A national firm with deep roots in Georgia, Alston & Bird has a solid reputation for its "excellent practice" in Atlanta. The team is praised for its core of expertise and breadth of knowledge. "I have found their work particularly impressive, they do a first-class job," notes one source, adding: "Alston & Bird would be my go-to firm because of their broad scope."
The Atlanta wealth planning group represents a range of clients from wealthy families and individuals to tax-exempt institutions and corporations. The group is also well regarded for its capacity to handle contentious matters. Market commentators say: "They are a really high-end estate planning shop."
Benjamin White, one of the senior members of Alston & Bird's wealth planning team, is widely known in the Georgia market for expertise in philanthropic planning. "Ben is probably regarded as the best authority in the state on charitable planning," comments one fellow lawyer, adding: "He is helpful as part of any plan." As part of his philanthropic practice, White advises wealthy families and individuals structuring charitable foundations. He also represents tax-exempt organisations.
Mark Williamson is the chair of Alston & Bird's leading wealth planning group. "Known for being very smart," according to peers, Williamson represents US-based and non-US-based citizens. He specialises in federal taxation and has particular experience acting for European clients. "He is an excellent attorney," says one source. "He is very personable, knowledgeable and experienced."
Robert Edge is one of the "top estate planners in the area," according to peers. Edge has served as president of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council and the Georgia Federal Tax Conference. A "pillar of the estate planning community," he works with wealthy families and individuals based largely in the USA.
A "future leader" in the estate planning practice, Margaret Scott has recently been elected to the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Scott's practice focuses on estate planning for individuals and institutions, with distinctive expertise in dispute resolution. "She has got a great reputation," says one source. "She is a very personable person and spends a lot of time and attention with clients."