Press Release February 16, 2018

Alston & Bird Named a Fortune “Best Workplace” for 19th Consecutive Year

Continuing a streak that began in 1999, Alston & Bird has once again been honored by Fortune magazine in its annual survey of America’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” – marking the 19th year in a row that the firm has been recognized nationally as a champion of corporate culture and workplace excellence.

“We have a strong, winning culture that is embedded in our firm’s DNA,” said Richard Hays, Alston & Bird managing partner. “Our culture sustains and reminds us that we are in this together and inspires everyone to do great work – work that makes a difference to our teams, our clients, and our communities.”

Now in its 21st year, the survey ranks the firm No. 79. As in prior years, Alston & Bird is one of only a handful of law firms recognized in the rankings.

Conducted in partnership with Great Place to Work®, the survey canvassed Alston & Bird employees across a number of areas that are key to a winning culture, including values, leadership, trust, and camaraderie. More than 860 people responded, with 92 percent saying the firm is a great place to work. The ranking accounted for the experiences of all employees across job levels, tenure, and demographic categories such as age, race, and gender.

“What makes this recognition so special year after year is that it’s determined by those who know us best: our people,” said Cathy Benton, Alston & Bird chief human resources officer. “We take tremendous pride in our people and are grateful to them for making Alston & Bird such an exceptional place to work.”

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

  • Recognition by Forbes as one of “America’s Best Employers,” the only law firm to be named by the publication in its 2017 survey of best places to work.
  • A top rating of 100 percent in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 “Corporate Equality Index,” which measures commitment to LGBTQ workplace equality, the 14th consecutive year that the firm has earned a perfect score.
  • Placement in Fortune’s 2017 survey of the “100 Best Workplaces for Women,” the third consecutive year the firm has been included in the rankings.

“The 2018 100 Best are true leaders,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “In the face of competition, change, and financial constraints, they consistently prioritize building the trust, pride, and camaraderie that fuels business performance. And they're doing it at scale for everyone, regardless of who they are or what they do for the organization.”

To see the complete 2018 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 its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small & Medium Companies, industries, and internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention, and stock performance. Follow Great Place to Work® online at and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.

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