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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In the final installment of a three-part series on changes in oil and gas law, EnergyWire examined a Pennsylvania court case that struck down part of the state’s shale oil and gas law, known as Act 13, for violating the state’s environmental rights amendment, re-energizing debate over what's called the "public trust doctrine."
August 18, 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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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
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
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
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
Mark Johnson, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was quoted in The Daily Journal in an article titled “Opponents Seek to Stop Oil Shipments in Their Tracks.”
May 6, 2014
In the News
Alston & Bird’s Securities Litigation Group has been named as The Daily Report’s Litigation Department of the Year.
May 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Corporate partner Lior Nuchi was quoted in a Recorder article discussing the current IPO landscape.
March 4, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Elizabeth Hein, partner 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
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
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
Mark Johnson, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was quoted in Law360 discussing the recent $1.1 billion judgment against three lead pigment makers in California, which could revive public nuisance claims in California in comparison to product liability claims.
December 17, 2013
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jeff Sural, counsel in the firm’s Legislative & Public Policy Group, was quoted in a recent USAToday story about a nine-year-old boy that was able to sneak on an airline flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas without a ticket.
October 15, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Mark Johnson, partner in the Environmental and Land Use Group, was quoted in Equipment World discussing the surety bond process and how going through this process and obtaining a surety bond is worthwhile for construction companies.
September 1, 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
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
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
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
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
Alston & Bird LLP represented TechHealth, Inc., in its acquisition by One Call Care Management.
August 22, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
John Roesser, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the significance of American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant and the Supreme Court’s arbitration ruling stating that “courts can’t overturn a class arbitration waiver simply because it would cost plaintiffs more to arbitrate the claim than they could possibly recover.”
June 20, 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
Jeff Sural, former assistant administrator for legislative affairs at TSA, and counsel in the firm’s Legislative & Public Policy Group, was quoted in a Bloomberg article discussing TSA’s decision to continue screening for pocketknives after the effectiveness of TSA’s behavior-detection program was questioned.
June 13, 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
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
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’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
Twenty-one Alston & Bird practices have been listed in the 2013 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. These include Antitrust; Banking & Finance; Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Capital Markets: REITs; Construction; Corporate/M&A; Energy; Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation; Environment; ERISA Litigation; Government: Government Relations; Health Care; Immigration; Intellectual Property; International Trade; Labor & Employment; Litigation: General Commercial, including White-Collar and Securities Litigation; Outsourcing; Privacy & Data Security; Real Estate; Tax.
May 24, 2013
In the News
Cliff Stanford, counsel in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, was quoted in Bank Safety & Soundness Advisor discussing proposed deposit advance product regulatory guidance, couched as a safety and soundness problem for banks.
May 20, 2013
In the News
Joe Liebeschuetz, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group in the Silicon Valley office, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the importance of the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in Bowman v. Monsanto Co. et al., in which an Indiana farmer violated Monsanto’s patents on herbicide-resistant soybean plants by replanting seeds, striking down the farmer’s argument that Monsanto had exhausted its control of the genetically modified seed.
May 13, 2013
In the News
Ted Hollifield, partner in the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities Group, was quoted in a Law360 article that discussed ways buyers in a merger or acquisition can assess the legal liabilities of their acquisition targets.
May 13, 2013
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s Security Incident Management and Response Team and former senior litigator for the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, was interviewed by BankInfoSecurity.com, where she discussed the cyber heist scheme that involved $45 million withdrawn from ATMs worldwide.
May 10, 2013
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s Security Incident Management and Response Team and former senior litigator for the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, was quoted in The New York Times article, “In Hours, Thieves Took $45 Million in A.T.M. Scheme.”
May 10, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird LLP announced that a group of six partners, previously at Dentons, joined its capital markets practice. Five partners are based in New York, and another based in Washington, D.C.
