The national law firm Alston & Bird LLP has named 13 new partners in its Atlanta office. Five new partners have also been named in the Firm’s Charlotte, Research Triangle and Washington, DC offices.
Commenting on the announcement, the Firm’s managing partner Ben F. Johnson III stated, "Alston & Bird prides itself on attracting superior legal talent in all of the Firm’s practice areas. With the naming of 18 new partners to the Firm, we are recognizing the growing capabilities and accomplishments of our attorneys across a broad range of disciplines. Staying at the forefront of changing legislative, economic and technological developments continues to set Alston & Bird apart as a firm that anticipates the evolving needs of its clients across a broad spectrum of legal, economic and business issues. By constantly expanding the breadth and depth of our capabilities through the attraction and promoting of skilled attorneys we have been able to provide our clients with practical and targeted solutions that anticipate and address the needs of local, national and global enterprises including those that transcend the traditional business model."
Effective immediately, the new Atlanta partners are:
Christina K. Braisted - Real Estate Practice Group
Ms. Braisted concentrates her practice on commercial real estate transactions, and in particular, the representation of institutional real estate investors, pension fund advisors, and permanent and construction lenders. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A., cum laude, from Duke University. Ms. Braisted is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
Glenda Gail(Gigi) Bugg - Real Estate Practice Group
Ms. Bugg concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial real estate lending and investment with a special emphasis on the representation of institutional lenders and REITs in credit facilities secured by multi-state collateral pools, equity investments and formation of joint ventures, as well as representation of developers in obtaining construction loan and permanent financing. Ms. Bugg received a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and was a senior editor of the Alabama Law Review. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A., cum laude, in political science and economics. Ms. Bugg is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia and the State Bar of Texas.
Cari K. Dawson - Trial Practice Group
Ms. Dawson focuses her practice on commercial litigation and medical products and services. Ms. Dawson has litigated numerous commercial disputes, including products liability defense, insurance class actions and business tort litigation. She has also defended physicians, hospitals and other health care providers in numerous medical malpractice cases at trial and on appeal. She received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and was the Boykin C. Wright Memorial Fund Prizewinner. Ms. Dawson attended Princeton University and received an A.B. from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, and the American Bar Association. She is a founding board member of Create Your Dreams, Inc., a non-profit corporation benefiting inner-city youth.
Kathleen C. Farley - Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice
Ms. Farley focuses her practice on all areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. Previously Ms. Farley was an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of MCI Communications Corporation (now MCI WorldCom, Inc.) in Washington, D.C. where she was a member of the Corporate Law Group. Ms. Farley received a J.D. from Notre Dame where she was Lead Notes Editor of the Journal of College & University Law. She received her B.A. from the University of Florida. Ms. Farley is a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the District of Columbia Bar, the Virginia State Bar, Notre Dame Law Association, and National Women in Pensions.
Warren R. Hall - Labor and Employment Practice Group
Mr. Hall focuses his practice on the representation of clients in a broad range of labor and employment law. He received an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University, and a J.D. from the University of Georgia where he was on the Georgia Law Review, Editorial Board and served as Notes Editor. He was a Law Clerk for the Honorable G. Ernest Tidwell, United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, from 1992 to 1994. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association, as well as state and local labor and employment law sections.
Michael D. Hauser - Intellectual Property Transactional Practice Group
Mr. Hauser focuses his practice on a full range of electronic commerce, licensing and high technology transactions, including the development and exploitation of intellectual property, and strategic technology and marketing alliances. Mr. Hauser assists established companies with the development and implementation of their online and other marketing strategies, and also counsels emerging growth technology and web-based companies regarding operational and strategic issues. Prior to joining Alston & Bird he served as Assistant Counsel – Personal Products at the Sara Lee Corporation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He earned his J.D. and his A.B. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Michelle M. Henkel - Federal Income Tax Practice Group
Michelle Henkel focuses her practice on federal income taxation. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Rhodes College in business administration and practicing as a senior accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co., she received a J.D. from Emory University School of Law. Ms. Henkel is admitted to the State Bars of Georgia and Illinois, United States Tax Court, and Court of Federal Claims and she is a member of the American Bar Association (Taxation Section and Court Procedure and Practice Committee), Atlanta Bar Association (Taxation Section), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.
L. Andrew Immerman - Federal Income Tax Group
Mr. Immerman focuses his practice on Federal Income Tax and International Tax with a special emphasis on domestic and international tax planning and transactional tax work, including joint ventures, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and multinational corporate operations. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, a Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University, and a B.A. from Carleton College. Mr. Immerman is admitted to the State Bar of Georgia and the State Bar of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Section on Taxation, the State Bar of Georgia, Taxation Law Section, the Atlanta Bar Association, Taxation Section, and the Atlanta Tax Forum.
John A. Jordak - Securities Litigation Practice Group
Mr. Jordak focuses his practice on securities and commercial litigation. He received his J.D., with distinction, from Emory University School of Law where he was managing editor of the Emory International Law Review and received an American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts. Mr. Jordak received his A.B., cum laude, from Duke University where he was a North Carolina Scholars Scholarship Recipient for four years. He also attended Edinburgh University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Paul J. Nozick - Capital Markets and Investments Practice Group
Mr. Nozick concentrates his practice in securities law, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. Mr. Nozick received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Florida and a law degree from Emory University School of Law. Mr. Nozick is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the New York Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Philip R. Stein - Antitrust and Investigations
Mr. Stein focuses his practice on antitrust law and has significant experience in litigation involving business torts, corporate governance, employment, and professional responsibility issues. He received a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina. He is a member of the Illinois and Georgia state bars, and has also been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of International Trade.
Michael L. Stevens - Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group
Mr. Stevens focuses his practice on the securities, tax, and accounting aspects of stock-based and other incentive compensation arrangements, including stock option and employee stock purchase plans, employee benefit programs, and employment and change-in-control arrangements. He received a J.D. with distinction from Emory University School of Law, where he was Notes and Comments Editor of the Emory Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Stevens received a B.A. with High Honors from Emory University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was an Emory Scholar. He is a member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, the State Bar of Georgia, and the Atlanta Bar Association.
With offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Washington, D.C., Charlotte and the Research Triangle in Raleigh, North Carolina, Alston & Bird is one of the largest and oldest law firms in the country. Its more than 500 attorneys provide a full range of services to domestic and international clients who conduct business all over the world. Alston & Bird’s practice areas include financial services, technology and e-commerce, securities litigation, tax and employee benefits, capital markets and investment, finance and public finance, intellectual property, international, trial and appellate, health care, real estate, environmental, antitrust and investigations, bankruptcy, reorganizations and workouts, fiduciary, and labor and employment.
Recently, for the second year in a row Alston & Bird was named by Fortune magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For." Ranked #24 in the magazine's annual survey, the firm moved up 12 positions from the previous year.