Alston & Bird Company Culture

Culture Score

This score is derived from employee ratings & reviews
4.3/5
Alston & Bird's Overall Culture is rated A-

Top Rated Culture Dimensions

CEO Score

Top 5%Top 5% of Similar Size Companies on Comparably
Richard Hays Alston & Bird's CEO
Richard Hays
84 /100

Alston & Bird Mission, Vision & Values

Yes
100%
Are your company's goals clear, and are you invested in them?

Mission Statement

Focuses on getting to know our business, and anticipating what we need at every turn

Vision Statement

They define who we are and how we interact with our clients and with each other. From the founding of the firm in the late 1800s, collegiality, teamwork, loyalty, diversity, individual satisfaction, fairness and professional development have been guiding principles and values we measure ourselves by

Values

  • Diversity
  • Benifits
  • Training

Alston & Bird Culture At a Glance

10 employees at Alston & Bird have reviewed Alston & Bird across various culture dimensions, providing their opinions on items ranging from executive ratings to the pace at work. The latest review was months ago.

Overall, the 10 Alston & Bird employees give their leadership a grade of A+, or Top 5% of similar size companies on Comparably. This includes specific ratings of their executive team, CEO, and manager.

Employees at Alston & Bird are pleased with their total compensation at Alston & Bird, which includes a combination of pay, stock and equity, and benefits.

Overall, employees at Alston & Bird are generally satisfied with their team. 10 Participants grade the quality of their coworkers a C+. The majority believe the meetings at Alston & Bird are effective, and the majority look forward to interacting with their coworkers.

The majority of employees at Alston & Bird believe the environment at Alston & Bird is positive. Most Participants believe the pace of work at Alston & Bird is comfortably fast. About 72% of the employees at Alston & Bird work 8 hours or less.

Overall, the employees at Alston & Bird are happy, based on their aggregated ratings of future outlook, customer perception, and their excitement going to work.

Company Information

Address
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA
United States of America
Website
www.alston.com/

Company Description

Alston & Bird LLP is a law firm providing legal services in Intellectual property issues, and most prominently patent rights.