May 8, 2013
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was quoted in a Compliance Week article discussing Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) non-prosecution agreements involving Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations; more specifically, the article discussed a recent case involving Ralph Lauren where the company self-reported internal investigation findings to the SEC and Justice Department.
May 7, 2013
In the News
Jenifer Keenan, counsel in the firm’s Products Liability Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC’s) announcement of a settlement that requires companies to set up expansive new compliance systems, which, according to the article, suggests that the agency will “force the programs on even those accused only of failing to report a product defect promptly.”
May 6, 2013
In the News
Eric Shimp, policy advisor in the firm’s Legislative & Public Policy Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the possibility of White House economic adviser Mike Froman being nominated for U.S. trade representative and what that might signify for the administration’s focus on free trade pacts.
May 2, 2013
In the News
Attorneys from the firm’s Corporate Transactions, Tax, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and International Trade Groups successfully represented Fischbein LLC—a leading global supplier of packaging machinery equipment owned by management, outside investors and private equity firm MSouth Equity Partners—in connection with its sale to Odyssey Investment Partners and members of management.
May 1, 2013
In the News
Matt Hedstrom, senior associate in the firm’s State & Local Tax Group, was quoted in a Bloomberg BNA article analyzing the results of the BBNA 2013 Survey of State Tax Departments.
April 30, 2013
In the News
Bruce Pasfield, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was featured in Bloomberg BNA’s “The Week Ahead” video, touching on key messages from his article “EPA’s Enforcement of RIN Fraud Violations Starts to Bring Stability Back to the Market” in which he discusses renewable fuel standards, recent fraud cases surrounding RIN numbers and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed changes addressing fraud in the renewable fuels program.
April 30, 2013
In the News
On April 25, Alston & Bird’s IP Litigation Group was named an “IP Litigation Department of the Year” by The Daily Report in Atlanta.
April 26, 2013
In the News
Liz Broadway Brown, associate in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was named by the Truancy Intervention Project (TIP) as one of its 2013 Glenda Hatchett Volunteer of the Year honorees for her pro bono legal work for TIP clients.
April 25, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird has partnered with the Georgia Radio Reading Service, Inc. (GaRRS) to present Book Corner, a monthly radio program for visually impaired children. Each episode features stories read by members of the Alston & Bird family.
April 23, 2013
Pro Bono
Maureen Gorsen, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) critique of the State Department addressing environmental impacts of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which could delay the department’s decision to approve or reject the project and could cause legal challenges from pipeline opponents.
April 23, 2013
In the News
Joe Liebeschuetz, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, was named Top Portfolio Manager in the Daily Journal. The award is made to the 25 leading intellectual property attorneys in this field in California and is included in the Daily Journal's “Intellectual Property 2013” feature, which contains interviews with the attorneys receiving the awards.
April 17, 2013
In the News
Marc Scheineson, partner in the firm’s Health Care Group, was quoted in The Hill discussing how the sellers and makers of premium cigars feel that the FDA’s regulatory agenda for the year—which states it would propose rules to expand federal oversight of tobacco products under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act—is “overreaching.”
April 17, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird LLP is pleased to announce its participation as legal counsel to High Point Regional Health System (“High Point”) in forming a strategic alliance with The University of North Carolina Health Care System (“UNC HCS”). The transaction closed April 1, 2013.
April 16, 2013
In the News
Colin Kelly, partner in the firm’s Products Liability Group, was featured in Corporate Livewire’s Environmental Round Table as one of the “key figures around the globe” and dissected issues surrounding environmental law—such as recent regulatory changes and litigation risk—as well as discussing the best strategy for reducing emissions and determining what eco-friendly products could dominate 2013.
April 15, 2013
In the News
Maureen Gorsen, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s delay of a rule capping greenhouse gas emissions for new power plants and how that shouldn’t be taken as a sign that the agency won’t eventually issue tough standards for new coal-fired plants.
April 15, 2013
In the News
Jason Goode, partner in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group, was interviewed at REITWise 2013: NAREIT’s Law, Accounting and Finance Conference and discussed the regulatory future for REITs and other issues facing REITs.
