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McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP
White words on a blue background that say McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP Attorneys at Law
No. of offices15
No. of attorneysapproximately 575
Major practice areasComplex litigation, corporate, real estate, government contracts, health care, intellectual property, insurance, technology, environment, energy, finance, public policy, infrastructure, family wealth and exempt organizations
Key peopleJeffrey K. Haidet (Chairman),
Kurt Kicklighter (California Executive Partner),
Gordon Giffin (New York Executive Partner)
Revenue$276.5 million (2011)[1]
Date founded2002—merger of two firms: Long Aldridge & Norman LLP (founded 1974) and McKenna & Cuneo LLP (founded 1939).
Merged with Luce Forward, Hamilton & Scripps in 2012 and the firm's name remained the same.
Company typeLimited liability partnership

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) was a United States-based international law and public policy firm with more than 575 attorneys and public policy advisors in 15 offices and 13 markets. The firm provided legal, business, and public policy solutions in the areas of complex litigation, corporate law, environment, energy, family wealth, finance, insurance, global infrastructure, government contracts, health care, intellectual property, technology, and real estate.[2]

In 2012, the firm's government contracts practice marked its 54th year making it the oldest government contracts practice in the U.S.[3] In the same year, it was ranked as the 101st largest law firm in the country by The National Law Journal's "NLJ 250" rankings and placed 100th on The American Lawyer's "AmLaw 200" rankings with US$270,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010.[1][4]

The firm merged with Dentons, a large multi-national law firm, in June 2015.[5]


McKenna Long & Aldridge was formed by the 2002 merger of two firms—the Washington, DC-based McKenna & Cuneo and the Atlanta-based Long Aldridge & Norman.[6] The firm that would become McKenna & Cuneo was founded in 1939 by Franklin D. Roosevelt's former attorney general, Homer Stille Cummings. In a December 1999 profile of McKenna & Cuneo, the Legal Times noted that early lawyers at the firm, Gilbert Cuneo and Albert Reeves Jr., helped create the nation's first government contracts practice.[citation needed] The firm that would become Long Aldridge & Norman was founded in 1974 by Clay Long, John Aldridge and Bill Stevens. The firm focused on corporate and business law through its Atlanta and Washington, DC offices.[6] In 2012, MLA and San Diego-based law firm Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP combined practices.[7] Luce Forward, founded in 1873 by Moses A. Luce, was the first law firm founded in what would become San Diego, California, and was the firm responsible for drafting the charter that established the city.[8] The merged firms operate under the name McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.[7]

In April 2015, it was agreed that the firm would merge with the law firm Dentons, which was completed in June 2015.

Noteworthy cases[edit]

  • The firm represented the government of Canada in connection with the record-breaking reorganizations of Chrysler and General Motors (GM). The firm served as lead counsel in both transactions for the government of Canada.[9] The firm advised the government of Canada on the court-supervised sale of Chrysler that resulted in an alliance with Italian car maker Fiat. As part of the transaction, the Canadian government along with the province of Ontario provided a $3.775 billion loan, which enabled Canada to maintain its 20 percent production share in the North American market and protect nearly one million Canadian jobs. In connection with the court-supervised sale of a majority interest in GM to the equity owned largely by the U.S. Department of Treasury, the Canadian government along with the province of Ontario provided a $9.5 billion loan to the new GM—an amount proportional to the $50 billion package provided by the U.S. government.[10]
  • The firm's assisted the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in what is believed to be the first contested union election conducted under a tribal labor statute. The tribe owns and operates Foxwoods Resort Casino and hired the firm when the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) sought to unionize Foxwoods' bartenders and beverage servicers. The firm began representing the tribe and Foxwoods in late 2007 after the National Labor Relations Board asserted jurisdiction over the tribe, which allowed the United Auto Workers to use federal law to successfully unionize Foxwoods' table games dealers. To avoid the same fate and, more importantly, to preserve tribal sovereignty, the team persuaded the UFCW to hold an election using the Mashantucket Pequot Labor Relations Law instead of the National Labor Relations Act.[11]
  • In January 2009, MLA closed a $142 million project finance deal for Balfour Beatty Communities to design, build, develop, renovate and manage privatized family housing at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.[12]

Notable attorneys, professionals, and alumni[edit]


Attorneys and professionals[edit]


