Alston & Bird LLP today announced that Cari K. Dawson, a partner in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group and chair of its class action practice, has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal, one of the most respected legal publications in the country. Ms. Dawson was lauded for her work representing leading international automobile manufacturer Toyota as lead counsel in the economic loss class actions in the Unintended Acceleration (UA) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) pending in the Central District of California. “Charged with defending against the economic-damages portion of hundreds of claims, she reduced Toyota’s exposure by persuading the judge to limit the proposed nationwide class to consumers in only three states,” the publication noted.
The National Law Journal list was chosen by the publication’s editors, aided by nominations from the legal community and research by its reporting staff. Thought leadership, results, media reach and political connections were all key factors in determining a group of national lawyers that The National Law Journal deems law’s “power elite.”
“I am very pleased, but not surprised, that Cari has been included in this prestigious group,” said Alston & Bird Managing Partner Richard Hays. “She has worked diligently her entire career for clients across the nation, and it is fitting for her to be recognized for those efforts and the results she has achieved for her clients.”
The National Law Journal’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers” list was last compiled in 2006.
About Cari K. Dawson
Cari Dawson is the chair of the class action practice team for Alston & Bird’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group. She concentrates her practice on complex litigation matters, with particular focus on class action defense. She has an established track record of successfully defending clients as lead counsel in high-profile enterprise litigation throughout the United States. Most recently Ms. Dawson served as lead counsel for the economic loss class actions in one of the largest product liability MDLs in the country. Her practice includes not only class actions but also includes business tort litigation, client counseling and strategic planning.
Ms. Dawson is a frequent lecturer and author on the defense of class actions and commercial litigation, and she has been extensively recognized by various publications for her work in this area. For the past several years she has been named to the list of “The Best Lawyers in America” in the area of commercial litigation. In 2011, she was named to the “45 Under 45” list of remarkable women lawyers by The American Lawyer, and in 2012, the John M. Langston Bar Association named her “Corporate Counsel of the Year” and Benchmark Litigation named her one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation,” one of only three women recognized in Georgia. In 2013, she was honored in Women Looking Ahead News Magazine’s Law and Justice Issue as the 2013 Woman of the Year.