Alston & Bird LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

5 Star Rating     6 reviews 
Main Office:

One Atlantic Center, 1201 West Peachtree Street | Atlanta | GA | 30309

Phone: 404-881-7000 | Fax: 404-881-7777

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Year of establishment 1893 Number of partners 369
Number of offices 10 Partner to associate ratio 1.00
Biggest office Atlanta Percentage of women attorneys 33.20
Number of attorneys 817 Percentage of minority attorneys 16.00
Number of associates 379
Alston & Bird LLP
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Alston & Bird LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on June 24, 2020

Advice to law firm management: None.

Pros: Everyone seemed very attentive and on top of day to day responsibilities, firm-wide.

Cons: Nothing.

Partners to Avoid and Why: None.

Favorite Things About this Firm: Very friendly and helpful.

Career Opportunities:

Compensation & Benefits:

Work/Life Balance:

Senior Management:

Culture & Values:

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2016

Job type: Intern

Length of Employment: Less than a year

- Reviewed on December 16, 2017

Advice to law firm management: There is a need for a much better trained leader and management team. The office environment could use some encouragement. The hard working employees should be recognized for their work.

Pros: An environment in which several benefits are offered. The salary is decent. Some of the workers are devoted to the work they perform.

Cons: The management of the firm is not doing a great job of leading the office and employees. Many employees have stepped away from the office because of the leadership of the office.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


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 clients’ needs in an ever-changing and fast-paced environment. A Culture That Breeds Success Alston & Bird’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 country’s best employers, appearing on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” 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.

Practice Areas

Alston & Bird LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Advertising
  • Air Quality
  • Antitrust
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy - Committee Representation
  • Bankruptcy - Debtor Representation
  • Bankruptcy - Distressed Asset Purchasers
  • Bankruptcy - Fiduciary
  • Bankruptcy - Franchisor Representation
  • Bankruptcy - Fraudulent Transfers & Preference Representation
  • Bankruptcy - Professional Engagements
  • Bankruptcy - Secured Creditors
  • Bankruptcy - Structured Finance & Securitization
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Cbt - Corporate
  • Cbt - Green Chemistry Chemical And Product Regulation
  • Cbt - Intellectual Property
  • Cbt - Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Cbt - Legislative & Public Policy
  • Cbt - Patents
  • Chemical & Product Regulation
  • China Business Team
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Coastal Land Use
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate Lending
  • Commercial Real Estate Master & Special Servicing
  • Communications Policy
  • Construction
  • Corporate & Finance
  • Corporate Debt Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Plaintiff'S Litigation
  • Cybersecurity Preparedness & Response
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Environment Land Use & Natural Resources
  • Environmental Appellate Litigation
  • Environmental Compliance Permitting & Transactions
  • Environmental Enforcement Defense
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Environmental Transactional Group
  • Erisa Litigation
  • Exempt Organizations
  • Federal & International Tax
  • Finance
  • Financial Advisors
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Violations
  • Global Business Strategies
  • Global Sourcing
  • Government & Economic Incentives
  • Government & Internal Investigations
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Ethics & Compliance
  • Hazardous Materials & Hazardous Waste Compliance
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation & Regulation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Ip & Technology Transactions
  • Ip Litigation
  • Inter Partes & Covered Business Method Review
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • International Litigation
  • International Trade & Regulatory
  • Itc Section 337
  • Japan Business Team
  • Jbt - Economic Incentives
  • Jbt - Foreign Direct Investment
  • Jbt - Intellectual Property
  • Jbt - Labor & Employment
  • Jbt - Litigation
  • Jbt - M&A Corporate & Finance
  • Jbt - Tax
  • Jbt - Trade
  • Labor & Employment
  • Land Use
  • Legislative & Public Policy
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • P3 Matters
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution Counseling & Review
  • Post Grant Proceedings
  • Privacy & Cybersecurity Litigation
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Private Equity
  • Products Liability
  • Public Finance
  • Securities
  • Securities Litigation
  • Shale Oil & Gas Extraction
  • Hydraulic Fracturing
  • State & Local Tax
  • State Attorneys General Practice Team
  • Structured & Warehouse Finance
  • Structured & Warehouse Financing Disputes
  • Tax
  • Tax Controversy
  • Technology & Telecommunications Litigation
  • Technology Privacy & Ip Transactions
  • Toxic Torts
  • Trademark & Copyright
  • Transfer Pricing
  • Unclaimed Property
  • Water Resources
  • Wealth Planning

Hiring Criteria

Alston & Bird LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

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

Pro bono

The firm is passionate about its commitment to the communities in which it lives and works. Serving those in need occupies a central position in its culture, its business plan and in its heart.

Each week the firm's attorney spend considerable time defending civil rights in noteworthy cases, such as advocating for voiceless children, supporting asylum seekers, representing victims of domestic violence, and generally giving access to justice to those who would otherwise not receive it.

Throughout the year, the firm offers a variety of opportunities for its employees to positively influence their communities. From knitting blankets for homeless children and building Habitat for Humanity houses to driving cancer patients to treatment and sending care packages to troops overseas, Alston & Bird employees find tangible support from the firm for whatever causes move them to action. The main objective of their projects is to have immediate and long-term impact on organizations and individuals in the most need.

The firm's efforts have brought systematic changes in the legal system as well meaningful change in the lives of individuals. The firm's attorneys and staff serve on the boards of more than 400 nonprofit organizations in the communities where they do business and 37 nonprofit organizations gained new leadership in the past year.

At Alston & Bird states that they don't engage in pro bono work for the recognition, but that they are proud when their work is recognized, as it is their work that makes a difference to the community and in the lives of those in need.

Notable cases

  • Throughout its history, the firm has handled many significant, high-profile matters for its clients. Some of the more recent significant cases include:
  • Counsel to German media group Bertelsmann AG with Clifford Chance and Slaughter & May as UK co-counsel in Bertelsmann's $2.74 billion acquisition of Zomba Music Group in 2002
  • Represented Cingular Wireless in its purchase of 34 wireless licenses from NextWave Media in 2003
  • Advised Regions Financial Corporation alongside Sullivan & Cromwell in its purchase of Union Planters Corporation in 2004, a transaction valued at $5.8 billion
  • Issuer's counsel with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for Assurance Insurance in its $2.024 billion IPO in 2004
  • Represented Koch Forest Products Inc., a subsidiary of Koch Industries, alongside Latham & Watkins in its $21 billion purchase of the Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 2005, a transaction valued at $21 billion
  • Advised longstanding client IndyMac, its executives and directors, the FBI investigation into the California bank's collapse in 2008. Alston also advised the bank on the transfer of its assets to government control under the auspices of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Representing Toyota in the economic loss class actions arising from the 2009-2010 Toyota vehicle recalls

Alston & Bird LLP 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 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.

Working for the Alston & Bird LLP

The firm values its employees and chooses them very cautiously. The firm places value on academic excellence and seek individuals with a clear understanding of what the practice of law entails. The firm prefers candidates who best reflect their core values and unique culture.

Candidates can expect to work with the sharpest legal minds, lawyers from diverse backgrounds, varied social, cultural, civic and educational interests. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the same level of camaraderie and mutual respect for each other's talents that has existed since the firm's inception over a century ago.


Alston & Bird LLP is an international firm with a worldwide clientele. It has a wide range of practice areas that include corporate and finance, intellectual pr...

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