Troutman Sanders

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Troutman Sanders LLP
Troutman Sanders LLP Logo
Headquarters Bank of America Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia
No. of offices 12
No. of attorneys Over 650 (2017)
No. of employees Over 1,700
Major practice areas General practice
Key people Stephen E. Lewis, Managing Partner;[1] Carl E. Sanders Chairman Emeritus (former Governor of Georgia)[2]
Revenue USD$508,731,000 (2017)
Date founded 1897; 121 years ago (1897)
Company type Limited liability partnership

Troutman Sanders LLP, founded in 1897, has a diverse practice mix, workforce and geographic footprint and has cultivated its reputation for a higher commitment to client care for over 120 years. Ideally positioned to help clients across sectors realize their business goals, the firm’s 650 attorneys transact for growth, resolve mission-threatening disputes and navigate complex legal and regulatory challenges. The firm is organized into 17 areas of legal practice within five departments: Corporate, Real Estate & Finance, Business Litigation, Specialized Litigation and Energy and Regulatory.[3] Stephen "Steve" E. Lewis is the firm's Managing Partner.[4] 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 well-respected lawyers who 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. 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 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 and offices in Richmond, Tysons Corner and Virginia Beach, Virginia.[7] This spurred further growth and the subsequent opening of offices in Raleigh, N.C. (2003) and, New York City with the acquisition of the New York office of Jenkens & Gilchrist Parker Chapin LLP in 2005.[8][9]

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 Washington, D.C.-based Ross, Dixon & Bell.[10] Troutman Sanders' size grew to 15 offices after the merger, adding Chicago, Orange County and San Diego and doubling its D.C. presence. This brought the total number of attorneys to more than 650.

In January 2011, Webb relinquished his duties as the firm's Managing Partner to Stephen "Steve" E. Lewis but retained the title of Chairman. In 2015, Webb retired, and Lewis took over the duties he held. The firm continues to grow, with offices opened in 2014 in Charlotte[11] and in 2015 in San Francisco.[12]


The firm's headquarters are in Atlanta. Troutman Sanders operates in 11 additional locations in the United States:  Richmond and Virginia Beach, VA; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; New York City; Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C.; Portland, OR; and Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco, CA.[13]

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)[14]

Services and clients[edit]

With a diverse practice mix, workforce and footprint that includes 12 offices spanning the United States, Troutman Sanders has cultivated its reputation for a higher commitment to client care for over 120 years. The firm’s clients range from large multinational corporations to emerging growth companies across many industries, including energy, banking and finance, insurance coverage and life sciences. [15] The firm's diverse client base, includes companies such as Atlanta-based Southern Company, Cousins Properties, Delta Air Lines and Chick-fil-A. The firm also represents Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in Richmond, VA; Silicon Valley Bank, headquartered in Santa Clara, CA; Johnson & Johnson Company, headquartered in New Brunswick, NJ; and Anthem, Inc., headquartered in Indianapolis, IN.[16]

Troutman Sanders Strategies[edit]

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

Current firm 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 known as Troutman Sanders’ Public Affairs Group until 2008.[17]

Troutman Sanders eMerge[edit]

Troutman Sanders created Troutman Sanders eMerge, a fully owned subsidiary, to meet the eDiscovery needs of firm clients. Headed by litigation partner and Managing Director Alison Grounds, eMerge is focused on providing matter-specific legal and technical solutions for the management of electronically stored information (ESI) in legal matters. eMerge is staffed by more than 25 professionals including partners, discovery staff attorneys, associates and project managers. [18]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • The 2017 edition of Chambers USA recognized Troutman Sanders in 26 national and regional practices and 66 attorneys earned individual recognition in their respective practice areas. [19]
  • Troutman Sanders is one of 16 ‘most recommended law firms’ by legal decision makers for 10+ years according to a survey report by BTI Consulting Group.[20]
  • Troutman Sanders ranked 35th in client service performance in 2018, according to the BTI Client Service A-Team report, and falls within the top 15 percent of all law firms for superior client service. [21]
  • Troutman Sanders was ranked 66 in 2018 by The American Lawyer in the Am Law 100. [22]
  • Troutman Sanders’ eMerge, the firm’s e-discovery subsidiary, was named “Best E-discovery Company – Locally Based” and “Best E-discovery Provider – National” in the Daily Report’s Best Of 2017 survey, which was published on June 6, 2017. [23]
  • The Atlanta Business Chronicle featured its annual Atlanta’s Top 50 Law Firms list, with Troutman Sanders ranked third. The firm moved up from the fourth spot on last year’s list.[24]
  • Troutman Sanders’ Consumer Financial Services practice was selected as one of Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year. [25]
  • For almost 10 years, Troutman Sanders has earned 100 percent in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI) report.[26]
  • In November 2017, Troutman Sanders won three ‘M&A Atlas’ Awards, including USA M&A Deal of the Year/Middle Market and USA Deal of the Year/Above $5B.[27]


  1. ^ Lewis' firm bio
  2. ^ Sanders' firm bio
  3. ^ "The National Law Review. The National Law Forum, LLC". 
  4. ^ "Troutman Sanders LLP website - Steve Lewis Bio". 
  5. ^ "The National Law Review. The National Law Forum, LLC". 
  6. ^ "Troutman Sanders LLP website - Carl E. Sanders Bio". 
  7. ^ "Cooper, Alan, "Mays & Valentine Eyes Merger," Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 13, 2000, p. B8". 
  8. ^ "Lin, Anthony, "Atlanta Firm Acquires N.Y. Office of Jenkens & Gilchrist," Recorder, March 4, 2005, p. 2". 
  9. ^ ""Troutman Opens in New York With Jenkens Coup," The Lawyer, March 14, 2005, p. 7". 
  10. ^ ""Troutman Sanders Merges With Ross, Dixon & Bell," Troutman Sanders firm press release, January 2, 2009". 
  11. ^ " "Troutman Opens Charlotte Office," May 16, 2014". 
  12. ^ "The Recorder, "Troutman Sanders to Open SF Office," February 25, 2015". 
  13. ^ "Troutman Sanders offices". 
  14. ^ "Troutman Sanders Firm Info". 
  15. ^ "Troutman Sanders Firm Info". 
  16. ^ "Troutman Sanders company profile, Reference for Business, Advameg, Inc. Retrieved April 26, 2018". 
  17. ^ "Troutman Sanders Strategies Website". 
  18. ^ "Troutman Sanders eMerge Website". 
  19. ^ "Troutman Sanders Announces Rankings in the 2017 Edition of Chambers USA". 
  20. ^ "Troutman Sanders LLP One of 16 Most Recommended Law Firms". 
  21. ^ "Troutman Sanders ranked 35th in client service performance in 2018". 
  22. ^ "Troutman Sanders Ranks 66". 
  23. ^ "Best of 2017: The Results Are In". 
  24. ^ "Atlanta's 25 Largest Law Firms". 
  25. ^ "Law360 Names Practice Groups of the Year". 
  26. ^ "Troutman Sanders Earns Corporate Equality Index Top Rating for Ninth Consecutive Year". 
  27. ^ "Troutman Sanders Wins Three M&A Atlas Awards" (PDF). 

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