Overview

Introduction

 

Alston & Bird embodies Southern hospitality with its kind, friendly culture. Pro bono is a source of pride for associates, and the firm supports it with a unique opportunity for contribution bonuses based on non-billable hours. Alston & Bird is home to 800-plus lawyers located across the U.S., from its headquarters in the Peach State to nine additional domestic offices and three international locations. The firm has been recognized for its strength in such areas as health care, privacy and ...

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

750 - 1K

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No. of Partners Named (2021)

20

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2021)

57


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No. of Summer Associates (2021)

50 total (43 2Ls; 7 1Ls)


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Base Salary

All Offices:

Vault Verdict

Alston & Bird has a holistic approach to evaluating candidates, and being a self-starter is key. The firm embodies Southern hospitality: folks top-to-bottom are kind, respectful, social, and approachable. Alston freely shares financial information, but a recent change to bonus calculations has some associates feeling a reduced sense of transparency. Associates are also a bit disgruntled by a recent change increasing the billable-hour requirement to 2,000 hours. On the flip side, associates are incredibly pleased that the firm recently increased compensation so that all offices, including the Atlanta headquarters, are now paid at market level. Because of lean staffing, associates are busy, but they get to tackle interesting, high-level work. Training comes mostly in the for...

About the Firm

 

Alston & Bird is home to 800-plus lawyers located across the U.S., from its headquarters in the Peach State to nine additional domestic offices and three international locations. The firm has been recognized for its strength in such areas as health care, privacy and data security, real estate, and tax.

Shopping for Growth

Atlanta-based Alston & Bird’s predecessor firms date back to 1893. Nearly a century later, in 1982, the firm known as Alston, Miller & Gaines merged with Jones, Bird & Howell and adopted the combined name Alston & Bird. The firm’s operations remained in Georgia where it represented institutions like CNN, Emory University, and Augusta National founder Bobby Jones, a former firm partner, until the debut of...

Associate Reviews


  • “Welcoming and friendly culture.”
  • “Alston & Bird has a ‘Southern hospitality’ spirit that permeates all of the offices. Partners actually say thank you here and appreciate and award hard work. …”
  • “Lawyers socialize with each other a fair amount, usually firm sponsored. The day-to-day is very collegial, and people are nice. Lawyers and staff are very nice to each other and have real conversations with each other as well.”
  • “We socialize as much as we can, considering the pandemic. We also have multiple mentors paired with each associate, and at least one of my own mentors sets up happy hours over Zoom so that I can meet others within the firm. Currently, everyone is interacting over email or Zoom. Overall, the atmosphere is inviting and comfortable.”

Why Work Here


Diversity at Alston & Bird

"Diversity is a core value of Alston & Bird LLP and part of the firm's strategic plan. We believe that a diverse law firm is critical to providing the quality of legal services that our clients expect, to preserving our core values, and to nurturing our rich culture. We take this commitment to diversity and inclusion very seriously. Our culture is enhanced through diversity of not only race, gender, and ethnicity, but includes members of the LGBTQ+ community, generational differences, cultural differences, and talented..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “I believe the firm is looking for self-starters. All factors are considered, with particular emphasis for our practice area on prior work experience and other professional matters (clerking, school, and the like). The firm skews towards local schools and those in the mid-South to Southeast U.S. However, there are opportunities for all and several are interviewed from other states.”
  • “I believe the firm looks for a baseline GPA, and then judges based on personality fit. The firm is looking for motivated self-starters who can hold a conversation.”
  • “Alston is pretty well rounded in their approach to hiring, and hires across many schools and many backgrounds. It doesn't just focus on T14 schools, and it results in hiring people who have interesting backgrounds and are excellent at what they do rather than just have superficial credentials like school or grade rankings. People generally are very emotionally intelligent at the firm and are very easy to get along with, don't lead with an ego, and also do great work.”

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