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Alston & Bird

Diversity Overview

Our Vision

We embrace diversity at all levels of the firm and seek out the best individuals to join our team. Our unique culture is enhanced through diversity not only of race and gender, but by members of the LGBT community, generational differences, cultural differences and talented people of varying backgrounds and experiences. Alston & Bird recruits, hires, and promotes for all positions without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, handicap or veteran's status. 

Our Goals

Alston & Bird is committed to promoting diversity both within our firm and our community. We have worked and will continue to work to create and maintain an open, receptive and nurturing work environment and a diverse workforce of attorneys and staff. We accomplish this internally through various initiatives under the leadership of firm-wide Diversity Committees. Co-chaired by two partners, the Diversity Steering Committee provides overarching goals and guidance. Each office/region has a Regional Diversity Committee, comprised of attorneys and staff, working to implement programs, events and sponsorships relative to their locations. The Diversity Task Force supports the firm’s efforts by providing opportunities for learning through events, recognition and cultural celebration.   


 Ambassador Andrew Young's Metaphor for Diversity

 ". . . I read a little book called the Gardens of Democracy. It’s a little book that says where we went off-track was when the enlightenment gave us the impression that the economy was to run like a machine. And so we developed a mechanized view of social change. The mechanical view is not an apt metaphor—life is much more like a garden . . . it requires weeding. It requires acceptance of diversity, and you don’t put your flowers under the shade of the tree. You’ve got to accommodate for sunlight and rain. If we look at the democracy and free enterprise with a garden as a metaphor, we come out with a much more humane view of the world and a much more realistic approach to the problems of the world."    -- Excerpt from a presentation at Alston & Bird



Caption for Photos

Top Photo: Alston & Bird LLP is the recipient of the Dell 2014 Legal Diversity Award. Pictured from left to right are: Dominique Shelton (partner, Alston & Bird), Michelle Mann (senior counsel, Dell Legal), Chad Anson (director, Dell Legal), Lisa Zolidis (senior counsel, Dell Legal), Jesse Jauregui (partner, Alston & Bird), Debbie Jones (partner, Alston & Bird), Rich Rothberg (senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, Dell), Kelly Walton (director, Dell Legal), Rick McDermott (partner, Alston & Bird), Joe Burke (director, Dell Legal), Laura Coleman (vice president, Dell Legal), Edward “Ted” Kang (partner, Alston & Bird), John Latham (diversity partner, Alston & Bird), Mark Mouritsen (executive director, Dell Legal), Henry Moreno (legal operations consultant, Dell Legal). (October 8, 2014)

Second row of photos from left to right:

Photo 1: Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles Diversity Committee hosted “Is Diversity Still Important in 2014?” Our esteemed speaker for the program was the Honorable Justice Carol D. Codrington, an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Two. (L-R: Jesse Jauregui, Partner, Alston & Bird, Co-Chair CA Diversity Committee; Honorable Justice Carol D. Codrington, an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Two; Elizabeth Sperling, Partner, Alston & Bird, Co-Chair CA Diversity Committee.)

Photo 2: As part of the firm’s Celebration Of Women’s History Month, the Diversity Task Force and North Carolina Diversity Committee presented “Women Making History: A Conversation With Anne Tompkins”, Alston & Bird Alum and U.S. Attorney for the Western District Of North Carolina  (L-R: Rick McDermott, Partner, Alston & Bird, Co-Chair NC Diversity Committee; Anne Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District Of North Carolina; Ashley Menser, Counsel, Alston & Bird, Co-Chair NC Women’s Initiative, Co-Chair NC Diversity Committee; Pam Clifford, Senior Business Development Manager, Alston & Bird, NC Diversity Committee.)

Photo 3: As part of the firm’s celebration of Black History month, the Diversity Task Force and the Atlanta Diversity Committee were pleased to welcome an American hero to the firm, U.S. Congressman John Lewis. (L-R: John Latham, Partner, Alston & Bird, Diversity Partner and Chair of A&B’s Diversity Steering Committee; John Lewis, U.S. Congressman, Georgia's Fifth Congressional District; Cari K. Dawson, Partner, Alston & Bird, Diversity Steering Committee, Women’s Initiative Steering Committee; Richard Hays, Managing Partner, Alston & Bird.)