With a newborn and a 3-year-old, Beasley Allen lawyer Dana Taunton knew her days of work-related travel needed a switch-up. It just so happened that as Dana’s family was growing, Beasley Allen was as well, providing her the perfect opportunity to carve a niche for herself at the firm and spend more time with her children.
“Through the grace of God, the timing ended up being perfect,” Dana said. “It was becoming more and more difficult for the attorneys to piece together a well-crafted, succinct brief while they were on the road, so this role was developed to meet the firm’s needs and my needs.”
Dana now leads the team that handles brief writing for Beasley Allen’s Personal Injury and Product Liability Section and is the section’s lead appellant attorney. “Any complex briefing that needs to be done, we do it — from oppositions to summary judgments, defending our experts to complex discovery issues. We run the whole gamut of brief writing,” she says.
It was unexpected, but turned out to be the perfect fit, which seems to be a theme in Dana’s career. She originally intended to become a federal agent after attending law school, but found a better fit in practicing law.
Prior to joining Beasley Allen, Dana worked for a prominent defense firm and had a brief stint with the State of Alabama Attorney General’s Office. She joined the firm in 1998 and has handled complex business and commercial litigation and products liability and personal injury litigation for the firm.
A past president of the Alabama State Bar Women’s Section, Dana has been actively involved with the organization for years. “It is an important section as, I believe, women still face unique challenges,” Dana explained. “The section promotes programs designed to help women through these challenges — from balancing family and work to providing mentors for young female attorneys just starting practice. It also highlights women who have been trailblazers for other women in the legal profession.”
In addition, she is a member of the Alabama Association for Justice (ALAJ), where she serves on the AMICUS Committee and on the editorial board for ALAJ Magazine; American Association for Justice; Montgomery County Bar Association; Montgomery County Association for Justice; Alabama State Bar; and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.
Dana, who loves “any and all sports,” recently began adventure racing, which combines trail running, trail biking, kayaking, etc. through unmarked wilderness. She is married to Derrick Taunton, and they have two daughters, Betsie and Abigail.