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Alston & Bird has earned broad recognition in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA, the peer review directory of leading U.S. business lawyers.
May 20, 2015
Press Release
The Affordable Care Act permits employers to increase financial incentives to encourage workers to be healthier, but there are limitations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule to provide guidance on how wellness-incentive programs can comply with the ADA, but questions remain.
May 18, 2015
In the News
The Senate is debating legislation to renew the White House’s Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as “fast-track,” to help speed up congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Among the considerations driving the TPA debate is the bill’s language on currency manipulation.
May 15, 2015
In the News
Chris Gegg, partner in Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Group, noted that any company that jumps into the new system without a detailed strategy and counseling is bound to face problems.
May 14, 2015
In the News
Seventeen Alston & Bird attorneys have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
May 13, 2015
Press Release
In the wake of California’s recent emergency regulations to cut the state’s overall water use by 25 percent, developers are scrambling to understand what the restrictions mean for current and future projects.
May 11, 2015
In the News
New technologies have created a grey area for companies, including the risk of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
May 11, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has been singled out by general counsel as one of the most highly regarded law firm brands, ranking No. 15 among 26 firms comprising the BTI Brand Elite 2015: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms. The report indicates that exemplary client service more than any other factor is the main determinant distinguishing the competitive strength of a law firm’s brand.
April 24, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird attorneys Jessica Corley, Kimberly Peretti, Kelley Barnaby and Lauren Tapson have been honored with a 2015 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for their analysis of the corporate governance risks associated with cyber-attacks and the critical role played by boards of directors in addressing those risks.
April 23, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird clients NFGTV, Inc. (Eastern TV), and Monami Entertainment LLC, production companies for VH1’s hit reality TV show, “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” have been granted summary judgment in a two-and-a-half-year defamation battle.
April 22, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird litigators Elizabeth Broadway Brown and Kimyatta McClary have been named by The National Black Lawyers as two of its “Top 40 Under 40.”
April 22, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird is proud to participate in the pilot launch of the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standard (ALISS).
April 21, 2015
Press Release
Peter Masaitis, partner in the firm’s Products Liability Group and co-president of the Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN), recently conducted a Q&A with HireanEsquire.com.
April 21, 2015
In the News
The Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN) recently launched the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standards to measure law firms’ efforts to become greener by reducing consumption and boosting efficiency.
April 21, 2015
In the News
The Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN) recently launched the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standards (ALISS) to measure law firms’ efforts to become greener by reducing consumption and boosting efficiency.
April 21, 2015
In the News
Cathy Burgess, partner in Alston & Bird’s Health Care Group, addressed recent FDA enforcement actions on data-integrity issues during a panel discussion at the Food and Drug Law Institute. Burgess spoke with The Gray Sheet about the need for more FDA guidance on controls.
April 20, 2015
In the News
Introduction of a bill to renew the White House’s fast-track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) was hailed as a bipartisan success, but there are lingering concerns.
April 16, 2015
In the News
Following Governor Jerry Brown’s order for mandatory consumer water conservation, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to cut deliveries to its 26 member agencies by 15 percent.
April 15, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird clients NFGTV, Inc. (Eastern TV), and Monami Entertainment LLC, production companies for VH1’s hit reality TV show, “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” were granted summary judgment in a two-and-a-half-year defamation battle.
April 15, 2015
In the News
Richard Grice, partner in Alston & Bird’s Finance Group, enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience caddying at the 2015 Masters Tournament in Augusta, GA, for Gunn Yang, a 21-year-old South Korean and 2014 U.S. Amateur Champion, as reported by The American Lawyer, ABA Journal, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Masters.com and WSB Radio.
April 14, 2015
In the News
The addition of David Stein to the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group in Los Angeles was reported on by The Daily Journal, L.A. Biz, Los Angeles Business Journal, Law360, World Intellectual Property Review and The Recorder.
April 14, 2015
In the News
Margaret W. Scott, partner in Alston & Bird’s Wealth Planning Group, has been selected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
April 14, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird has expanded its Intellectual Property Litigation Practice with the addition of David M. Stein as partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He joins from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he was a partner.
April 9, 2015
Press Release
The real estate market is thriving, and valuations are rising with billions of dollars tied up in real estate investment trusts (REITs).
April 9, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has been ranked a national leader in patent litigation in a new report published by Lex Machina.
April 7, 2015
Press Release
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its first enforcement action under Rule 21F-17 about confidentiality agreements designed to stifle or discourage whistleblowers.
April 7, 2015
In the News
Partner Kevin Gooch’s appointment as a 2015 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity was highlighted by the Daily Report.
April 7, 2015
In the News
In an effort to reduce lawsuits, companies are pairing in-house counsel with human resources departments. While potentially helpful to a company in streamlining meritorious and non-meritorious claims, there are some risks.
April 3, 2015
In the News
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first so-called biosimilar drug for use in the United States, paving the way for alternatives to an entire class of complex drugs.
April 1, 2015
In the News
A California judge recently dismissed the case accusing Hulu LLC of violating the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), ruling that there was no proof that Hulu knowingly disclosed its user information and viewing histories to Facebook or that it knew Facebook might ultimately link the user-identifying information to its own data tracking system.
April 1, 2015
In the News
A new rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) makes it easier for employees to file whistleblower retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank acts. The rule permits whistleblowers to file complaints either orally or in writing, with the complaint needing to show only that an employee’s whistleblowing contributed to workplace retaliation to trigger an OSHA investigation.
March 31, 2015
In the News
The Senate left for recess before voting on the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014, leaving in limbo physician payment cuts of 21 percent that are scheduled to take effect April 1 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS). Proponents of the bill have proposed a two-week option to temporarily protect doctors from the cutbacks.
March 31, 2015
In the News
In its newly published “Top 100 Verdicts of 2014,” The National Law Journal noted four breach-of-contract cases that resulted in verdicts of more than $100 million each.
March 30, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird represented clients in two of the country’s largest verdicts of 2014 as determined by The National Law Journal. Both cases were ranked among the top 30.
March 30, 2015
Press Release
Kevin Miller, a partner in Alston & Bird’s Corporate Transactions & Securities Group and head of the firm’s Financial Advisors Practice, sat down with David Marcus of The Deal to discuss the latest developments in Chen v. Howard-Anderson, a case relating to the acquisition of Occam by Calix.
March 27, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird client Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Grand Bankshares, Inc., for $16.2 million.
March 26, 2015
Press Release
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted the induction of partner Kevin Gooch into the group 100 Black Men of Atlanta, a civic and service organization aimed at mentoring and empowering African-Americans and improving the quality of life for minorities.
March 26, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird ranked among the top 24 large companies on the list of “2015 Best Employers in North Carolina” by Business North Carolina.
March 25, 2015
Press Release
Bernard Taylor, partner in Alston & Bird’s Litigation Group, was honored with the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) “Lifetime Achievement Award,” which recognizes individuals in the legal community who have “devoted their lives to the pursuit of justice and the well-being of the community.”
March 24, 2015
Press Release

Alston & Bird ranked No. 4 on the list of “Top Workplaces in Atlanta” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This is the fifth consecutive year the publication has singled out the firm as a premiere employer.

March 23, 2015
Press Release
Temple-Inland Inc. has challenged Delaware’s use of a statistical model to estimate its obligations under the state’s Abandoned and Unclaimed Property Law. The U.S. District Court for the district of Delaware denied, in part, the state’s motion to dismiss the case.
March 20, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird partner John Haynes has been named “Georgia IP Litigator of the Year” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
March 19, 2015
Press Release
For the 16th consecutive year, Alston & Bird has been named by Fortune magazine as one of the country’s top 100 employers.
March 19, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has been named “International Trade Commission Firm of the Year” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. The firm was selected from among eight law firm finalists.
March 19, 2015
Press Release
Designed to protect the information in the files of consumer reporting agencies, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) also instructs employers on the steps they need to take when they use credit reports to evaluate job applicants. Recently, there has been an uptick in class action over noncompliant credit checks.
March 18, 2015
In the News
This month the California Supreme Court ruled that mega-mansion homes are not subject to the same standards set for commercial real estate under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), thereby significantly restricting the circumstances in which single-family homes can be subject to costly environmental reviews.
March 16, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles office hosted its 11th Annual “Women of Distinction” Awards, honoring women who demonstrate leadership and achievement in their professions and the community and who have contributed to the personal and professional development of women. The event took place March 12, 2015, and was attended by more than 75 guests, including the firm’s clients and friends.
March 16, 2015
Press Release
State auditors are increasingly pursuing mutual fund firms and their transfer agents for so-called unclaimed property. Concerned about this trend and the aggressive stance taken by auditors, fund firms are sparring with states over their methodologies, particularly regarding individual retirement accounts.
March 16, 2015
In the News
Private investment in transportation infrastructure projects will likely factor into the next transportation bill before Congress, but it is unlikely to play a major role.
March 16, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird continues to expand its Finance Practice with the addition of Nikki Ott as counsel in Charlotte.
March 13, 2015
Press Release
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is preparing to open a branch in Silicon Valley and beginning to recruit new hires.
March 13, 2015
In the News
Starting June 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission will require issuers and underwriters of rated asset-backed securities to publish findings of any third-party due diligence report within five days after a deal prices.
March 13, 2015
In the News
While many believe March Madness workplace events are a good way to encourage team bonding and boost employee morale, there are legal risks to consider.
March 11, 2015
In the News
Cari Dawson, partner and chair of Alston & Bird’s Class Action Group, has been named one of the country’s “Most Influential Black Lawyers” by Savoy Magazine.
March 10, 2015
Press Release
Peter Swire, Georgia Institute of Technology professor and senior counsel in Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Group, was honored with the 2015 Privacy Leadership Award from The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Swire is recognized for his commitment to the privacy field in tackling emerging privacy and security issues in public policy, academia and industry.
March 9, 2015
Press Release
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company recently settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for $16 million over allegations its subsidiaries violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
March 5, 2015
In the News
The Securities and Exchange Commission is urging drug makers to include details of FDA 8-K disclosures to make sure shareholder communications are accurate.
March 5, 2015
In the News
Disputes over Las Vegas’ main source of water, Lake Mead, underscore the dilemma of securing water for growing populations and economies amid worsening drought conditions.
March 5, 2015
In the News
Expected changes to California’s Proposition 65, which requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, are likely to result in the statute becoming more burdensome, not less as its backers claim.
March 3, 2015
In the News
According to state law, financial institutions must release property to the state comptroller’s office after three years of no contact with the owner and unsuccessful attempts to contact them. Funds are held in a trust while searching for owners.
March 2, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has partnered with Duke Energy and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont to provide wills, estate planning and powers of attorney for North Carolina Public School employees in the Charlotte area, free of charge.
March 2, 2015
Press Release
Boundaries between Superfund cost recovery and contribution in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) are frequently debated for being either clear or hazy.
March 2, 2015
In the News
Sam Kaywood, partner in Alston & Bird’s Tax Group, addressed earnings and profits (E&P) in cross-border transactions.
March 2, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced the winners of the 2014 ABBY Awards, honoring a select group of lawyers and members of staff firmwide for their leadership in 2014. This is the fifth year of the awards program and a reminder of the firm’s longstanding tradition of celebrating its people and their work.
February 27, 2015
Press Release
Mortgage servicers have faced a variety of challenges in the past few years. One such challenge is the industry’s drive toward new procedures and increased efficiencies as it continues to migrate to the Internet.
February 25, 2015
In the News
Edward (Ted) Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, noted the significance of Goodyear’s $16 million settlement with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) over allegations its subsidiaries violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
February 24, 2015
In the News
Financial services companies are on high-alert for potential data breaches and need to be aware of post-detection actions to take.
February 23, 2015
In the News
The appointment of Ted Hollifield, partner in Alston & Bird’s Corporate & Finance Group, as Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Silicon Valley office was reported on by the Daily Journal and Silicon Valley Business Journal.
February 23, 2015
In the News
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s update to Regulation AB, commonly referred to as Regulation AB II, may not prompt issuers to change whether they sell asset-backed securities in the public market or the private market.
February 20, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has partnered with Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to launch Georgia PATENTS (Pro bono Assistance & Training for Entrepreneurs and New, Talented, Solo inventors). The program seeks to connect low-income inventors with pro bono patent lawyers.
