Cari Dawson, Alston & Bird partner and leader of the firm’s Class Action & Multidistrict Litigation Team, has been recognized as one of the country’s top female litigators by Benchmark Litigation, the fourth time she has been honored by the publication as a standout in her field.
Dawson was named to the publication’s 2018 edition of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation,” which honors the achievements of female litigators nationwide. She is one of only four female litigators from the state of Georgia highlighted by Benchmark Litigation.
As noted by the publication: “These women have earned their place amongst the leading female litigators by participating in some of the most impactful litigation matters in recent history as well as by earning the hard-won respect of their peers and clients. Though they hail from widely different practice areas, they all share the distinction of being recognized as top players in their respective fields.”
Dawson represents clients in complex litigation matters, including serving on the lead counsel team representing Wendy's in defense of a customer data breach lawsuit. She also is lead class action defense counsel for Porsche Cars North America, Inc., and Porsche AG in multidistrict litigation in the Volkswagen “clean diesel” MDL and lead class action defense counsel to Mazda in multidistrict litigation following widely publicized vehicle recalls relating to allegedly defective Takata airbags. She is co-lead class action defense counsel to The Home Depot in multidistrict litigation stemming from a major cyber intrusion and data breach and co-lead counsel for Noramco Inc. in the National Prescription Opiate MDL in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
This is the most recent recognition earned by Dawson, who also serves as co-chair of Alston & Bird’s Diversity Committee. Earlier this year, she was honored by the National Black Law Students Association with its prestigious “Sadie T. M. Alexander Women in Leadership Award.” She has also been recognized by the Georgia Diversity Council as one of the state’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.