April 12, 2013
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s security-incident and management-response team and former senior litigator for the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, appeared on Fox News to discuss prosecuting cyber criminals
April 11, 2013
In the News
Colin Kelly, partner in the firm’s Products Liability Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the common mistakes attorneys make when filing Daubert motions, which typically include time-consuming expert testimonies.
April 10, 2013
In the News
On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, senior patent litigator Patrick Flinn was honored with the “Outstanding IP Litigator of the Year” award in the state of Georgia at Managing IP magazine’s 6th Annual North American Awards at The Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
April 10, 2013
In the News
Ted Kang, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, offers guidance on the rise of FCPA-type laws in foreign jurisdictions and issues that may arise for white-collar businesses.
April 8, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird hosted its annual California Women of Distinction reception celebrating the firm’s female clients and friends.
April 5, 2013
In the News
Mark Johnson, partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the Prop 65 trial and how its ruling could possibly affect how future food suits would be handled.
April 4, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird hosted the Columbia Business School Private Equity Program’s Alumni Discussion Series on April 3, 2013, which focused on important issues in the Restructuring space.
April 3, 2013
In the News
Ryan Koppelman, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, was quoted in a Daily Journal article discussing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s invalidation to Apple Inc.’s claims on a critical mobile device patent—which may reduce the damages in ongoing litigation against its competitor.
April 3, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird was ranked nationally in 43 different practice categories in the 2013 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” listing.
April 2, 2013
In the News
An Alston & Bird team advised publicly traded client Onvia, Inc., in connection with its repurchase of 1.2 million shares of its common stock from Symphony Technology Group, LLC.
April 2, 2013
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-chair of the firm’s Security-Incident and Management-Response Team and former senior litigator for the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article discussing how many law firms are using the secrecy aspect of attorney-client privilege as a strong selling-point to position themselves as the experts—as opposed to forensic investigators typically retained for such incidents—to help companies navigate federal and state laws governing public disclosures of data breaches.
April 1, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird LLP today announced that Cari K. Dawson, a partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group and chair of its class action practice, has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal, one of the most respected legal publications in the country.
March 27, 2013
In the News
Zach Gladney, senior associate in the firm’s State and Local Tax Group, was quoted in a State Tax Notes article discussing state administrative procedure acts (APAs) and how some states are disregarding them because of the allure of proceeding through an easier option—adjudication.
March 25, 2013
In the News
Cari Dawson, partner in the firm's Litigation & Trial Practice and Products Liability Groups, was featured in Diversity & the Bar magazine.
March/April 2013
In the News
On March 14, 2013, Managing Partner Richard Hays and Pro Bono Partner Mary Benton were on hand at Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C. office to receive a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Department of State for the firm’s pro bono efforts regarding the International Child Abduction Project. By the award, the U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction lauded Alston & Bird for its work in the department’s all-volunteer pro bono Hague Convention Attorney Network.
March 25, 2013
Pro Bono
Edward Kang was quoted in a Mint Press article discussing foreign bribery claims and the new level of vigilance from the government to investigate these claims, which Kang said comes from multiple sources.
March 22, 2013
In the News
Tom Wingard, partner-in-charge of the firm’s Los Angeles office and partner in the Corporate Transactions & Securities Group, was quoted in a Daily Journal article discussing the “drastic change” in lateral partner movement the past five years—particularly in California.
March 20, 2013
In the News
The Alston & Bird Sustainability Committee of the firm’s Dallas office participated in its first “e-waste” recycling event on February 20, 2013. Alston & Bird representatives coordinated with several other firms in the area to recycle e-waste in four buildings in the Harwood District of downtown Dallas.
March 20, 2013
In the News
Elizabeth Rader, counsel in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the significance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Copyright Act’s first-sale doctrine was not limited by geography and it applied equally to goods made both in the United States and abroad.