February 20, 2015
In the News
Cari Dawson, partner and chair of Alston & Bird’s Class Action Group, discussed her experience in mass torts and the trend of more women joining defense teams.
February 16, 2015
In the News
A recent report by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker, found personal computers in 30 countries infected with U.S. surveillance programs hidden within hard drives.
February 16, 2015
In the News
Although questionable litigation tactics are largely a thing of the past, it doesn’t mean they have disappeared entirely.
February 13, 2015
In the News
Recent Delaware legislation significantly revised the administration of the state’s unclaimed property laws by placing several limitations on audits performed by outside contractors and amending the administrative appeals process.
February 13, 2015
In the News
Starting June 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission will require issuers and underwriters of rated asset-backed securities to publish findings of any third-party due diligence report within five days after a deal prices.
February 13, 2015
In the News
Seven Alston & Bird lawyers have been named “Client Service All-Stars” in the 2015 edition of BTI Consulting Group’s (BTI) annual survey of the nation’s top lawyers identified by corporate counsel as the best at serving clients. No other firm had more attorneys named to this prestigious roster.
February 11, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird Managing Partner Richard Hays was quoted in Law360 regarding the firm’s recognition as a “Client Service All-Star,” noting the firm’s exceptional focus on clients’ legal and business needs.
February 10, 2015
In the News
In “GCs Give Top Marks to 7 Standout Associates,” Law360 highlights Jason Howard, associate in Alston & Bird’s Real Estate Finance & Investment Group, as one of only seven associates named to BTI’s 2015 “Client Service All-Stars.”
February 10, 2015
In the News
Teri Lynn McMahon, partner and leader of Alston & Bird’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Quality Team, was noted for being named a “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting in its 2015 survey of corporate general counsel identifying the most client service savvy lawyers.
February 10, 2015
In the News
In “GCs Name Favorite Employment Lawyers,” Law360 reported on the selection of Thomas Schendt, partner in Alston & Bird’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, as a “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting in its 2015 survey of corporate general counsel identifying the best in client service.
February 10, 2015
In the News
Reporting on this year’s roster of “Client Service All-Stars” by BTI Consulting, Law360 spotlighted Jessica Corley, partner in Alston & Bird’s Securities Litigation Group, for her selection as a securities lawyer judged by corporate general counsel as the most client service savvy for the second consecutive year, earning her BTI’s top mark of client service “MVP” for having been nominated by general counsel two or more years in a row.
February 10, 2015
In the News
Eighty-one Alston & Bird attorneys have been named “Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers.”
February 9, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has been singled out by CTA Intelligence as the top firm for client service to the investment funds industry.
February 6, 2015
Press Release
Justice Betty Weinberg Ellerin, senior counsel in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, has been honored by the New York State Bar Association with its 2015 Distinguished Jurist Award.
February 2, 2015
Press Release
The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) has named Kevin Gooch, partner in Alston & Bird’s Finance Group, as a 2015 Fellow.
February 2, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird has been named among the world’s best trademark firms in the 2015 WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, published by World Trademark Review magazine.
February 2, 2015
Press Release
Alston & Bird client CommScope Inc., a global leader in network infrastructure solutions, has agreed to acquire Switzerland-based TE Connectivity’s Telecom, Enterprise and Wireless businesses in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $3 billion.
February 1, 2015
Press Release
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Truth in Lending Act requires that a borrower must only provide written notice to the lender of his intention to rescind a loan, not file suit within three years of the date a loan is consummated.
January 30, 2015
In the News
The full Federal Circuit has agreed to review a panel decision effectively barring the International Trade Commission from many cases involving software and other method patents.
January 30, 2015
In the News
Commenting on the challenges facing employers that adopt smoke-free zones, Brett Coburn, partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, noted that while smoke-free workplaces aren’t new, there are complex issues surrounding them.
January 30, 2015
In the News
Against the backdrop of a June 1 deadline for Congress to renew, revise or retire U.S. post-9/11 surveillance methods – and Europe’s interest in the decision – Peter Swire, Georgia Institute of Technology professor and senior counsel in the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Practice, noted that European leaders want as many civil liberties protections from surveillance for their publics as will be given to Americans.
January 29, 2015
In the News
Nanci Weissgold, partner in Alston & Bird’s Financial Services & Products Group and co-leader of the Consumer Finance Regulatory Compliance team, has been selected as a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers.
January 28, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced a significant expansion of its Finance Practice with the hiring of four new partners and four additional attorneys in Dallas. The group brings with it considerable real estate and structured finance experience and in-depth capabilities in domestic and cross-border public and private securitization transactions, floating and fixed-rate portfolio financing, mortgage- and asset-backed securities and loan servicing.
January 28, 2015
Press Release
In “Didn’t Make It to Work Because of the Blizzard? Yes, You Can Be Fired for That,” Brett Coburn, partner in Alston & Bird’s Labor & Employment Group, explains that employees missing work due to road and mass transit closures because of inclement weather could technically be grounds for termination but that it would be a risky move for companies, as it would likely hurt employee morale.
January 27, 2015
In the News
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reaffirmed its earlier decision in D.R. Horton, Inc., in which the board ruled that an arbitration agreement under which employees were required to waive the right to bring class or collective actions violated the National Labor Relations Act.
January 26, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird won $13.7 million in supplemental damages for clients Mylan Inc. and Mylan Pharmaceuticals, global leaders in generic and specialty pharmaceuticals, as part of an ongoing dispute against GlaxoSmithKline LLC (GSK) regarding a breach-of-contract claim over the production and sale of a generic form of Paxil CR, a popular antidepressant.
January 23, 2015
Press Release
U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler dismissed with prejudice multidistrict class actions accusing Google and Viacom of illegally tracking children’s Internet and video-viewing activities, concluding that there was no concrete evidence that Google could use the information provided by Viacom to determine individual identities.
January 23, 2015
In the News
The U.S. Supreme Court declined review of a California case that clears a path to keep some workers’ state Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims out of arbitration, thereby increasing the likelihood of a rise in such actions, which allow for employees to pursue penalties against an employer on behalf of the state of California.
January 21, 2015
In the News
Laura Pruitt, partner in Alston & Bird’s Financial Services & Products Group, noted the significance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) enforcement of a one-year suspension from rating mortgage-backed securities as part of a $77 million settlement with Standard & Poor’s.
January 21, 2015
In the News
President Obama, in his State of the Union speech, said he needs enhanced negotiating authority to secure a new trade deal with Japan and 10 other Pacific nations.
January 21, 2015
In the News
Partner Tim Selby, head of Alston & Bird’s Investment Management Practice and president of The New York Hedge Fund Roundtable, sat down with The Street to discuss hedge fund performance last year and trends for 2015.
January 20, 2015
In the News
David Keating, partner in the firm’s Technology Group and co-chair of the Privacy & Data Security Practice, and newly hired Georgia Institute of Technology professor and senior counsel Peter Swire discuss the hot issues of privacy and data security, as well as Swire’s move to Alston & Bird.
January 14, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird client Mohawk Industries, Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire IVC Group, a Belgium-based flooring manufacturer, for approximately $1.2 billion in cash and equity.
January 14, 2015
Press Release
Peter Swire‘s recent move to Alston & Bird, which he joins as senior counsel in the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Practice, was reported on by The American Lawyer, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Bloomberg and The Hill.
January 13, 2015
In the News
The recent election of Sage Sigler as partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy, Workouts & Reorganization Group was reported on by Atlanta Business Chronicle, Daily Report and American Bankruptcy Institute’s Daily Bankruptcy News.
January 13, 2015
In the News
The inaugural W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court has selected six Alston & Bird lawyers as members for fiscal year 2014-15, including two who will serve as Masters of the Bench, the court’s highest level of membership.
January 13, 2015
Press Release
The following attorneys were featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Daily Report for their election to partner:
January 13, 2015
In the News
Following President Obama’s recent speech calling for privacy and cybersecurity legislation, Peter Swire, Georgia Institute of Technology professor and senior counsel in the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Practice, commented on how the proposals might fare in Congress.
January 13, 2015
In the News
The elections of Casondra Ruga to partner in Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, Nathan Sinning in the Construction & Government Contracts Group and Lance Termes in the Patent Group were covered by Daily Journal, L.A. Biz, Los Angeles Business Journal and The Recorder.
January 13, 2015
In the News
Peter Swire discusses his recent move to Alston & Bird as senior counsel in the firm’s Privacy & Security Practice.
January 12, 2015
In the News
In a recent speech to Federal Trade Commission employees, President Obama proposed legislation designed to protect the online privacy of consumers and students.
January 12, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird has expanded its Privacy & Data Security Practice with the addition of former White House privacy official Peter Swire as Senior Counsel.
January 8, 2015
Press Release
In the wake of Alstom S.A.’s record-setting $772 million settlement with the Department of Justice to resolve charges relating to a widespread bribery scheme, Edward (Ted) Kang, partner in Alston & Bird’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, noted that the settlement “further confirms that FCPA enforcement remains a high priority for the government, and companies should continually monitor their FCPA risks and routinely revisit their compliance programs to prevent and detect possible violations.”
January 7, 2015
In the News
Alston & Bird announced the election of 20 lawyers to its partnership, effective January 1. The new partners span 13 of the firm’s practice groups and eight offices.
January 5, 2015
Press Release
Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti is pushing city legislators to pass retrofitting mandates that would require wooden and concrete buildings to undergo expensive earthquake-protection remediation.
January 2, 2015
In the News
The United States is poised to complete the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in 2015 but not without a few challenges.
January 2, 2015
In the News
With the onset of flu season and in the wake of the Ebola scare, businesses are unclear about rules related to sending sick employees home.
December 19, 2014
In the News
Earlier this month, the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced final regulations prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees based on an Executive Order signed by President Obama.
December 19, 2014
In the News
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its second round of guidance regarding the transfer of mortgage servicing rights to nonbank special servicers.
December 18, 2014
In the News
Six Alston & Bird attorneys were named to the 2014 “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend magazine.
December 17, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird has been recognized as a Midtown EcoDistrict Gold Luminary by Midtown Alliance, a coalition of business and civic leaders focused on promoting economic development in Midtown Atlanta.
December 16, 2014
Press Release
The Daily Report highlighted the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of Alston & Bird clients, Dart Cherokee and Cherokee Basin, noting that Nowell Berreth, partner in the firm’s Litigation Group, argued the case, his first before the High Court.
December 15, 2014
In the News
Following the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that employers cannot prohibit employees from using company email in off-hours for union organizing, Ashley Brightwell, partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, explained what the decision means for employers.
December 12, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has expanded its Real Estate Finance & Investment Group with the addition of Noam Greenberg as counsel in the firm’s New York office.
December 12, 2014
Press Release
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) now requires credit reporting agencies to submit accuracy reports highlighting top industries that use their services, summarize the information they receive from the industries and list the total number of credit disputes taking place in those industries.
December 12, 2014
In the News
The addition of Noam Greenberg, who joined the firm’s Real Estate Finance and Investment Group as counsel in New York, was reported on by Commercial Mortgage Alert, The American Lawyer, Crain’s New York Business and The Deal.
December 12, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird client Heritage Financial Group, Inc., a bank holding company headquartered in Albany, GA, has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired, in an all-stock merger, by Renasant Corporation. The aggregate deal value is approximately $258 million.
December 10, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird is pleased to announce that national environmental and land use litigators Paul J. Beard and Damien M. Schiff are joining the firm in Sacramento, CA, where they will focus their practice on state and federal litigation in California and in Washington, D.C.
December 9, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird has been singled out as one of the best places to work in New York City.
December 6, 2014
Press Release
Nontraded REITs’ performance was a major point of discussion at the 10th Annual Western Nontraded REIT Symposium, where it was noted that among 35 nontraded players that recently completed liquidity events, the average total return was 8.45 percent.
December 5, 2014
In the News
Janine Brown, partner-in-charge of the firm’s Atlanta office, conducted a Q&A with the Atlanta Business Chronicle about the qualities and skills that make up a good board member.
December 5, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has been recognized by corporate counsel as a leader in client service excellence, ranking 15th among nearly 650 law firms serving large clients in the “2015 BTI Client Service 30.”
December 2, 2014
Press Release
Private and financial businesses are requesting more governmental answers to cybersecurity challenges and are looking to the White House to create an interagency or oversight group to facilitate information sharing.
