Alston & Bird LLP
Alston & Bird LLP
|Main office||One Atlantic Center, 1201 West Peachtree Street | Atlanta | GA | 30309|
|Year of establishment||1893|
|Number of offices||10|
|Number of attorneys||928|
|Number of associates||446|
|Number of partners||368|
|Partner: associate ratio||0.80|
|Percent women attorneys||34.10|
Alston & Bird LLP has grown to become a national AmLaw 50 firm while remaining steeped in a culture with client service and teamwork as the cornerstones of all that we do. We develop, assemble and nurture the strongest and broadest array of legal talent and expertise necessary to meet our clientsâ€™ needs in an ever-changing and fast-paced environment. A Culture That Breeds Success Alston & Birdâ€™s unique culture and core values have been nurtured for more than a century. They define who we are and how we interact with our clients and with each other. From the founding of the firm in the late 1800s, collegiality, teamwork, loyalty, diversity, individual satisfaction, fairness and professional development have been guiding principles and values by which we measure ourselves. A Workplace That Defines Excellence Alston & Bird has built a reputation as one of the countryâ€™s best employers, appearing on FORTUNE magazineâ€™s â€ś100 Best Companies to Work Forâ€ť list for 15 consecutive years, an unprecedented accomplishment among law firms in the United States. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Research Triangle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.
Areas of practice
Awards and recognitions
Alston & Bird is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its central practice areas. Additionally, its lawyers are consistently recognized as industry leaders and ranked among the best practitioners worldwide.
More than 800 attorneys of the firm are in 10 major markets, representing world-class companies.
The Best Lawyers in America 2012 features 121 of Alston attorneys
Corporate Counsel's 2011 list of "Who Represents Corporate America" recognized Alston & Bird among the top 10 law firms in the country
The BTI Consulting Group, based on a survey of 150 major corporations about the law firms they use for corporate transactions ranked Alston & Bird 5th in the U.S. on its first "Masters of the Deal" list.
The 2011 American Lawyer's "Corporate Scorecard" ranked Alston & Bird #11 as "Counsel to Investment Advisor" in the Mergers & Acquisitions category based on transaction value.
Alston & Bird was named the "Best Corporate Law Firm" in Atlanta as determined by general counsel and directors from an independent survey by FTI Consulting
Alston & Bird is ranked #10 in the category of "2011 Banker Representation" in Corporate Control Alert's year-end issue.
330 litigators of the firm have handled cases in all 50 states and are featured prominently in the BTI Litigation Outlook 2011. The report, cited Alston & Bird among the 32 firms that clients would least like to see on the opposite side of the table and as one of a select group of law firms clients want most on their side in securities litigation.
Alston & Bird ranked 2nd in the nation for the most new U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) cases in 2010 in "Welcome to Patent Law's Hottest Venue" in the National Law Journal.
International Tax Review described Alston's tax practice as being "one of the best in North America." It's "World Tax 2012" ranked Alston & Bird as a leading tax firm in both New York and Washington, D.C.
Alston & Bird has been ranked on FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for 13 consecutive years, including placement in the top 25 for nine years, four of which were in the top 10
Alston & Bird ranked 5th on the 2012 BTI Client Service 30 among U.S. law firms in providing superior client service. The ranking resulted from interviews with approximately 240 corporate counsels at Fortune 1000 companies
Alston & Bird has been named by Working Mother magazine as one of the 2009 "50 Best Law Firms for Women."Firms were evaluated according to workforce profile; family friendly benefits and policies; flexibility; leadership, compensation and advancement of women; and development and retention of women.
In the 2012 "Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law firms," Alston & Bird ranked 11th for overall diversity, 10th with respect to LGBT, and 8th with respect to minorities and 16th with respect to women.
The firm gives priority to students who have outstanding academic credentials in undergraduate and law school, if they have experience on law review or in moot court, all the more better. The firm says it looks for students with maturity, self-confidence, leadership ability and a serious commitment to the practice of law.
Resume should be simple, well-written and should contain requisite information. The firm says that they do not attach much importance to gimmicky presentation. To them substance not presentation matters.
Alston & Bird follows guidelines set forth by NALP on the timing of offers and decisions. Under those guidelines first-year law students may apply with the firm beginning on December 1st of each year.
Second-year law students should submit their cover letter, resume and transcript to the office where you desire to be hired, to schedule an interview.
The firm welcomes third-year law students and judicial clerks and asks them to submit a cover letter indicating their practice areas, preferred office location, resume and transcript to the Attorney Hiring contact in the office for which they have an interest.
The firm hires only that number of summer associates to whom they will be able to offer open positions.
The hiring committee makes every effort to respond to candidates within two weeks of their interview
The firm embraces diversity at all levels and the only criteria that guide them in their selection is that they should be amongst the best in their fields. Alston & Bird promotes diversity both within the firm and in its community. Through its continued efforts it has maintained an open, receptive and nurturing work environment and a varied workforce of attorneys and staff.
The firm has a Diversity Committee that provides objectives and guidance and works to implement programs, events and sponsorships relative to their locations. The Diversity Task Force supports the firm's efforts by providing opportunities for learning through events, recognition and cultural celebration.
The firm bases its diversity efforts in five precise areas, recruiting, retention, mentoring, promoting diversity and communication.
The firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion is constant and unending. It continues to look for ways to improve the environment, developmental opportunities for its attorneys and staff, and mandatory diversity education programs.
The firm organizes a wide range of forums, seminars and workshops for its attorneys, staff and clients throughout the year, in an effort to promote and encourage diversity in its own ranks, in the legal profession and the community as a whole.
Summer associate program
Summer associates at Alston will find work fun, where they will interact with the firm's associates and partners in a mutually respectful atmosphere. Work here is a perfect amalgamation of good business judgment, lucidity, and cordiality. It will soon dawn upon the summer associates that the people who own, operate and are employed by the firm, really want to be here. Alston & Bird has a special culture that not only allows, but celebrates individuality, creativity and leadership.
From the moment the associate accepts the offer to be part of the firm's summer program; the firm takes him through a program that is designed with the associate's entire career path in mind. The firm does not merely perceive the associates' first, second and third years of law school but sees in them future partners, firm and community leaders, clients and mentors.
Salary & benefits
Alston & Bird takes pride in being an employer of choice, and the comprehensive benefit package provided to its attorneys confirms this commitment. It provides reimbursement of reasonable moving expenses for all entry-level associates and experienced attorneys. Reimbursement of bar expenses, including bar application fees, MPRE and a bar review course. Judicial clerkship bonus, a merit bonus program, four weeks of vacation annually , flexible work and pre-tax payroll deductions for parking and mass transit
The firm determines the amount of an associates bonus on number of hours billed, quality of work, pro bono hours, business developments and overall contribution to the firm's activities.
Benefits Package: Cafeteria plan for medical, dental and vision benefits with no waiting period. Medical plans include a $25,000 infertility benefit. Medical opt out credits of up to $2400 per year. Benefits offered for same and opposite sex domestic partners and the firm provides gross up on the imputed income. Firm-paid life and disability insurance, bar dues for DC and one state, 4 weeks vacation, 3 months paid maternity leave, 3 weeks paid paternity leave and a professional development allowance. Adoption assistance, in-home elder care, in-home child care, child care while traveling, back-up child care, family referral service, employee assistance program, discounted corporate concierge service and 401(k) plan also offered. Attorney luncheons and annual retreats.
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