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Elizabeth A. Price (Atlanta); David A. Brown (DC); Ross R. Barton (Charlotte); Michael A. Kaeding (Research Triangle); Natalie C. Clayton (New York); Kate Moseley (Dallas); Roger Cerda (Los Angeles); Jeff Tsai (San Francisco); Ryan W. Koppelman (Silicon Valley) SURVEY SNAPSHOT Among our survey respondents at Alston & Bird: • 51% were junior associates, 31% were mid-level associates, and 14% were senior associates (4% identified as non-partner track attorney or “other”). • 53% were former summer associates, 30% were hired as lateral associates, and 5% were hired during or after a clerkship. 66% plan to make partner, 18% plan to move in-house, and 3% plan to lateral to another firm. • Emory, UNC, and UVA were the most represented schools. UPPERS • “Early substantive work” • “Down-to-earth people” • “Great firm culture” DOWNERS • “Non-competitive compensation” • “Workflow management” • “Demanding hours” MAJOR DEPARTMENTS & PRACTICES Corporate & Finance • Environment, Land Development & Natural Resources • Health Care • Intellectual Property • Legislative & Public Policy • Litigation • Privacy & Data Security • Tax NOTABLE PERKS • “The Alternative Career Path allows attorneys to reduce the amount of work that they take on without affecting their ability to make partner.” • “Subsidized concierge service is nice. You can get someone to help you with things that just take time and get in the way of being at work or living your life with your family, for example waiting for the cable guy or picking up dry cleaning.” BASE SALARY (2017) Atlanta; North Carolina Offices 1st year: $155,000 Summer associate: $3,000/week Dallas; New York; DC; California Offices 1st year: $180,000 Summer Associate: $3,500/week EMPLOYMENT CONTACT Erin Springer Director of Attorney Hiring (404) 881-4464 [email protected] Recruiting contacts for all Alston & Bird locations can be found at
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© 2017 Vault.com Inc. 462 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition ALSTON & BIRD LLP THE SCOOP As definitively “Atlanta” as Coca-Cola, TBS, and Bobby Cox, Alston & Bird isn’t just a Georgia peach: it has built a nationally-regarded lobbying practice and has an expansive reach from New York to California. 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. Despite this growth, the firm’s operations were limited to Georgia, where it represented institutions like CNN, Emory University, and Augusta National founder Bobby Jones, a former firm partner. Alston & Bird’s first expedition across state lines came with the debut of its Washington, DC office in 1990. Then, in 1997, the firm merged with Bell Seltzer Park & Gibson, a deal which included two offices in North Carolina. New York was next, thanks to a 2001 merger with Walter, Conston, Alexander & Green. In 2007, the firm acquired Crews, Shepherd & McCarty (and its office in Dallas); the pattern of growth by acquisition
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