This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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Tracing its roots back to Atlanta, Georgia, Alston & Bird has come a long way. Yet despite the firm’s expansion, it remains committed to the same principles and vision that guided it from the start: client service and teamwork
|Total Listings in WWL||28||Established||1893|
|Home jurisdiction||US||Total size of firm||789|
|Number of partners||349||Number of offices||9|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
The firm’s environment lawyers recently had success in representing Water Replenishment District of Southern California in the California Court of Appeal, reversing the trial court’s denial of its application for a preliminary injunction. Sharon Rubalcava in Los Angeles advises clients planning major industrial development projects in compliance with a focus on air and toxic emissions and water quality issues. At the same office, Ward Benshoof is a “notable trial lawyer” with nearly 30 years’ experience in environmental litigation. Bruce Pasfield in Washington, DC advises on civil, criminal and administrative enforcement matters and is a “sound litigator".
The tax practice comprises over 80 lawyers. The firm advises Fortune 100 companies, small high-tech start-ups, subsidiaries of foreign multinationals and private foundations. Co-chair of the federal income and international tax group Sam Kaywood Jr is an “esteemed practitioner” with particular experience in cross-border M&A and joint ventures, and inbound investments into the US. His work includes structuring the sale of operations in Ireland, Spain and the Netherlands on behalf of a multinational food and beverage company. Henry Birnkrant focuses on transfer pricing matters and US federal income taxation of domestic and cross-border transactions. He provides “sophisticated, solutions-oriented advice” in a “timely manner”.
Patent “experts” Patrick Flinn and Michael McCoy receive high praise for their “strategic approach” to matters. Bernard Taylor is co-chair of the firm’s product liability group. His representative work includes representing Flexible Products Company as lead trial lawyer in the isocyanate toxic tort litigation involving 1,600 plaintiffs in Alabama State court, 20,000 plaintiffs in Federal Court and a putative class action in West Virginia. Jane Thorpe is highly recommended for her mass torts litigation practice and has won cases establishing important precedents in the field.
Dennis Garris is partner-in-charge of the DC office and is known for his “unrivalled expertise” on SEC regulation matters due to his previous role as chief of the office of mergers and acquisition in the division of corporate finance at the SEC.
Grant Stein is a former chair of the firm’s bankruptcy, reorganisation and workouts group and is “well known” throughout the industry for providing “sound advice”.
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|Corporate Tax||5||Product Liability Defence||2|
|Information Technology||1||Trade & Customs||1|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||2|
The firm’s involvement in pro bono matters dates back to 1876 when Ashbel Green worked to resolve the famous disputed presidential election. Today the firm advocates for voiceless children, supports asylum seekers, represents victims of domestic violence and provides access to justice to those otherwise overlooked. The firm provides 15 hours of paid time off for full-time employees and gives seven-and-a-half hours annually to part-time employees to engage in community volunteerism, and leadership is strongly encouraged with attorneys serving on the boards of more than 400 non-profit organisations.
Alston & Bird’s diversity committees are tasked with creating and maintaining work environments that are open, receptive and nurturing of differences.
Alston & Bird’s commitment to its founding principles and willingness to adapt to the changing needs of clients is sure to secure its success into the future.
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