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.
Cari was named one of the top female litigators in the United States by Benchmark Litigation in the publication’s 2018 edition of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation.” She is one of four litigators from the state of Georgia highlighted by Benchmark Litigation. The publication offered the following commentary: “Dawson has developed a practice defending hundreds of class actions in a variety of industry sectors.”
Cari has consistently been recognized by Chambers USA. In 2018, Cari was honored by the National Black Law Students Association, who recognized her 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—one of the largest MDLs in U.S. history.
- Harvard University (J.D., 1993)
- Princeton University (A.B., 1990)
Bar Admissions : Georgia
- Atlanta Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- National Bar Association
- The Defense Research Institute
- International Association of Defense Counsel
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