Considered a Complex Commercial Litigation Powerhouse by BTI, our trial lawyers help companies protect their rights and interests, whether in the courtroom or at the negotiating table. We manage complex, commercial litigation matters with your business objectives in mind, finding the most efficient solutions and helping you succeed.
Alston & Bird's trial lawyers successfully defend and prosecute "bet-the-company" and other high-stakes commercial lawsuits around the country. We have trial lawyers in each of our nine U.S. offices, from New York to Atlanta to Dallas to California, and dozens of our lawyers have been recognized by Chambers, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers magazine.
Our clients value our results, and many of the most respected companies in the world have retained our commercial trial lawyers to protect their business rights and interests, including iconic brands like The Coca-Cola Company, Dell Inc., Nokia, Toyota and UPS, to name just a few. To efficiently manage complex, commercial litigation matters and address the burdens imposed by electronic document discovery, we have developed a Special Resources Group that expertly handles electronic discovery and document review at a fraction of outside consultant or standard litigation costs. We practice our craft and hone our trial and appellate persuasion skills in our state-of-the art mock courtroom, which we use to practice oral arguments, simulate witness examinations and test trial themes with focus groups.
We also utilize in-house certified public accountants with substantial experience in the financial sector. Our accountants regularly assist our trial lawyers with forensic accounting matters and damages analyses, further fueling our reputation for providing first-class client service.
We know clients want results, not just billable hours of effort. We are strong proponents of risk/reward relationships and aggressively seek to partner with our clients in creative alternative-fee arrangements. We therefore offer discounted rates with reward factors, flat fees, flat fees for stages of litigation, capped fees, blended rates, contingency fees and combinations of these alternative-fee arrangements.
Ranked in the 2014 BTI Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms report published by BTI Consulting.
The American Lawyer's 2012 list of “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies” recognized Alston & Bird among the top 10 law firms in the country.
Our more than 350 litigators have handled cases in all 50 states and are featured prominently in the 2015 BTI Litigation Outlook. Among the firm’s groups receiving special acknowledgement in the 2015 edition are Class Action, Intellectual Property Litigation, Securities and Financial Litigation and Complex Commercial Litigation. The 2015 findings were based on 300 new one-on-one telephone interviews with decision-makers at top-spending companies; it also draws on more than 4,000 interviews conducted over the span of 14 years, giving it a robust historical context.
BTI’s Survey of Litigation Counsel 2010 ranked Alston & Bird as one of the few “Most Feared Litigation Firms” and a “Strongly Recommended Law Firm for Litigation.”
For the past several years, Corporate Counsel magazine has named Alston & Bird among the Top 10 law firms in the country mentioned by corporate counsel as their “go-to law firm” for litigation.
As the AmLaw Litigation Daily wrote in 2010, “What gives? Everywhere we look these days, it seems like we see Alston & Bird.”
Represented a textile manufacturer against a component supplier alleging breach of warranty and breach of contract resulting from the defendant’s sale of defective component goods used in our client’s manufacturing process. After a three-week jury trial, our client won a $70.1 million verdict including substantial damages for the replacement of defective goods and lost profits from the discontinuation of the affected product line.
Retained shortly before trial as lead trial counsel to Dell in an eight-week jury trial in civil district court in Orleans Parish, Louisiana, where the plaintiffs sought more than $5 billion in damages under claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of contract, detrimental reliance and unjust enrichment arising out of Dell’s sale of city-wide wireless video surveillance systems deployed for the detection of crime. The jury awarded the plaintiffs less than 0.2 percent of the requested damages. The award was further reduced post-trial.
Represented Mohawk Industries, Inc. in the Northern District of Georgia in litigation alleging violations of federal witness tampering statutes. After the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, we obtained complete dismissal of all claims on summary judgment.
Served as lead counsel for wireless handset manufacturer Nokia Corporation in four separate ITC investigations between Nokia and Apple Inc., as well as three litigations in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, as part of the world’s largest patent war. Dubbed the “smartphone smackdown” by the media, the war involved more than 48 patents-at-issue. In June of 2011, Apple called a truce following the reversal of an administrative law judge’s decision by the ITC. Apple agreed to make a payment to Nokia, and will pay future royalties for the use of Nokia smartphone technology. A Thomson Reuters reporter commented that “Alston has matched Apple’s firepower at each stage of the fight, which entailed claims and counterclaims on more than three dozen Apple and Nokia patents.”
Represented Norit Americas Inc., a manufacturer of activated carbon products used to control pollution, in pursuing theft of trade secrets and breach of contract claims against a partner-turned-competitor, resulting in a $37.9 million award, in addition to a continuing royalty stream, after a lengthy arbitration.