Dana Taunton joined Beasley Allen in 1998. She says that when the opportunity to work at the firm was presented, it was something she couldn’t pass up. Dana had this to say:
I saw the passion and commitment of the lawyers in the firm to their clients and the good they were doing and wanted to be a part of it. From the beginning, the firm encouraged that the focus of my life and career to always be on relationship building. First, and foremost, my relationship with God and my husband and kids and then on building relationships with our clients who come to us during some of the most difficult and tragic times in their lives.
Dana received her law degree in 1993 from the University of Alabama, but she never intended to become a lawyer. Instead, she wanted to join the FBI or another federal law enforcement agency. However, God had other plans for her. While attending law school, Dana recalls a hiring freeze at the agencies, but it was then that God started opening up doors for her. As a second-year law student, Dana had the opportunity to work the summer as a law clerk for the Honorable Ira DeMent at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
Judge DeMent hired Dana as his full-time law clerk after she graduated from law school. Following her clerkship, she worked briefly at the Alabama Attorney General’s Office before God opened yet another door – a job opportunity at a prominent defense firm, where she was mentored under a very good lawyer, Charles “Chuck” Stewart.
Since joining Beasley Allen, Dana has handled complex business and commercial litigation, products liability and personal injury litigation. Currently, she focuses her practice in the areas of product liability and personal injury. Many of her product liability cases have resulted in multi-million dollar settlements for her clients. She further acts as the Lead Appellant Attorney for the firm’s Product Liability/Personal Injury Section.
Dana has lectured on a variety of legal topics for several organizations including the Montgomery County Bar Association, the National Business Institute, the Alabama Trial Lawyers Associations, and the Alabama Bar Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ABICLE). She is also a member of the Alabama Association for Justice, American Association for Justice; Montgomery County Bar Association, Montgomery County Association for Justice and Alabama State Bar. She is Past Chairperson of the Alabama State Bar Women’s Section.
Dana was born and raised in Butler, Ala. She is married to Derrick Taunton and they have two daughters, Betsie and Abigail. She attends Frazer Memorial Methodist Church in Montgomery. We are blessed to have Dana with the firm.
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