the federal bench; Vorys Sater adds nine litigators in Houston; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Alston Lawyer Racks Up SCOTUS Win

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

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a 5-4 victory to an Atlanta lawyer on his first trip to the high court.

On the Move

: The Recorder : December 15, 2014

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

Gibson Dunn, Kirkland Trade Blows; Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 14, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher grabbed a senior debt finance partner from Kirkland & Ellis in London, as the latter snatches Winston & Strawn's litigation chair in Chicago; Jones Day beefs up in Miami; Sidley Austin snags six from Loeb & Loeb; a half-dozen lawyers leave firms for in-house jobs and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Law Still Makes Too Few Women Partners

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : December 10, 2014

Fewer than a third of new partners at Am Law 200 firms are women. It's time for fresh approaches.

Governor Names One Judge, Receives Nominees for Two Other Seats

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : December 08, 2014

Just as Gov. Nathan Deal named a new Superior Court Judge in the Pataula Judicial Circuit, his Judicial Nominating Commission sent him the names of four candidates for consideration to fill two vacancies on the Ocmulgee Circuit's Superior Court bench.

Five Big Firms Are on 100 Best Places to Work List

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : December 08, 2014

Crains just came out with 100 best places to work in New York, and a bunch of big law firms actually made the list. But not one of them is a New York-born firm.

Frequent Failures Cost Airline Millions

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : December 05, 2014

Six years after Delta Air Lines and AirTran opened a rich new revenue stream by charging passengers to check their bags, a court battle over claims the carriers broke antitrust laws by implementing the fees has been repeatedly marred by allegations that Delta has hidden or destroyed company records critical to the case.

Two Years After Leaving, Amy Fouts Rejoins McKenna Long & Aldridge

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : November 25, 2014

Amy Fouts has rejoined McKenna Long & Aldridge's health care practice after two years at Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever

Delta Should Pay $1.8 Million for 'Colossal Blunders' in Antitrust Discovery, Special Master Says

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : November 21, 2014

A special master in an antitrust case over airline passenger bag fees has recommended that Delta Air Lines pay $1.8 million in sanctions for a string of failures to turn over relevant evidence to the plaintiffs during the long-running litigation.

DOOSAN INFRACORE INTERNATIONAL: Rising Star

Mary Welch : Daily Report : November 20, 2014

Neither an Emory law degree nor a successful litigation record at Alston & Bird were enough for Courtney Fletcher to infiltrate the boys' club that was Doosan Group, a South Korean company that purchased the American farm equipment firm Bobcat Co. in 2007.

Atlanta Firms Among Top Scorers in LGBT Friendliness Survey

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : November 19, 2014

Law firms again led the top scorers in this year's Corporate Equality Index rating by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Of Atlanta's six largest firms, four scored 100 percent and two scored 90 percent in the rating, which measures how supportive the nation's top law firms and corporations are of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

How Puffery Can Blow Up Into False Advertising Litigation

Peter E. Masaitis and Evan W. Woolley : Corporate Counsel : November 17, 2014

There are very real dangers of making any objective claims about products that are not definitively provable, even where such claims are mere drops in a sea of puffery.

In-House Counsel Profile: Graphic Packaging Holding Co.'s Lauren Tashma

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : November 17, 2014

"Our department may be small, but what we lack in size we make up for in stamina and a passion for getting the job done right."

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 14, 2014

A chart of 114 law firms used most frequently by 30 New Jersey companies.

GC Advises Peers Look Beyond Legal Function

Mary Welch : Daily Report : November 11, 2014

I serve as chief legal officer of Consolidated Container Company. I have two outstanding colleagues—an attorney and a paralegal—on my team.

Alums From Dead Firms Keep Memories Alive Through Reunions

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 10, 2014

Firms like Thacher Proffitt & Wood, Thelen, Shea & Gould and Bower & Gardner may no longer exist, but their vast networks of former attorneys and staff still keep in touch through organized gatherings and informal meetups.

Covington Nabs MoFo Financial Services Pro, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 09, 2014

Covington & Burling picks up a leading consumer financial services lawyer from Morrison & Foerster, a firm that recently saw a technology transactions partner join the NBA; Gibson Dunn makes a government hire after election season; two more firms raid Bingham; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Office Market Shifting Back in Favor of Landlord

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : November 06, 2014

The Atlanta office space market is tightening after a strong tenant's market since 2009. Rents are inching up and vacancy rates are shrinking in the central business district, where the city's largest firms are located.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : November 03, 2014

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

Atlanta's International Arbitration Boosters Look to Africa

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 31, 2014

In a push to raise Atlanta's profile as a location of choice for international arbitration, the Atlanta International Arbitration Society is looking toward Africa.

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.

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Choose A Law Firm

IN-DEPTH RESEARCH REPORT
on Alston & Bird LLP

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  • - Billing Rates
  • - Lateral Partner Moves
  • - Pro bono
  • - Key Contacts

Alston & Bird LLP

  • Designation: N/A
  • Head Count: N/A
  • Gross Revenues: N/A
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: N/A
  • Profits Per Partner: N/A
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Alston & Bird is an USA-based law firm.  