December 1, 2014
In the News
Colgate Selden, counsel in Alston & Bird’s Financial Services & Products Group, was quoted on the recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) consent order against Franklin Loan Corporation.
November 22, 2014
In the News
Charlotte Magazine has named Rick McDermott “Charlottean of the Year 2014 (Volunteer).”
November 21, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird has earned a top rating of 100 percent in the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that measures commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality.
November 20, 2014
Press Release
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a proposal that would institute new foreclosure protections for consumers throughout the life of a loan and prevent a wrongful foreclosure sale, as well as fix problems with loan transfers and clarify the meaning of a delinquency.
November 20, 2014
In the News
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced new rules, known as Regulation System Compliance and Integrity, requiring major market centers, such as dark pools and stock exchanges, to enhance their cybersecurity and backup systems, as well as their reporting to the SEC during market disruptions.
November 19, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird was honored with The M&A Advisor’s 2014 “Restructuring Deal of the Year (Between $10MM and $100MM)” for its work representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 sale of the assets of St. Francis Hospital to Westchester Medical Center.
November 19, 2014
Press Release
During a hearing before the New York Supreme Court, John Doherty, partner in Alston & Bird’s Financial Services Litigation Group, argued that a lawsuit against Barclays PLC related to residential mortgage-backed securities lacked merit because it was filed too late and because Barclays only made limited guarantees about the deal.
November 18, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird acted as counsel for Credit Suisse in its role as lead financial adviser to Halliburton in connection with the proposed transaction.
November 18, 2014
Press Release
Represented by Alston & Bird, the City of Los Angeles has reached an historic agreement with the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (Great Basin) on dust mitigation issues at Owens Lake. The agreement ends decades of disputes while ensuring dust control will continue on the lake.
November 17, 2014
Press Release
Brandon Williams, partner in Alston & Bird’s Securities Litigation Group, has been named a winner of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2014 ‘40 Under 40’ Award.
November 14, 2014
Press Release
With the busy holiday looming, major brands are facing would-be class actions in California and New York alleging deceptive outlet store pricing practices.
November 14, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird ranked 16th nationally on this year’s list of “100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces” by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding adoptive homes for children waiting in North America’s foster care It is the only Atlanta-based law firm and one of just four firms nationally to make the list.
November 14, 2014
Press Release
The National Retail Federation featured a three-part series, “Talking Tactics,” that examined cybercrime in retail and how the industry is responding.
November 11, 2014
In the News
At a November hearing, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Laney III declined to rule on an involuntary bankruptcy proceeding that had been initiated in June in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Georgia by Trapeza CDO XII Ltd.
November 11, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird partner Jason Watson and chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Workouts & Reorganization Group has been selected as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.
November 10, 2014
Press Release
Voters in Malibu, CA, gave the nod to a controversial land use ordinance known as Measure R, which requires developers of new commercial and mixed-use projects exceeding 20,000 square feet to seek approval from local residents.
November 6, 2014
In the News
Stryker Corp. recently agreed to pay $1 billion to resolve litigation over defective hip replacements following an unusual mediation approach that involved negotiations instead of trials. This model could be used by other multidistrict litigation defendants over jury verdicts.
November 6, 2014
In the News
The midterm election results saw Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota raising the state minimum wage requirements at the same time President Obama is pushing a more aggressive proposal to increase the federal minimum wage.
November 5, 2014
In the News
With voters having approved minimum wage increases in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, Brett Coburn, partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, said businesses with hourly employees can look at the election results and know they should prepare for higher pay floors.
November 5, 2014
In the News
California Attorney General Kamala Harris reiterated her commitment to enforcing the state’s Online Privacy Protection Act following her re-election and to pursuing guidelines advising companies how she will interpret the act.
November 5, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has earned broad recognition as one of the nation’s top law firms from U.S. News-Best Lawyers in the 2015 edition of “Best Law Firms.”
November 3, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird has once again been recognized as a leader in patent litigation by Corporate Counsel magazine.
November 1, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird client Zebra Technologies Corporation has completed its acquisition of the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions, Inc., for $3.45 billion. The transaction involved more than 5,000 employees and contractors in over 50 countries and facilities located at over 100 sites.
October 31, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird client Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority won an important appellate court victory in an environmental case that paves the way for a new highway linking the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, two of the nation’s largest and busiest ports.
October 31, 2014
Press Release
New guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explains how regulators will enforce the agency’s 2012 Safety and Innovation Act by including outsourcing facilities that register with the FDA in accordance with the Drug Quality & Security Act.
October 25, 2014
In the News
Michael Park, counsel in the firm’s Health Care Legislative & Public Policy Group, has been honored with the Community Champion Award for his pro bono service on behalf of Bread for the City, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit community services organization.
October 24, 2014
Press Release
Mark Rayder, senior policy advisor in the firm’s Legislative & Public Policy Group, has been recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s, “top lobbyists” by The Hill, the prominent policy and political newspaper.
October 23, 2014
Press Release
In recognition of Alston & Bird’s commitment to empowering a diverse work force, Dell’s Legal Department has honored the firm with its “2014 Dell Legal Diversity Award.”
October 21, 2014
Press Release
Patrick Flinn, partner in Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Group, has been named a recipient of the 2014 Georgia State University Intellectual Property Community Service Award.
October 21, 2014
Community Service
Steve Hemminger, partner-in-charge of Alston & Bird’s Silicon Valley office and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, spoke with the Daily Journal about President Obama’s nomination of Michelle Lee to become director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
October 20, 2014
In the News
Colin Kelly, partner in the firm’s Products Liability and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups, was named Toxic Torts Lawyer of the Year by Lawyer Monthly and included in the magazine’s Legal Awards 2014 Edition.
October 17, 2014
In the News
InsideEPA.com reported on the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in United States v. P.H. Glatfelter Company, et al., and its significance in holding that the government cannot convert a unilateral administrative order into an injunction.
October 17, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has been designated as a "standout" firm by BTI Consulting Group in four areas of litigation.
October 9, 2014
Press Release
California Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent signing of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act establishes a new regulatory framework that requires local entities to establish groundwater management agencies.
October 8, 2014
In the News
Robert Lee, Kamran Jivani and Derek Neilson are mentioned for representing Darden Corp., which owns Olive Garden, Long Horn Steakhouse and other chains, in a patent infringement lawsuit that was dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
October 8, 2014
In the News
In April 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co., LLC v. Owens, No. 13-719 (U.S. Apr. 7, 2014). On October 7, 2014, the High Court heard oral argument in the case. Alston & Bird litigators Nowell Berreth, Brian Boone, and Jonathan Parente represent petitioners Dart Cherokee and Cherokee Basin in the Supreme Court proceedings.
October 7, 2014
Press Release
In an article highlighting the most powerful firms representing their clients’ interests in Washington, D.C., Modern Healthcare magazine cites Alston & Bird as a leader in health care policy.
October 6, 2014
In the News
The departure of Pimco co-founder Bill Gross for Janus Capital Group has raised questions about trademark rights to the term “New Neutral,” which describes Pimco’s investment strategy and which the company claims as its trademark.
October 6, 2014
In the News
The firm is mentioned for its role advising Einstein Noah Restaurant Group on its definitive agreement to be acquired by JAB Holding Company for about $374 million.
October 3, 2014
In the News
Recent news reports suggest that the White House is considering nominating U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Deputy Director Michelle Lee to be the agency’s permanent leader.
October 3, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird client Einstein Noah Restaurant Group has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by JAB Holding Company, a German conglomerate, for about $374 million.
October 1, 2014
Press Release
Marc Scheineson, partner in the firm’s Health Care Group, was quoted in The Pink Sheet in an article titled “Disease-Awareness Ads Thrive in Regulatory No-Man’s Land.”
September 29, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has added Chris Huffaker to its Washington, D.C., office as a member of the firm’s Legislative and Public Policy Group.
September 29, 2014
Press Release
Cari Dawson, partner and chair of Alston & Bird’s Class Action Practice, was recognized by the Georgia Diversity Council as one of Georgia’s “Most Powerful and Influential Women.”
September 26, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird client LiveCareer, Ltd., won dismissal with prejudice of third-party claims in a class action lawsuit involving alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by defendant Job.com.
September 25, 2014
Press Release
Meaghan Boyd, a member of Alston & Bird’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Practice Group, has been re-appointed Co-Chair of the Environmental Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation. Her appointment is for the 2014-2015 term.
September 24, 2014
Press Release
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that it will not challenge a proposed agreement between Alston & Bird client Direct ChassisLink Inc. and Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. aimed at easing congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA, the country’s two largest marine terminals.
September 23, 2014
Press Release
California Gov. Jerry Brown has authorized a three-year, $5 million study on the possible toxicity of “priority products” such as fishing gear with the potential to ban lead tackle in the state.
September 21, 2014
In the News
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law legislation requiring employers to provide three days per year of sick time, which also applies to caring for certain family members.
September 19, 2014
In the News
With data pointing to a nationwide increase in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class actions in 2014. Brett Coburn, a partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, discussed the rise of such lawsuits and how companies should prepare
September 19, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird client HealthSouth Corporation has completed a public offering of an additional $175 million of senior notes by re-opening its 5.75 percent senior notes due 2024. In addition, on August 29, 2014, the company announced it would redeem all the outstanding $271 million of its 7.25 percent senior notes due 2018.
September 19, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird partner Edward (Ted) Kang has been named one of Washington, D.C.’s “Rising Stars” by The National Law Journal in its annual recognition of the region’s most promising lawyers age 40 and under.
September 16, 2014
Press Release
Though the board ultimately invalidated the patent in question, the defendant was able to call a witness to the stand, “because it believed that would put it in a better position than arguing the case on the record evidence alone,” said Kirk Bradley, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group.
September 16, 2014
In the News
Alice Yurke, partner in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, spoke with StructuredRetailProducts.com about regulations in the structured products market and best practices for companies facing questioning.
September 16, 2014
In the News
Patrick DiCarlo, counsel in the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, spoke with PLANSPONSOR on the growing number of claims for pension benefits that were paid or rolled over decades ago by former employees who either don’t recall receiving or rolling over benefits or who are questioning the amount of benefits they received.
September 16, 2014
In the News
The Atlanta office of national law firm Alston & Bird has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is USGBC's rating system for the world's greenest buildings that incorporate environmentally friendly and energy efficient practices.
September 15, 2014
Press Release
The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) is adding staff for its specialized division of trading and markets unit (formerly the division of market regulation).
September 11, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird client 365 Data Centers, one of the top U.S. colocation providers by market presence, has raised $16 million in Series B funding from existing investors Crosslink Capital and Housatonic Partners and has secured a $55 million credit facility from Fortress Credit Corp., an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group.
September 10, 2014
Press Release
Alston & Bird client Ridgemont Equity Partners, a middle market buyout and growth equity investor, has closed a majority equity investment in Abrasive Products & Equipment, a Texas-based specialty distributor of surface preparation, remediation, abatement, safety, environmental and waterjet cutting products and solutions.
September 9, 2014
In the News
General Motors may be facing a nationwide class action following its multiple recalls of nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide. Plaintiffs will claim the value of their GM vehicles has suffered because the brand itself has been damaged.
September 1, 2014
In the News
Kim Peretti, a partner in the firm’s White Collar Crime Group, discussed cybersecurity and the upcoming Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference with Inside Counsel.
August 27, 2014
In the News
Jeff Belkin partner and co-chair of the firm’s Construction & Government Contracts Group, was interviewed by Inside Counsel to discuss a new executive order from the White House directed at companies that contract with the U.S. Government. 
August 26, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird partner Jason Goode has been elected to the board of directors of the Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).
August 26, 2014
Press Release
Kendall Houghton, partner and leader of the firm’s State and Local Tax Practice, participated in a recent Bloomberg BNA State Tax Advisory Board Roundtable, where she and other prominent tax practitioners discussed current issues and trends in state taxation, including efforts to expand the sales tax base to services, challenges of applying sales and use tax laws to the digital economy and state tax litigation under the False Claims Act.
August 26, 2014
In the News
Former Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell provided more than 12 hours of testimony over three days.
August 23, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird ranked third on the 2014 Los Angeles Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work in Los Angeles” list.
