Allison M. Cotton

Senior Associate / Nashville

Allison Cotton concentrates her practice on the representation of employers in labor and employment matters.

She recently obtained a full defense verdict in a federal court Title VII race discrimination trial. She routinely advises employers on the drafting and enforcement of policies and avoidance of claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and violations of state and federal employment law statutes.

Allison recently completed the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum, a program providing a select group of attorneys with opportunities to develop leadership skills within the profession. She is a board member for the Nashville Ballet and President of the Ballet's young professionals' organization, Friends of Nashville Ballet. She serves as the Vice President of Development for the Junior League of Nashville. She was also recently named a Vice President of the board of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association.

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Allison was an associate with a full-service law firm based in Nashville where she concentrated her practice on litigation and workers' compensation. In law school, she was a Student Materials Editor for the Tennessee Law Review and a Research Editor for Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law. She also served as a judicial extern for The Honorable Gary Wade on the Tennessee Supreme Court. 

Representative Experience
  • Obtained full defense verdict for health care client in Title VII race discrimination jury trial
  • Obtained summary judgment against former employee's claims of age discrimination under The ADEA
  • Participated in negotiating labor agreements for large health care client
Honors & Awards
  • "Mid-South Rising Stars," Super Lawyers magazine (2016)