In a city as large and diverse as New York, corporations and individuals searching for top-notch legal representation have a lot to choose from. It makes sense, then, that the best firms have to think outside the box when it comes to client service – and Alston & Bird LLP is on the cutting edge. “Alston & Bird is consistently recognized for the level of excellence it delivers on a daily basis in satisfying its clients’ needs,” says partner and head of the NY office Aydin Caginalp. The firm’s success in satisfying its clients is attributed to “the broad, team-oriented approach to client service,” remarks Mark McElreath, co-leader of the firm’s Securities Practice Quality Team.
Unlike traditional firms whose attorneys are part and parcel of large departments, Alston & Bird’s lawyers are put together into focused teams that offer finely honed expertise to its broad range of clients. Its litigation attorneys, for example, are organized into a series of teams that focus on different areas – securities, bankruptcy, white collar, labor and employment and ERISA, to name a few.
The firm, which has some 700 attorneys in its five offices around the country, practices in virtually every area – from antitrust, financial services, health care, entertainment and new media to tax. But its philosophy and dedication to service means that every client’s needs are a priority, and relationship-building is a core part of what the firm is about. “To us, a client is not just one deal or a piece of litigation, they are a relationship,” says Mr. McElreath. “We approach our client relationships with this kind of partnership attitude, and truly try to find ways that we can provide value to the client and help them achieve their business goals.”
The firm’s results speak for themselves. Its transactional attorneys, for example, have completed some 500 M&A deals during the past five years; its real estate team has handled transactions in 48 states and provides day-to-day advice to some of the world’s largest developers and financial institutions. “It’s always reassuring to see the achievement of a client’s business plan, which was enhanced through our work,” says Aydin Caginalp, who, as chair of the firm’s entertainment and new media practice, has been named one of “The Best Lawyers in America®” along with partners Mr. McElreath, William Sterns, Edward Tanenbaum and John Cambria. Mr. Caginalp adds, “The most rewarding part of what we do involves refinement of our clients’ strategies within the context of legal concepts.”
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