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Alston & Bird LLP

Washington, DC

  • The Atlantic Building
  • 950 F Street NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20004-1404
  • Managing Partner: Richard R Hays
  • Number of partners: 344
  • Number of other lawyers: 474 
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has an office in Brussels.

Firm Overview:
Alston & Bird is a major US law firm with more than 800 attorneys offering services in virtually every practice area, from antitrust to wealth planning. For 15 consecutive years, Alston & Bird 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, spin-offs, 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. Global outsourcing is a strength of the firm as well.

Energy & Sustainability:
Alston & Bird provides energy industry 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:
The firm’s banking, insurance, investment management, broker-dealer, mutual fund, payment systems and alternative investment vehicle clients are provided 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, ecommerce, card schemes and payment networks, gift cards, healthcare payments and B2B payments.

Global Finance:
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. With team members in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York, it puts its deep bench into play to lead transactions in virtually every asset class of the structured finance and securitization markets.

Alston & Bird is home to one of the most extensive, full-service healthcare practices in the United States, comprised of over 100 lawyers 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, the Food and Drug Administration, the US Congress and the White House.

Intellectual Property:
Numbering more than 170 lawyers, Alston & Bird’s IP practice is one of the largest and most highly regarded in 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:
Alston & Bird’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 330 litigators have litigated in virtually every major industrialized jurisdiction, including those in Latin America, Europe and Asia. 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 more than 60-attorney, industryfocused 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. In addition, with a leading real estate capital markets practice, the group is poised at the intersection of the industry, where assets meet capital.

With more than 80 tax lawyers, Alston & Bird has one of the largest and most acclaimed law firm tax practices in the United States, providing coverage in international, federal, state and local taxation; employee benefits; executive compensation; wealth planning; exempt organizations; and transfer pricing.

International Work: Alston & Bird’s 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 or other arrangement. Clients: Aflac, Assurant Inc., Bank of America, The Boeing Company, Dell Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc., The Dow Chemical Company, Genuine Parts Company, IMERYS, McKesson Corporation, Mohawk Industries, Inc., Nokia, The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Sabre, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Toyota,


  • One Atlantic Center ,
  • Atlanta,
  • USA
  • Tel (404) 881-7000
  • Email : info@alston.com
  • 333 South Hope Street,
  • 16th Floor,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90071-3004
  • Tel +1 213 576 1000
  • Fax +1 213 576 1100
  • Website : www.alston.com
  • 275 Middlefield Road, Suite 15,
  • Menlo Park,
  • California
  • USA
  • 94025-4004
  • Tel +1 650 838 2000
  • Fax +1 650 838 2001
  • The Atlantic Building,
  • 950 F Street NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20004-1404
  • Tel +1 202 239 3300
  • Fax +1 202 239 3333
  • 90 Park Avenue,
  • 18th Floor,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10016-1387
  • Tel +1 212 210 9400
  • Fax +1 212 210 9444
  • Email : info@alston.com
  • Bank of America Plaza,
  • 101 South Tryon Street,
  • Suite 4000,
  • Charlotte,
  • North Carolina
  • USA
  • NC 28280-4000
  • Tel +1 704 444 1000
  • Fax +1 704 444 1111
  • Email : info@alston.com
  • 4721 Emperor Blvd,
  • Suite 400,
  • Durham,
  • North Carolina
  • USA
  • NC 27703-8580
  • Tel +1 919 862 2200
  • Fax +1 919 862 2260
  • Email : info@alston.com
  • 2828 N. Harwood Street,
  • Suite 1800,
  • Dallas,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 75201
  • Tel +1 214 922 3400
  • Fax +1 214 922 3899

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - District of Columbia

What the team is known for A respected team offering support across four distinct subspecialty groups: executive compensation, health and welfare plans, tax-qualified retirement and savings plans, and ERISA litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They can predict or tell you where things are going. They are preemptive and keep us compliant."

"A national presence and a good solid practice." 

Work highlights Assisted the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans on regulatory provision to ensure smooth transition in health coverage following implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  

Made significant progress for The Washington Post Company in obtaining a favorable determination letter on an extremely long-running retirement plan filing with the IRS, concerning assets worth $1.6 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Schendt retains his focus on qualified plan compliance, with an emphasis on appearances before agency bodies.  In addition to a strong IRS background he is regarded by clients as "terrific, top-notch" and "exceptional and always available."

Significant clients Louisiana-Pacific, Ingersoll-Rand, Hilton Worldwide, Nokia, Regions Financial.

Healthcare - District of Columbia

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Government - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Provides a broad range of services, from assisting with global business strategy to advising on government ethics and compliance issues. Handles legislative and policy matters within the real estate, financial services and healthcare sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are responsive and knowledgeable, and have a great network."  

"They are very good at analyzing and understanding the impact of regulatory issues."

Work highlights Represented Experian before Congress, the Department of Commerce and FTC in relation to proposed legal and policy frameworks for a number of matters pertaining to e-commerce.

Acted for The National Retail Federation before Congress and other federal agencies on matters arising in connection with corporate tax reform, internet sales tax, privacy and cybersecurity.  

Notable practitioners  

Department head Robert Jones is recognized for his handling of legislative and regulatory matters, in which he has represented a range of high-profile clients. Observers note that he is "very professional and very articulate when speaking with members of government in elevated positions."

Significant clients Navistar, Rheem Manufacturing, Autoliv, Maritz, National Geographic.  

Outsourcing - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Atlanta.

What the team is known for Advises on sophisticated outsourcing work in the USA and offshore. Experienced in acting on behalf of suppliers as well as customers on significantly high-value transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are extremely skilled in understanding and identifying risks, whether domestic or international, and they are very thorough in undertaking proper due diligence."

"Their expertise goes beyond the terms of the agreement - they are able to boil down and understand the process that needs to be performed."

Notable practitioners  

James Harvey is head of the firm's privacy and data security group and is described by clients as a "go-to" for complex outsourcing deals. He has led the team in representing global financial institutions in significant outsourcing transactions.

Notable practitioners Expedia, Inter-American Development Bank, Aflac, Electric Cities of Georgia, Graphic Packaging International.  

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Atlanta, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Accomplished practice with strength in a number of areas, including managing cyber intrusions, healthcare compliance and privacy litigation. Ability to draw on a substantial international network, with a particular focus on tackling privacy issues arising in the EU and Asia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"When it comes to cybersecurity, they have a good number of people who have handled major intrusions."

"I think they are good and commercially minded." 

Work highlights Advised UPS as global privacy counsel in a number of different areas, including cross-border data protection compliance, the development of global privacy policies and negotiating contracts involving the use of data.

Assisted Walmart in responding to the theft from Vudu, a subsidiary of the supermarket giant, of hard drives containing customers' personal data.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Martino is the co-leader of the firmwide privacy and data security group and maintains an active practice representing multinational corporations in an array of privacy matters, with a particular emphasis on internet, telecommunications and technology issues.

Significant clients  The National Retail Federation, McDonald's, eBay, Global Payments, Maritz.