2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Basically the best BigLaw experience you can hope for.”
“I love the people there—smart, motivated, charismatic, respectful.”
“The types of work and amount of responsibility I've been given on my cases.”
“The workload can be intense.”
“Compensation in Atlanta should match that of every other firm office.”
“The variability in hours.”
About Alston & Bird LLP
Alston & Bird is home to 800-plus lawyers located across the U.S., from its headquarters in the Peach State to nine additional domestic offices and three international locations. The firm has been recognized for its strength in such areas as health care, privacy and data security, real estate, and tax.
Shopping for Growth
Atlanta-based Alston & Bird’s predecessor firms date back to 1893. Nearly a century later, in 1982, the firm known as Alston, Miller & Gaines merged with Jones, Bird & Howell and adopted the combined name Alston & Bird. The firm’s operations remained in Georgia where it represented institutions like CNN, Emory University, and Augusta National founder Bobby Jones, a former firm partner, until the debut of its Washington, DC, office in 1990. A series of mergers and expansion efforts beginning in the late ’90s (and continuing to the present) increased the firm’s domestic footprint to California, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. Overseas, the firm opened its first international office in Brussels to focus on payments and data privacy, added a Beijing outpost, and recently followed with the addition of a London office.
Alston & Bird’s eight major practice areas are broken down into dozens of subspecialties, ranging from ADR litigation to water resources issues. The firm’s industry focus includes the energy, health care, financial services, hospitality, infrastructure, special services, technology and insurance sectors, as well as colleges and universities. The firm also has a dedicated subprime mortgage markets group.
Attorneys at Alston & Bird help clients resolve some of the most challenging issues facing businesses today. The firm’s nationally recognized Privacy & Data Security group represents a full range of clients in identifying their objectives at every step of the information lifecycle regarding the collection, use, and protection of customer data. The group’s cybersecurity attorneys are called on by large, global corporations to assist in both preventing and responding to security incidents and data breaches, including all varieties of network intrusion and data loss events.
Another leading practice is Alston & Bird’s Finance group, centered on a lending core and bolstered by niche specialty areas, including corporate trust, commercial mortgage servicing, and structured finance. Representing the most active issuers, originators, servicers, trustees, master servicers, fund managers, investors, rating agencies, and insurers, the team has experience in structuring and closing complex transactions across a wide variety of asset classes. The practice includes long-time strengths like debt finance but also securitization, private equity funds, and emerging areas like aircraft and equipment financing.
Simply the Best
Its employees have spoken, and Alston & Bird is a pretty great place to work. The firm has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 21 years in a row. According to the firm, it is the only law firm to be honored in the survey for 21 consecutive years. Among the areas considered in the survey are values, leadership, trust, and camaraderie.
Alston & Bird is approaching recruiting in a COVID-19 world in the same way it approaches the rest of our business—putting people first. The health and safety of students and our colleagues is always at the forefront. The firm takes a long-term view to recruiting and continues to maintain our talent pipeline despite the pandemic. Through our virtual summer program, and other recruiting experiences, we have learned how to meaningfully engage candidates through virtual interviews. We will continue to do this until it is safe to resume meeting in-person.
News & Awards
Alston & Bird opened an office in Fort Worth and expanded in Dallas, deepening the firm’s Texas footprint and adding to its litigation and corporate offerings in the oil and gas industry with six new attorneys, including three partners.
The firm joined the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 law firms formed to leverage the resources of the private bar in partnership with legal services organizations to amplify the voices of communities and individuals oppressed by racism, to better use the law as a vehicle for change that benefits communities of color and to promote racial equity in the law.
Alston & Bird launched the Women in Cyber™ network, an innovative program that brings together private practice and in-house lawyers, cybersecurity practitioners, and information technology professionals to tackle the need for cross-functional engagement in addressing enterprise cybersecurity risk.
The firm created a Coronavirus Task Force to advise clients on the business and legal implications of COVID-19. The Task Force’s efforts earned the firm recognition by the ABA Journal, Washington Examiner, Daily Report, Stanford University Law School, and BTI Consulting as a leader among law firms in helping clients address the challenges of the pandemic.
- Served as lead class action defense counsel to Toyota in its Unintended Acceleration MDL in California, one of the largest MDLs in U.S. history, following widely publicized vehicle recalls.
- Represented Dell in the largest appraisal proceeding ever filed in Delaware Chancery Court, with owners of over 38 million shares of Dell stock seeking to have the Chancery Court determine the fair value of their shares.
- Represented Nokia against Apple in several patent litigation and U.S. International Trade Commission proceedings covering smartphone and touch screen technology.
- Served as Examiner for the bankruptcy examination of Enron, after its highly publicized 2001 collapse.
- “100 Best Companies to Work For” No. 56, 2020—Fortune
- No. 1 Law Firm among “50 Companies that Care,” 2020—People Magazine
- Tax “Law Firm of the Year,” 2020—U.S. News-Best Lawyers Best Law Firms
- “Law Firms Clients Say are Winning in the COVID-19 World,” 2020—BTI Consulting
- “A Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality,” 2020—Human Rights Campaign
One Atlantic Center
1201 West Peachtree Street, Suite 4900
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (404) 881-7000
Managing Partner: Richard R. Hays
Hiring Partners: Elizabeth A. Price (Atlanta); Christopher TL Douglas (Charlotte); Jared M. Slade (Dallas & Fort Worth); David A. Brown (DC); Courtney M. Wright (LA); Christopher L. McArdle (NY); Michael A. Kaeding (Raleigh); Michael J. Agoglia (San Francisco); William B. Snyder (Silicon Valley)
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $165,000/$170,000 (Patent Bar Qualified)
Summer Associate: $3,175/week California; Charlotte; New York; Texas; Washington, DC
1st year: $190,000
Summer Associate: $3,650/week
Director of Attorney Hiring
See firm website for more information.
No. of U.S. Offices: 10
No. of International Offices: 3
Atlanta, GA (HQ)
Fort Worth, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC | Beijing
Corporate & Finance
Environment, Land Development & Natural Resources
Legislative & Public Policy
Privacy & Data Security
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.