Key Executives

Name & Title
Bio
Richard Hays  CEO / President
Richard Hays
CEO / President
Richard Hays serves as the CEO / President of Alston & Bird.
John L. Sullivan Jr.  Partner
John L. Sullivan Jr.
Partner
Mr. John L. Sullivan is a Partner at Alston & Bird LLP. Mr. Sullivan is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Section, and the Trademark & Copyright Group. He concentrates his practice on trademark, copyright and patent law, unfair competition, and related international intellectual property law. The principal focus of Mr. Sullivan's practice is the development, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, particularly extensive trademark and patent portfolios, on a worldwide basis. His strategic management of such corporate portfolios encompasses the fields of banking and commerce, communications, apparel, textile raw materials, sporting goods, spectator entertainment services, and merchandise licensing. He is active in the North Carolina Bar Association, and has served as a member of its Board of Governors, and Executive Committee. He is a Past-Chairman of the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section and the Development Committee. He also has served on the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association, and as a Member of the Management Committee, and the Executive Compensation and Benefits Committee. He has also served on many other boards, both locally and nationally, including the Board of Governors of the North Carolina State University Graduate School, and the Board of Governors of the U.S. Brand Names Education Foundation, where he also served as Vice President and Treasurer. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr. Sullivan has made frequent presentations at national and international forums, including the Annual Meetings of the International Trademark Association and the North Carolina Bar Association. He has taught numerous classes in Intellectual Property Law at the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and Wake Forest University. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Best International Trademark Lawyers, Best Intellectual Property Lawyers of Charlotte, and The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers. Mr. Sullivan received his J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina ??? Chapel Hill, and his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, with honors, from North Carolina State University.
Yitai Hu  Chief Representative for Beijing and Partner
Yitai Hu
Chief Representative for Beijing and Partner
Mr. Yitai Hu serves as Chief Representative for Beijing and Partner at Alston & Bird, LLP. Mr. Hu was a Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Mr. Hu focuses his practice on international intellectual property litigation and client counseling. He was a Partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP and a Lateral Partner at Shaw Pittman, LLP. With regard to litigation, Mr. Hu served as lead counsel on cases before U.S. district courts, superior courts in California and the District of Columbia, and the U.S. International Trade Commission concerning patent, trade secret and licensing disputes. He has strong experience in section 337 investigations before the US International Trade Commission. He has been involved in more than 20 such investigations, acting as lead counsel in 16 of them. He represented clients in litigation involving semiconductor technologies, non-volatile memories, liquid crystal displays, computer monitors, optical mouse technologies, computer network products, wireless network communications products, integrated circuit (IC) packaging, microprocessor technologies and general circuit designs. He has also arbitrated cases, both in the U.S. and abroad, involving licensing and technology transfer disputes. Outside the United States, Mr. Hu has been involved in patent infringement cases in court and in administrative proceedings on the validity of patents. He also assisted clients with intellectual property theft and misappropriation matters, including identifying the source of pirated trademarked and copyrighted products abroad, particularly in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, securing search warrants to seize pirated products and responsible through available criminal and civil proceedings. He also participated in the execution of search warrants with local law enforcement and the subsequent seizure of pirated products. Mr. Hu's counseling practice includes rendering infringement and validity opinions and advising clients on licensing and related matters. He has negotiated a number of international patent and technology license agreements. Applying his language skills and understanding of cultural differences, he has mediated and facilitated complex, and sometimes contentious, patent and technology license agreements between and among U.S. companies and those from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. He also counsels U.S. clients on securing and enforcing intellectual property rights in those regions. His counseling practice also includes mergers and acquisitions involving technology companies. Mr. Hu is admitted in Maryland and the District of Columbia only. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, the District of Wisconsin and the Eastern District of Michigan; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a Member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Licensing Executives Society. He is also registered to practice law as a foreign attorney in Taiwan. Mr. Hu is a frequent speaker on the topic of international patent laws, especially those of China and Taiwan, at conferences and seminars. He also frequently spoken on topics related to U.S. intellectual property protection in China and Taiwan. He serves as an assistant professor at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, where he lectures on U.S. patent litigation, and serves on the editorial board of Patent World magazine. Mr. Hu received his B.A. in physics in 1991 from the University of Kansas and his J.D. in 1994 from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Paul F. Cash  Partner
Paul F. Cash
Partner
Mr. Paul F. Cash serves as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Group RCI, Inc. Mr. Cash is a Partner at Alston & Bird LLP. Mr. Cash is a member of Alston & Bird LLP's Northeast Capital Markets Group. His practice is concentrated on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions as well as general corporate and commercial matters. He has experience in mergers and acquisitions activities in a variety of industries and settings, including cross-border business combinations. He has particular experience in mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters in the media and entertainment industry. In addition, he has significant experience representing German companies in connection with cross-border business transactions. Prior to joining Alston & Bird, Mr. Cash practiced as a foreign associate with a leading law firm in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is fluent in German. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Illinois in 1995. Prior to enrolling at the University of Illinois College of Law, he attended the Fachhochschule f??r Technik und Wirtschaft in Reutlingen, Germany, where he studied German law and business. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, in International Business and German in 1991 from Illinois State University. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the German American Law Association.
Trevor Nagel  Partner
Trevor Nagel
Partner
Mr. Trevor Nagel serves as Partner in the technology group at the Washington office of Alston & Bird, LLP since June 2006. He was previously with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Mr. Nagel also serves as the chair of Alston & Bird's global sourcing practice.
W. Hunter Holliday  Partner
W. Hunter Holliday
Partner
Mr. W. Hunter Holliday is a Partner at Alston & Bird LLP. Mr. Holliday is a member of the firm's Capital Markets Group. He is also a member of the firm's Hiring Committee. He concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, private corporate finance, corporate governance, business counseling and venture capital financing (representing both venture capital firms and early-stage companies). He received his J.D. in 1992 from Vanderbilt University, where he was an Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and recipient of the K. Harlan Dodson Award. He received a B.B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983, where he majored in finance and was an Endowed Presidential Scholar. Prior to attending law school, he worked for InterFirst Bank (now known as Bank of America) in Dallas, Texas, where he went through the bank's year-long credit training program and then was promoted to commercial loan officer. Prior to attending law school, Hunter also worked for a non-profit organization and lived in Yugoslavia and China. He currently serves on the Board of Bethany Christian Services, an international adoption agency.
Bruce Pasfield  Partner
Bruce Pasfield
Partner
Mr. Bruce Pasfield serves as Partner in the Environmental and Land Use group at Alston & Bird, LLP since November 2005. Pasfield previously served as the longest-tenured assistant chief of the Environmental Crimes Section at the Department of Justice. He earned his J.D. from Vermont Law School.
J. Vaughan Curtis  Partner
J. Vaughan Curtis
Partner
Mr. J. Vaughan Curtis is a Partner at Alston & Bird LLP. Mr. Curtis is a member of the Healthcare - Corporate and Technology Groups and divides his practice between the firm's Atlanta and New York offices. He is presently head of the firm's transactional practices, former Co-Partner-In-Charge of the New York office and a former member of the firm's executive committee. Mr. Curtis represents both public and private companies in merger and acquisition transactions, including advising boards and outside board members on matters of corporate governance, change of control issues and anti-takeover strategies. Mr. Curtis also represents underwriters and issuers in public and private debt and equity offerings. Since 1995, Mr. Curtis has had lead responsibility in more than 75 merger and acquisition transactions and 35 public securities offerings. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA 'America's Leading Business Lawyers,' and Best Lawyers in Atlanta in both corporate finance and healthcare. Prior to joining Alston & Bird in 1978, he worked at The White House during the Ford Administration. He received his J.D., M.A., and B.A. from the University of Kentucky.
Evan M. Drutman  Partner
Evan M. Drutman
Partner
Evan M. Drutman serves as a Partner in Financial Services Group at Alston & Bird, LLP. Mr. Drutman practicing out of the New York office. His practice focuses on structured finance transactions. He has experience in securitizations and resecuritizations involving mortgage and home equity loans, commercial loans and related collateral types, representing issuers, underwriters, servicers, originators and rating agencies, in public offerings and private placements; and representing originators, sellers and purchasers in whole loan transactions. He served as Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP's corporate and securities department in the New York office. Mr. Drutman was formerly Counsel at McKee Nelson LLP. His practice focuses on structured finance. Mr. Drutman received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1989, where he was an editor for The Tax Lawyer, and his B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University in 1986. He also holds an economics degree from the London School of Economics (1985), as well as a professional culinary degree from La Varenne Culinary School in France (1992).
Philippe Bennett  Partner
Philippe Bennett
Partner
Mr. Philippe Bennett serves as a Partner at Alston & Bird LLP. Mr. Bennett was employed at Coudert Brothers in the position of Partner.

