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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: 347
  • Number of other lawyers: 471
  • 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 14 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, goingprivate 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.T he 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:
The firm’s finance attorneys represent domestic and foreign financial institutions, underwriters, alternative investment funds and other providers and servicers of debt capital. The firm represents the most active issuers, originators, servicers, trustees, master servicers, fund managers, investors, rating agencies and insurers. The firm has extensive experience in structuring and closing transactions with complex structures in a wide variety of asset classes.

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 corporate, securities, merger and acquisition and regulatory compliance expertise, including former health policy and enforcement experts from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the US House of Representatives, the US Senate and the White House.

Intellectual Property:
Numbering more than 160 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, 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, 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. 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.

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 Health care Corporation, Toyota, UnitedHealth Group, UPS and Wells Fargo.


  • One Atlantic Center,
  • 1201 West Peachtree Street,
  • Atlanta,
  • Georgia
  • USA
  • GA 30309-3424
  • Tel +1 404 881 7000
  • Fax +1 404 881 7777
  • Email : info@alston.com
  • Website : www.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
  • 275 Middlefield Road, Suite 15,
  • Menlo Park,
  • California
  • USA
  • 94025-4004
  • Tel +1 650 838 2000
  • Fax +1 650 838 2001
  • 2801 Townsgate Road,
  • Suite 215,
  • Westlake Village,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 91361
  • Tel +1 805 497 9474
  • Fax +1 805 497 8804
  • 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

THE FIRM Alston & Bird offers clients a broad range of services, with particular emphasis on ERISA litigation, executive compensation and health and welfare issues. The group also contains expertise in actuarial issues and related litigation. The team recently advocated for the State of Florida to address the alleged unconstitutionality of its 2011 pension law. The firm's ongoing clientele also include Hilton Worldwide, Coca-Cola and Bank of America.

Sources say: "The breadth and scope of their knowledge and expertise was remarkable."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Schendt is a favorite with clients for both his expertise with qualified plans and his considered counseling. "Not only is he a good legal tactician and adviser but he is also politically sensitive to the needs of an internal client: he is very considerate of the in-house lawyer and their position in the company and the politics that go with that," say clients.

Government - Nationwide

THE FIRM The legislative and public policy group at Alston & Bird has a strong bench that provides strategic counseling to clients including Experian, Navistar and the National Geographic Education Foundation. The firm also represents Safeway, having provided assistance in tax and pensions issues, as well as advising the company in debates relating to healthcare reform, derivatives reform, climate change and food safety.

Sources say: "They have very good FTC, corporate and lobbying practices in DC."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Jones is leader of the group and has personally counseled Safeway as outlined above, in addition to assisting Autoliv in communications with the Department of Defense, Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Sources have been impressed: "He is energetic, willing and happy to help."

Outsourcing - Nationwide

THE FIRM Alston & Bird offers a full spectrum outsourcing practice, and is notable for its international capabilities. The team is predominantly focused on customer-side representation, but has significant supplier-side capability. Clients are drawn from the insurance, supply, logistics and financial services space. The group recently advised Sabre Holdings in connection with an $800 million IT infrastructure transaction with HP.

KEY INDIVIDUALS James Harvey was recently part of a team advising the State of Georgia in connection with the outsourcing of its electricity grid to GE's cloud-based smart grid system. Market observers attest to his continuing prominence in the outsourcing community. 

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm's privacy and security practice is characterized by its international expertise, with lawyers regularly handling data protection matters in Asia, Latin America and the EU. The team also provides experienced counsel on cyber-risk, breach management, regulatory compliance and privacy litigation. Members of the practice are regularly retained by blue-chip clients such as UPS and Experian. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Keating concentrates his practice on guiding clients through the impact of pending and enacted legislation at national and EU level. His clients include UPS, for which he acts as global privacy counsel.

Paul Martino handles complex data protection compliance initiatives on a global scale. Recent work highlights include advising the National Retail Federation on a variety of public policy and federal legislative issues.