Troutman Sanders

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Troutman Sanders LLP
Troutman Sanders LLP Logo
HeadquartersBank of America Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia
No. of offices12
No. of attorneysOver 650 (2015)
No. of employeesOver 1,700
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Key peopleRobert W. Webb Jr., Chairman; Stephen E. Lewis, Managing Partner;[1] Carl E. Sanders Chairman Emeritus (former Governor of Georgia)[2]
Revenue$508 million (2017)
Date founded1897; 122 years ago (1897)
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Troutman Sanders LLP, founded in 1897, is a national law firm with more than 650 attorneys located across 12 U.S. offices.[3] 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.[4] Stephen "Steve" E. Lewis is the firm's Managing Partner. Carl E. Sanders, the former Governor of Georgia, served as Chairman Emeritus until his death in 2014.[5][6]


In 1897, Troutman Sanders was founded 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 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 thirty 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. 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 Atlanta's new 55-story Bank of America Plaza.

From 1993-2015, Robert W. "Bob" Webb Jr. helmed the firm after succeeding Carl Sanders as managing partner. During his tenure, the firm saw remarkable growth across the United States and internationally. In 2001, Troutman Sanders merged with Mays & Valentine LLP, which added 150 attorneys to the firm. The merger also added several offices in Virginia.

In 2006, 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. Three years after Sanders' retirement, the firm merged with D.C.-based Ross Dixon & Bell. Troutman Sanders' size grew to 15 offices after the merger, adding Chicago, Orange County, San Diego and doubling its D.C. presence with over 650 attorneys.

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. In 2015, Webb retired and Lewis took over the duties he held.[7][8][9] The firm continues to expand, with offices opened in 2014 in Charlotte and in 2015 in San Francisco.


The firm has 12 offices throughout the United States, including offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, New York, Orange County, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, San Diego, San Francisco, Virginia Beach, and Washington, D.C.[3] It is headquartered in Atlanta.[10]

Notable lawyers and alumni[edit]

Names of the firm[edit]

During its history, Troutman Sanders has been known by a number of names:

  • 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)[11]

Services and clients[edit]

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] The firm's important clients include several Atlanta-based companies, such as Cousins Properties, Delta Air Lines, Southern Company, Turner Broadcasting System and Chick-fil-A. The firm also represents Bank of America and Verizon Communications, headquartered in Charlotte and New York City, respectively.[13]

Troutman Sanders Strategies[edit]

Troutman Sanders Strategies, until 2008 known as Troutman Sanders' Public Affairs Group, is a government relations and issue management firm that represents clients' public policy issues and needs at the federal, state and local levels. The group is headed by Robb Willis[14], and has offices in Atlanta, Richmond, and Washington, D.C.[15][16]


  1. ^ Webb's firm bio
  2. ^ Sanders' firm bio
  3. ^ a b "Offices". Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Profile of Professional Organization Contributors Troutman Sanders". The National Law Review. The National Law Forum, LLC. 2012-11-29. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
  5. ^ Troutman Sanders LLP Web site
  6. ^ Hoover's Profile
  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. ^ "Slideshow: Troutman Designed Its New Atlanta Headquarters for the Future | Daily Report". Daily Report. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  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 v2007-2008)
  14. ^ January 15, Meredith Hobbs |; PM, 2019 at 04:16. "Top Troutman Lobbyist Pete Robinson Jumps to King & Spalding". Daily Report. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  15. ^ "Former Advisor to Schwarzenegger Joins Troutman Sanders Strategies". 2016-01-14. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  16. ^ Troutman Sanders Strategies Web site

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