Managing Partner: Richard R Hays
Number of partners: 368 Number of other lawyers: 448
Alston & Bird is a major US law firm with core practice areas in intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax. For 20 consecutive years, the firm has been ranked on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list.
Main Areas of Practice:
Capital Markets / Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm’s attorneys have extensive experience with complex mergers and acquisitions, spinoffs, going-private transactions, joint ventures and similar transactions for clients in a broad range of industries, representing bidders, target companies, stockholders, boards of directors and financial advisors. Alston & Bird lawyers have been involved in all aspects of leveraged buyouts and distressed sales and can handle the acquisition and financing of public and nonpublic companies of any size.
Energy & Sustainability:
Attorneys provide energy clients with nationally recognized expertise in virtually every aspect of the law affecting the energy industry, from electric and natural gas regulation and project development and financing to carbon management, energy supply transactions and public policy.
Financial Services & Products:
The firm provides its banking, insurance, investment management, broker-dealer, mutual fund, payment systems and alternative investment vehicle clients a wide range of corporate governance, merger and acquisition, regulatory, litigation, securities and structured finance services. The payments group has global experience in all sectors of the industry, including merchant acquiring, card issuing, mobile payments, e-commerce, card schemes and payment networks, gift cards, healthcare payments, FinTech, blockchain and B2B payments.
Alston & Bird has one of the leading structured finance and securitization practices in the country. It represents many of the most active issuers, originators, master servicers, servicers, trustees, fund managers, investors, domestic and foreign financial institutions, rating agencies and insurers in a variety of debt financings. The practice puts its deep bench in several leading US financial centers into play to lead transactions in virtually every asset class of the structured finance and securitization markets.
The firm is home to one of the most extensive, full-service healthcare practices in the United States, with demonstrated regulatory, public policy, transactional, government investigations and litigation expertise, including former health policy and enforcement experts from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Food and Drug Administration, US Congress and White House.
Alston & Bird’s IP practice is one of the largest and most highly regarded of any general practice firm in the United States. The group provides a full range of intellectual property services, including patentability and prosecution, litigation, post-grant review proceeding expertise and services, patent maintenance, counseling regarding infringement avoidance and validity and infringement studies and opinions.
Legislative & Public Policy:
The firm’s legislative team is uniquely positioned to advise clients in a bipartisan, bicameral manner on public policy issues. The firm represents clients before Congress, the executive branch and regulatory agencies.
Alston & Bird’s attorneys have litigated in virtually every major industrialized jurisdiction around the world. The firm’s litigation experience includes antitrust, bankruptcy, construction, environmental and land development, ERISA, international trade and regulatory, labor and employment, securities, products liability and class actions.
Real Estate Finance:
Alston & Bird’s industry-focused real estate investment and finance practice provides the full range of capabilities needed to serve sophisticated clients. It handles massive multiproperty and multijurisdictional transactions, while maintaining specialized expertise focused on specific property types. With a leading real estate capital markets practice, the group is poised at the intersection of the industry, where assets meet capital.
The firm has one of the largest and most acclaimed tax practices in the United States, providing coverage in international, federal, state and local taxation; employee benefits and executive compensation; wealth planning; tax-exempt organizations; and transfer pricing.
The multidisciplinary team has structured deals and handled disputes around the globe. The firm’s international practice has extensive experience in planning, structuring and implementing business deals in virtually every major commercial jurisdiction in the world. The firm can find and help select the best local counsel, as well as help determine the optimal structure, for business transactions abroad, whether it involves an acquisition, joint venture, licensing arrangement, technology transfer, manufacturing contract, distribution agreement, outsourcing or other arrangement.
The Home Depot, The Coca-Cola Company, UPS, Mohawk, Delta Air Lines, Porsche NA, Dell, Georgia-Pacific, Nokia, UnitedHealth, SunTrust, Dow Chemical, Global Payments, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Prudential, US Bancorp, State Farm, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse