Richard R. Hays

Richard R. Hays

Alston & Bird LLP

Recognized since 2007

Atlanta, Georgia

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

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Richard Hays is the Managing Partner of Alston & Bird. Since 2008, he has led the strategic direction of the firm and played a key role in its growth and performance. Mr. Hays also chairs the firm’s Administrative Committee. The firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte, Silicon Valley, Research Triangle and Brussels. Prior to his election as the Managing Partner, Mr. Hays served as the firm’s Financial Partner and also headed the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice group. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Hays received his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1982, a masters from Edinburgh University in 1984 as a Rotary Scholar and his law degree from Vanderbilt in 1986, where he was an editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.


  • One Atlantic Center, Suite 4900
    1201 West Peachtree Street
    Atlanta, GA 30309-3424


  • Vanderbilt University , J.D., graduated 1986
  • Harvard University, AB, graduated 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, State Bar of Georgia


  • Leadership Atlanta - Former Board of Directors
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity - Member
  • Lex Mundi Advisory Board - Member
  • Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute Advisory Board - Member
  • Commerce Club (Executive Committee) - Board of Directors
  • Harvard Club of Georgia - Member
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (Executive Committee) - Board of Directors
  • Midtown Alliance (Executive Committee) - Board of Directors
  • Pro Bono Institute, Law Firm Advisory Committee - Member
  • United Way, Alexis de Tocqueville Society - Member
  • Vanderbilt Law School Alumni Council - Member

Alston & Bird LLP
Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia

203 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

71 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Atlanta (2021)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation

Special Focus

  • Litigation

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