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 NR N/A Gross revenue
Am Law 200 NR N/A Gross revenue
NLJ 250 NR N/A Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard NR N/A Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard NR N/A Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey NR N/A Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

In the News

Senator-Elect to Georgia Lawyers: Judges 'Shouldn't Create Law'

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : December 16, 2014

In one of his first public speaking engagements since being elected to the Senate last month, David Perdue on Tuesday told a gathering of mostly conservative Georgia lawyers that judges "shouldn't create law."

Paul Weiss Media Pro Heads to Vice Media, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 16, 2014

James Schwab, head of the media and entertainment practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, is poised to become president at Vice Media; a former Bingham McCutchen partner heads to the federal bench; Vorys Sater adds nine litigators in Houston; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Alston Lawyer Racks Up SCOTUS Win

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

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a 5-4 victory to an Atlanta lawyer on his first trip to the high court.

On the Move

: The Recorder : December 15, 2014

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

Gibson Dunn, Kirkland Trade Blows; Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 14, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher grabbed a senior debt finance partner from Kirkland & Ellis in London, as the latter snatches Winston & Strawn's litigation chair in Chicago; Jones Day beefs up in Miami; Sidley Austin snags six from Loeb & Loeb; a half-dozen lawyers leave firms for in-house jobs and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Law Still Makes Too Few Women Partners

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : December 10, 2014

Fewer than a third of new partners at Am Law 200 firms are women. It's time for fresh approaches.

Governor Names One Judge, Receives Nominees for Two Other Seats

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : December 08, 2014

Just as Gov. Nathan Deal named a new Superior Court Judge in the Pataula Judicial Circuit, his Judicial Nominating Commission sent him the names of four candidates for consideration to fill two vacancies on the Ocmulgee Circuit's Superior Court bench.

Five Big Firms Are on 100 Best Places to Work List

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : December 08, 2014

Crains just came out with 100 best places to work in New York, and a bunch of big law firms actually made the list. But not one of them is a New York-born firm.

Frequent Failures Cost Airline Millions

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : December 05, 2014

Six years after Delta Air Lines and AirTran opened a rich new revenue stream by charging passengers to check their bags, a court battle over claims the carriers broke antitrust laws by implementing the fees has been repeatedly marred by allegations that Delta has hidden or destroyed company records critical to the case.

Two Years After Leaving, Amy Fouts Rejoins McKenna Long & Aldridge

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : November 25, 2014

Amy Fouts has rejoined McKenna Long & Aldridge's health care practice after two years at Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever

Delta Should Pay $1.8 Million for 'Colossal Blunders' in Antitrust Discovery, Special Master Says

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : November 21, 2014

A special master in an antitrust case over airline passenger bag fees has recommended that Delta Air Lines pay $1.8 million in sanctions for a string of failures to turn over relevant evidence to the plaintiffs during the long-running litigation.

DOOSAN INFRACORE INTERNATIONAL: Rising Star

Mary Welch : Daily Report : November 20, 2014

Neither an Emory law degree nor a successful litigation record at Alston & Bird were enough for Courtney Fletcher to infiltrate the boys' club that was Doosan Group, a South Korean company that purchased the American farm equipment firm Bobcat Co. in 2007.

Atlanta Firms Among Top Scorers in LGBT Friendliness Survey

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : November 19, 2014

Law firms again led the top scorers in this year's Corporate Equality Index rating by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Of Atlanta's six largest firms, four scored 100 percent and two scored 90 percent in the rating, which measures how supportive the nation's top law firms and corporations are of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

How Puffery Can Blow Up Into False Advertising Litigation

Peter E. Masaitis and Evan W. Woolley : Corporate Counsel : November 17, 2014

There are very real dangers of making any objective claims about products that are not definitively provable, even where such claims are mere drops in a sea of puffery.

In-House Counsel Profile: Graphic Packaging Holding Co.'s Lauren Tashma

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : November 17, 2014

"Our department may be small, but what we lack in size we make up for in stamina and a passion for getting the job done right."

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 14, 2014

A chart of 114 law firms used most frequently by 30 New Jersey companies.

GC Advises Peers Look Beyond Legal Function

Mary Welch : Daily Report : November 11, 2014

I serve as chief legal officer of Consolidated Container Company. I have two outstanding colleagues—an attorney and a paralegal—on my team.

Alums From Dead Firms Keep Memories Alive Through Reunions

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 10, 2014

Firms like Thacher Proffitt & Wood, Thelen, Shea & Gould and Bower & Gardner may no longer exist, but their vast networks of former attorneys and staff still keep in touch through organized gatherings and informal meetups.

Covington Nabs MoFo Financial Services Pro, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 09, 2014

Covington & Burling picks up a leading consumer financial services lawyer from Morrison & Foerster, a firm that recently saw a technology transactions partner join the NBA; Gibson Dunn makes a government hire after election season; two more firms raid Bingham; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Office Market Shifting Back in Favor of Landlord

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : November 06, 2014

The Atlanta office space market is tightening after a strong tenant's market since 2009. Rents are inching up and vacancy rates are shrinking in the central business district, where the city's largest firms are located.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : November 03, 2014

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

Atlanta's International Arbitration Boosters Look to Africa

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 31, 2014

In a push to raise Atlanta's profile as a location of choice for international arbitration, the Atlanta International Arbitration Society is looking toward Africa.

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.