August 21, 2014
In the News
Jason Waite, partner in the firm’s International Trade & Regulatory Group, was quoted in Compliance Week discussing lessons learned in the wake of BNP Paribas’ record $8.9 billion settlement with the Justice Department.
August 20, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird was recognized by the UNC School of Government as one of eight North Carolina companies committed to corporate social responsibility.
August 20, 2014
In the News
Bank Director’s article “More Risk in Capital One's Wallet?” examined the growing federal pressure on banks to allow unbanked customers greater access to depository services.
August 20, 2014
In the News
Former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell is expected to take the stand in his corruption trial after nearly three weeks of prosecution witnesses and testimony attacking his credibility.
August 20, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird partner Matt Richardson was named to the Daily Report’s 2014 Rising Stars, the publication's list of lawyers under 40 who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
August 20, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group and a former federal prosecutor, appeared on Washington, D.C., local TV station WUSA 9 to comment on the ongoing federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
August 20, 2014
In the News
In an audio interview with BankInfoSecurity, Security Incident Management and Response Team co-chair Kim Peretti explains why board members must be educated on cyber issues.
August 20, 2014
In the News
One hundred and forty-seven Alston & Bird lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers In America. The lawyers span the firm’s eight U.S. offices and represent more than 60 different practice areas.
August 19, 2014
Press Release
Tom Scully, senior counsel in the firm’s Legislative & Public Policy Group, appeared on C-SPAN discussing the Medicare and Medicaid Acts of 1965.
August 19, 2014
In the News
On August 18, 2014, Kang summed up the trial deliberations, saying: “Well at the end of the day, the defense and prosecution are jockeying to convince the jury on what their version of the truth is.”
August 18, 2014
In the News
Edward J. Casey, partner in the firm’s Environmental and Land Use Group, was quoted in a Daily Journal report about California cities looking to overhaul their outdated zoning codes as the real estate market recovers.
August 15, 2014
In the News
Maureen F. Gorsen, partner in the firm’s Environmental and Land Use Group, was quoted in a Daily Journal article on the issues facing cities seeking to revitalize brownfield spaces.
August 15, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, provided legal analysis and commentary for Washington, D.C., local TV station WUSA 9 regarding the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
August 14, 2014
In the News
“For the first time ever, power plants will be subject to regulatory controls on their carbon emissions,” said Maureen Gorsen, partner in the firm’s Environmental and Land Use Group, in reference to the President’s Climate Action Plan.
August 14, 2014
In the News
James Evans, partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, spoke with Law360 following the recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board’s to treat McDonald’s Corp. as a “joint employer” in at least 43 cases in which complaints have been authorized against McDonald’s franchisees.
August 12, 2014
In the News
A recent decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that a company’s failure to train an employee for potentially higher-paying opportunities can be grounds for an employment discrimination lawsuit.
August 12, 2014
In the News
The article “Safe Harbor: The Compensation Litigation Quagmire” reviews recent compensation cases and rulings in the Delaware Court of Chancery.
August 12, 2014
In the News
On the one-year anniversary of the historic White House veto of a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) exclusion order on products found to infringe a standard-essential patent (SEP), Law360 examined how—if at all—the historic decision changed ITC litigation and strategy.
August 11, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, provided legal analysis and commentary for Washington, D.C., local TV station WUSA 9 regarding the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
August 7, 2014
In the News
Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and Privacy & Data Security Groups, was recognized by The Recorder as one of the top Women Leaders in Tech Law.
August 5, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, was quoted in The Washington Post article “Government’s Key Witness against McDonnells Is an Irrepressible Pitchman.”
August 5, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced the addition of Heather Adivari and John Hayes to the firm’s New York office as counsel in the Real Estate Finance & Investment Group.
August 4, 2014
Press Release
Henry Birnkrant, partner in the firm’s Tax Group, was quoted in a Tax Analysts article entitled, “IRS Names Acting Director of Transfer Pricing Operations.”
July 31, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, will be providing legal analysis and television commentary for Washington, D.C. local news channel WUSA9 throughout the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell.
July 29, 2014
In the News
Jon Gordon, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Transactions Group and Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and Privacy & Data Security Groups were ranked by the Los Angeles Business Journal on the inaugural, “Most Influential Lawyers: Digital Media and E-Commerce.”
July 25, 2014
In the News
Colgate Selden, member of the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, was quoted in an American Banker article titled “Lenders Fear CFPB Disclosure Plan Goes Too Far.”
July 24, 2014
In the News
The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has named Alston & Bird associate Lance Soderstrom a 2014 Outstanding Pro Bono Honoree.
July 23, 2014
Press Release
Cliff Stanford, counsel in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, was quoted in a Bank Safety & Soundness Advisor article titled “How to Manage Regulatory Expectations with Bank-Owned Life Insurance.”
July 21, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, was quoted in a Washington Post article titled “At McDonnell Corruption Trial, Former Va. Governor’s Character Will Be Key.”
July 20, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has been ranked 9th in the nation in overall diversity in the 2015 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms.
July 17, 2014
Diversity
Kevin Gooch, senior associate in the firm’s Finance Group, was selected as a recipient of the Advocacy and Leadership Award from the Young Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association. He is one of only six lawyers to be so honored this year by the association.
July 15, 2014
In the News
Colin Kelly, partner in the firm’s Products Liability and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “Top Product Verdicts of 2014—And the Firms that Won Them.”
July 14, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced Nanci Weissgold has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the Financial Services & Products Group.
July 14, 2014
In the News
Matt Hedstrom, senior associate in the firm’s State & Local Tax Group, was quoted in a State Tax Notes article titled “News Analysis: Did the Tennessee Court of Appeals Phone It In?”
July 14, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird announced that the $107 million jury verdict it won for client Mylan, Inc., was featured in Law360’s “Top IP Verdicts of 2014—And the Firms that Won Them.”
July 8, 2014
In the News
Kendall Houghton and Matt Hedstrom, members of the firm’s State & Local Tax Group, were quoted in a Bloomberg BNA article titled “Nexus-Creating Employee Transfers a Sham, Disregarded by Massachusetts Appeals Court.”
July 8, 2014
In the News
Following a previously granted motion for summary judgment of noninfringement for our client KaiJet Technology International Limited, the federal court has awarded KaiJet attorneys’ fees based on plaintiff Action Star’s conduct in bringing an “unreasonable” suit.
July 7, 2014
In the News
The Institute for Professionals in Taxation awarded Clark Calhoun, senior associate in Alston & Bird’s State and Local Tax Group, its 2014 Income Tax Article of the Year Award.
July 1, 2014
In the News
Colin Kelly, partner in the firm’s Products Liability and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “GM Settlement Plan Strong Enough to Block Most Injury Suits.”
June 30, 2014
In the News
Richard Siegel, a senior associate in the firm’s ERISA Litigation Group, was featured in the Bloomberg BNA article, “High Court Kills Presumption of Prudence, Gives Hope to ESOP Fiduciaries.”
June 27, 2014
In the News
Marc Scheineson, partner in the firm’s Food, Drug & Device Group, was extensively quoted in a Tobacco Journal International article titled “Queue Here for Approval.”
June 27, 2014
In the News
Doug Hinson, leader of the firm’s ERISA Litigation Group, was quoted in the Law360 article, “High Court’s ERISA Shift Leaves Defense Bar Unshaken.”
June 27, 2014
In the News
Aimee Cummo, partner in the firm’s Finance Group, was quoted in IFLR’s article, “Can Rental Securitization Revive U.S. Housing?”
June 26, 2014
In the News
Members of Alston & Bird’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group were ranked by Who’s Who Legal: Environment 2014.
June 26, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird’s various intellectual property groups have ranked highly in Intellectual Asset Management magazine’s recently released 2014 adjunct publication, IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals.
June 25, 2014
In the News
Attorneys from the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities Group successfully represented client Ultrafryer Systems®, a leading producer of commercial deep fryers for restaurant and commercial installations, and its shareholders in the sale of the San Antonio-based company to Standex International Corporation (NYSE: SXI).
June 25, 2014
In the News
Jesse Jauregui, partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “Iskanian Ruling to Unleash Flood of PAGA Claims.”
June 24, 2014
In the News
Susan Hurd, partner in the firm’s Securities Litigation Group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “Lawyers Weigh in on High Court’s Halliburton Ruling.”
June 23, 2014
In the News
As highlighted by Weekly State Tax Report, Temple-Inland Inc. is challenging in federal court Delaware’s efforts to collect more than $1.3 million in unclaimed property liability, seeking to overturn the state’s decision in an administrative appeal.
June 23, 2014
In the News
The U.S. Supreme Court drew mixed reviews for its ruling in U.S. v. Clarke that a taxpayer may examine an IRS agent only if the taxpayer can identify actions “plausibly raising an inference of bad faith.” Law360 talked to George Abney, partner in the firm’s Tax Controversy Group.
June 19, 2014
In the News
Jason Rosenberg, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Trademark & Copyright Group, was quoted in a Washington Post article titled “7 questions everyone’s asking about the Redskins trademark.”
June 18, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced Brett Jaffe has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Litigation & Trial Practice Group.
June 16, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird LLP today announced that David Revelt has joined its Real Estate Finance & Investment Group as a transactional counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office.
June 16, 2014
In the News
Jenifer Keenan, counsel in the firm’s Products Liability Group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “CPSC Muscles Retailers into Expanded Safety Role.”
June 12, 2014
In the News
Rick Blumen, co-leader of the firm’s Finance Group, was extensively quoted in Forbes and Mergermarket regarding his recent paper discussing earnout provisions – a tool that allows sellers to receive additional purchase price payments following the closing for hitting financial or other goals, while providing buyers a means to mitigate uncertainty in the valuation of a business; however, according to Blumen, these useful tools are not always getting proper accounting treatment in financing documents.
June 12, 2014
In the News
In 2013, Alston & Bird attorneys and staff contributed more than 56,000 pro bono hours and more than 20,000 community service hours, respectively.
June 9, 2014
Pro Bono
An Alston & Bird team recently represented public company Costar Technologies, Inc. (OTC Markets Group: CSTI), in its acquisition of assets of the Cohu Electronics division of Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHU).
June 4, 2014
In the News
Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and Privacy & Data Security Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “Calif. AG’s Online Privacy Guidelines to Shape U.S. Standard.”
May 30, 2014
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s Security Incident Management & Response Team, was quoted in a Bank Info Security article titled “Target Breach: Hold Board Responsible?”
May 30, 2014
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s Security Incident Management & Response Team, was quoted in a Data Breach Today article titled “How a Hacker Helped Stop 300 Attacks.”
May 27, 2014
In the News
Dan Huynh, a senior associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, has been selected to participate in the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2015.
May 27, 2014
In the News
Colin Kelly, partner in the firm’s Products Liability and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “GM Deal Shows Feds' Push to Police Internal Policies.”
May 27, 2014
In the News
David Keating, partner in the firm’s Technology and Privacy Group and co-leader of the firm’s Privacy & Security Team, was quoted in an article by The Associated Press titled “Europe’s Move to Rein in Google Would Stall in U.S.”
May 27, 2014
In the News
Twenty-one Alston & Bird practices have been listed in the 2014 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. These include Antitrust; Banking & Finance; Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Construction; Corporate/M&A; Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation; Energy; Environment; ERISA Litigation; Government: Government Relations; Healthcare; Immigration; Intellectual Property; International Trade; Labor & Employment; Litigation: General Commercial, including White-Collar and Securities Litigation; Outsourcing; Privacy & Data Security; Real Estate; REITs; and Tax.
May 23, 2014
In the News
An Alston & Bird team led by Scott Ortwein that included Justin Howard, Kyle Healy, Charlie Yates, Clay Littlefield and Julie Mediamolle represented Graphic Packaging in a series of public offerings with proceeds totaling in excess of $1.7 billion.
May 22, 2014
In the News
Ryan Koppelman, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, was quoted in a Daily Journal article titled “Experts: Lenovo Deal Prompted Apple-Google Settlement.”
May 20, 2014
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s Security Incident Management & Response Team, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “Chinese Hacking Charges Spur Cos. to Turn to U.S. Gov't.”
May 20, 2014
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s Security Incident Management & Response Team, was quoted in a Politico article titled “China Hacking Charges: Symbolism or Deterrent?”
