Full Name
Cari Dawson
Job Title
Partner
Company
Alston & Bird LLP
Speaker Bio
Cari Dawson is a creative problem solver, legal strategist, and committed advocate. She chairs the Class Action & MDL Practice Team and has a winning track record defending Fortune 500 companies as lead counsel in high-profile enterprise litigation nationwide. Cari assists clients in the areas of commercial litigation, strategic counseling, and crisis management.

In 2019, Cari was named, for the fifth time, one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the U.S. by Benchmark Litigation. She is one of four litigators from Georgia highlighted by the publication, which noted: “Dawson has developed a practice defending hundreds of class actions in a variety of industry sectors.” In 2019, Cari was featured as one of Harvard Law School’s distinguished alumnae in an article highlighting her “grit, fearlessness, and flair for the creative.”

Cari has consistently been recognized by Chambers USA. In 2018, Cari was honored by the National Black Law Students Association with its Sadie T.M. Alexander Women in Leadership Award. In 2015, Cari was named one of the country’s “Most Influential Black Lawyers” by Savoy Magazine, and in 2014, she was named one of the “Most Powerful & Influential Women” by the National Diversity Council. In 2013, the National Law Journal named Cari one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” for her work as lead class action counsel in the Toyota Unintended Acceleration MDL.
Cari Dawson