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McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

  • Designation: Atlanta
  • Head Count: 518
  • Gross Revenues: $341,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $660,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $900,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -3

McKenna Long & Aldridge is the result of the 2002 merger of Washington, D.C.-based McKenna & Cuneo and Atlanta-based Long, Aldridge & Norman. With 425 attorneys the firm is the 101st largest law firm in the United States according to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings. In terms of revenue, the firm placed 100th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings with $276,500,000 in gross revenue in 2010. Practice areas include corporate, litigation, real estate, tax, employment and labor, and intellectual property. McKenna Long & Aldridge has several locations, including offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Brussels.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 90 -3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 90 -3 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 82 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 104 14 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 92 -35 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey NR N/A Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 18 5 Summer programs

In the News

The Churn: A Dechert Partner Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

A high-powered litigator leaves Dechert, more departures from Bingham McCutchen and a rare outside hire by Wachtell Lipton in our latest look at lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move: Esquire Deposition Captures Stadler As Its New GC

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 22, 2014

Avi Stadler has traded a position as a big-firm litigator to become the general counsel for Esquire Deposition Solutions, a national court-reporting company based in Atlanta.

Group Gives Some Atlanta Firms Gold Standard for Women in Big Law

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 22, 2014

Thirteen firms with Atlanta offices have qualified for Gold Standard Certification this year from the Women In Law Empowerment Forum for having a "meaningful percentage" of women in leadership roles.

On The Move: GSU Health Law Center Gets New Director After Decade of Growth

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 16, 2014

Charity Scott has stepped down as the director of Georgia State University law school's Center for Law, Health & Society, which she helped to start a decade ago. Law professor Leslie Wolf became the center's new director on July 1.

Understanding Legal Malpractice to Reduce Your Risk

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

Know what constitutes malpractice and outline your duties to clients at the start of a relationship to mitigate exposure.

The Churn: Baker and Quinn Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Baker & McKenzie heads to Brisbane, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan takes its litigation prowess to Houston and a trio of partners leave Kirkland & Ellis in our latest look at notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Judges Skirt Ruling that Favors Lenders

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 11, 2014

A decision issued last summer by the Georgia Court of Appeals had the potential to make it much easier for real estate lenders to recover all of their money when loans go bad, but some trial court judges are pushing back.

Constant Communication Can Prevent Payment Problems From Becoming Lawsuits

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

Billing early and often, following up on nonpayment and other helpful hints to stop billing issues from becoming malpractice claims.

Visiting Lawyers to Pay Georgia Appellate Fees

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 08, 2014

Georgia's high court has become the latest judicial body to agree to levy fees against out-of-state lawyers in order to shore up legal aid programs.

JNC to Consider 18 Candidates for Gwinnett State Court Post

Lawrence Viele Davidson : Daily Report : January 08, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal's Judicial Nominating Commission on Tuesday is considering candidates for an open seat on the Gwinnett County bench for the first time since lawyers a few months ago complained about the short list for different open seats in the county.

Legal Fees and the Malpractice Minefield

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

Five steps for effective billing and collection that can help avoid legal malpractice claims.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

Grant & Eisenhofer and Hinshaw & Culbertson have each added an attorney, while Withers Bergman announces promotions.

Baker Donelson Hires Nonlawyer To Manage Group

Meredith hobbs : Daily Report : January 01, 2014

Scott Peterson, previously a consultant at Warbird Consulting Partners in Atlanta, is working with Baker Donelson shareholder Tim Lupinacci, who chairs the group.

Roller coasters, Dollywood and the Globetrotters all in a day's business for Herschend GC Steve Earnest

Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 01, 2014

Steve Earnest is the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corp. (HFE), the largest family-owned themed attractions corporation in the United States.

Size Matters, According to Associates Ranking Law Firms

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 27, 2014

The Churn: Paul Weiss, Squire Patton Make New Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A big week for lateral moves saw Paul Weiss pluck a prominent prosecutor, the newly minted Squire Patton Boggs make another key addition and a rare departure from Wachtell Lipton. The Am Law Daily has the lowdown on the latest comings-and-goings from throughout The Am Law 200.

When to Sue Your Client for Unpaid Fees

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 27, 2014

Four questions to ask before you file, from the authors of a new book on legal malpractice.

The Churn: Bingham, Squire Make New Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

Two Am Law 100 firms that have dealt with a high degree of lateral volatility in recent months—Bingham McCutchen and the newly formed Squire Patton Boggs—made hires this week, but also saw some partners leave. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and others from around The Am Law 200.