March 20, 2013
In the News
Andy Howard was quoted in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article discussing the sequestration and how it may impact California’s many government contracts.
March 18, 2013
In the News
In its publicly released rankings for 2013, Chambers Global has again listed Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security practice among the nation’s leading practices. Alston & Bird’s privacy and data security practice has been recognized every year since Chambers & Partners began ranking this practice area on a nationwide basis.
March 14, 2013
In the News
Jim Grant, a partner in Alston & Bird’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group who focuses on complex commercial litigation, was inducted on March 2 as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in America.
March 13, 2013
In the News
On February 27, Alston & Bird’s Kim Peretti spoke at the 2013 RSA conference. Following the conference, Kim was interviewed by BankInfoSecurity about her discussion during the conference.
March 7, 2013
In the News
John Hickman’s comments at an annual conference sponsored by the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) were featured in Bloomberg BNA, which discussed employer-sponsored health care plans and tracking employees’ work hours and other paid service hours to comply with the Affordable Care Act.
March 6, 2013
In the News
Kim Peretti, co-lead of the Security Incident Management & Response Team, appeared on MSNBC’s UP w/ Chris Hayes on February 23, 2013, joining in a debate on cyberwarfare and cybersecurity.
February 23, 2013
In the News
Ryan Koppelman, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, was quoted in a Daily Journal article discussing the Oracle v. Google case, which is on appeal to the Federal Circuit after Google had a defensive win in district court. He offered some opinions on what would happen next.
February 21, 2013
In the News
Edward Kang, partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group and former federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division, was quoted in The FCPA Report in an article discussing ways individual defendants can use “strategic cooperation” to mitigate FCPA sentences.
February 20, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird was recently recognized as the 2012 Law Firm of the Year by Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, an organization that pairs volunteer attorneys with nonprofits in need of free legal services.
February 20, 2013
Pro Bono
Jason Cooper was quoted in a Corporate Counsel article discussing fundamental changes to U.S. patent law will be implemented beginning on March 16—the so-called “Ides of March”—including a national move to a “first-inventor-to-file” patent system, a major change from the current “first-to-invent” system.
February 19, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird was ranked Band 1 for “Environmental Law” and “Litigation – Environmental” nationally, as well as in Los Angeles and Atlanta locally, by U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2013.
February 19, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird has been invited to be the first and only law firm to participate among 68 global financial services firms in the CFA Institute’s inaugural Claritas Investment Certificate (“Claritas”) program.
February 19, 2013
In the News
Zach Gladney, senior associate in the firm’s State and Local Tax Group, was quoted in a State Tax Notes article discussing Section 18 of the Uniform Division of Income for Tax Purposes Act (UDITPA), which provides a variety of methods by which a statutory apportionment formula could be changed, and what would be considered reasonable proposed alternative methods.
February 18, 2013
In the News
Bernard Taylor, partner and co-chair of the firm’s Products Liability Group in the Atlanta office, was named to BTI’s Client Service All-Star list. The list was based on more than 250 interviews of in-house counsel throughout corporate America, and Taylor was one of only 11 products liability attorneys nationwide selected for the honor.
February 15, 2013
In the News
An Alston & Bird team recently represented publicly traded, Nasdaq-listed Qualstar Corporation in connection with its receipt of an unsolicited partial tender offer by BKF Capital Group, Inc., an entity controlled by Steven N. Bronson.
February 14, 2013
In the News
Eric Shimp, policy advisor in the firm’s International Trade & Regulatory Group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “Long Road Ahead for US-EU Free Trade Deal.”
February 14, 2013
In the News
In an IPLaw360 article discussing The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) unveiling of final rules governing the first-to-file patent system that will go into effect in March, Jason Cooper was quoted as saying the proposed rules seemed to be overly restrictive and made it difficult for inventors to take advantage of the grace period.
