Alston & Bird

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Alston & Bird
Alston & Bird
Headquarters One Atlantic Center
Atlanta,Georgia USA
No. of offices 11
No. of attorneys about 800
Major practice areas General practice
Revenue $730.5 million
Date founded 1893 in Atlanta
Company type LLP

Alston & Bird LLP is an international global law firm with offices on three continents, and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. The firm has approximately 800 attorneys providing a full range of services to domestic and international clients who conduct business all over the world. Alston & Bird prides itself on principles of service to the community, mutual respect, and hard work. FORTUNE has ranked Alston & Bird in the "The 100 Best Companies to Work For" list for 18 consecutive years. Core practices include intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with national industry focuses in energy and sustainability, health care, financial services and public policy. It has counseled major companies including Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft Corporation, Bank of America Corporation, Starbucks, Toyota, Dell Inc., UPS, and Nokia Corporation.

In 2016, the firm reported a revenue increase of 6.2% reaching $730.5 million. Revenue per lawyer increased to $935,000 and profit per partner to $1.81 million. In March 2017, the firm boosted its west coast presence with the opening of its San Francisco office.


Founded in 1893, the firm has offices in Atlanta, New York City, Washington, DC, Brussels, Charlotte, Raleigh, Dallas, Los Angeles, Beijing, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Through the roots of the Alston, Miller & Gaines’ predecessor firms, the merger with Jones, Bird and Howell formed Alston & Bird on December 1, 1982. Expansion beyond Georgia began with the establishment of an office in Washington, DC, followed by the 1997 merger with intellectual property-focus Bell Seltzer Park & Gibson (Charlotte and Raleigh), Walter, Conston, Alexander & Green in 2001 (New York), and Crews, Shepherd & McCarty LLP in 2007 (Dallas). In August 2008, the firm opened a Silicon Valley office with attorneys from the national firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. The next month, Alston & Bird acquired the 100-lawyer strong Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava and MacCuish LLP, launching in Los Angeles and Ventura County to reach 9 offices nationwide. Legal publications report that the Atlanta-based firm is seeking to launch additional overseas offices in London and Germany.[1] Legacy firm Walter Conston operated a Munich liaison office before it was acquired by Alston & Bird.[2]

Today, the firm headquartered in Midtown Atlanta on West Peachtree Street, in One Atlantic Center, has more than 800 attorneys providing a full range of services to domestic and international clients conducting business all over the world.

The former managing partner, Benjamin F. Johnson III, was named on Atlanta Business Chronicles list of the 100 Most Influential people in Atlanta. (published June 28, 2007). In addition, he serves on the board of trustees for several notable Atlanta institutions, including the Carter Center, Emory University, and Woodward Academy.

Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, is a Special Counsel at the firm's Washington, DC office.[3]


In June 2016, Alston & Bird announced that it would raise attorney salaries to match market rates set earlier that month by the New York based law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Firm bonuses range from $15,000 - $100,000 depending on year and merit-based reviews.

Year Salary
1st year associate $180,000
2nd year associate $190,000
3rd year associate $210,000
4th year associate $235,000
5th year associate $260,000
6th year associate $280,000
7th year associate $300,000
8th year associate N/A

Political contributions[edit]

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Alston & Bird was one of the top law firms contributing to federal candidates during the 2012 election cycle, donating $1.26 million, 53% to Democrats.[4] By comparison, during that same period Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld donated $2.56 million, 66% to Democrats,[4] while oil conglomerate ExxonMobil donated $2.66 million, 88% to Republicans.[5] Since 1990, Alston & Bird contributed $5.1 million to federal campaigns.[6]

Notable mandates[edit]


  1. ^ Matt Byrne (July 17, 2006). "Alston raids Pillsbury for London, German growth". Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Alston & Bird completes NY takeover". January 15, 2001. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Senator Bob Dole". 
  4. ^ a b "Lawyers & Lobbyists: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". Center for Responsive Politics. 
  5. ^ "Energy/Natural Resources: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Organizations: Alston & Bird". Center for Responsive Politics. 
  7. ^ Amanda Bronstad, "Judge Agrees to Expand Plaintiffs Committees in Toyota MDL," The National Law Journal, 17 May 2010.

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