Alston & Bird was named an IP litigation “powerhouse” in a survey of 300 corporate counsel by BTI Consulting Group as part of its annual Litigation Outlook 2016.
Michael Newton, partner and co-leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, attributed the firm’s success in part to its detailed knowledge of its clients’ business and how clients can benefit from resolving disputes without going to court, with arrangements like licensing deals or acquisitions of accused infringers.
“There are all kinds of business alternatives that are not necessarily litigation-related and realizing that those opportunities or mechanisms for getting clients what they want is important,” he said.
Newton also highlighted the firm’s deep bench of attorneys with technical and scientific skills, including those with doctorates or an ability to read computer source code. Alston & Bird is also known for having “a high degree of loyalty to clients” that many companies appreciate, he said.
“You won’t see us representing two really prominent clients in the same field,” Newton said, meaning that clients know the firm won’t be advising their biggest competitors.