  • The National Law Journal NLJ 250: 101st largest firm in the United States in 2011.
  • The American Lawyer AmLaw 200: 100th largest firm in the United States, by gross revenue ($276.5 million), in 2011.[1]
  • The Chambers USA Guide: 12 practice groups and 30 lawyers ranked; 2010 edition.[3]
  • Legal Times' "Influence 50": Survey ranked MLA 10th on its law firm list and 14th on its overall list based on 2008 revenues.[31]
  • Legal 500: Recommends MLA as a "tier one" firm for mergers and acquisitions work in the South Atlantic region for the second year in a row; 2009.[32]
  • Bloomberg Global Legal Advisory Rankings Report: Ranked 2nd in Legal Advisor for Bankruptcy Liquidation league table; 6th in Legal Advisor for Cross Border Announced Deals (by volume) league table; 2nd in Legal Advisor for the Consumer, Cyclical Industry league table; 2nd in Legal Advisor for Canada Announced Deals (by volume) league table.[33]


  1. ^ a b c "The AmLaw 200 2011". American Lawyer. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  2. ^ "McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP - Firm Profile". Archived from the original on 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2011-03-20. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Chambers USA Guide Profile". Chambers and Partners. 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
  4. ^ "McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP: One Year Report". ALM Legal Intelligence. 2011-11-06. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
  5. ^ "Dentons to merge with smaller law firm McKenna Long" (Press release). Reuters. 8 April 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Firm History". McKenna Long & Aldridge. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  7. ^ a b Smith, Jennifer (2012-01-18). "Merger Madness: McKenna Long and Luce Forward Join Forces". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  8. ^ "Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP Company Description". Hoovers, Inc. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  9. ^ Conley, Janet (2009-07-31). "Canadian connection memorable for firm" (PDF). Fulton County Daily Report. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  10. ^ "McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP Represents Canadian Government in Chrysler and General Motors Deals". redOrbit. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  11. ^ Mosher, James (2010-06-25). "Vote Counting change doesn't faze union". Norwich Bulletin. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  12. ^ Peters, Andy (2009-01-22). "Air Force housing project in Texas rescued by McKenna Long client". Deal Watch Blog. Archived from the original on 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2011-03-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ Rauch, Joe (2008-07-31). "Atlanta's Luis Aguilar becomes SEC commissioner". Atlanta Business Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  14. ^ "Phillip Carter, Chief Operating Officer". CAERUS Associates. Archived from the original on 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2012-04-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  15. ^ "Appointments & Nominations, June 17, 1981". Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Archives. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  16. ^ "The William F. McKenna Award". LINC Housing Corporation. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  17. ^ "Thurbert Baker". McKenna Long & Aldridge. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  18. ^ "Howard Dean to Join McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP". PRNewswire. 2009-03-03. Archived from the original on 2010-03-21. Retrieved 2011-03-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  19. ^ "Howard Dean". McKenna Long & Aldridge. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  20. ^ "McKenna Long & Aldridge hires Howard Dean". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  21. ^ "Randy Evans". McKenna Long & Aldridge. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  22. ^ "Gordon Giffin". McKenna Long & Aldridge. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  23. ^ "Josh Hochberg". McKenna Long & Aldridge. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  24. ^ Stempel, Jonathan (2010-07-26). "WaMu gets ex-DOJ official as bankruptcy examiner". Reuters. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  25. ^ Falle, Christopher (2007-07-13). "Refco Examiner Spreads Blame for Debacle". Reuters. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  26. ^ "Dave Pollak". McKenna Long & Aldridge. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  27. ^ "David Skaggs". McKenna, Long & Aldridge. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  28. ^ "Donald Sweitzer". McKenna, Long & Aldridge. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  29. ^ "Eric Tanenblatt". McKenna Long & Aldridge. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  30. ^ "Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams Joins McKenna Long & Aldridge". The Legal Times. ALM. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  31. ^ "McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP Reports Revenue Growth in Government Affairs Practice". McKenna Long & Aldridge. 2010-04-17. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  32. ^ "McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP: What we say". Legal 500. 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2011-03-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  33. ^ "McKenna Long & Aldridge Ranked in Bloomberg Global Legal Advisory Rankings Report". McKenna Long & Aldridge. 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2011-03-21.

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