Corporate Board Member magazine announced that directors working in Atlanta named Alston & Bird the best corporate law firm in Atlanta. The results of the magazine’s seventh annual Legal Industry Research Study, sponsored by FTI Consulting, were released on June 11. Corporate Board Member/FTI Consulting's annual study identifies the top 20 national corporate law firms and the top five corporate law firms in 25 major metropolitan areas, according to directors serving on boards of publicly traded companies listed with the NASDAQ Stock Market, New York Stock Exchange or American Stock Exchange. “Doing well in our survey has become a singular badge of honor, for the very reason that it doesn’t come from the law firms’ peers,” said William S. Rukeyser, editorial director of Corporate Board Member. “It’s an accolade from their customers—the directors, executives and general counsel who hire them, pay their bills, and thrive or suffer from their advice.” Corporate Board Member surveyed directors serving on boards of publicly traded companies listed with the NASDAQ, New York or American Stock Exchanges. Directors received a questionnaire specific to their location that included a list of 20 local firms and two write-in options. To be included in the list, each firm had to practice business, corporate or commercial law and had to be one of the 20 largest firms in its area by number of attorneys. Respondents were asked to select the five local law firms, from the list provided or as a write-in, they would most likely select to aid their companies on a broad range of corporate legal issues. The top five law firms in each area are listed in the magazine based on the number of votes received.