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Alston & Bird LLP


9 ranked lawyersBand 1GeorgiaUSA 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Hailed as a leading litigation firm for its deep bench and depth of expertise. Well equipped to tackle a wide variety of high-profile litigation matters across the USA, including commercial disputes, shareholder derivative actions and product liability suits. Well placed to advise on criminal cases and government investigations. Acts for a number of blue-chip clients in the automotive industry, handling a variety of high-stakes litigation, while also impressing with its representation of technology, healthcare, pharmaceutical and retail clients. Also noted for its strong securities litigation practice, which includes class actions and SEC investigations.


"It’s an accomplished team that works on important cases and provides great experience. The individuals work well together, which is critical to working on big cases, and they have experience working on a number of different types of securities matters," explains an interviewee.

A client notes: "The work product at the end of the processes was outstanding. The research was thorough and the conclusions were well thought out. The advice was substantive and thoughtful and incorporated the company's concerns and was tailored to our specific situation."

A commentator says: "It is an excellent team, with deep expertise in big mass torts, class actions and MDL. They have been there and done everything before. I really appreciate that the team goes beyond just doing the work and that the attorneys think ahead for our organization."

Work highlights

Successfully defended LHC Group against a securities class action regarding its $2.4 billion merger with Almost Family.

Represented Freedom Mortgage in a False Claims Act case alleging widespread fraud in the mortgage industry.

Acted for Mohawk Industries in a breach of contract claim against a supplier that provided defective resin for use in the carpet manufacturing process.

Notable practitioners

Cari Dawson has strong skills in class action defense. She regularly works with clients from the automotive industry.
"Cari is excellent. She is really wonderful and has a huge reputation." "She is very organized and helps to see around the corner and what the next phase is. She knows what we need to think about going forward."

James Grant has broad litigation experience, spanning trade secrets, class actions and M&A disputes. His sector expertise covers software, pharmaceuticals and financial services, among others.

John Jordak is a popular choice for large corporations and individual executives seeking representation in a range of securities disputes. He handles class actions as well as SEC enforcement matters.
"He is extremely knowledgeable." "He is thorough, professional and enjoyable to work with. He is a talented and skilled litigator and he would be my first selection for the most complex of matters."

John Latham is an experienced trial lawyer who is noted for his handling of securities disputes. His practice spans class actions, regulatory investigations and derivative claims.
"He is an excellent lawyer with a very good practice."

Meredith Jones Kingsley comes recommended for her growing practice defending clients in high-stakes trials and government investigations. She has significant experience in qui tam litigation.
"She has an impressive ability to adapt to a changing environment. She is very passionate about her work and is driven to justice."

Paul Monnin is well known for his work in defending criminal cases and managing enforcement actions. He acts for individuals and corporations facing a range of allegations, including fraud and antitrust violations.
"He is extremely knowledgeable about securities fraud and the different ways the government approaches the law. He is an encyclopedia and a valuable partner." "He is very thoughtful and has deep knowledge of complex SEC matters."

Joseph Burby handles criminal litigation and has notable experience acting for individuals and companies in high-stakes trials. Clients appreciate his skills gained from his time as a prosecutor in both state and federal court.
"He's fantastic; he is a go-to lawyer for individuals." "He is very thoughtful and takes calculated risks for clients that work out well. I think well of him; people like him and he is good with clients."

Robert Long is held in high regard for his work on SEC investigations, fraud allegations and securities class actions. He also leads the firm's securities litigation group.
"He has great subject matter expertise, strong experience in handling complex matter and the ability to think creatively." "I have rarely worked with a more intelligent or thoughtful professional. Robert is very experienced in his field and brings a good perspective to the issues. He is an excellent communicator and handles delicate situations with tact and diplomacy without giving up principles or the point."

William Jordan is well versed in representing both individuals and companies in regulatory enforcement actions. He is noted for his expertise in matters concerning the healthcare sector, including False Claims Act cases.
"He has handled several highly complex matters for us that were enterprise-threatening and the results exceeded our expectations. He strikes the right balance between professionalism and zealous advocacy for his clients. His subject matter expertise and relationship with the regulators are unparalleled."

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Alston & Bird LLP


One Atlantic Center

1201 West Peachtree Street




GA 30309

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Litigation: General Commercial

Cari K Dawson
Band 2
James C Grant
Band 3

Litigation: Securities

John A. Jordak
Band 1
John L Latham
Band 1
Robert R. Long
Band 2

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Meredith Jones Kingsley
Up and Coming

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