ALFA International is a global network of independent law firms. Founded in l980, ALFA International is the oldest legal network and remains one of the largest and strongest. The ALFA organization is comprised of 132 member firms with 85 members in the United States and 47 members in Canada, Latin America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. The ALFA reach is a broad one. In the United States, ALFA members maintain offices in 95 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas.
ALFA’s member firms endeavor to provide their regional, national, and international clients with outstanding legal services at reasonable costs. Member firms supplement their own expertise and resources with those of other members. ALFA clients have the benefit of a geographically comprehensive network of exceptional law firms, thereby avoiding the pitfalls of retaining counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions. Clients also enjoy access to an unparalleled collection of seminars, reference materials, and other client-focused programs.
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Outstanding Member Firms - ALFA law firms are among the very best within their legal communities. Great care is taken in the application and selection process to insure that the ALFA law firm in each city is an excellent representative of the organization. All member firms’ service to ALFA clients is closely monitored. Each firm must consistently contribute to ALFA’s wide range of activities.
Experienced Trial Counsel - ALFA was originally formed as a network of trial attorneys. To this day, ALFA firms pride themselves on the experience and expertise of their trial lawyers. Most of our firms are well-stocked with former U.S. Attorneys, district attorneys, public defenders, and administrative agency counsel. Many of our trial lawyers have gained election to prestigious national trial advocacy organizations.
General Practice Capabilities - While ALFA member firms were historically driven by their trial work, the vast majority have developed broad-based general practices. Moreover, all ALFA firms admitted to membership since 2000 are full-service law firms, capable of servicing virtually every legal need for their corporate clients. Full-service capability will continue to be a prerequisite for all new membership searches.
Willingness to Handle Smaller Matters - ALFA member firms recognize that client relationships often take considerable time to build and frequently begin with minor engagements. Our firms have always demonstrated a willingness to “start small” with new clients and invest the time and resources to build client confidence and satisfaction.
Cost-Effective Services - Our member firms fully understand that today’s in-house corporate counsel are under increasing pressure to contain outside counsel fees. ALFA law firms strive to provide cost-effective legal services. Our members are generally managed in a conservative style, eschewing costly expansions and highly speculative investments. This cost-conscious approach is also applied to fee structures and other client charges.
Retention of Counsel in Unfamiliar Jurisdictions - The ALFA legal network provides clients with the ability to quickly retain experienced counsel in distant, unfamiliar jurisdictions. ALFA member firms maintain offices in 95 of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas and in many important business centers throughout the World. When an ALFA firm receives a referral from a fellow member, utmost attention is devoted to the matter since the receiving firm’s reputation throughout the network is at stake.
Resource Pooling - By retaining an ALFA law firm, clients are retaining the services of many other excellent law firms throughout the U.S. and the World. ALFA firms assist fellow members on a regular basis, exchanging non-privileged legal research, consulting on trial and transaction strategies, providing advice on judges and expert witnesses, and otherwise helping fellow members to better serve ALFA clients.
Educational Programs - Many ALFA clients believe that our educational programs are the hallmark of the organization. The excellence of these programs is matched only by their variety. ALFA conducts numerous multi-day seminars per year as well as periodic one-day regional programs. ALFA clients participate in these events as both attendees and speakers, and these programs provide clients with the opportunity to interact with ALFA lawyers and client peers. Our tele-seminar program presents several 90-minute presentations each year which focus on timely issues impacting in-house counsel and managers. ALFA’s many Practice Groups publish a wide range of legal reference materials, including seminar coursebooks, compendia, digests, and 50-state surveys.
About ALFA Firms With 125 prominent law firms located in 37 countries, ALFA International is the one global legal network that corporate counsels turn to for effective and value focused legal advice, strategy and solutions. Founded in 1980, ALFA has been an ongoing and active legal network working directly with corporate counsel longer than any other legal network. ALFA member firms are not the largest firms in their respective jurisdictions, nor do their fees reflect the highest billable rates, but ALFA member law firms provide unsurpassed legal expertise where and when businesses require this assistance.
ALFA firms are focused on progressive client service, superior legal insight and real business value.
The Practice Groups that comprise ALFA International are the "heart and soul" of the organization. Virtually every ALFA lawyer belongs to at least one Practice Group. Attorneys from across the United States and around the globe bring their expertise and focus to a particular legal area or a specifc industry. This leads to a robust and valuable client experience gaining insight into best practices and important solutions to complex multi-juristictional issues. Most of ALFA's current programs and other initiatives are driven by the Practice Groups.
Each Practice Group focuses on a particular subject matter area of law. At the present time ALFA operates thirteen Practice Groups. Other potential Practice Groups are under consideration. The current roster includes:
Practice Groups: - Bankruptcy - Business Litigation - Construction - Employee Benefits - Health Care - Insurance - Intellectual Property & Technology - International Law - Labor & Employment - Product Liability - Retail - Transportation - Workers' Compensation