HR Leaders

Name & Title
Bio
Cathy Benton  Chief Human Resources Officer
Cathy Benton
Chief Human Resources Officer
Cathy Benton serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer of .
Allison Lynch  Director of Paralegal Services/Human Resources
Allison Lynch
Director of Paralegal Services/Human Resources
Allison Lynch serves as the Director of Paralegal Services/Human Resources of .
Michael Stephens  Director of Human Resources and Diversity
Michael Stephens
Director of Human Resources and Diversity
Michael Stephens serves as the Director of Human Resources and Diversity of .
Ricardo Corporán  Diversity & Inclusion Administrator
Ricardo Corporán
Diversity & Inclusion Administrator
Ricardo Corporán serves as the Diversity & Inclusion Administrator of Alston & Bird LLP. Ricardo started at Alston & Bird LLP in November of 2017. Ricardo currently resides in the Greater Atlanta Area.
Chandra Clouden  Attorney Hiring Manager
Chandra Clouden
Attorney Hiring Manager
Chandra Clouden serves as the Attorney Hiring Manager of Alston & Bird. Chandra currently resides in the Charlotte, North Carolina Area.
Bil Seymour  Director of Benefits & Payroll
Bil Seymour
Director of Benefits & Payroll
Bil Seymour serves as the Director of Benefits & Payroll of Alston & Bird. Bil currently resides in the Greater Atlanta Area.
Judy Degennaro  HR Manager
Judy Degennaro
HR Manager
Judy Degennaro serves as the HR Manager of Alston & Bird. Judy currently resides in the Greater New York City Area.
Alice Hartshorn  Human Resources Manager
Alice Hartshorn
Human Resources Manager
Alice Hartshorn serves as the Human Resources Manager of Alston & Bird. Alice currently resides in the Greater Atlanta Area.
Kimberly Santaiti-Potter  Human Resources Manager
Kimberly Santaiti-Potter
Human Resources Manager
Kimberly Santaiti-Potter serves as the Human Resources Manager of Alston & Bird. Kimberly currently resides in the Washington D.C. Metro Area.
Sue Wynn  Human Resources Manager
Sue Wynn
Human Resources Manager
Sue Wynn serves as the Human Resources Manager of Alston & Bird. Sue currently resides in the Greater Atlanta Area.
Kelly Hons  Human Resources Manager
Kelly Hons
Human Resources Manager
Kelly Hons serves as the Human Resources Manager of Alston & Bird. Kelly currently resides in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Vanessa Dobson  Human Resources Manager & Attorney Hiring Manager
Vanessa Dobson
Human Resources Manager & Attorney Hiring Manager
Vanessa Dobson serves as the Human Resources Manager & Attorney Hiring Manager of Alston & Bird. Vanessa currently resides in the Greater New York City Area.
Brennan Sears-Collins  Human Resources Manager, Executive Staff
Brennan Sears-Collins
Human Resources Manager, Executive Staff
Brennan Sears-Collins serves as the Human Resources Manager, Executive Staff of Alston & Bird. Brennan currently resides in the Greater Atlanta Area.
Michael Nutter  Senior Manager of HRIS and Payroll
Michael Nutter
Senior Manager of HRIS and Payroll
Michael Nutter serves as the Senior Manager of HRIS and Payroll of Alston & Bird. Michael currently resides in the Greater Atlanta Area.
Carol Brown  Senior Work/Life & Benefits Coordinator
Carol Brown
Senior Work/Life & Benefits Coordinator
Carol Brown serves as the Senior Work/Life & Benefits Coordinator of Alston & Bird. Carol currently resides in the Greater Atlanta Area.

