Press Release March 3, 2016

Fortune Singles Out Alston & Bird as a Top U.S. Employer

Once again, Fortune magazine has named Alston & Bird one of the country’s top employers.

In its annual survey of America’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” Fortune ranked Alston & Bird No. 41, marking the 17th consecutive year that the firm has been singled out by the magazine for its exceptional workplace culture.

As in prior years, Alston & Bird is one of only a handful of law firms recognized in the Fortune survey.

“Exceptional client service begins and ends with exceptional people,” said Richard Hays, Alston & Bird managing partner. “Being a great workplace helps attract the highest talent and enables everyone to do their best and unite around the common goal of helping our clients succeed.”

Alston & Bird was measured across a broad range of survey categories, including: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. Almost 700 employees were surveyed, with 93 percent saying the firm is a great place to work.

“Creating a winning culture that energizes all attorneys and staff with a passion for service and teamwork creates tremendous advantage for our clients,” said Cathy Benton, chief human resources officer. “I’m incredibly proud of all our people and their dedication to making Alston & Bird an employer of choice.”

In addition to the Fortune ranking, Alston & Bird has received a number of other recent accolades highlighting the firm’s distinctive culture, including:

  • Earning WorldatWork’s “Work-Life 2016 Seal of Distinction,” the only AmLaw 100 firm to be honored among more than 100 employers nationally for their approach to employee engagement and success in creating a positive work environment.
  • Receiving a top rating of 100 percent in the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, which measures commitment to LGBT workplace equality, the 12th consecutive year that the firm has earned a perfect score.
  • Ranking 17th among the country’s “Best Law Firms for Diversity” in the 2016 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, in addition to ranking 23rd for LGBT.

“Now more than ever, it is important for companies to prove they are great workplaces,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work®. “Top talent expects as much as they seek new opportunities, and customers are demanding it as well as they decide where to spend their dollars. The 100 best workplaces are at the top of the heap in demonstrating they have a high-trust, high-performing culture.”

To see the complete 2016 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, click here.

About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces lists including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industry lists.
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