February 14, 2013
In the News
The Lawyers Alliance for New York has recognized Alston & Bird attorney—Lance Soderstrom—for pro bono services rendered to FamilyCook Community Table (dba FamilyCook Productions), a New York-based nonprofit that provides culinary/nutritional education programs.
February 13, 2013
Pro Bono
Nicki Carlsen, co-leader and partner in the firm’s Environmental & Land Use Group, was named to the 2013 Law360 Environmental Editorial Advisory Board.
February 11, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird LLP announced today that Charles W. Cox has joined its litigation team as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Cox focuses on representing clients in complex commercial litigation, including stockholder litigation, class actions, derivative suits and matters related to mergers and acquisitions.
February 4, 2013
In the News
Cari Dawson, partner in the Litigation & Trial Practice Group and based in the firm’s Atlanta office, received the “Corporate Counsel of the Year” award on behalf of the John M. Langston Bar Association and was presented the award at the 2012 Annual Installation & Awards Gala.
February 4, 2012
In the News
Maureen Gorsen was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) new Green Chemistry draft changing the limits of what chemicals are subject to regulation and how the push to curb harmful ingredients in consumer products may pose huge cost and compliance hurdles for companies.
February 1, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird today announced the addition of Edward (Ted) Kang to its government and internal investigations practice in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Kang served for eight years in the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney’s Office, and he brings with him a vast amount of top-level experience on some of DOJ’s most high-profile fraud and public corruption cases. Kang recently served on the Deepwater Horizon Task Force, where he conducted criminal investigations stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
January 31, 2013
In the News
Jenifer Keenan, member of the firm’s Product’s Liability Group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing Marietta Robinson’s renomination from President Obama to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and whether or not she will “sit on the sidelines” until she is paired with a Republican nominee.
January 31, 2013
In the News
A complete victory for our client, Merck & Cie! On January 31, 2013, the Hon. R.J. Sullivan of the Southern District of New York issued his decision regarding this matter that went to trial in 2011—and it was well worth the wait!
January 31, 2013
In the News
Ryan Koppelman was quoted in a Daily Journal article discussing San Jose Judge Lucy H. Koh’s decision to deny Apple Inc.’s bid for treble damages in its injunction against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
January 31, 2013
In the News
Bill Anaya was quoted in a Law360 article discussing how the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Senator John Kerry as secretary of state might be a sign that the Obama administration may be poised to take a more active role in cross-border efforts on climate policy.
January 30, 2013
In the News
Michele Glessner, senior associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, was interviewed by online business newsletter Knowmad while attending a Charlotte American Marketing Association event.
January 25, 2013
In the News
The Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) recently presented Elizabeth Vaughan, an associate in the firm’s ERISA Litigation Group, with its attorney of the year award for 2012.
January 25, 2013
Pro Bono
Marc Scheineson, a partner in the Health Care Group, was quoted in The Pink Sheet discussing the FDA’s belief that its drug tracking system needs an overhaul, but the momentum of the changes has slowed down significantly due to new legislative members taking over the responsibility of the project and disagreements on the extent of the new tracking system itself.
January 23, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird’s Finance Group moved into the top 20 of the 2012 Legal League Tables distributed by Thomson Reuters, both on the U.S. borrower and lender sides by volume.
January 22, 2013
In the News
Colin Kelly, partner in the Products Liability and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing a proposed new FDA rule that requires the makers of metal-on-metal hip implants to prove the devices are safe by having to file either a premarket approval application or a product development protocol.
January 18, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird’s client, the State of Florida, today won a major victory in the Supreme Court of Florida, which ruled 4 to 3 that the 2011 Pension Law was constitutional, closing a nearly $1 billion per year hole in the budget of the State of Florida.
January 17, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird LLP today announced that Kimberly (Kim) Kiefer Peretti, a former director of the cyber forensics services practice of PwC, has joined the firm as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office. Kim is a nationally recognized expert on data breach investigations, information security, corporate compliance and cyber law.