Alston & Bird Employee Reviews

Positive Reviews
65%
65%
35%
Constructive Feedback
35%

Positive Reviews from Employees

What do you like best about your company?

It is a great place to work.

What makes you most happy at work?

Doing my job well and the appreciation I receive.

What is most positive about the culture and environment at your company?

The environment is very supportive and collaborative.

Constructive Feedback from Employees

What would you most like to see improved at your company?

More transparency about what decisions are being made for our team.

What do your coworkers need to improve and how could you work together better?

be conscious of being disruptive. more training.

What would you improve about your company's interview process?

better communication, having a better defined idea of the role

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Top
5%

Leadership Score

In the Top 5% of similar sized companies on Comparably

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79
out of 100
Executive rating?
84
out of 100
CEO rating?
79
out of 100
Manager rating?
Top
10%

Compensation Score

In the Top 10% of similar sized companies on Comparably

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Paid fairly?
Satisfied with benefits?
Top
50%

Team Score

In the Top 50% of similar sized companies on Comparably

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Coworker interaction?
71
out of 100
Quality of coworkers?
Top
20%

Environment Score

In the Top 20% of similar sized companies on Comparably

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7 or less
15%
8
57%
10
14%
12
14%
More than 12
0%
Work hours per day?
Extremely fast
29%
Comfortably fast
71%
Moderate
0%
A bit slow
0%
Bureaucratic
0%
Pace at work?
Positive
71%
Negative
29%
Positive work environment?
Top
25%

Outlook Score

In the Top 25% of similar sized companies on Comparably

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83
out of 100
Future outlook?
Fantastic
29%
Good
57%
Neutral
14%
Bad
0%
Terrible
0%
Customer perception?
Excited going to work?

Alston & Bird H1B Visa

In 2019, Alston & Bird applied for 6 H1B visas. Of the work permits applied for, 67% were approved.

Work Permit Application Outcome

6
Total Applied
  • 67% Granted (4 out of 6)
  • 0% Denied ( out of 6)
  • 0% Withdrawn Application was withdrawn by the employer before approval/rejection ( out of 6)
  • 33% Certified-Withdrawn Application was approved but later withdrawn by employer (2 out of 6)

This data was calculated using publicly sourced data from OFLC Performance Data

Gender Score How positively women rate their overall experience at Alston & Bird

N/A

Diversity Score How positively minorities rate their overall experience at Alston & Bird

Bottom
35%

Alston & Bird currently ranks in the Bottom 35% of similarly sized companies on Comparably

eNPS

Net Promoter Score tracks your employees' overall score to this question: "On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend working at your company to a friend?"
Top 5%Top 5% of Similar Size Companies on Comparably
60
eNPS Score
80%Promoters
0%Passives
20%Detractors

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  1. 1st
    King & Spalding
    91 / 100
  2. 2nd
    Alston & Bird
    77 / 100
  3. 3rd
    Clifford Chance
    70 / 100
  4. 4th
    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    70 / 100

Perks & Benefits

Health & Wellness
Dental Insurance
Health Insurance

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