Troutman Sanders

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Troutman Sanders LLP
Troutman Sanders Logo
Headquarters Bank of America Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia
No. of offices 16 total, 3 international
No. of attorneys Over 600 (2012)
No. of employees Over 1,700
Major practice areas General practice
Key people Robert W. Webb Jr., Chairman; Stephen E. Lewis, Managing Partner;[1] Carl E. Sanders Chairman Emeritus (former Governor of Georgia, 1963-1967)[2]
Date founded 1897
Company type Limited liability partnership

Troutman Sanders LLP, founded in 1897, is an international law firm with more than 600 attorneys located in North America and Asia.

On January 2, 2009, the firm merged with D.C.-based Ross Dixon & Bell, keeping and operating under the name Troutman Sanders. This merger expanded the firm’s footprint into Illinois and California, while doubling its presence in Washington, D.C.

The firm, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., in the Bank of America Plaza, has offices in Beijing, Charlotte, Chicago, Hong Kong, New York, Norfolk, Orange County, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, San Diego, Shanghai, Tyson's Corner, Virginia Beach and Washington, D.C.

The firm is organized into over 40 areas of legal practice within five sections: Business Law, Energy and Industry Regulation, Finance, Litigation and Real Estate.[3]

Robert "Bob" W. Webb Jr. is the firm's Chairman and Stephen "Steve" E. Lewis is the firm's Managing Partner. Carl E. Sanders (former Governor of Georgia, 1963–1967) served as Chairman Emeritus until his death in 2014.[4][5]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Earned 100 percent in the annual 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation; the firm has earned 100 percent since 2009
  • 128 Troutman attorneys named “Best Lawyers” 2013; the firm, itself, ranked #1 in over thirty-one specific areas of law within specific geographic regions
  • Recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Feared Litigation Firms” in BTI’s 2013 Litigation Outlook Report
  • Two attorneys named 2012 BTI Client Service All-Stars
  • 128 Troutman Sanders attorneys named to Chambers and Partners, Chambers USA 2012; in addition to more than a dozen No. 1 rankings, the firm ranked in 20 other categories
  • Ranked 73 in 2012 by American Lawyer in the Am Law 100
  • Recognized in 2012 in Chambers Global and Asia-Pacific Guides as a leading law firm in corporate mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and dispute resolution capabilities; with leading individuals in Hong Kong and Shanghai
  • Received numerous awards from city, state and local bar associations for its pro bono efforts, including the Florida Bar, the State Bar of Georgia, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Louisiana State Bar Association, New York City Bar, the State Bar of New York and the Richmond Bar Association; additionally, firm pro bono efforts highlighted nationally in American Lawyer and Incisive Media publications


Brief history[edit]

In 1897, Troutman Sanders had its humble beginnings as the private practice of Walter T. Colquitt. Colquitt was well known in Atlanta near the end of the 19th century for his representation of the Georgia Railway and Electric Company, which would later become the Georgia Power Company.

In 1930, Colquitt formed a partnership with two brothers, Henry and Robert Troutman, both of whom were well-respected lawyers that had clients, such as Gulf Refining Company, the Georgia Real Estate Commission and the National Surety Company. Additionally, Colquitt had two other attorneys, Robert S. Parker and Preston Stanley Arkwright Jr., join the firm creating Colquitt, Parker, Troutman and Arkwright.

For the next 30 years, the firm grew in size, reputation and client base, and went through a few name changes as partnerships were formed and broken. By the late 1960s, the firm was known as Troutman Sams Schroder & Lockerman.

In 1971, then president of Georgia Power, Ed Hatch, suggested the merger of Troutman Sams Schroder & Lockerman with former Governor Carl Sanders’ firm, Sanders Ashmore & Boozer. Hatch believed the merger would keep intact the decades of utility expertise of the Troutman firm, while merging the fresh talent and energy of Sanders’ young firm.

The new firm would operate as Troutman Sanders Lockerman & Ashmore, until shortened to Troutman Sanders in 1992 when the firm moved from downtown Atlanta’s historic Candler Building to midtown’s new 55-story Bank of America Plaza.

Since 1993, Robert W. “Bob” Webb Jr. has helmed the firm after succeeding Carl Sanders as managing partner. During his tenure, the firm has seen remarkable growth across the U.S. and internationally.

In 2006, former Governor Carl Sanders retired and took the title of Chairman Emeritus. Webb subsequently added chairman to his title, becoming the firm’s Chairman and Managing Partner.

