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). A lifelong fan of live music, Dawn enjoyed freelancing as a music journalist and music reviewer for Flagpole Magazine in Athens, Georgia during her law school years.
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 and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. 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 advising constitutional officers. Since associating with Adams, Jordan & Herrington in 2009, Dawn has enjoyed bringing her sharp written advocacy skills to bear on behalf of individuals seriously injured as a result of medical negligence, defective products, unsafe premises, and catastrophic collisions.
Dawn remains interested in music and the film industry, and devotes volunteer time and pro bono service to animal welfare and legal organizations. Dawn and her sound/film production professional husband share their home with their three active children and an assemblage of rescued geriatric and special needs canines.
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