Alston & Bird
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Alston & Bird LLP is an international global law firm with over 800 lawyers in 12 offices throughout the United States, Europe, U.K., and Asia. The firm provides a full range of legal services to domestic and international clients who conduct business worldwide. Alston & Bird has advised companies including Amazon.com, The Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft, Bank of America, Starbucks, Toyota, Dell, UPS, and Nokia. For the past 19 years, Fortune has ranked the firm in the 100 Best Companies to Work For list. 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. In March 2017, the firm boosted its West Coast presence with the opening of its San Francisco office. In September 2019, the firm's European footprint expanded with the opening of their London office.
|Headquarters||One Atlantic Center|
|No. of offices||11|
|No. of attorneys||Approx. 800|
|No. of employees||1627|
|Major practice areas||corporate law, litigation, intellectual property, tax law|
|Key people||Richard R. Hays (Chairman and Managing Partner)|
|Revenue||$780 million (2017)|
Through the roots of the Alston, Miller & Gaines’ predecessor firms, the merger with Jones, Bird and Howell formed Alston & Bird on December 1, 1982. A founding partner of Jones, Bird, and Howell was Bobby Jones, the celebrated amateur golfer and Atlanta icon. Expansion beyond Georgia began with the establishment of an office in Washington, D.C., followed by the 1997 merger with intellectual property–focused 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 nine offices nationwide. Legal publications report that the Atlanta-based firm is seeking to launch additional overseas offices in London and Germany. Legacy firm Walter Conston operated a Munich liaison office before it was acquired by Alston & Bird.
Legendary golfer Bobby Jones, winner of the Grand Slam in 1930 and founder of the Augusta National Golf Club, is a former Alston & Bird partner. The firm continues to represent the Bobby Jones brand and monitors trademark issues for the family. Former managing partner Benjamin F. Johnson III was named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Atlanta. Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, has been a Special Counsel at the firm's Washington, D.C., office since 2003. Former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle is a former partner of the firm.
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 to $100,000, depending on year and merit-based reviews. In July 2018, the firm announced that it would again raise attorney salaries as follows:
|1st year associate||$190,000|
|2nd year associate||$200,000|
|3rd year associate||$220,000|
|4th year associate||$255,000|
|5th year associate||$280,000|
|6th year associate||$305,000|
|7th year associate||$325,000|
|8th year associate||$340,000|
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. By comparison, during that same period Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld donated $2.56 million, 66% to Democrats, while oil conglomerate ExxonMobil donated $2.66 million, 88% to Republicans. Since 1990, Alston & Bird contributed $5.1 million to federal campaigns.
- Counsel to German media group Bertelsmann AG (a longtime client of legacy firm Walter, Conston) with Clifford Chance and Slaughter & May as UK co-counsel in Bertelsmann's $2.74 billion acquisition of Zomba Music Group in 2002.
- Represented Cingular Wireless in its purchase of 34 wireless licenses from NextWave Media in 2003.
- Advised Regions Financial Corporation alongside Sullivan & Cromwell in its purchase of Union Planters Corporation in 2004, a transaction valued at $5.8 billion.
- Issuer's counsel with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for Assurance Insurance in its $2.024 billion IPO in 2004.
- Represented Koch Forest Products Inc., a subsidiary of Koch Industries, alongside Latham & Watkins, in its $21 billion purchase of the Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 2005.
- Advised longstanding client IndyMac, its executives and directors the FBI investigation into the California bank's collapse in 2008. Alston also advised the bank on the transfer of its assets to government control under the auspices of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
- Represented Toyota in the economic loss class actions arising from the 2009–2010 Toyota vehicle recalls.
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