Alston & Bird’s Lauren Giles, partner in the firm’s Financial Services & Products Group and co-leader of the Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technology Team, has been named to Emory University Alumni Association’s “40 Under Forty” class of 2019.
An Emory University graduate who received her B.A. in 2003, Giles counsels clients in the payments industry on mission-critical issues, including mobile payments, card issuing and processing, and blockchain technology.
As highlighted by the university in announcing its honorees: “Giles believes in saying yes to every opportunity, and if she didn’t follow that motto, she might not be where she is right now.”
In its profile of Giles, Emory makes note of her travels to Panama to study Spanish for two years, followed by her work on a Panama-based Smithsonian research project and a sustainable development initiative. After that, Giles landed a White House internship, then attended the New York University School of Law, where she earned her J.D. in 2008.
Based in Alston & Bird’s Atlanta office, Giles is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and mentors young attorneys who are first-generation college graduates. In her free time, she races gravel bikes with Atlanta’s Team Sorella Cycling, an all-female club named USA Cycling’s “2019 Women’s Club of the Year.”
Emory University’s annual “40 Under Forty” awards program spotlights selected alumni who have made a significant impact in business, research, leadership, public service, and/or philanthropic endeavors. The 2019 winners were selected from hundreds of nominees, representing the best in achievement and service across the diverse and influential Emory alumni community.