May 20, 2014
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s Security Incident Management & Response Team, was interviewed by Wall Street Journal Live on the impact of the U.S. Department of Justice announcing charges against five Chinese military workers, accusing them of hacking several U.S. companies for trade secrets. Attorney General Eric Holder announced this first-of-its-kind criminal case alleging economic espionage against foreign government officials on May19.
May 19, 2014
In the News
Attorneys from the firm’s Corporate Transactions and Tax Groups successfully represented client GaiaTech Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of environmental and engineering services and portfolio company of MSouth Equity Partners, L.P., in GaiaTech’s merger with RSP Group Acquisition, Inc., a subsidiary of RPS Group, Inc.
May 15, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has been named one of America's Best Corporate Law Firms in Corporate Board Member’s 2014 annual survey—a comprehensive ranking by U.S. corporate directors and general counsel.
May 14, 2014
In the News
Jenifer Keenan, counsel in the firm’s Products Liability Group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “Buckyballs Deal Leaves Execs Fearful of Next CPSC Move.”
May 13, 2014
In the News
Nicki Carlsen, co-leader and partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “In LA, Conflicts Arise Despite a Resurgence in Development.”
May 12, 2014
In the News
An Alston & Bird team assisted Silverpop, an Atlanta-based company that specializes in pinpointing marketing messages based on real-time online activities, with its sale to tech giant IBM for an undisclosed sum.
May 12, 2014
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s Security Incident Management & Response Team, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “Post-Target Breach Laws Ratchet up Pressure on Companies.”
May 12, 2014
In the News
Mary Gill, partner in the firm’s Securities Litigation Group, was recognized as an admired attorney in a Law360 interview with Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman partner Linda Kornfeld titled “Female Powerbrokers Q&A.”
May 9, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has been honored with the Dorothy M. Wolfe Award presented at The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County’s 17th annual “And Justice for All…” awards luncheon.
May 7, 2014
Pro Bono
Alston & Bird has been ranked in the 2014 BTI Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms report published by BTI Consulting.
May 7, 2014
In the News
Pat DiCarlo of the ERISA Litigation Group has been honored with a 2014 Grass Roots Justice Award, presented by the Georgia Justice Project for his “groundbreaking, ongoing work in reducing collateral consequences of criminal records and providing quality counsel to veterans and others in need.”
May 6, 2014
Pro Bono
Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and Privacy & Data Security Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “Hulu Ruling Offers Privacy Plaintiffs New Route to Victory.”
May 1, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird scored another resounding legal victory for Fox, obtaining summary judgment on all remaining claims in Bagdasarian Productions, LLC et al. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a lawsuit brought by the owners of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise for copyright infringement directed to Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
April 29, 2014
In the News
Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and Privacy & Data Security Groups, was quoted in The Recorder in an article titled “Hulu Can’t Shake Video Privacy Class Action.”
April 29, 2014
In the News
Kevin Miller, a partner in the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities Group and the head of the firm’s Financial Advisor’s Practice, was quoted in an article in The Deal titled “Glasscock Ruling May Ease Rural/Metro Fears.”
April 29, 2014
In the News
Yitai Hu, a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property – Litigation Group and based in its Silicon Valley office, was again ranked in the top tier by Chambers Global, this time in the Intellectual Property – Taiwan category for “Desks Based Abroad.”
April 28, 2014
In the News
Eric Shimp, policy advisor in the firm’s International Trade & Regulatory Group, was quoted in Reuters in an article titled “Japan, U.S. Tiptoe into New Phase of Pacific Trade Talks.”
April 25, 2014
In the News
The Daily Report recognized Alston & Bird as “Litigation Department of the Year 2014” for Securities Litigation.
April 23, 2014
In the News
Colin Kelly, partner in the firm’s Products Liability and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups, was quoted in Law360 in an article titled “GM’s Fate Rests on Reason for Ditching Defect Fix.”
April 22, 2014
In the News
George Abney, partner in the firm’s Federal & International Tax Group, was quoted in a Tax Notes Today article titled “Supreme Court May Tackle Economic Substance in WFC Holdings.”
April 21, 2014
In the News
Sarah Ernst, partner in the firm’s Health Care Group, has been named a 2014 Law360 Rising Star in the category of Life Sciences.
April 18, 2014
In the News
Bruce Pasfield, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was quoted in Bloomberg BNA in an article titled “EPA Revised Cement Kiln Standards Upheld; ‘Unavoidable’ Malfunctions Defense Tossed.”
April 18, 2014
In the News
Michael Giovannini, senior associate in the State & Local Tax Group, was quoted in State Tax Notes in an article titled “Delaware Unclaimed Property Voluntary Disclosure Agreement Program Winds Down.”
April 17, 2014
In the News
Brett Coburn, partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, was quoted in a Retail Leader article titled “A Balancing Act,” which discussed pressures to increase the minimum wage, as well as the short- and long-term costs of offering low wages, reduced hours and fewer benefits.
April 16, 2014
In the News
Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and Privacy & Data Security Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “LinkedIn Ruling Boosts Prospects for Data Breach Plaintiffs.”
April 16, 2014
In the News
Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and Privacy & Data Security Groups, was quoted in Law360 in an article titled “Calif. Data Breach Bill Lands in Big Retailers’ Crosshairs.”
April 15, 2014
In the News
Julie Tibbets, partner in the firm’s Health Care Group, participated in a roundtable discussion for a Compliance Week article titled “FDA Cautions Drug and Medical Companies on Promotional Pitfalls.”
April 15, 2014
In the News
Richard Siegel, senior associate in the ERISA Litigation Group, was quoted extensively in a Bloomberg BNA article titled “On Remand From Sixth Circuit, State Street Beats Stock-Drop Claim; Presumption Applies.”
April 14, 2014
In the News
Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and Privacy & Data Security Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “Landmark FTC Win Fuels Uncertainty for Data Breach Targets.”
April 9, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird’s Health Care Group is on the 2014 Chambers USA Awards for Excellence shortlist, one of only five firms in the United States to be nominated for this prestigious honor in the area of health care.
April 8, 2014
In the News
For the second year in a row, Alston & Bird has been ranked fourth by The American Lawyer in the category of “Mergers & Acquisitions: Investment Counsel by Volume.”
April 8, 2014
In the News
The Georgia Bar Journal recently published an extensive piece on the Emory Law Volunteer Clinic, a program supported by Alston & Bird and staffed in part with firm attorneys.
April 7, 2014
Pro Bono
Maureen Gorsen, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was quoted in a Natural Products Insider article titled “OEHHA Prop 65 Draft Would Affect Supplements.”
April 4, 2014
In the News
Richard Siegel, senior associate in the ERISA Litigation Group, was quoted extensively in a Bloomberg BNA article titled “Justices Hear Arguments in First ERISA Stock-Drop Case to Reach High Court.”
April 3, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, was quoted in a Financier Worldwide cover story discussing corporate fraud and corruption trends, and steps that companies can take to mitigate those risks.
April 1, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird LLP today announced that Karen Sanzaro has re-joined the firm and will be part of its Technology and Privacy Group.
April 1, 2014
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s Security Incident Management & Response Team, was quoted in an FCW: The Business of Federal Technology article titled “McConnell: Laws and Policies ‘Have Not Kept Pace’ with Cyber Threats.”
March 29, 2014
In the News
Kendall Houghton and Matthew Hedstrom, members of the firm’s State & Local Tax Group, were interviewed in Bloomberg BNA’s Weekly State Tax Report in an article titled “New York’s Proposed Budget Bill: Lawmakers Consider Complete Restructuring of Corporation Franchise, Bank Taxes.”
March 28, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird scored a $106 million district court jury verdict for its clients Mylan Inc. and Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the only U.S.-headquartered generic and specialty pharmaceutical companies, in a dispute against GlaxoSmithKline LLC (GSK) regarding a breach of contract claim over the production and sale of a generic formulation of Paxil CR, a popular antidepressant.
March 27, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, was quoted in The Washington Post in an article discussing the Department of Justice’s criminal bribery and conspiracy charges against former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife for allegedly having accepted gifts and other things of value from a wealthy Richmond-area businessman, and the couple’s recent motion to have their trials separated.
March 26, 2014
In the News
Jason Waite, partner in the firm’s International Trade & Regulatory Group, was quoted in a Compliance Week article titled “Trade Sanction Enforcement on the Rise.”
March 25, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles office will host their annual “Women of Distinction” award reception, honoring women who demonstrate leadership and achievement in their professions and the community, and who have contributed to the personal and professional development of women.
March 25, 2014
In the News
Partner Rob Stone and Senior Associate Kim McWhorter, both in the firm’s Health Care Group, published a chapter in the Georgia Health Law Manual titled, “Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Laws.” The manual offers a detailed analysis of legal issues affecting hospitals and health systems.
March 24, 2014
In the News
Darren McCarty, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “Attorneys Size Up High Court’s Stance on Contraception Case.”
March 24, 2014
In the News
In its publicly released rankings for 2014, Chambers Global has again listed Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security practice among the nation’s leading practices.
March 19, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, was interviewed for an article in The FCPA Report regarding the Department of Justice’s recent prosecution of Frederic Cilins, a French national, for obstructing a criminal FCPA investigation into a mining company regarding alleged bribes paid in Guinea.
March 19, 2014
In the News
Brett Coburn, partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, was quoted in Law360 in an article titled “EEOC, FTC Deliver Wakeup Call on Background Checks.”
March 17, 2014
In the News
Eric Shimp, policy advisor in the firm’s International Trade & Regulatory Group, was quoted in Law360 in an article titled “Harder nuts to Crack than Tariffs in U.S.-EU Talks.”
March 16, 2014
In the News
Maureen Gorsen, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was quoted in Law360 discussing the unveiling of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) first list of consumer products that manufacturers need to refashion with safer chemicals or stop selling in the state entirely—a step that will set standards for the state and could create chemical safety standards nationwide.
March 14, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird was ranked fourth in banker representations for 2013 by Corporate Control Alert. Alston & Bird is regularly ranked among the leading counsel to investment banks by Corporate Control Alert and other publications.
March 14, 2014
In the News
Pat DiCarlo, member of the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, was quoted in Bloomberg BNA’s Pension & Benefits Daily in an article titled “DOL Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Rule on Guide 401(k) Fee Disclosures.”
March 12, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced that David Abernethy, former staff director of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health and long-time executive of EmblemHealth, and Colin Roskey, a former health policy advisor and counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, joined the firm’s Health Care Group. Both will work out of Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C. office.
March 11, 2014
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Group, was quoted in The Washington Post in an article discussing the Department of Justice’s criminal bribery charges against former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife for allegedly having accepted gifts and other things of value from a wealthy Richmond-area businessman.
March 11, 2014
In the News
Cliff Stanford, counsel in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, was quoted in Bank Safety & Soundness Advisor in an article titled “OCC Big Bank Risk Guidance a Rich Source for Small Bank Best Practices.”
March 10, 2014
In the News
Kevin Miller, a partner in the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities Group and the head of the firm’s Financial Advisor’s Practice, was quoted in The Wall Street Journal in an article discussing a recent post trial decision by Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery in a shareholder suit relating to the acquisition of Rural/Metro Corporation by an affiliate of Warburg Pincus LLC.
March 9, 2014
In the News
Kevin Miller, a partner in the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities Group and the head of the firm’s Financial Advisors Practice, was quoted in The Deal in an article discussing a ruling by an Illinois state court dismissing a shareholder lawsuit against Beam, Inc. because the board of Beam had previously adopted a bylaw requiring such suits to be brought in Delaware.
March 7, 2014
In the News
Paul Cushing, partner in the firm’s Finance Group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “REIT Activity Booms with More Mergers, IPOs Ahead.”
March 7, 2014
In the News
Maureen Gorsen, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was quoted in Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Environmental Report in an article featuring her comments from her speech on opening day of the Global Chemical Regulations 2014 conference in Baltimore, organized by the American Chemistry Council and the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA).
March 5, 2014
In the News
Teri McMahon, a partner in the firm’s Corporate & Finance Group, was quoted in the Leveraged Finance News article “M&A to Drive Bond, Loan Volumes.”
March 5, 2014
In the News
Kerry Wenzel, counsel in the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, was featured in an interview published in Bloomberg BNA’s Corporate Law & Accountability Report.
March 4, 2014
In the News
Corporate partner Lior Nuchi was quoted in a Recorder article discussing the current IPO landscape.
