Best Lawyers’ 2022 Business Edition featured four female powerhouse lawyers from Beasley Allen law firm in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama. The four female attorneys were recognized seven times across the magazine’s many different awards lists for stellar accomplishments in their legal fields. These award-winning attorneys attribute their accomplishments, in part, to the excellent environment for success and inclusivity that is cultivated at Beasley Allen law firm.
We understand the importance of diversity in leadership roles – in the firm and nationally. We empower our female attorneys to overcome obstacles and use their outstanding intelligence and drive to affect positive change in the world. That’s why the firm has been recognized as a leading workplace for women.
Tom Methvin, Beasley Allen Managing Attorney
Leigh O’Dell was recognized in the Best Lawyers 2022 Women in the Law list for her outstanding work in three categories: Health Care, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, and Personal Injury Litigation. O’Dell practices in Beasley Allen’s Mass Torts Section. She serves as Co-Lead Counsel in In re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Liability Litigation, a federal multidistrict litigation involving 35,000 women who are suffering or dying from ovarian cancer. O’Dell is a trailblazer in litigation for women’s health-related issues, having represented injured women in talcum powder, transvaginal mesh, and Gardasil litigation.
It is a privilege to stand on the front lines of the battle for women’s health and safety. I am grateful for the opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder with my Beasley Allen colleagues to stand up to massive, exploitative corporations and demand justice for these women.
Alyssa Baskam was recognized in the Best Lawyers 2022 Women in the Law list for her exceptional accomplishments in Product Liability Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation. Baskam practices in the Personal Injury/Products Liability Section of the Beasley Allen Atlanta office. She specializes in cases involving product defects, commercial vehicles, and catastrophic injuries. Baskam has helped hold numerous automakers responsible for the negligent or wanton design of their vehicles, including by securing over $300 million in verdicts and settlements. Before practicing law, she volunteered as a suicide and crisis hotline responder. She learned through that experience that helping people through the hardest moments of their lives was how she wanted to spend hers.
I am grateful to work for a firm like Beasley Allen. My perspective as a female trial lawyer is respected. In many ways, Beasley Allen sees more potential in me than I see in myself, and that trust and confidence in me has grown my practice in ways I could never have imagined when I first started out.
Stephanie Monplaisir was recognized in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2022 Women in the Law list for her impressive feats in both Personal Injury and Product Liability Litigation. Monplaisir practices in the firm’s Personal Injury & Products Liability Section, where she handles complex litigation and appellate proceedings involving automobiles, heavy equipment, and consumer products. She has helped secure over $200 million in verdicts and settlements. She helped obtain a $151 million verdict against Ford after her client was paralyzed while riding in a 1998 Ford Explorer that failed to meet the manufacturer’s own safety guidelines.
I consider myself lucky to have litigated alongside some of the best trial attorneys in the country. Jere Beasley and Greg Allen have taught me how to lead and litigate with integrity. I was most fortunate to start my career at Beasley Allen, working with Dana Taunton, a 25-year veteran litigator. She gave me great advice. She said, “Being a great lawyer is all about relationships.” The relationships I have developed with other brilliant and talented women at Beasley Allen have had an immeasurable impact on my professional and personal success. Beasley Allen is a place where we feel free to share our ideas, our successes, and our failures – all with the purpose of building each other up. Now that I am 11 years into my practice, Beasley Allen is a place where I can pay the mentorship I received forward to the new generation of women lawyers.
Brittany Scott was recognized in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2022 Women in the Law list for her extraordinary work in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions. Scott practices in the Mass Torts Section of Beasley Allen law firm in Atlanta, where she combines her passions for health, medicine, and law to help victims obtain justice after life-altering injuries. She helped secure jury awards totaling $200 million in three talcum powder cases related to ovarian cancer. Armed with a B.A. in Medicine, Health, and Society as well as a Master of Public Health on top of her law degree, Brittany utilizes her extensive knowledge and unique perspective on medical cases to help obtain justice for her clients.
Scott explains how Beasley Allen lawyers work together to support each other in striving to achieve the best possible result for clients. The support and leadership from other female attorneys in the firm have left an indelible mark on her law practice.
“I’m encouraged by the other women in the firm who lend me their knowledge and experience so I can better represent my clients. Melissa and Leigh are great leaders and mentors in Mass Torts.”
Melissa Prickett is a veteran attorney and Director of the Mass Torts Section at Beasley Allen. Working alongside Leigh O’Dell on talcum powder cases also helped foster and strengthen Scott’s knowledge and skills as a litigator. Scott continues by saying, “Female attorneys across the firm are always available to offer insight on how to address complex issues I may not have encountered in the past.”