Profile

Alison M. Ballard is a member of Taylor English’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Employment and Labor Relations practice groups. As a litigator, Ms. Ballard represents corporations, executives and individuals in complex commercial disputes. Ms. Ballard has experience in all phases of litigation in state and federal courts, including trial, as well as alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as arbitration and mediation. Ms. Ballard focuses her practice on professional liability matters such as: contract disputes; breach of fiduciary duties; securities litigation; and tort claims, such as fraud, negligence and products liability. Ms. Ballard has significant experience representing professional service firms, including accountants and financial advisers.

In her employment practice, Ms. Ballard represents companies and executives in the resolution of trade secrets claims and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. She also has defended employers in employment discrimination and harassment, retaliation, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other employment-related tort and contract claims in federal and state courts, as well as in administrative actions before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Ms. Ballard counsels employers on general employment-related matters.

Ms. Ballard has particular experience coordinating the collection of electronically stored information, as well as the management of electronic discovery.

Ms. Ballard was recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Ms. Ballard is president of the Executive Committee of Georgia Appleseed's Young Professionals Council and serves on Georgia Appleseed's board of directors. Ms. Ballard is active in the Student Tribunal Project, training volunteer attorneys to represent foster children in school disciplinary hearings. Ms. Ballard previously co-chaired the Labor & Employment Section of the State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division.

Ms. Ballard graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Bryant T. Castellow Scholarship. She earned her BA in business administration, cum laude, from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. 

Memberships

State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division, Labor & Employment Committee, Co-Chair, 2013-2015

State Bar of Georgia, E-Discovery & the Use of Technology Section

Georgia Association for Women Lawyers 

Community Involvement

Georgia Appleseed, Young Professionals Council, Secretary, 2015-2016; President, 2016

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Volunteer

Practice Highlights

Experience

Newsroom

Speaking Engagements

Publications

Education

The University of Georgia School of Law, JD, 2009

Bryant T. Castellow Scholarship, 2009

The University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, BA, cum laude, 2006

Bar Admissions

Georgia

Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

Georgia State Courts

Georgia Superior Courts

Court of Appeals of Georgia

Supreme Court of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Accolades

Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2014-2016

Recipient, Georgia Appleseed "Good Apple Award," 2016