March 4, 2014
In the News
At a lunchtime ceremony on February 27, 2014, Alston & Bird was named Best Law Firm - Innovation at the inaugural CTA Intelligence Service Awards, created to recognize and reward those who have provided outstanding support and services to the North American managed futures industry over the past 12 months.
February 27, 2014
In the News
Brett Coburn, partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing Kramer v. Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, where the Tenth Circuit revived a suit brought by a sheriff’s department worker who alleged she was sexually harassed by a supervisor, in a decision that some say shows how plaintiffs may attack the U.S. Supreme Court’s seemingly simple, bright-line rule for who qualifies as a “supervisor” under Title VII.
February 26, 2014
In the News
Dominique Shelton and Jon Gordon, partners in the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Group, were quoted in the Daily Journal in an article discussing how privacy is increasingly affecting M&A and complicating due diligence.
February 26, 2014
In the News
Six Alston & Bird partners have been named to the prestigious BTI Service All-Stars 2014 list. The list highlights an elite group of standout attorneys—identified solely through unprompted client feedback—that are recognized as “delivering the absolute best client service.”
February 20, 2014
In the News
Jenifer Keenan was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) proposing to release product information without first warning manufacturers, and how this could discourage companies from sharing details they fear would only feed plaintiffs’ attorneys looking for damaging material.
February 20, 2014
In the News
Aaron Block, senior associate in the firm’s Products Liability and Toxic Torts Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing lingering questions about fugitive methane emissions arising from natural gas extraction and transmission and how that could threaten preferred status for natural gas and steer federal and state officials toward additional regulation to mitigate potential climate change impacts.
February 12, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird has earned the Work-Life Seal of Distinction award from WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP), a global association for human resources focused on attracting, motivating and retaining employees.
February 11, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced that two attorneys have joined the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group in North Carolina. Partners Gregg McDougal and Mike Kaeding, formerly with a prestigious Raleigh law firm, have joined the firm’s Research Triangle office.
February 11, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird represented the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust, Inc., in connection with Inland’s recently announced stock-for-stock merger with Kite Realty Group Trust. The merger has an announced transaction value of $2.1 billion and equity value of $1.2 billion.
February 10, 2014
In the News
Cliff Stanford, counsel in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, was quoted in a Bank Safety & Soundness Advisor article discussing capital stress testing and how banks should not only embrace capital stress testing as a risk management tool for their own banks, but one they should use on potential merger partners, too.
February 10, 2014
In the News
Lindsay Carlson, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was named to the board of directors for Girls on the Run Los Angeles.
February 10, 2014
Pro Bono
Michael Ward, senior counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, has won an appeal regarding a pro bono client’s right to apply for an adjustment of his status following a termination of asylum.
February 6, 2014
Pro Bono
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s Security Incident Management & Response Team, was quoted in the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal in an article titled “Target CFO Will Face Congress Questions on Data Breach.”
February 4, 2014
In the News
Legislative & Public Policy Group Senior Counsel Tom Scully was featured on a January 28 Health Affairs Conversations podcast, as part of a panel discussing health reform implementation.
February 4, 2014
In the News
Kim Peretti and Dominique Shelton, partners in the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Group, were featured in Bloomberg BNA’s “Hot Topics in 2014.”
February 3, 2014
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s Security Incident Management & Response Team, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “Calif. AG Puts a Clock on Data-Breach Reporting.”
February 3, 2014
In the News
Chair of Alston & Bird’s Sustainability Committee Peter Masaitis was featured in a recent ABA Journal piece discussing the Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN), of which Alston & Bird is a founding member.
February 1, 2014
In the News
Jason Waite, partner in the firm’s International Trade & Regulatory Group, was quoted in an Engadget.com article titled “What Does National Security Have to Do with the Lenovo-Motorola Deal?”
January 30, 2014
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s Security Incident Management & Response Team, was quoted in the Washington Post article “Target Security Breach: Eric Holder Vows to Find Hackers.”
January 29, 2014
In the News
Banks are looking for clarity on a number of questions in 2014.
January 28, 2014
In the News
Jason Waite, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and International Trade & Regulatory Groups, was quoted in a Bloomberg Business Week article titled “Levono Bid for IBM Unit Seen Sparking U.S. Security Review.”
January 23, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird assisted with the merger of Union, New Jersey-based Center Bancorp Inc. and Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey-based ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. in a transaction valued at $243 million, based on the closing price of Center common stock on January 17.
January 21, 2014
In the News
Mike Connor, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, was quoted in a Medical Device Daily article titled “House Patent Troll Bill Would Delay Discovery after Markman Hearing.”
January 21, 2014
In the News
Tom Scully, senior counsel in the firm’s Health Care Group, was featured as a guest on “BioCentury This Week” discussing Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
January 17, 2014
In the News
The national law firm of Alston & Bird LLP is pleased to announce today that is has been ranked 40 on FORTUNE’s 2014 “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. Alston & Bird is the first and only law firm to be listed for 15 consecutive years. The list, now in its 17th year, recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures.
January 16, 2014
In the News
Richard Siegel, senior associate in the ERISA Litigation Group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “High Court Gives Appeal Deadline Certainty in Contract Suits.”
January 15, 2014
In the News
Cathy Burgess, partner in the firm’s Health Care Group, was extensively quoted in a Bloomberg BNA article discussing the key concerns in 2014 for drug and biotech companies.
January 10, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird was mentioned in an American Banker article discussing Maryland’s Delmarva Bancshare’s raising of $11 million through a private placement.
January 10, 2014
In the News
Josh Becker, partner in the firm’s Product’s Liability Group, was quoted in Law360 discussing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s refusal to sanctify the food industry’s preemption defense to declaring that genetically modified food can be labeled “natural,” which could lead to more class actions for food companies.
January 9, 2014
In the News
An Alston & Bird team recently represented publicly traded RCM Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: RCMT), in its defense against a proxy contest brought by a stockholder group that was seeking to elect two persons to RCM’s board of directors and the approval of a stockholder proposal, at its 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
January 7, 2014
In the News
The spoof involves an email falsely purporting to be from Alston & Bird or another law firm and describing a fictitious court appearance. If you received such an email, please be aware that it did not come from our firm. Also, note that the email may contain a link to a computer virus.
January 7, 2014
In the News
An Alston & Bird team represented publicly traded PLX Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLXT), in its defense against a proxy contest brought by a stockholder group that was seeking to elect three persons to PLX’s board of directors at its 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
January 7, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird’s work on behalf of BlueLinx Holdings in Pruett v. BlueLinx Holdings Inc., specifically regarding a matter of first impression in which the Northern District of Georgia concluded that Dodd-Frank whistleblowers are not entitled to a jury trial or punitive damages, was listed among the “Top Ten Whistleblower and Retaliation Developments of 2013.”
January 7, 2014
In the News
Seven individuals have been named partners in the firm effective January 1, 2014.
January 6, 2014
In the News
Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and Privacy & Data Security Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation, where a California magistrate judge found that Hulu users do not need to demonstrate an actual injury to recover damages under the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA)—which may embolden plaintiffs to apply the holding to similar statutory privacy violations.
January 3, 2014
In the News
Dan Huynh, a senior associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, Amanda Waide, associate in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, and Alex Barnett, associate in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, were selected to participate in the 2014 Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy.
January 1, 2014
In the News
Kim Peretti and Dominique Shelton, partners in the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Group, were quoted in a Law360 article discussing the privacy cases to watch in 2014.
January 1, 2014
In the News
Adam Biegel, partner in the firm's Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was named president of the Atlanta Lawyers' Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies on January 1, 2014.
January 1, 2014
In the News
Jason Waite, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and International Trade & Regulatory Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “International Trade Developments to Watch in 2014.”
January 1, 2014
In the News
Eric Shimp, policy advisor in the firm’s International Trade & Regulatory Group, was quoted in Law360 in an article titled “International Trade Developments to Watch in 2014.”
January 1, 2014
In the News
Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, special counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C. Legislative & Public Policy Group, on December 11 received the World Food Program USA’s newly christened George McGovern and Bob Dole Leadership Award, presented by Vice President Joe Biden for Senator Dole’s work over the last forty years combatting hunger around the globe.
December 17, 2013
In the News
Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Group, was quoted in a Los Angeles Business Journal article titled "Courting Trouble?" discussing a case borne of a professional basketball team’s marketing campaign, spam and privacy invasion.
December 17, 2013
In the News
James Evans, partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group, was quoted in Human Resource Executive Online discussing the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal ruling in D.R. Horton v. the National Labor Relations Board.
December 12, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird again appears among the “Client Service 30” in the BTI Consulting Group’s 2014 survey of law firm client service performance, the BTI Client Service A-Team.
December 9, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird has received a top rating of 100 percent from the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 12th annual Corporate Equality Index. This is the ninth year in a row that Alston & Bird has received HRC’s perfect rating.
December 9, 2013
Diversity
BTI Consulting Group named Alston & Bird an IP Litigation Standout in the BTI Litigation Outlook 2014, and was labeled as a “first-round pick” based on a survey of more than 300 general counsel and in-house litigation leaders at top-spending organizations.
November 26, 2013
In the News
Willa Cohen Bruckner, partner in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, was quoted in Westlaw Derivatives Journal discussing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) new proposal for a position-limits rule.
November 20, 2013
In the News
David Keating was quoted in Law360 discussing the COPPA parental consent verification and how the Federal Trade Commission recently rejected the first attempt under the amended COPPA Rule at proposing a parental consent safe harbor method.
November 20, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird ranked 7th with 88 cases in the Federal District Court category and 5th with 73 cases in the District Court Defense category on Corporate Counsel’s annual Patent Litigation Survey.
November 18, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird was ranked Tier1 for “Construction Law” and “Construction Litigation” nationally, and received special additional Tier 1 recognition for “Construction Litigation” in Atlanta and Los Angeles, by U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2014.
November 18, 2013
In the News
Steve Hemminger, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group and partner-in-charge of the firm’s Silicon Valley office, was quoted in Law360 discussing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) first inter partes review decision—invalidating several claims of Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC’s speed limit alert patent, which Garmin International Inc. had challenged after being accused of infringement—and how that shows the office will be receptive to invalidity theories that don’t always work in district court.
November 15, 2013
In the News
Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was quoted in The Recorder discussing medical apps and how the developers of those ventures could be facing a wave of litigation if they don’t comprehend the extent of the legislation requiring compliance with California’s medical privacy laws.
November 13, 2013
In the News
Cathy Burgess, partner in the firm’s Health Care Group, was quoted in Elsevier Business Intelligence’s newsletter, The Gold Sheet, discussing how the FDA will use its new authority against denying, limiting or refusing inspections, and how overzealous investigators might use the FDA’s new authority to deem product adulterated whenever they believe someone is obstructing their inspection.
November 13, 2013
In the News
Ted Hollifield, partner in the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities Group, was quoted in San Francisco Chronicle discussing the social media website Twitter’s IPO and how its successful Wall Street launch, with its stock soaring 73 percent above its initial public offering price, bodes well for San Francisco’s growing tech scene.
November 8, 2013
In the News
Jason Waite, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and International Trade & Regulatory Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the Obama administration’s recent negotiations with Iran and how even though there have been hints that it might ease some sanctions if Iran addresses international concerns over its nuclear program, the relief would likely be limited if the United States offers any at all.
November 7, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird’s IP Litigation Group has been honored with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation’s (AVLF) 2013 Phillip S. Heiner Award for its dedication to the nonprofit’s Domestic Violence Project’s Safe Families Office, through which the firm has made a standing commitment to provide volunteer attorneys to represent survivors of family violence.
November 6, 2013
Pro Bono
Ted Hollifield, partner in the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities Group, was quoted in Bloomberg discussing the social media website Twitter filing for a public offering, and how it has the potential to open doors for other consumer-Internet public offerings even after Facebook’s troubled share sale last year.
November 6, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird was ranked nationally in 42 different practice categories in the 2014 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” listing. In addition, the firm was extensively featured on the regional list, ranking in 51 practice categories in Atlanta, 17 practice categories in Charlotte, five practice categories in Los Angeles, 13 practice categories in New York, six practice categories in Raleigh, two practice categories in San Francisco and 13 practice categories in Washington, D.C.
