Press Release September 16, 2016

Alston & Bird Named One of Fortune’s Best Places to Work for Women

Alston & Bird has been recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the country’s top employers for women.

In Fortune’s 2016 “100 Best Workplaces for Women,” Alston & Bird ranks No. 75 and is one of only five law firms highlighted for setting the standard for work-life practices in the United States. This is the second time the firm has been recognized by Fortune as a great place to work for women, having previously been ranked as one of Fortune’s 2015 “Top 10 Best Companies for Women.”

“A diverse and inclusive workplace is not only good for our firm and our clients, but it is also a source of competitive strength,” said Richard Hays, Alston & Bird managing partner. ”It makes us a stronger firm that can attract and retain top talent at all levels to better serve the needs of our clients, our people and our communities.”

The ranking is the result of an anonymous survey by Great Places to Work® of more than 137,000 women across multiple companies and industries. The survey looked at a range of issues – from the fairness of company promotions and level of support for employees’ personal lives, to how well represented women are within the workforce overall and in management and executive positions. The survey results all meet a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of error of 6.5 percent or less.

“We appreciate and take pride in the immense talents and contributions of our diverse workforce,” said Cathy Benton, Alston & Bird chief human resources officer. “We strive to put words into action and build a winning culture on the foundation of thoughtful policies, credible programs and open, transparent dialog.”

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

• Being recognized as one of Fortune’s 2016 “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” the 17th consecutive year that the firm has been singled out by the magazine for its exceptional workplace culture.

• 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, the 12th consecutive year that the firm has earned a perfect score for its commitment to LGBT workplace equality.

"There's a strong correlation between being able to talk openly with company executives and feeling like a workplace is fair," said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work®. "Traditionally, communication channels with leaders have been less available to women than to men. The Best Workplaces for Women do well at paving the way for those open dialogs, and as a result, women are more likely to feel they get fair consideration in their jobs and careers. Congratulations to these great companies. They are showing everyone how to create a Great Place to Work For ALL."

To see the complete 2016 Fortune 100 Best Workplaces for Women 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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