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McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP 
Size of Organization: 445
Year Established: 1939
Main Office: Atlanta, Georgia

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McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) is an international law firm with more than 575 attorneys and public policy advisors in 13 offices and 11 markets. The firm is uniquely positioned at the intersection of law, business and government, representing clients in the areas of complex litigation, corporate law, energy, environment, family wealth, finance, government contracts, health care, infrastructure, insurance, intellectual property, public policy, real estate, and technology.

Our Value Proposition

MLA's lawyers and unique blend of other professionals convert changes and challenges into opportunities and solutions for our clients. We understand our clients and their need for results. We are innovative. We are strategic. We are tactical. Efficiently meeting our clients' goals defines our success.

Firm History at a Glance

MLA was formed by the 2002 merger of two firms - the Washington, DC-based McKenna & Cuneo and the Atlanta-based Long Aldridge & Norman. In 2012, California-based Luce Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP combined with MLA. The 2012 merger strengthened MLA's California foothold and increased Luce Forward's national and international presence. The integrated resources and leveraged capabilities of the combined firm place it among the top 70 largest law firms in the U.S.; and in California, among the 20 largest firms, and the third largest real estate practice.


MLA's clients include Fortune 500 corporations, top government contractors, private corporations, small and medium size companies, government agencies and officials, non-profits, and high net worth individuals.

MLA's diverse range of services fall into three broad categories: transactional, litigation and government/regulatory.

Transactional Services

Our transactional legal services are offered in three areas: Corporate, Real Estate and Debt Restructuring and Bankruptcy. MLA's traditional Corporate practice ranges from day-to-day counseling to mergers & acquisitions to tax planning. Additionally, we assist clients with conducting internal investigations and creating governance and regulatory compliance programs. The Corporate teams focus on helping clients meet their business objectives, while minimizing legal costs and complications. We have a vigorous and dynamic commercial real estate practice that focuses on the representation of developers and entrepreneurs but also includes representation of numerous institutional lenders and investors. Our commercial real estate lawyers have multi-disciplinary experience that spans the spectrum of real estate development, investment and finance. Our debt restructuring lawyers represent a range of investment banks, special servicers and other banking institutions in problem loans. We structure and consummate workouts of all different types, from traditional economic restructurings, to collateral recovery or "liquidation" workouts, to "prepackaged bankruptcy plans" as well as representing our clients in foreclosure receivership and other remedy enforcement matters.

Litigation Services

MLA's Litigation practice offers experience, depth and high degrees of specialization in a variety of areas, including Product Liability and Toxic Torts, White Collar Crime and Commercial Business. Our litigation experience derives from our strong background in corporate and regulatory law. Our depth means that we handle anything from routine commercial disputes in local courts to high-profile cases in the highest state and federal appellate courts.

Governmental and Regulatory Services

Our third major area of practice encompasses all the diverse ways in which business interacts with government. Our Regulatory attorneys assist clients with matters involving governmental bodies in the U.S. and Europe. Our Government Contracts practice was the first of its kind and continues as the country's leading practice in the field. Our work in this area focuses on clients who provide the government with highly-technical, sophisticated and complex products and systems. Our Government Affairs professionals provide legislative and regulatory counsel on behalf of clients who have issues with local, state and federal governments. We also have capabilities in highly specialized areas, ranging from environmental to food and drug to intellectual property and technology to international law.

Statement of Practice Summary:
General Litigation and Appellate Practice before Federal and State Courts and Regulatory Agencies; Aerospace and Defense; Chemicals; Commercial Litigation; Compliance and Investigations; Construction and Engineering; Corporate; Distressed Transactions Workouts and Bankruptcy; Economic Stimulus; Employee Benefits; Energy; Environment and Product Regulation; Estate Planning and Administration; Finance; Financial Restructurings and Bankruptcy; Financial Services; Global Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships; Government Contracts; Government Relations; Healthcare; Immigration; Intellectual Property and Patent Law; International Law and Transactions; Labor and Employment; Life Sciences and Public Health Preparedness; Mergers and Acquisitions; Nanotechnology; Payments; Political Law; Public Finance; Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs; Real Estate; Supply Chain Management; Tax; Tax-Exempt Organizations; Technology; Toxic Tort; Products Liability; Transportation; White Collar Crime.


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