November 1, 2013
In the News
Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was quoted in The Recorder discussing medical apps and how the developers of those ventures could be facing a wave of litigation if they don’t comprehend the extent of the legislation requiring compliance with California’s medical privacy laws.
November 1, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird’s International Arbitration Group in New York has been ranked as “Tier 1” in the 2014 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” listing.
November 1, 2013
In the News
Kendall Houghton, partner in the firm’s State and Local Tax Group, was on the panel of the Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum, discussing a myriad of current issues in state apportionment formulas—such as the opportunities and pitfalls of market-based sourcing rules—and her comments were featured in State Tax Notes.
October 30, 2013
In the News
Attorneys from the firm’s Environmental & Land Use and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups successfully represented Water Replenishment District (WRD) in the California Court of Appeal, reversing the trial court’s denial of its application for a preliminary injunction.
October 30, 2013
In the News
Doug Hinson, leader of the firm’s ERISA Litigation Group, was quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an article discussing how Atlanta’s municipal pensions are short almost $4.4 billion of the assets they need to pay benefits promised to tens of thousands of local government employees, retirees and their families.
October 30, 2013
In the News
Eric Shimp, policy advisor in the firm’s International Trade & Regulatory Group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “U.S. to Bump Up Privacy on EU Trade Talk Agenda.”
October 29, 2013
In the News
Eric Shimp, a policy advisor for the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice, Global Business Strategies, International Trade & Regulatory and Legislative & Public Policy Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the meeting between President Obama and India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, where their focus was increasing economic cooperation between the United States and India and they discussed the remaining obstacles to a formal investment treaty.
October 29, 2013
In the News
Senator Bob Dole, special counsel in the firm’s Legislative & Public Policy Group, was quoted in Kansas City Star in an article discussing the Amtrak routes through western Kansas and how the changing relationship between the federal government and the states could mean that some of Amtrak’s long-distance routes would come to a halt.
October 28, 2013
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was featured in Financier Worldwide in a Q&A session discussing Bribery Act and FCPA compliance. The discussion included an overview of the current anti-corruption and bribery environment; similarities and differences between the two acts; steps, advice and due diligence firms need to take in regard to the two acts; and predictions of regulatory or legislative changes.
October 25, 2013
In the News
Ward Benshoof, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was quoted in Law360 in an article discussing the final review of the 896 bills passed by the legislature in California, including the Green Chemistry Initiative, and how some experts say the regulation could pose challenges that lawmakers should confront.
October 23, 2013
In the News
Kim Peretti, Security Incident Management & Response Team co-chair, spoke at the 2013 Fraud Summit in a session titled “Post-Fraud Investigation: Effective, Efficient, Defensible.” 
October 22, 2013
In the News
Colin Kelly, partner in the firm’s Products Liability Group, was quoted in a lead story on Law360 discussing the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and how the American Tort Reform Association is asking companies to use this act against plaintiffs’ attorneys who bring fraudulent litigation.
October 22, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird has been named the 2013 “Law Firm of the Year” by CAIR Coalition, a nonprofit that strives to bring together community groups, pro bono attorneys, volunteers and immigrants from the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland to work to ensure that all immigrants are treated with fairness, dignity and respect for their human and civil rights.
October 18, 2013
Pro Bono
Alston & Bird has been named the 2013 recipient of the Pro Bono Institute’s (PBI) John H. Pickering Award for its dedication and “unwavering commitment” to pro bono.
October 18, 2013
In the News
The district court held that plaintiff, a participant in the Nokia, Inc. 401k plan, failed to plausibly allege that Nokia stock was an “imprudent” investment for the plan during the period of January 2012 to the present.
October 17, 2013
In the News
Willa Cohen Bruckner, partner in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, was quoted in Law360 discussing the possibility of the Federal Reserve imposing a capital surcharge on banks that own energy assets and other physical commodities.
October 17, 2013
In the News
Marc Scheineson, partner in the firm’s Health Care Group, was quoted in The Pink Sheet in an article titled “Shutdown Week Two: Could Sponsors Find a More Focused FDA?”
October 14, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird advised Harden Healthcare Holdings, Inc., in its $410 million tax-free merger with Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (GTIV).
October 13, 2013
In the News
Maureen Gorsen, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was featured in the Environmental Leader in a Q&A session discussing California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control’s published list of chemicals to be considered for regulation under the Safer Consumer Products initiative, and how these regulations will affect businesses.
October 11, 2013
In the News
Justice Betty Weinberg Ellerin, senior counsel in the firm’s New York office, is among 16 individuals receiving a lifetime achievement award from the New York Law Journal this year.
October 11, 2013
In the News
Kevin Miller, partner in the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities Group, was featured on The Deal Pipeline’s M&A Perspectives video series discussing M&A trends, plaintiff attorneys’ fee awards and disclosure-only settlements.
October 11, 2013
In the News
A pro bono case litigated by the firm’s Dallas attorney Jon Shepherd —as part of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program has been featured in the Dallas Bar Association (DBA) newsletter.
October 11, 2013
Pro Bono
Several comments made by Dominique Shelton, a partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, as part of the International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Academy in Bellevue, Washington, were included in a BNA Bloomberg Privacy Law Watch article discussing the conference panelists’ discussion on achieving mobile privacy compliance goals.
October 9, 2013
In the News
Cathy Burgess, partner in the firm’s Health Care Group, was quoted in Law360 discussing the Food and Drug Administration’s plan to begin scoring drugmakers’ manufacturing quality with a rating system akin to restaurant grades or stamps of approval from standards-setting organizations.
October 4, 2013
In the News
Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was quoted in the Daily Journal discussing digital ads and “native advertising”—incorporating ads directly into the original content of a host website—and the legal concerns behind them.
October 2, 2013
In the News
Maureen Gorsen, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was interviewed on KQED Public Radio, San Francisco’s NPR station, on the Safer Consumer Products Regulations put out by the California Deptartment of Toxic Substances Control and discussed how these rules will affect consumers and manufacturers.
October 2, 2013
In the News
Senator Bob Dole, special counsel in the firm’s Legislative & Public Policy Group, was quoted in the New York Times regarding the October 1 government shutdown and lessons learned from the last such shutdowns in 1995 and 1996, while Senator Dole was serving as Majority Leader.
October 2, 2013
In the News
Cari Dawson, partner in the firm's Litigation & Trial Practice and Products Liability Groups, was featured in a Q&A session in Financier Worldwide discussing management and resolution of class action disputes, including recent trends and developments, recurring themes, systems and processes firms should have in place to ease the burden of data management in relation to e-discovery, disclosure and information management in class action disputes, and predictions of prevalent class action disputes within in her practice.
October 2013
In the News
Ed Casey, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was quoted in Law360 discussing the new California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reforms, S.B. 743, which will speed up judicial review of any CEQA case launched against the new $447 million basketball arena plans in downtown Sacramento.
October 1, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird’s litigation practice has again been prominently featured in the BTI Litigation Outlook. Among the firm’s groups receiving special acknowledgement in the 2014 edition are Class Action, Intellectual Property Litigation, Securities and Financial Litigation, Complex Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment.
September 30, 2013
In the News
Colin Kelly, partner in the firm’s Product’s Liability and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups, was named Toxic Torts Lawyer of the Year in Lawyer Monthly’s Legal Awards 2013 Edition.
September 27, 2013
In the News
Doug Arnold and Sarah Babcock, both members of the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, were featured speakers during a national webinar program, entitled, Not Settling for Less: Finality in CERCLA Settlements, and their comments were featured in Bloomberg BNA’s Toxic Laws Reporter.
September 25, 2013
In the News
Jason Waite, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and International Trade & Regulatory Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing a European court recently annulling sanctions against Iranian companies in a string of rulings and how, because U.S. sanctions remain so expansive, it will have limited impact in the short term.
September 20, 2013
In the News
Jenifer Keenan, counsel in the firm’s Products Liability Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing ways to make sure stakeholder comments on proposed regulations are composed correctly and how to make them count.
September 19, 2013
In the News
Julie Tibbets, partner in the firm’s Health Care Group, spoke at a Food & Drug Law Institute’s Advertising & Promotion conference and discussed how the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) issued one warning letter and 18 “untitled” letters from October 2012 to September 2013. Her comments were featured in Bloomberg.
September 18, 2013
In the News
Julie Tibbets, partner in the firm’s Food, Drug & Device/FDA Group, was featured in Regulatory Focus in an article discussing her advice given at a conference hosted by the Food, Drug and Law Institute in Washington, D.C., on 11 pieces of supporting evidence that could cause a company to receive an “Untitled Letter” from the FDA.
September 18, 2013
In the News
Steve Hemminger, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group and partner-in-charge of the firm’s Silicon Valley office, was quoted in Law360 discussing how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office received 535 petitions challenging patents under two new America Invents Act (AIA) programs in the past year, which made the office the nation’s third-busiest patent venue.
September 16, 2013
In the News
Ted Hollifield, partner in the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities Group, was quoted in The Recorder discussing the social media website Twitter filing for an initial public offering and how the filing itself will remain out of the public eye—even though the company floated a tweet stating they were doing so.
September 13, 2013
In the News
Guy Gosnell, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, was quoted in Law360 discussing CLS Bank Int’l v. Alice Corporation and Alice Corp.’s appeal of a divided Federal Circuit ruling that failed to set a standard on software-patent eligibility, which, according to some attorneys, gives the U.S. Supreme Court an ideal opportunity to set the software patent bar.
September 9, 2013
In the News
Jocelyn Thompson, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing bill A.B. 976, which would give California’s Coastal Commission the ability to administratively levy penalties against property owners who engage in unauthorized development, damage environmentally sensitive habitats and commit other violations in the state’s Costal Act.
September 9, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird partner Kyle Wallace, as well as associates Andy Tuck and Jonathan Parente, were featured in a Daily Report article discussing their upcoming pro bono efforts before the Georgia Supreme Court in State v. Hargis.
September 5, 2013
In the News
On Saturday, August 10, 2013, members of the Alston & Bird family came to the Atlanta office with their children to participate in the firm’s first-ever Junior Volunteer Event. Fifty-eight children joined their parents in making over 300 sandwiches, as well as decorating and stuffing 80 toiletry bags for homeless children and families.
September 2, 2013
Pro Bono
Adam Biegel was named chair of the State Bar of Georgia's Antitrust Section on September 1, 2013.
September 1, 2013
In the News
Tom Schendt, partner in the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, was quoted in a Bloomberg article discussing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) ruling and how there could be new tax-related questions on the horizon.
August 29, 2013
In the News
Bruce Pasfield, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, has joined The Environmental Law Institute’s (ELI’s) Leadership Council, which is composed of prominent leaders in the fields of environment, energy and natural resources law and policy, and membership is by nomination through a selection process that recognizes leadership skills and significant contributions to the profession.
August 29, 2013
In the News
Jim Harvey, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group and co-chair of the Privacy & Security Task Force, was quoted in a Bloomberg article discussing how businesses and banks are now on high alert as the United States is planning for a possible wave of computer attacks against companies by hackers connected to Syria or Iran in retaliation for any military strike.
August 28, 2013
In the News
Nicki Carlsen, co-leader and partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing how federal wildlife regulators issued a final rule outlining guidelines for assessing possible economic impacts of critical habitat designations, which, according to the article, attorneys say will empower the government to ignore broad costs to property owners and make it harder to wage successful court challenges.
August 27, 2013
In the News
Nominated by Georgia’s legal community and hand-picked by The Daily Report staff, Christy Hull Eikhoff and Derin B. Dickerson were named among the publication’s “On the Rise – 40 Legal Rising Stars to Watch” for 2013.
August 26, 2013
In the News
Laura Pruitt, partner in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box on August 23, 2013, discussing the possible legal ramifications of the previous day’s NASDAQ disruption.
August 23, 2013
In the News
Yitai Hu, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was quoted in a China Daily USA article discussing a recent Section 337 complaint involving Chinese companies where the U.S. International Trade Commission initiated a patent investigation into a Chinese medical device company that produced systems used in the treatment of sleep-disorder breathing and sleep apnea, and its two U.S. entities.
August 23, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird LLP represented TechHealth, Inc., in its acquisition by One Call Care Management.
August 22, 2013
In the News
Eric Shimp, a policy advisor for the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice, Global Business Strategies, International Trade & Regulatory and Legislative & Public Policy Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the trade talks that are underway between China, India and several other Southeast Asian countries and how, according to the article, it could exert some pressure on the United States to continue its push for quick completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.