LegalTech West Coast Preview: Day 2 Panels

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 24, 2014

The second day of LegalTech West Coast will include a dozen panels on topics such as information governance, cybersecurity and deflating the cost of e-discovery.

How to Protect Client Data From Government Spies and Other Miscreants

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : January 24, 2014

Cybercriminals and the government may have access to your firm's confidential client data.

Lawyer on Board of Civil and Human Rights Center Recalls Its Evolution

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 23, 2014

The vision for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which opened on Monday, evolved from chronicling the U.S. civil rights movement, for which Atlanta was a locus, to establishing a global center on human rights, said Ernest Greer, a lawyer on its board of directors.

McKenna's Goal: Growth Abroad to Keep Pace with Clients

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 20, 2014

Although McKenna Long & Aldridge decided not to become part of global megafirm Dentons last fall, the firm has adopted an aggressive plan for international growth.

NLRB Reconsidering Rule on Unions and Email

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 19, 2014

The agency's general counsel filed a brief arguing that unions can use company email systems under certain conditions.

Weekend Reading: Hogan Lovells on North Korea's 'Genocide'

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

An Am Law Daily compendium of compelling tales, such as the case for African-American reparations, Drinker Biddle's Native American pro bono work that cost it pro football business and Hogan Lovells' report on the tragedy taking place in North Korea that the world has forgotten.

The Careerist: Top 45 Firms for Women

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 18, 2014

Did your firm make this year's list?

The Ethical Implications of Alternative Fee Arrangements

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Lawyers need to be mindful of ethics issues when crafting different billing structures, explain the authors of a new book on minimizing legal malpractice risks.

The Churn: Greenberg Adds Two Practice Leaders, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Greenberg Traurig raids Patton Boggs and Dentons for new practice chairs in Washington, D.C., and London in our latest roundup of lateral moves throughout The Am Law 200.

A Mixed Result for Backers of Citizens Initiative

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

A federal appeals court has struck portions of California's election law that require ballot-initiative proponents to disclose their identities on petitions, but upheld a separate requirement that official initiative proponents be real people, not associations or corporations.

LegalTech Tackles E-Discovery and Cybersecurity

Mark Gerlach : Law Technology News : January 16, 2014

Panels address risk management, information governance, regulatory hurdles, the cloud, e-discovery spending.

Shook Hardy Set to Sublease Hometown Space

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Shook, Hardy & Bacon is downsizing in a Kansas City, Mo., office tower built to house the firm a decade ago. And in seeking to sublease three floors of space in the building where it serves as anchor tenant, Shook Hardy is just the latest Am Law 200 firm to reduce its real estate needs amid an evolving market for legal services.

Attorney-Mediators Can't Hide From Conflicts of Interest

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Even without legal services being rendered, conflicts can arise.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 09, 2014

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

The Churn: Edwards Wildman, Polsinelli Bulk Up, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Polsinelli poach toxic tort team on opposite coasts, the newly combined Squire Patton Boggs makes its first lateral hire, Foley & Lardner gets a new COO and more lateral moves from across The Am Law 200.

Keys to Effective Conflict Waiver Disclosures

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

A simple agreement isn't enough; disclosures must be detailed and put in writing, according to our legal malpractice columnists.

Mayor Reed Picks Fellow Lawyers for Immigrant Inclusiveness Group

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 03, 2014

Immigration lawyer Charles Kuck is co-chairing a new working group established by Mayor Kasim Reed to help immigrants thrive in Atlanta.

E. Wycliffe Orr Sr., Advocate for Indigent Defense, Dies at 67

Greg Land : Daily Report : January 30, 2014

Wyc Orr was remembered Thursday as a passionate, even fiery, advocate for defendants caught up in an often unfair justice system with no means to defend themselves.

Check Conflicts Early and Always

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

An effective conflicts screening process is vital for reducing malpractice exposure. Here's what yours should look like.

Lawyers Appear Headed for GOP Primary Runoff for State House Seat

Lawrence Viele Davidson : Daily Report : January 23, 2014

Two Atlanta attorneys will face each other in a Republican primary runoff for a state House seat—unless counting of provisional ballots next week gives the leading candidate five more votes to avoid another round of voting.

Tips for Effective Client Screening

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens, Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Advance research and questioning can weed out problem clients and prevent legal malpractice claims.

On The Move: Lawyers Total a Fourth of Leadership Atlanta's New Class for 2015

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 21, 2014

One-fourth of Leadership Atlanta's recently announced 2015 class are lawyers, including a judge, big firm partners, in-house, government and nonprofit lawyers.

Ten Tips for Avoiding Malpractice Claims

Randy Evans, Shari Klevens, Suzanne Y. Badawi : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

Practical steps you can take to reduce your exposure, excerpted from a new book by Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi.

