December 29, 2003

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

Leading National Law Firm Recognized for Fifth Consecutive Year

The national law firm Alston & Bird LLP, headquartered in Atlanta, announced today that it has been ranked second among FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 2004, making it the only law firm ever to make the top ten in three consecutive years. The firm climbed to 3rd last year, and was listed 9th in 2002, 24th in 2001, and 36th in 2000.

In particular, FORTUNE cited Alston & Bird for its progressive approach to flexible work arrangements and job-sharing as well as generous maternity leave for mothers, or fathers if they are the primary caregivers, and its on-site world-class child-care facilities.

"This has been an exciting year for Alston & Bird," said the firm's Managing Partner
Ben F. Johnson III. "With the arrival of Senator Bob Dole and former Bush administration official Tom Scully, Alston & Bird's commitment to professionalism continues to attract the highest caliber of people, while maintaining the collegial spirit for which our firm has always been recognized. It is with great pride that we accept this honor from FORTUNE."

To determine the FORTUNE ranking, Alston & Bird, with 700 attorneys, was selected from among 304 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 addition to the FORTUNE ranking, Alston & Bird has recently received national recognition with the addition of two national policy leaders. Former United States Senate Majority Leader and presidential candidate Bob Dole joined Alston & Bird as Special Counsel in February, and Tom Scully, the former Bush administration official who previously headed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), joined the firm in December.

In October, Alston & Bird 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. In December, AmLaw Tech ranked the firm number one nationally among all law firms for its use of technology in the quality, use and development of technology on behalf of clients. Also, in The BTI Consulting Group's 2003 survey of FORTUNE 1000 companies, Alston & Bird ranked 11th among the 30 firms that comprise the "Client Service A-Team."

For the FORTUNE press release, please click here. For further information, please visit www.fortune.com.
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