January 17, 2013
In the News
The national law firm of Alston & Bird LLP announced today that it has been ranked 23rd on FORTUNE’s 2013 “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. Alston & Bird is the first and only U.S. law firm to make the list 14 consecutive years. The list and related stories will appear in the February issue of FORTUNE.
January 17, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird is the recipient of The Coca-Cola Company’s 2012 “Living the Values” Award. The annual award honors a U.S.-based law firm that best exhibits a commitment to diversity and inclusion with creative, innovative solutions that align with The Coca-Cola Company's diversity values.
January 10, 2013
Diversity
Mike Correll, an associate in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was quoted by NBC News and the ABA Journal regarding a Fourth Amendment case recently argued before the Supreme Court that questions the constitutionality of blood testing DUI suspects without their consent.
January 10, 2013
In the News
Pat Flinn, a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, was interviewed extensively by FOXBusiness regarding the aptly named “shark tank effect,” a phenomenon that evolved from the popular television show Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs pitch their small businesses to potential investors in hopes of teaming up to sell their products.
January 9, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird will host its Corporate Cup Half-Marathon and 5K on Saturday, March 9, in Charlotte, with proceeds supporting the YMCA Community Support Campaign.
January 8, 2013
Community Service
Dennis Connolly was quoted in The Deal Pipeline in an article discussing companies that purchase a debtor to infuse more capital into the business—only to end up back in bankruptcy court.
January 8, 2013
In the News
Tom Scully will be featured on The Big Fix, a program on WAMU 88.5 in Washington, D.C. airing at 4 p.m. this Saturday, January 12.
January 7, 2013
In the News
Richard Hays, managing partner of Alston & Bird, was featured in Vanderbilt Lawyer in an article touting his many accomplishments, including his immense success after becoming Managing Partner in 2008 in a time where the legal landscape was changing rapidly, two weeks after the firm opened its eighth office.
Winter 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird assisted Getinge AB, a global healthcare and life sciences company based in Sweden, in its recently completed $275 million acquisition of the Therapeutic Support Systems (TSS) business of Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI). The transaction further enhances Getinge’s product and geographic platforms. KCI’s TSS business, which is primarily focused on the North American market, includes a comprehensive portfolio of specialty therapeutic beds, mattress replacement systems and other support surfaces and patient mobility devices. The acquisition will be integrated into Getinge Extended Care under the ArjoHuntleigh brand, which is a major player in pressure ulcer prevention and healing for many European markets.
January 4, 2013
In the News
Kevin Miller was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the “don’t-ask, don’t waive” provisions under debate in two recent rulings in Delaware Chancery Court.
January 3, 2013
In the News
Alston & Bird is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been named partners in the firm effective January 1, 2013:
January 2, 2013
In the News
Jenifer Keenan was quoted in a Law360 article titled, “Product Liability Regulation to Watch in 2013,” which included, among other regulations, cutbacks for consumer product testing.
January 2, 2013
In the News
Cari Dawson, partner in the Products Liability Group and based in the firm’s Atlanta office, was named among the “45 Women Under 45” as a top young female attorney of the AmLaw 200 by The American Lawyer.
January 1, 2011
In the News
Cari Dawson was named among the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the inaugural edition of Benchmark Litigation for her achievements in the courtroom as the head of the Class Action Team for the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group.
January 1, 2012
In the News
An Alston & Bird team led by Bryan Ives, and partners Andy Immerman and Paul Cushing, and associates William Snyder and Russell Hilton, advised Lightower in connection with its acquisition by Berkshire Partners LLC.
December 27, 2012
In the News
Alston & Bird served as legal advisors for client Mohawk Industries, Inc., a floor coverings manufacturer, for the acquisition of Italian ceramic tile manufacturer Marazzi Group for approximately $1.55 billion in cash and shares to add to its global operations.
