January 6, 2003

Alston & Bird Ranked Third Among Fortune® Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For"™ List

Alston & Bird announced today that it has been ranked third among Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 2003, making it the only law firm ever to make the top ten two consecutive years. The firm was ranked 9th last year, 24th in 2001, and 36th in 2000.

Alston & Bird, with 675 attorneys, was selected from among 269 finalists drawn from an overall candidate pool numbering more than 1,000 companies. A survey of randomly selected employees conducted by The Great Place to Work Institute was used to capture employees’ opinions about their workplaces and such topics as quality of workplace culture, diversity and encouragement of work-family balance. In developing the ranking, the Institute placed the greatest weight on the employee responses (two-thirds of the total score) in addition to evaluating each company’s employee benefits programs and human resources practices.

In particular, Fortune cited Alston & Bird this year for its constant, open communications with all employees and its strategic commitment to avoiding the widespread layoffs that have characterized the business of law over the last year. The firm has also won repeated accolades for its progressive approach to flexible work arrangements and job-sharing, world-class child-care facilities, encouragement of community involvement and workplace enthusiasm and camaraderie.

“We are tremendously honored to achieve this prestigious honor from Fortune for the fourth consecutive year,” said Alston & Bird Managing Partner Ben F. Johnson III. “While our commitment to providing a balanced work environment has long made us a leader in recruiting and retaining top-caliber people, it is those very people throughout Alston & Bird at all levels who truly set our firm apart through their unbridled spirit, professional and personal integrity and sense of community.”

Last October, Alston & Bird also ranked number one in the nation on
The American Lawyer’s annual survey of job satisfaction among mid-level legal associates, up from the number three spot the previous year. It has also been cited by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Charlotte Business Journal, Techlinks and The Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms.

Alston & Bird credits its unique, family-friendly culture that considers employees as individuals and its support of programs to accommodate their diverse needs as hallmarks of its success. In addition to regular bonuses, employees can earn up to three percent of their salary by meeting objectives for teamwork, community involvement, client service and learning technical skills.
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