The firm’s history dates back to 1893 through the long 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 Bell Seltzer Park & Gibson (Charlotte and Raleigh, NC) and Walter, Conston, Alexander & Green in 2001 (New York, NY), and the acquisition of Crews, Shepherd & McCarty LLP in 2007 (Dallas, TX). Alston & Bird’s Silicon Valley office opened in August 2008, and our Los Angeles office opened in September following the acquisition of Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava and MacCuish LLP. In 2011, the firm established our first European office in Brussels, and in September 2015 continued our international expansion to China with the opening of the Beijing office. With the opening of a San Francisco office in 2017, we extended our presence in California to three locations. Our European footprint expanded in 2019 with the opening of our London office. The firm's energy offerings expanded again with the opening of our Fort Worth office in 2020.

Alston & Bird’s nationally recognized firm culture is based on successful teamwork and allows us to quickly access virtually any combination of skills that a client may require. The firm has been ranked for 24 consecutive years on Fortune magazine’s list of “Best Companies to Work For.” This recognition demonstrates the satisfaction of those who work at the firm and translates into resources committed to delivering high-quality work product to clients.

Alston & Bird has been consistently recognized as a U.S. law firm providing superior client service in the BTI Client Service A-Team. This recognition results from interviews with approximately 240 corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 companies.

There is simply no substitute for having someone down the hall – someone very good – who can answer a question about an FCC issue, a biotech patent, actuarial analysis, regulatory compliance, global technology outsourcing, complex litigation, or whatever the issue may be. Alston & Bird has both the critical mass and the skill combination to meet the most complex client needs. A key demonstration of our skills: 227 of our attorneys are listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Another 131 of our lawyers are listed in Ones to Watch – the future is bright at Alston & Bird.

Management & Demographics
Management & Personnel
Managing Partner
Teresa T. Bonder
G. Christian Roux
Construction Law
David E. Brown, Jr.
David S. Teske
Electronic Entertainment
David R. Godofsky
Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
Kenneth G. Jaffe
Nicki Carlsen
Environmental & Land Use
Douglas S. Arnold
Environmental and Land Use
H. Douglas Hinson
ERISA Litigation
Benjamin T. White
Exempt Organizations
Sam K. Kaywood Jr.
Federal Income Tax
Mark C. Kanaly
Financial Services and Products
Marc J. Scheineson
Food and Drug Law
Robert J. Sullivan
Global Finance & Debt Products
Rick S. Blumen
Global Finance and Debt Products
J. Mark Ray
Health Care
Jennifer L. Butler
Health Care
Gerald L. Mize, Jr.
Insurance Litigation and Regulation
Guy R. Gosnell
Intellectual Property - Electronics and Computer
David J. Stewart
Intellectual Property - Trademark and Copyright
Keith E. Broyles
Intellectual Property Litigation
Michael J. Newton
Intellectual Property Litigation
David S. Teske
Intellectual Property-IP & Technology Transactions
Karl Geercken
International Litigation
Edward Tanenbaum
International Tax
Jason P. Cooper
IP – Mechanical Patent
Lisa H. Cassilly
Labor and Employment
Robert C. Jones
Legislative and Public Policy
Douglas G. Scribner
Litigation and Trial Practice
William H. Jordan
Litigation and Trial Practice
Justin R. Howard
Mergers and Acquisitions
Kevin Miller
Mergers and Acquisitions
Bernard Taylor Sr.
Products Liability
Allison M. Ryan
Real Estate Finance & Investment
Gerard C. Keegan, Jr.
Real Estate Finance & Investment
John A. Jordak Jr.
Securities Litigation
William Scott Ortwein
Securities Practice
Michael T. Petrik
State and Local Tax
Janine Brown
Benjamin T. White
Wealth Planning & Exempt Organizations
R. Mark Williamson
Wealth Planning & Exempt Organizations

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  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Derivatives and Futures Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Equipment Finance Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Insurance Law
  • International Arbitration - Commercial
  • International Trade and Finance Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Patent Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
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by G. Christian Roux

Everyone agrees U.S. infrastructure is in lamentable shape. Can Congress and the Trump administration muster the courage to do something about it?

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by S. Benjamin Pleune

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by Alston & Bird

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Bank Supervision

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Employee Benefits

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