By Elise Viebeck - 03/14/13 01:01 PM EDT
Alston & Bird boasts several former lawmakers, including Bob Dole, Blanche Lincoln, Billy Tauzin and Earl Pomeroy. Tom Scully, the former Medicare and Medicaid chief, is also a member of the practice.
Scully welcomed Elling, calling him "one of the most liked people on Capitol Hill."
"He will be a great addition to our bipartisan team, many of whom he has been friends with for years," Scully said in a statement.