Gwinnett Jury Awards Doctors $258K for Ex-Partner's Bad Faith

Katheryn Hayes Tucker : Daily Report : January 15, 2014

A Gwinnett County jury has awarded nearly $258,000 in attorney fees to a group of doctors who won a defense verdict in the trial of a lawsuit filed by their ex-partner accusing them of fraud.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 12, 2014

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

Peregrine Falcons Thrive Atop Atlanta Skyscraper

Johnny Clark : The Associated Press : January 09, 2014

In a planter on the 53rd floor of the executive balcony of the McKenna Long & Aldridge law firm, a mating pair of peregrine falcons are raising a young chick just over three week old.

The Churn: Squire Sanders Exits, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Amid their firm's ongoing merger talks with Patton Boggs, several Squire Sanders practice leaders find new professional homes.

Howrey Trustee Racks Up Deals With Ex-Partners, Firms

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Allan Diamond raises more than $5 million by reaching settlements with four firms and 60 former partners.

Gentiva GC Reveals What He Looks For in a Firm

Mary Welch : Daily Report : January 07, 2014

John Camperlengo was named in May 2010 as general counsel and secretary of Gentiva Health Services, which provides home health and hospice services to more than 350,000 patients across the country.

Local Am Law Firms See Positive Signs

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 28, 2014

Despite the flat demand for legal services, Atlanta's largest firms fared pretty well last year.

A Deeper Look at Atlanta-Based Firms

: Daily Report : January 28, 2014

Our staff is tasked with vetting the numbers of the 12 highest grossing firms based in Atlanta, plus Birmingham, Ala.-based Burr & Forman for consideration in the Am Law 100 and 200 rankings of the nation's richest law firms. The national rankings will be published in May, but we invite readers to read the deeper analyses behind local firms' numbers.

Outside Counsel Rethinking Litigation Fee Billing

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 24, 2014

The last vestiges of the billable hour model are beginning to give way to alternative billing arrangements.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

DC Lateral Moves

: Legal Times : January 21, 2014

Arnold & Porter lands high-ranking Justice Department attorney Amy Jeffress, lawyers return to practice from the White House and a New Jersey senator's office, and Wiley Rein adds an aviation expert to work on drones.Here's the recent roundup of Washington-area hires and promotions announced in the third week of April.

The Churn: Patton Boggs Trio Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Three more partners have left struggling Patton Boggs for new endeavors.

Panel: Change of Prison Doesn't Make Inmate's Case Moot

Alyson M. Palmer : Daily Report : January 14, 2014

An Atlanta-based appeals court has rejected the federal prison system's eleventh-hour attempt to end a lawsuit brought by an inmate by giving him the safer facility assignment he has long sought.

The Churn: Ten McKenna Partners Join Sheppard Mullin, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

Sheppard Mullin adds 10 McKenna Long partners in Southern California; three patent litigators land at O'Melveny; and Weil hires a Goldman Sachs restructuring specialist.

Akin Gump, Bradley Arant Advise on Alabama Gas Sale

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

The Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $1.6 billion deal that finds utility holding company The Laclede Group acquiring Alabama Gas Corp., the state's largest natural gas utility, from Energen Corp.

The Churn: Cooley Woos Mintz Levin IP Team, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Cooley poaches a six-lawyer intellectual property group from Mintz Levin, a former federal prosecutor who left the Justice Department amid controversy moves to Baker Botts, and O'Melveny brings back a former associate who has been a key legal adviser to President Obama since his run for the U.S Senate in 2004.

Eleven Years' War

Jan Wolfe : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

At more than a decade (and counting), few litigations can match the length—and the strangeness—of Datatreasury Corporation's twisted legal saga.

Bar's Governors Approve IOLTA Rule on Third Try

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 25, 2014

The third time was the charm for a recommended professional rules change that is expected to raise millions of dollars for civil legal services over the next several years.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

DC Lateral Moves Roundup

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 21, 2014

Proskauer Rose and Miles & Stockbridge grabbed lawyers from Crowell & Moring. A partner left Williams & Connolly for Zuckerman Spaeder. And a bankrupcty group went to Baker Donelson.

Patent 'Troll' Litigation Rich in Local Color

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 21, 2014

At 11 years (and counting), the DataTreasury case is full of intrigue and interesting characters.

AFTER HOURS: Daily Report Book Signing

: Daily Report : January 20, 2014

The Daily Report honored authors of its new book titles Tuesday night at an event held at the offices of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore.

