Alston & Bird LLP

Cari K Dawson

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Complex litigation matters with particular focus on defense of class actions and multidistrict litigation nationwide. Experienced strategist and creative problem solver for corporations facing crises.


Chair, firm’s Class Action and MDL Practice Team. Served as lead class counsel defending Toyota in the Unintended Acceleration MDL, Mazda in the Takata Airbag MDL, Porsche in the Clean Diesel MDL, and Home Depot in the Data Breach MDL. One of National Law Journal’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America”.


Lecturer and author on defense of class actions and multidistrict litigation.


Harvard University (J.D., 1993); Princeton University (A.B., 1990).