Retired Alston & Bird Managing Partner Ben F. Johnson III has been honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Daily Report. He received the award on June 17 at a dinner celebrating the newspaper's 125th anniversary.
Johnson, who served as the firm’s managing partner from 1997 to 2008 after joining as a litigator in 1971, was recognized along with 21 other award honorees who were singled out by Daily Report for having “made significant marks in deciding cases, in government service, building and managing firms, handling all manner of matters in private practice and in-house, representing the poor and fighting for civil rights.”
In addition to his Alston & Bird leadership, Johnson’s many career achievements include a 13-year stint chairing the board of trustees for his undergraduate alma mater, Emory University, which in 2014 awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He has also served more than three decades as chair of the governing board of Woodward Academy, another alma mater and one of America’s largest independent schools, and chaired the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra board.
Alongside his civic board memberships, Johnson serves as board chairman of Invesco Ltd., a leading independent global investment management company with approximately $800 billion in assets, and outside director and board chairman of Summit Industries, Inc., a privately held consumer products company.
In 2010, Johnson was recognized as a “Lifetime Achiever” by The American Lawyer and honored with its “Law Firm Distinguished Leader Award.”