ATLANTA (January 16, 2014) — The national law firm of Alston & Bird LLP is pleased to announce today that is has been ranked 40 on FORTUNE’s 2014 “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. Alston & Bird is the first and only law firm to be listed for 15 consecutive years. The list, now in its 17th year, recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures.

“This year’s ranking is a milestone accomplishment for the firm,” said Richard R. Hays, managing partner of Alston & Bird. “It highlights our commitment to the firm’s core values and growth while improving our internal processes and productivity, which combined enables us to add significant value for our clients. Being recognized as a consistent leader of FORTUNE's Best Companies to Work For over the past 15 years is a testament to our talented people, strong client partnerships and combined successes.”

Alston & Bird was commended for the firm’s longstanding reputation of employee volunteerism and promotion of both a healthy work-life balance and collaborative working environment.

“At Alston & Bird, we put our people first,” said Cathy Benton, chief human resources officer at Alston & Bird and leader of the FORTUNE submission through the years. “We pride ourselves on creating an environment where people can do their best and most productive work; a place where people want to come every day; where they feel they do important work for clients; and where they truly enjoy the people they work with.”

To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America; 259 firms participated in this year's survey.

More than 277,000 employees at those companies responded to a survey created by the institute, a global research and consulting firm operating in 45 countries around the world. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management's credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie.

The other third is based on responses to the institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts. After evaluations are completed, if news about a company comes to light that may significantly damage employees' faith in management, it may be excluded from the list.

Any company that is at least five years old and has more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible. 

To see the complete 2014 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, visit

About Alston & Bird

With more than 800 attorneys, Alston & Bird is a leading national AmLaw 50 firm. The firm’s core practice areas are intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with national industry focuses that include financial services, technology, health care, manufacturing, life sciences and energy. The firm has built a reputation as one of the country’s best employers, appearing on FORTUNE magazine’s ranking of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” 15 consecutive years, an unprecedented accomplishment among law firms in the United States. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Research Triangle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. For more information on Alston & Bird, please visit

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work® is a global consulting and management training firm specializing in workplace excellence and development of high-trust organizational cultures. Its proprietary research tool, the Trust Index© Employee Survey, is taken by over 10 million employees in 45 countries annually. Leading companies worldwide apply its Model® to increase the levels of trust across their organizations and drive business results. Annually, Great Place to Work® produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list and the Great Place to Work® Best Small and Medium Workplaces list. Follow Great Place to Work® online at and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.