Long before she started practicing law at Beasley Allen, Alison “Ali” Hawthorne, a Kennesaw, Georgia, native, had the desire to help populations vulnerable to the schemes and deception of others. She has been a natural fit for carrying out Beasley Allen’s mission – “helping those who need it most.”
Ali has worked in law firms since she was 16 years old. Even as a teenager, she appreciated the unique opportunities lawyers have to help a wide range of clients fight for justice.
“I realized there are people in our country with circumstances far beyond their control, and lawyers are some of the only professionals that can fight for them when they cannot fight for themselves,” Ali said.
As a lawyer in the firm’s Consumer Fraud Section, Ali has helped people fight the unfair and deceptive business practices of greedy companies attempting to pad their bottom line.
She is particularly proud of her work on the national litigation challenging exorbitantly inflated prescription drug prices charged by some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the nation. These pharmaceutical giants used fraudulent billing practices to rob states and their Medicaid agencies. Lawyers like Ali have recovered billions of taxpayer dollars, returning it to the states and the agencies providing services to vulnerable residents. As a result, pharmaceutical manufacturers have completely changed the way they conduct business with states and their Medicaid agencies.
Additionally, Ali has been instrumental in efforts to curb the fraudulent and misleading product marketing that runs rampant in the health care and cosmetics industries. Such marketing gimmicks can cost hard working consumers time and money when products do not live up to the marketing hype.
“I am humbled by the opportunity I have at Beasley Allen to take on giant companies that have taken advantage of our clients and to restore some of what they lost,” Ali said.
Ali’s passion for serving those in need is evident in the causes she supports. She is especially inspired by the work of Brantwood Children’s Home, a local organization providing a safe, stable and structured environment for abused, neglected and other at-risk children. Through her role on various volunteer boards that support the organization, Ali has seen first-hand the impact it has on children’s lives and is impressed by how the organization’s administration and staff maintain the services with limited public funding.
At one time, Ali enjoyed spontaneous weekend trips and watching long movies with her husband, Ray. Now the two enjoy quality time with their 15-month-old son, Jack, and are excited to welcome their second child later this year – when family outings to nearby Lake Martin will be more important than ever.