Cari Dawson, Alston & Bird partner and leader of the firm’s Class Action Team, has been recognized as one of the top female litigators in the United States by Benchmark Litigation.
Dawson was named to the publication’s 2017 edition of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation,” which honors the achievements of female litigators nationwide. She is one of only five female litigators from the state of Georgia highlighted by Benchmark Litigation.
This is the third time Dawson has been recognized by the publication, which offered the following commentary: “Dawson has developed a practice defending hundreds of class actions in a variety of industry sectors. Peers praise Dawson's work stating ‘it's impeccable. Her methods, her guidance…it never fails.’ From policyholder class-action defense to high-exposure claims and bad faith defense, she continues to add to her successful track record on high-profile disputes.”
Dawson represents clients in complex litigation matters, including serving as lead class action defense counsel to Porsche Cars North America, Inc. and Porsche AG in multidistrict litigation in the Volkswagen “clean diesel” MDL. She also serves as lead class action defense counsel to Mazda in multidistrict litigation following widely publicized vehicle recalls relating to allegedly defective Takata airbags, as well as co-lead class action defense counsel to The Home Depot in multidistrict litigation stemming from a major cyber intrusion and data breach.
Dawson – who also serves as co-chair of the Alston & Bird’s Diversity Committee – has also been recognized by the Georgia Diversity Council as one of Georgia’s “Most Powerful and Influential Women” and by The National Law Journal as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” based on her role as lead class action defense counsel to Toyota in the Toyota Unintended Acceleration MDL, one of the largest multidistrict litigations in U.S. history.
Benchmark Litigation is the definitive guide for leading litigation firms and attorneys and is the only publication to focus exclusively on litigation in the U.S. The publication determines top firms and attorney rankings according to extensive research of recent casework, coverage, opinions, and interviews with clients and peers.