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Alston & Bird

Our Survey Says



Even with domestic and international expansion, Alston & Bird has maintained a welcoming feel that is a major draw for associates. Attendance at a top national or regional law school, good grades, journal or work experience, personality, and diversity all impact the hiring process. Office culture, a firm highlight, includes people who are friendly, easygoing, and who care about each other. This includes partners, who treat associates well and provide feedback and support for their development. Where formal training is lacking, mentors provide outstanding guidance on practical matters. The firm does provide solid infrastructure and guidance for lateral hires. Associates receive meaningful and challenging work assignments; a free-market work distribution system means partners choose associates for various assignments based on familiarity or past work. Alston & Bird’s 2,000 billable hour requirement seems high to some associates, especially as bonuses are based on billable hours, though all associates appreciate lockstep salaries that match the market. The firm offers a range of wellness initiatives, though associates note that billable work impacts their ability to utilize those resources. The pro bono partner and coordinator promote varied projects firmwide, and up to 150 hours of pro bono work count as billable. Affinity groups, practice group leaders, mentors, and an active DEI committee all advance the firm’s diversity efforts. Alston & Bird is transparent regarding realistic promotion prospects, including to counsel or partner, and a full range of external options exist for associates.

Alston & Bird

One Atlantic Center
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (404) 881-7000

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Richard R. Hays
Hiring Partners: Elizabeth A. Price (Atlanta); Emily McGowan (Charlotte); Jared M. Slade (Dallas & Fort Worth); Julie Mediamolle (DC); Courtney M. Wright (LA); Christopher L. McArdle (NY); Michael A. Kaeding (Raleigh); Valarie Williams (San Francisco); William B. Snyder (Silicon Valley)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2023:

Base Salary

1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year+: $400,000+
Summer Associate: $4,135/week

Employment Contact

Erin Springer
Director of Attorney Hiring
(404) 881-4464
Recruiting contacts for all Alston & Bird locations can be found at

No. of U.S. Offices: 10

No. of International Offices: 3

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA (HQ)
Charlotte, NC
Dallas, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Raleigh, NC
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC |

Major Departments

Corporate & Finance
Environment, Land Development & Natural Resources
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Legislative & Public Policy
Privacy & Data Security
See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.