THE FIRM This outstanding Atlanta team continues to impress clients with its robust trial experience and full-service litigation capabilities. The attorneys are frequently called upon to advise on complex national disputes, from general commercial and securities litigation to product liability and white-collar crime matters. Recent work includes representing Coca-Cola Enterprises in shareholder litigation surrounding the sale of its North American operations to The Coca-Cola Company.
Sources say: "Alston & Bird has such strength at the top end that it can offer attorneys who are experts in a number of different areas."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Market commentators agree that Judson Graves "really is an excellent lawyer" and "someone you automatically think of as a leader at the Bar." He is hugely experienced in product liability, medical malpractice and intellectual property disputes.
The "tenacious and practical" Todd David "quickly establishes how to best litigate a case," enthuse interviewees. He is lead partner for Coca-Cola Enterprises on the aforementioned shareholder litigation, and also recently advised The Home Depot on a dispute surrounding its purchase of Home Decorators' Collection.
Bernard Taylor attracts widespread praise as a formidable trial attorney. His practice has an emphasis on complex commercial litigation and class actions, including product liability disputes and chemical exposure and toxic tort lawsuits.
James Grant is a "fine lawyer" who demonstrates a keen sense of strategy and excellent organizational skills. In one recent highlight, he achieved a $37.9 million award for Norit Americas following its long-running trade secrets dispute with ADA-ES.
The highly regarded Michael Kenny is an expert authority on antitrust matters. He is currently representing Dell in a cross-border antitrust price-fixing case against a major supplier of liquid crystal display (LCD) products used in computers and notebooks.
Peter Kontio co-heads the litigation group, and is another attorney at the firm with considerable experience in antitrust litigation. His impressive client portfolio includes the likes of Nokia and T-Mobile.
Sources say John Latham is "bright, experienced and extremely responsive." He sits within the firm's securities litigation group, and has a strong track record for his work advising public companies on government investigations.
Market observers highlight Cari Dawson as a "phenomenally gifted lawyer." She is currently lead defense counsel to Toyota Motor Sales on a high-profile class action alleging Toyota owners have suffered economic loss due to the widespread recall of vehicles with faulty acceleration.
Peter Bassett is senior counsel at the firm. Though he may be less active now than he once was on cases, he remains a seasoned authority on a wide range of litigation and trial work, including securities claims, class actions and complex commercial disputes.
Mitch Mitchelson is held in high esteem for his work defending clients against government investigations and False Claims Act litigation. While his practice spans a range of industries, he has a particular focus in the healthcare sector.
Michael Brown continues to impress as co-leader of the firm's government and special investigations group. His areas of expertise encompass securities and tax fraud, antitrust violations and immigration offenses, among others.