Press Release August 16, 2016

Alston & Bird Attorneys Named to “Best Lawyers in America

One-hundred and sixty Alston & Bird attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. The lawyers span the firm’s eight offices in the United States and represent more than 60 practice areas.

Best Lawyers further honored 11 Alston & Bird attorneys as “Lawyers of the Year,” an award that is presented annually to a single lawyer in each practice and designated metropolitan area. Alston & Bird “Lawyers of the Year” are:

 Blas P. Arroyo    Litigation - Patent (Charlotte)
 S. Benjamin Pleune    Litigation - Intellectual Property (Charlotte) 
 Rick D. Blumen    Securitization and Structured Finance Law (Atlanta)
 Sanford M. Brown      Financial Services Regulation Law (Dallas)
 Jasper L. Cummings, Jr.    Litigation and Controversy – Tax (Raleigh)
 Paul M. Cushing      Equipment Finance Law (Atlanta)
 James C. Grant    Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants (Atlanta)
 Peter Kontio    Litigation – Antitrust (Atlanta)
 Bernard Taylor, Sr.      Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (Atlanta)
 Jocelyn N. Thompson    Environmental Law (Los Angeles)
 Glenn R. Thomson    Public Finance Law (Atlanta)

Additionally, seven Alston & Bird attorneys earned first-time rankings: 

 Kristine McAlister Brown    Privacy and Data Security Law (Atlanta)
 Nicki Carlsen     Litigation Land Use and Zoning (Los Angeles)
 Patrick C. DiCarlo    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (Atlanta)
 Kevin Miller    Corporate Law (New York)
 Doug Scribner    Commercial Litigation (Atlanta)
 John W. Weiss    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (New York) 
 Andrea Wolfman    Energy Law (Washington, D.C.)


First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is a peer-review survey in which more than 55,000 leading attorneys cast over 6.7 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practices areas. Best Lawyers lists are republished in top-tier business and legal publications such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

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