Press Release May 27, 2021

Jody Hunt Named 2021 Alumnus of the Year by Samford University

Alston & Bird senior counsel Jody Hunt has been recognized by Samford University as its “2021 Alumnus of the Year.”

Hunt, who is a member of Alston & Bird’s Litigation Group, where he assist clients in addressing government regulatory and litigation matters, recently served as assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division and chief of staff to the attorney general. 

Before his appointment as assistant attorney general, Hunt served as the director of the Civil Division’s Federal Programs Branch, where he supervised the government’s efforts on high-profile litigation matters involving national security, constitutional challenges, agency rulemaking, government information, congressional oversight, and foreign affairs.

Prior to his government positions, he worked in private practice, where he conducted corporate investigations and coordinated nationwide class actions. He also clerked for the Honorable James H. Hancock of the Northern District of Alabama. 

Hunt, who was valedictorian of his class, received his bachelor of science degree in public administration from Samford’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences in 1982. He earned a master of arts from Florida State University in 1984 and his juris doctor from Columbia University Law School in 1989.
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