Alston & Bird ranks first in the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 1998 Book of Lists in the "Atlanta’s Top Law Firms" category. The ranking is by number of attorneys in Atlanta. At the time the list was compiled, Alston & Bird had 348 attorneys in Atlanta and 456 attorneys total in its Atlanta, North Carolina, and Washington, DC offices. The firm's ranking did not change from the 1997 poll. The publication also profiles Managing Partner, Ben F. Johnson III.