Governor Fights Subpoena for Ethics Whistleblower Trial

Greg Land : Daily Report : January 20, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal has asked a judge to toss a subpoena seeking his testimony for an upcoming trial concerning allegations by the former head of the state's ethics panel that she was fired in retaliation for looking into Deal's campaign finances.

Dentons Takes 2 from McKenna for Atlanta Office

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 19, 2014

Dentons has recruited a health care partner and associate from McKenna Long & Aldridge, a little more than three months after merger talks between the two firms fell through.

McKenna's Revenue, Profit Sag Amid Expansion Efforts

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 17, 2014

Last year was a busy one for McKen­na Long & Aldridge.

The Churn: Akin, Simpson Add Houston Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

Akin picks up Baker & McKenzie's former North America oil and gas chair and Simpson hires an M&A partner from Baker Botts, both in Houston; Reed Smith welcomes two regulatory partners, in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; and K&L Gates lands new partners in Milan and Washington, D.C.

Longtime Georgia Water Warriors Step Off Case

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 06, 2014

Georgia's longtime outside counsel for water disputes announced today that they are stepping down.

New Firm Steps in as Georgia's Water Warriors

Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 06, 2014

In the wake of Wednesday's announcement by Georgia's longtime outside counsel for water disputes that they are stepping down, the state hired a new firm to represent it.

Fourth Circuit Revives Soldiers' Claims Against Halliburton, KBR

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 06, 2014

In a ruling that could limit the scope of sovereign immunity for military contractors, an appeals court has revived claims that KBR Inc. and Halliburton injured U.S. service members by disposing of waste in open-air "burn pits" in war zones overseas.

Judicial Nominating Commission Sued Under Open Records Law

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : January 04, 2014

An East Point attorney is accusing the state Judicial Nominating Commission of violating state public records laws in a suit filed Friday in Fulton County State Court.

Key Players in the DataTreasury Saga

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

The Lawyers and principals embroiled in the long-running litigation.

ON THE MOVE: 2 K&S Bond Lawyers Go to Holland & Knight

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 26, 2014

Bond lawyers Woodrow W. "Woody" Vaughan III and Allison Dyer have left King & Spalding for Holland & Knight. Vaughan joined as partner and Dyer as senior counsel.

INADMISSIBLE: FCC Hits Restart On Net Neutrality Rules

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" could be the motto of the Federal Communications Commission when it comes to net neutrality. Plus more D.C. newsbriefs in this week's column.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Geoffrey Willis joins the Brown Rudnick's environmental and real estate practices in the Irvine, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Robin Conrad, Former Top Chamber Official, Joins McKenna Long

Marcia Coyle : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

Robin Conrad, former executive vice president of the National Chamber Litigation Center, has joined the Washington office of McKenna Long & Aldridge as a litigation partner.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Gary McConnell joins Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott's products liability practice as partner in the Pittsburgh 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.

Foltz Martin Disbands as 4 find Own Ways

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 10, 2014

After a 30-year run, the Foltz Martin firm has disbanded. The commercial real estate and litigation boutique ultimately grew to 26 lawyers, becoming Foltz Martin Hudson & Knapp, after starting with two lawyers in 1983. But that proved too large for the four name partners, who have a penchant for small firms.

E-Discovery Metrics You Need to Know

Sherry Karabin : Law Technology News : January 05, 2014

LegalTech New York e-discovery panel explores changes to e-discovery collection, culling and review.

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 Churn: Yankees President Heads to Jackson Lewis, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Randy Levine, team president of the New York Yankees, has left Akin to join the New York office of Jackson Lewis as of counsel. Meanwhile, Covington adds two financial M&A partners in Washington, D.C., and Gibson Dunn lands new partners in Los Angeles and New York.

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.

The Churn: Katten Grabs Bingham Real Estate Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2014

Bingham McCutchen loses another practice group leader, as real estate cochair Kenneth Lore takes a nine-lawyer team to Katten Muchin Rosenman. Meanwhile, Skadden brings back a former partner to head its white-collar group and Blank Rome poaches two partners versed in sometimes tricky partnership issues from Greenberg Traurig.

The Big Grind: Judges, Lawyers Recall Epic Commute

R. Robin Mcdonald and Kathleen Baydala Joyner : Daily Report : January 31, 2014

U.S. District Senior Judge Charles Pannell Jr. was hearing a jury trial in Atlanta when the snowflakes began to fall on Tuesday morning.

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.

As Courts Close Again Thursday, Judges Recount Their Gridlock Journeys

R. Robin Mcdonald : Daily Report : January 30, 2014

U.S. District Senior Judge Charles Pannell Jr. was hearing a jury trial in Atlanta when the snowflakes began to fall on Tuesday morning.