December 21, 2012
In the News
Kendall Houghton and Matt Hedstrom were prominently featured in a BNA article entitled “Assessing Taxpayer Risks While Gillette Litigation Continues to Unfold,” which focused on how, in Gillette Co. et al. v. California Franch. Tax Bd., the California Court of Appeal held that the formula under the Multistate Tax Compact for allocating and apportioning income remains available to California multistate taxpayers, notwithstanding the state's attempt to repeal and supersede the Compact formula with a double-weighted sales factor for most business activity, and the “shock waves” the case has sent through the member states of the Multistate Tax Compact.
December 20, 2012
In the News
Jon Fee was quoted in an Inbound Logistics article regarding the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement—which, after six years of negotiation that involved the United States renegotiating finer points for congressional consent, was enforced.
December 20, 2012
In the News
Ryan Koppelman, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, was quoted in a Daily Journal article discussing a San Jose federal judge’s ruling in the Apple Inc. patent case that denied Apple’s request for a permanent injunction, which may force a truce between Apple and its competitor.
December 19, 2012
In the News
Ryan Koppelman, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, was quoted in The Recorder in an article discussing U.S. District Judge Lucy Kohl’s court order denying Apple’s bid for permanent injunctions against 26 of its competitor’s products found to infringe Apple’s patents.
December 18, 2012
In the News
Ted Hollifield, partner in the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities Group, was featured in a “Spreecast video chat” interview in the Wall Street Journal’s “Office Hours with the Accelerators.”
December 14, 2012
In the News
Ryan Koppelman, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, was quoted in a Daily Journal article discussing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) preliminary decision that invalidated a patent co-invented by Apple, Inc.’s Steve Jobs.
December 11, 2012
In the News
Alston & Bird recently helped its clients U.S. Pipe & Foundry Co. and Walter Energy defend their March 2012 appellate victory in Solutia, Inc., et al. v. McWane, Inc., et al., 672 F.3d 1230 (11th Cir. 2012) from potential review by the United States Supreme Court.
December 10, 2012
In the News
Craig Carpenito was quoted in The American Lawyer's Litigation Daily in an article discussing the Netflix CEO’s use of social media and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) investigation into whether a message posted on the CEO’s public Facebook page in July violated Regulation Fair Disclosure, a rule that requires all publically traded companies to disclose material information to all investors at the same time.
December 10, 2012
In the News
Mike Connor, partner in the Charlotte office and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group, was quoted in a Bank Technology News article discussing mobile banking payments technology and the new legal disputes arising as banks move into electronic commerce.
December 6, 2012
In the News
Joe Tully, a senior associate in the firm’s Securities Litigation Group in the New York office, received the New York Young Leader of the Year Award on behalf of the American Ireland Fund.
December 6, 2012
In the News
Intellectual Property Group partner and IP Technology Transactions Group head David Teske has been named to the board of directors of TechBridge, a nonprofit that leverages technology to empower the nonprofits that impact the Atlanta community.
December 3, 2012
In the News
Robert Hanlon, Thomas Parker, Natalie Clayton, Victoria Spataro and Lance Soderstrom, based in the firm’s New York office, received a favorable opinion on behalf of their client, Merck & Cie—a producer of pharmaceutical and dietary ingredients—in response to their action against Gnosis S.p.A. and Gnosis BioResearch S.A. for false advertising in connection with Gnosis’s manufacture and sale of a folate nutritional ingredient, which competes with Merck’s product, Metafolin®.
November 30, 2012
In the News
Alston & Bird’s D.C. office recently held its annual Holiday Helpings fundraising event for Bread for the City, a nonprofit organization that provides vulnerable residents of the District with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
November 29, 2012
Community Service
An Alston & Bird team represented the special committee of the board of directors of publicly traded New Frontier Media, Inc., in its sale to LFP Broadcasting, LLC. New Frontier, based in Boulder, Colorado, is a leading provider of transactional television services and distributor of general motion picture entertainment.
November 28, 2012
In the News