Alston & Bird embodies Southern hospitality with its kind, friendly culture. Mentorship is strong across the board and pro bono is a source of pride for associates, encouraged by firm leadership and supported through high billable credit.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2022)

750 - 1K


No. of Partners Named (2022)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2022)



No. of Summer Associates (2022)

67 total (54 2Ls; 13 1Ls)


Base Salary

Base Salary (2022)

Vault Verdict

Alston & Bird might be Southern-born, but the firm’s elite work and market compensation rival its New York counterparts. Associates are enamored of the firm’s friendly yet professional culture, which they say strikes an ideal balance between being social and respectful of attorneys’ personal time. Mentorship is a true high point for associates, who report finding mentors organically both in and across practice groups and seniority levels. In particular, associates are impressed with partners’ accessibility and respectful treatment of associates. Pro bono is another source of pride, with pro bono opportunities regularly circulated firmwide and attorneys publicly recognized for pro bono contributions and achievements. Associates are also pleased that 150 hours of pro bono ti...

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 de...

Associate Reviews

  • “The firm as a whole has a very collegial and social culture. Weekly in office happy hours, catered events and more encourage socializing. My group genuinely enjoys working together and we get together for team dinners and other activities outside of the office. Despite this, I never feel pressured to attend social outings.”
  • “Lawyer and staff interactions are incredibly friendly.”
  • “Extremely collegial for BigLaw.  Every associate is treated like a colleague, not like a subordinate, by partners and senior associates.”
  • “The culture here is excellent. It seems that people are adept at maintaining a healthy balance of niceness and professionalism.”

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


  • “The firm has high standards for hiring, both in terms of academics and experience as well as an applicant's ability to work well with others.”
  • “[The firm is] really focused on enthusiasm, personality fit, and [your] potential to stay. They want someone who will make a good part of the team, both work-wise and personality-wise.”
  • “... Obviously good grades are needed, but then I've heard very positive things about all sorts of different candidates, particularly about those with past work experience before law school and college athletes. We tend to be drawn to very sociable people who are genuine and easy to converse with. We look for people who want to be in [their chosen city] and have clearly done some research to show why they are interested in A&B specifically. …” 

Perks & Benefits