August 20, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird advised Ambulatory Services of America, a Nashville-based diversified health care services company that provides dialysis services and radiation oncology services, in connection with its sale to U.S. Renal Care, a Texas-based dialysis provider.
August 20, 2013
In the News
Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is offering support for a new industry mechanism for determining if a website is directed toward children—offering updated guidance for complying with the agency’s recently revised Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act rule.
August 19, 2013
In the News
Larry Gage, senior counsel in the firm’s Health Care Group and founder and leader of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, was featured in the Las Vegas Sun for his medical center work; including helping facilitate the creation of a new hospital board of directors for the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMC).
August 18, 2013
In the News
John Hickman and Mike Petrik were quoted in the Atlanta Business Chronicle discussing companies’ misclassification of employees as independent contractors and how if the IRS audits a company and has to reclassify employees, it can result in costly fines, penalties and back taxes.
August 16, 2013
In the News
Lee DeHihns, a member of Alston & Bird's Environment, Land Development & Natural Resources Group, has been appointed to chair the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Task Force on Sustainable Development. The Task Force—consisting of lawyers and non-lawyers from relevant ABA entities; the United Nations (UN); the Environmental Law Institute; the U.S. State Department; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and other multinational organizations and nongovernmental organizations—will review and make recommendations regarding the involvement of the ABA in implementing sustainable development matters worldwide.
August 16, 2013
In the News
One hundred and forty-four Alston & Bird attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  In addition, 17 Alston & Bird attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” by the publication.
August 15, 2013
In the News
Jonathan Rose, partner in the firm’s ERISA Litigation Group and co-chairman of the American Bar Association’s joint committee on employee benefits, was quoted in The Detroit News discussing retirement benefits and how retirees in the recently municipally bankrupt city of Detroit are worried about a lack of a safety net for city pensions.
August 14, 2013
In the News
Jenifer Keenan, counsel in the firm's Products Liability Group, contributed an article to the Stericycle ExpertRecall blog on key developments at the CPSC over the past few months, including a significant civil penalty, the imprisonment of a CEO for CPSIA violations, and the confirmation of two new Commissioners.
August 14, 2013
In the News
Cathy Burgess, partner in the firm’s Health Care Group, was quoted in Elsevier Business Intelligence’s newsletter, The Silver Sheet, discussing U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) new 47-page draft guidance for Medical Device Reporting (MDR) and how it compiles a wealth of advice the agency has provided over a number of years.
August 14, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced the launch of its Anti-Corruption Blog, a comprehensive, real-time forum where Alston & Bird’s Government & Internal Investigations Group tackles current events and breaking issues in their sphere of expertise, focusing on key developments in anti-corruption compliance, enforcement matters and case law.
August 13, 2013
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was quoted in a Washington Post article discussing the recent disclosure that a specialized unit at the DEA has concealed its use of NSA surveillance data to further criminal investigations, and the potential impact that this disclosure could have on pending and future prosecutions.
August 8, 2013
In the News
Ryan Koppelman, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, was quoted in a Daily Journal article discussing the ongoing patent battle between Apple Inc. and Samsung.
August 6, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird is proud to announce its involvement with the Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN), a nonprofit organization of law firms and legal departments committed to promoting the benefits of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility throughout the legal industry.
August 6, 2013
In the News
Valarie Williams, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was quoted in Inside Counsel discussing the European Commission (EC) proposal on private antitrust damages actions.
August 5, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird recently participated in the Claritas Investment Certificate pilot program, a comprehensive global education program developed and provided by the CFA Institute to provide clarity and understanding on the essentials of the financial services industry. Of the 27 Alston & Bird registrants that took the exam this spring, 100 percent passed, an “extremely impressive” rate well above the average of other participating organizations.
August 5, 2013
In the News
Larry Gage, senior counsel in the firm’s Health Care Group, was praised in the Las Vegas Review-Journal for helping facilitate the creation of a new hospital board of directors for the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
August 5, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird is proud to announce that it has matched 50 percent of its firmwide annual electricity use with 5,102,000 kilowatt-hours of Sterling Wind™ renewable energy. The firm’s purchase of these renewable energy credits (RECs) guarantees that an equal amount of renewable energy is delivered to the electric grid and provides additional revenue to help keep existing renewable energy projects operational, while also growing renewable energy markets.
August 5, 2013
In the News
On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, Maureen Gorsen, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group and co-chair of its Green Chemistry, Chemical and Product Regulation Practice, testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the topic of “Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats.”
August 1, 2013
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s Security Incident Management & Response Team and former senior litigator for the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, was interviewed by Information Security Media Group on the unsealed indictments released last week against the five men accused of hacking the computer network of several major corporations.
July 31, 2013
In the News
Don Segal and Cathy Burgess, partners in the firm’s Health Care Group, were quoted in Law360 discussing how the FDA recently announced a public meeting that would discuss incorporating patient views on acceptable levels of risk and reward into the review process for medical devices.
July 30, 2013
In the News
Tom Scully, senior counsel in the firm’s Legislative & Public Policy Group, was interviewed by C-SPAN on the Medicare program's 48th anniversary, where he responded to questions and comments regarding Medicare’s current state, future and challenges.
July 30, 2013
In the News
Attorneys from the firm’s Financial Services & Products and Corporate Transactions & Securities Groups successfully represented Synovus Financial in connection with Synovus’ repayment of $968 million in TARP funds.
July 26, 2013
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s Security Incident Management & Response Team, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the recent indictment by federal prosecutors of five men accused of hacking the computer network of several major corporations—stealing hundreds of millions of dollars and roughly 160 million credit and debit card numbers—and how this particular case may restore faith in the Department of Justice when it comes to pursuing attacks that originate outside of the country.
July 26, 2013
In the News
Dominique Shelton, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was quoted in a Daily Journal article discussing a proposed class action filed against Facebook Inc.—which owns the photo-editing cellphone app, Instagram—accusing the company of violating user agreements when updating its policies to license users’ content for redistribution.
July 23, 2013
In the News
Ed Casey, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was named in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in L.A. Law” in the Real Estate category.
July 22, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Group was featured in a Law360 article that touted the team for their recently released Cyber-Risk Legal Package, a customized package for each client letting them know what they should be doing to counter the growing threat of security breaches, as well as what to expect in terms of pricing in order to accomplish that task.
July 22, 2013
In the News
Maureen Gorsen, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the D.C. Circuit’s decision to “nix” a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that gave biomass power plants a temporary exemption from carbon dioxide emission standards and how, according to the article, that serves as a warning that the federal appeals court will grant the agency little leeway to craft new greenhouse gas rules.
July 16, 2013
In the News
Matt Hedstrom, senior associate in the firm’s State & Local Tax Group, was quoted in a Taxanalysts.com article discussing trends toward market-based sourcing. According to Hedstrom, states see the move toward market-based sourcing as a potential solution to the problems associated with the cost-of-performance sourcing approach.
July 15, 2013
In the News
July 13, 2013
In the News
In May, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina dismissed with prejudice all claims for copyright and patent infringement against Alston & Bird client Vision Pharma, LLC, by Cornerstone BioPharma, Inc., and J-Med Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
July 12, 2013
In the News
Eric Shimp, policy advisor in the firm’s International Trade & Regulatory Group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “Obama Stance on Financial Regs Could Bedevil U.S.-EU Talks.”
July 8, 2013
In the News
Westfield plans to develop the Village at Westfield Topanga project, a mixed-use development proposed to include over one million square feet of retail, restaurant, grocery, hotel and office use.
July 3, 2013
In the News
Eric Shimp, a policy advisor for the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice, Global Business Strategies, International Trade & Regulatory and Legislative & Public Policy Groups, was quoted in an article discussing international trade issues and “Buy America” legislation—as well as said legislation’s potential effect on EU-U.S. trade talks.
July 3, 2013
In the News
Cari Dawson was named among the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” for the second consecutive year in Benchmark Litigation 2013, for her achievements in the courtroom as the head of the Class Action Team for the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group.
July 1, 2013
In the News
Attorneys from the firm’s Corporate Transactions, Tax, Executive Compensation and ERISA Groups successfully represented client Beecher Carlson Holdings, Inc., in what has been called the largest insurance brokerage deal of the year, with the sale of the Atlanta-based company to Brown & Brown, Inc., for $360 million.
July 1, 2013
In the News
Jenifer Keenan was quoted in a recent Law360 article discussing the most important product liability cases and opinions in the first half of 2013.
June 28, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird announced today the addition of a counsel to the firm’s capital markets practice in Washington, D.C.  R. Colgate Selden, formerly of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, arrives on the heels of six other capital markets partners who joined the firm in May 2013.
June 28, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird’s ERISA Litigation Group scored a major victory this week for client Nokia in an appeal before the Second Circuit.
June 25, 2013
In the News
Ryan Koppelman, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, was quoted in a Daily Journal article discussing Intellectual Ventures I LLC et al v. Motorola Mobility LLC, in which Intellectual Ventures filed several patent infringement law suits against Google Inc.’s smartphone subsidiary Motorola.
June 24, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird was named Best USA IP Firm in Patent Litigation at the 2013 Annual International Legal Alliance Summit and Awards ceremony.
June 20, 2013
In the News
Joe Liebeschuetz, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the significance of the Supreme Court’s ruling that human genes cannot be patented, striking down Myriad Genetics, Inc.’s, patents on isolated DNA associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
June 17, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird LLP today announced the roll-out and availability of its Cyber-Risk Legal Package, a new legal services offering for companies dealing with the ever-evolving cyberthreat landscape.
June 14, 2013
In the News
Cliff Stanford, counsel in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, participated in a roundtable discussion for BankDirector.com discussing the changing banking industry and how personnel’s skills and backgrounds in this industry, including executives within the C-suite, will shift in the next five years.
June 11, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird will be celebrating its fifth annual Pro Bono Week with a packed calendar of events occurring across each of the firm’s offices from New York to Los Angeles.
June 10, 2013
Pro Bono
Eric Shimp, a policy advisor for the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice, Global Business StrategiesInternational Trade & Regulatory and Legislative & Public Policy Groups, was quoted as a foreign policy expert in a Law360 article discussing Susan Rice’s selection as President Obama’s new national security advisor.
June 10, 2013
In the News
Senior Associate Matt Hedstrom and Partner Kendall Houghton, both in the firm’s State & Local Tax Group, were quoted in a Bloomberg BNA article discussing Allied Domecq Spirits and Wines USA Inc. v. Massachusetts Comr. Of Rev., in which the out-of-state parent corporation sought to establish nexus in Massachusetts for the purpose of allowing its in-state subsidiary to offset income with the parent’s losses, and how it was disregarded as a sham transaction.
June 7, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird was one of only two Georgia employers named semifinalists for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest honor for employers that provide extraordinary support to their Guard and Reserve employees. This year, 138 semifinalists stood out among 2,899 employers nominated by a Guard or Reserve employee.
June 7, 2013
Pro Bono
Alston & Bird’s various intellectual property groups have ranked highly in Intellectual Asset Management magazine’s recently released 2013 adjunct publication, IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals. The firm earned Gold (the highest) rankings overall in both Georgia and North Carolina, and for the first time appeared in the Washington, D.C. litigation category, coming in with a Bronze ranking.
June 6, 2013
In the News
Patrick Flinn, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing President Obama’s patent troll initiatives and whether or not they will have any effect on nonpracticing entities.
June 5, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird LLP announced today that Dominique R. Shelton has joined its litigation team as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. An experienced litigator and counselor, Ms. Shelton’s practice is focused on privacy, unfair competition and intellectual property matters.
June 3, 2013
In the News
Duncan Douglass, partner in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, was quoted in Transaction World magazine in an article discussing the changing e-commerce environment, which includes new ways of conducting business transactions with payment aggregators and digital currencies.
June 3, 2013
In the News
Pat Flinn, partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing Vermont’s recent efforts to crack down on patent troll activity.
May 30, 2013
In the News
Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, Special Counsel for Alston & Bird, published an op-ed piece discussing Veterans’ charities in The Washington Post in honor of Memorial Day.
May 26, 2013
In the News
Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, Special Counsel for Alston & Bird, was featured on Fox News Sunday in an interview discussing past and present Congress.
May 26, 2013
In the News