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Directory Year: 2021

Alston & Bird LLP - Atlanta, Georgia

Diversity & Inclusion

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Diversity Chair

Diversity Chair Prefix Ms.
Diversity Chair First Name Angela
Diversity Chair Last Name James

Diversity Contact Information

Diversity Contact Prefix Mr.
Diversity Contact First Name Ricardo
Diversity Contact Last Name Corporan
Link to your organization's diversity website

Recruitment methods

Which of the following methods do you use to increase the presence and retention of under-represented groups? (Check all that apply) Diversity job fairs
Outreach to law student groups
Formal mentoring efforts
Recruit at schools with large minority populations
Bar-sponsored programs
Firm diversity committee
Recruit at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Alston & Bird and part of the firm’s strategic plan.  We believe that a diverse law firm is critical to providing the quality of legal services our clients expect, to preserving our core values, and to nurturing our rich culture.  We take this commitment to diversity seriously. 

Our unique culture is enhanced through diversity of not only race and gender, but members of the LGBTQ+ community, generational differences, cultural differences, and talented people of varying backgrounds and experiences.  Accordingly, the firm focuses on recruiting, mentoring, training, retaining and promoting diverse attorneys. 

In order to provide leadership, structure, and accountability for these efforts, the firm has had a formal diversity committee structure, programs, and initiatives for over 20 years.  Alston & Bird has the following standing Diversity & Inclusion Committees:

  • National Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee
  • Nine Regional Diversity & Inclusion Committees
  • National Women’s Initiative Steering Committee
  • Nine Regional Women’s Initiative Committees
  • Connecting Through Diversity Committee


This committee structure and our diversity & inclusion efforts are led by the firm’s first full-time Diversity & Inclusion Partner, Angela Payne James.  The firm’s D&I efforts focus on four areas: recruiting, retention, advancement, and promoting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the firm.

Non-discrimination policy

Consistent with its obligations as an equal opportunity employer, Alston & Bird strives to provide all attorneys and staff with a professional workplace that is free from discriminatory harassment by attorneys, staff, supervisors, coworkers, clients, vendors or other third parties.  Alston & Bird’s Anti-Harassment and Professional Conduct Policy strictly prohibits all forms of harassment including slurs, jokes, or other verbal, graphic, or physical acts that demean someone’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, disability, or veteran status.  Engagement in any form of prohibited harassment is considered a form of misconduct and may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of one’s employment or partnership.  Furthermore, the firm may seek legal redress against anyone who engages in prohibited harassment, including attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by the firm as a result of such activities.  The process and procedures for the reporting and investigation of harassment and/or discrimination are lined out in Alston & Bird’s Firm Manual.  These procedures include obligatory reporting by all attorneys and staff who are being harassed or are aware that someone else has been or is being harassed so the firm can become aware of and work to resolve the matters.

Diversity fellowships or scholarships

Does your organization or office sponsor/offer a Diversity Fellowship or Scholarship? No
If yes, is the program open to
Please provide a brief description of the program

While the firm does not have a diversity scholarship, we are engaged in efforts to promote racial justice in our broader community.  As the country continues to grapple with the challenge of ending systemic racism, we have been thinking carefully and creatively about what we can do as individuals and as a firm to support the ongoing fight for racial justice in this country.  As lawyers and those who support the legal profession, we feel it is particularly important to advance the legal work of those fighting for racial justice on a daily basis.  Accordingly, last year, we created the Alston & Bird Racial Justice Fund which will be used to sponsor a 2021 Equal Justice Works (EJW) fellowship focused on high impact and long-lasting racial justice work. 

Affinity group information

Does your organization or office have affinity groups? No
If yes, please describe your affinity groups below

While the firm does not have formal affinity groups, the firm has informal groups that include, but are not limited to, the following: Women of Color Attorneys, Asian-American Attorneys, African-American Attorneys, Hispanic Attorneys, and LGBTQ+ Attorneys.  These groups share information, create support, and meet periodically to facilitate networking and mentoring opportunities.