Ms. Ballard is a partner in Taylor English’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Employment and Labor Relations Departments. Ms. Ballard represents corporations, executives and individuals across a diverse range of industries in all types of commercial disputes and litigation, including contractual disputes and business tort claims such as fraud, negligence, breach of fiduciary duties, and professional liability. Ms. Ballard also represents clients in employment-related disputes, including in the resolution of trade secrets claims and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. She defends clients against employment-related tort and contract claims in federal and state courts, as well as in administrative actions before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Ballard is particularly experienced in coordinating collection of electronically stored information and managing large-scale electronic discovery.
Ms. Ballard has been recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for the past five years.
Ms. Ballard is Past President of the Executive Committee of Georgia Appleseed's Young Professionals Council and previously served on Georgia Appleseed's board of directors. She co-founded the Student Tribunal Project, which trains attorneys to pro bono represent Georgia foster children in school disciplinary hearings. She 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.
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
The Sedona Conference, Working Group 1: Electronic Document Retention and Production, Member
Georgia Appleseed, Executive Committee of the YPC, Secretary, 2015-2016; President, 2016-2017
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Volunteer
Successfully defended a large global language services provider in AAA Commercial Arbitration against claims of breach of contract and fraud in which client was facing liability for compensatory damages, plus punitive damages and attorneys’ fees, amounting to a six-figure award.
- Dismissals of copyright claims and separate state action for international airline client sued over use of architectural plans
Represented a major airline in claims brought by a former vendor alleging misuse of architectural plans for office space. Won motion to dismiss state-court conversion claims, and in subsequent federal copyright-infringement case based on the same underlying facts, conducted discovery and negotiated settlement in which plaintiff dismissed the case with prejudice and with no payments from our client.
Represents citizens in numerous judicial challenges to an attempt by Paulding County and outside investor groups to expand the Paulding County Airport to include commercial passenger service in competition with Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport. Lawsuits include challenges to funding of the airport, open meeting violations, violations of Federal Aviation Administration procedures (representation as co-counsel), injunction hearings and Georgia ...
Successfully defended manufacturing company executives and management employees in lawsuit brought by former employee for wrongful termination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and other tort claims. Obtained dismissal of all claims.
Achieved favorable confidential settlement at mediation on behalf of healthcare provider resolving litigation concerning race and national origin discrimination and retaliation claims in the Northern District of Georgia.
Obtained multiple temporary restraining orders in Georgia Superior Court on behalf of regional financial services firm, enforcing non-solicitation covenants of departing financial advisors and other executives who went to work for industry competitors.
Represented publicly-traded provider of enterprise workforce management hardware, software, and services in contractual claims against licensed reseller. Negotiated favorable confidential resolution of dispute prior to arbitration, which included reseller’s cease and desist of use of client’s products.
Defended individual clients in wage and hour litigation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia brought by live-in nanny for failure to pay overtime wages. Obtained summary judgment on FLSA claims as a result of successful assertion of the live-in domestic service workers exemption to FLSA’s overtime compensation requirements.
- Contract Management Effects on the In-house Counsel, 2019 ACC Value ChallengeApril 30, 2019
- Privacy Is (Now) Your BusinessFebruary 12, 2019
- The Critical Role of HR in Cyber Security, Webinar, Georgia ChamberDecember 5, 2018
- "Education Advocacy for Children in Care: Student Tribunal Hearing Training," Georgia Appleseed, Pro Bono March Madness CLE ProgramMarch 23, 2017
- October 18, 2016
- September 29, 2015
- September 17, 2015
- "Public School Disciplinary Hearings in Georgia," Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice2014-2015
- "Federal Court Clarifies Georgia Wage Garnishments are Constitutional," Georgia Employment Law Letter, October 2015
- "Workplace Bullies: How Employers Can Detect and Prevent Workplace Bullying Before It Escalates to Violence," ACC Docket, Vol. 30, No. 3April 2012
- June 19, 2019
- Taylor English Awarded Atlanta Legal Aid Society's Pro Bono Award for Domestic Violence, Metro Atlanta CEO and Cobb Business JournalOctober 17, 2018
- April 27, 2018
- April 27, 2016
- February 20, 2019
- October 17, 2018
- April 26, 2018
- February 22, 2018
- October 2, 2017
- February 23, 2017
- June 15, 2016
- March 11, 2016
- February 19, 2016
- Taylor English's Alison M. Ballard Selected to Leadership Position with Georgia Appleseed Young Professionals CouncilJuly 1, 2015
- February 20, 2015
- Data Security and Privacy
- Employment and Labor Relations
- Financial Institutions
- Government and Internal Investigations
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
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
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
Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2014-2019
Recipient, Georgia Appleseed "Good Apple Award," 2016