Dawn is a Buncombe County, North Carolina native and a 1996 summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina-Asheville, where she earned the Ruth Feldman Outstanding Scholar Award; membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society; and a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in history. After three years in management for a Gannett newspaper in North Carolina, Dawn attended the University of Georgia’s School of Law, where she graduated cum laude in 2003. Dawn was a member and executive notes editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law; her student research on music piracy and intellectual property issues is published at 10 JIPL 173 (2003). During law school, Dawn enjoyed freelancing as a music journalist and music reviewer for Flagpole Magazine in Athens, Georgia.
Dawn was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2003, and is admitted to practice in all Georgia courts, as well as the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia. Her law practice since 2003 has centered on all aspects of local governmental affairs, with an emphasis on civil rights litigation, employment relations and litigation, and serving as counsel to constitutional officers. Since associating with Adams, Jordan & Herrington in 2009, Dawn has enjoyed bringing her strong written advocacy skills to bear on behalf of individuals seriously injured as a result of medical negligence, defective products, unsafe premises, and automobile collisions.
Dawn remains interested in music and the film industry, and devotes time and pro bono service to animal legal and welfare organizations. Dawn and her sound professional husband share their home in Spalding County with their three children and an assemblage of geriatric and special needs canines.
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