In January 2011, Webb relinquished his duties as the firm's managing partner to Stephen "Steve" E. Lewis, and became solely the firm's Chairman. [7][8][9]

Milestone Dates[edit]

1897 - Firm starts in Atlanta as the law office of Walter T. Colquitt, Esq.
1930 – Henry and Robert Troutman join the firm along with two other attorneys, creating Colquitt, Parker, Troutman and Arkwright
1971 - Troutman Sams Schroder & Lockerman merges with former Georgia Governor Carl Sanders’ firm, Sanders Ashmore & Boozer, creating Troutman Sanders Lockerman & Ashmore
1992 – Firm shortens name to Troutman Sanders, LLP
1993 – D.C. office opens, bringing total number of firm lawyers to 167
1997 – Hong Kong office opens
2001 – Merger with Mays & Valentine LLP, which adds 150 attorneys to the firm and offices in Richmond, Norfolk, Tysons Corner and Virginia Beach
2001 – London office opens
2003 – Raleigh office opens
2005 – New York office opens with the addition of 89 attorneys from the law firm of Jenkens & Gilchrist
2006 – Newark office opens
2007 – Shanghai office opens, making Troutman Sanders the only Atlanta-based law firm to have an office in mainland China
2009 – The firm merges with D.C.-based Ross Dixon & Bell; Troutman Sanders' size grew to 15 offices (adding Chicago, Orange County, San Diego and doubling its D.C. presence) with over 650 attorneys
2010 - Portland office opens
2012 - Beijing office opens
2014 - Charlotte office opens [10]

Firm Nomenclature[edit]

Walter T. Colquitt, Esq. (1897)
Colquitt and Lumpkin (1897–1904)
Colquitt and Conyers (1904–1917)
Colquitt, Conyers and Latimer (1918–1930)
Colquitt, Parker, Troutman and Arkwright (1930–1935)
Colquitt, MacDougald, Troutman and Arkwright (1935–1937)
MacDougald, Troutman and Arkwright (1937–1947)
MacDougald, Troutman, Sams and Branch (1947–1949)
MacDougald, Troutman, Sams and Schroder (1949–1953)
Troutman, Sams, Schroder and Lockerman (1953–1971)
Troutman, Sanders, Lockerman and Ashmore (1971–1992)
Troutman Sanders LLP (1992–present)


Troutman Sanders’ clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses; non-profit organizations to individual entrepreneurs; multinational corporations to federal and state agencies; sports and entertainment organizations to foreign governments.[12]

Partial List of Clients[edit]

Bank of America; Cousins Properties, Inc.; Delta Air Lines, Inc.; Chick-fil-A, Inc.; Wachovia Bank, N.A.; Southern Company, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; Verizon Communications, Inc.[13]

Troutman Sanders Strategies[edit]

Troutman Sanders Strategies, headed by Chairman & CEO Pete Robinson, is a government relations and issue management firm with offices in Atlanta, Richmond and Washington, D.C. The group represents clients' public policy issues and needs at the federal, state and local levels.

Current team members include a former President Pro Tem of the Georgia State Senate, a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives and a former chief of staff to a current U.S. Senator.

Troutman Sanders Strategies was until 2008 known as Troutman Sanders’ Public Affairs Group. [14]


  1. ^ Webb's firm bio
  2. ^ Sanders' firm bio
  3. ^ "Profile of Professional Organization Contributors Troutman Sanders". The National Law Review. The National Law Forum, LLC. 2012-11-29. Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  4. ^ Troutman Sanders LLP Web site
  5. ^ Hoover’s Profile
  6. ^ Troutman Sanders LLP Web site: News + Events: News Releases
  7. ^ Maestro: The Life and Times of a Law Firm (Troutman, Sanders, Lockerman and Ashmore) by Doris Lockerman (The Harrison Company, 1982)
  8. ^ The History of Troutman Sanders by Lea Agnew (2007)
  9. ^ Hoover’s Profile
  10. ^ The History of Troutman Sanders by Lea Agnew (2007)
  11. ^ Maestro: The Life and Times of a Law Firm (Troutman, Sanders, Lockerman and Ashmore) by Doris Lockerman (The Harrison Company, 1982)
  12. ^ Troutman Sanders LLP Web site
  13. ^ Book of Lists, Atlanta Business Chronicle (2007-2008)
  14. ^ Troutman Sanders Strategies Web site

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