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Daisy C. F. Karlson


Daisy C. F. Karlson assists clients in a wide variety of business-related litigation, focusing specifically on labor and employment matters.

Professional Biography

As a member of the Advocacy Department, Ms. Karlson assists clients in a wide variety of business-related litigation, focusing specifically on privacy and employment matters. Ms. Karlson is trusted by companies of all sizes to bring an experienced and measured perspective to sophisticated employment, privacy, and fiduciary concerns. She regularly advises clients on Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, and FLSA issues. She also negotiates, drafts, and enforces the terms of employment and severance agreements. Notably, Ms. Karlson has successfully defended employers in both single plaintiff cases and collective actions. She has experience in class actions defense, particularly involving antitrust issues.

In addition, Ms. Karlson represents clients in the transportation industry and is a member of the Firm's 24 Hour Motor Carrier Emergency Response Team, a group of attorneys dedicated to providing rapid post-accident intervention and investigation throughout the Firm's footprint and beyond, whenever and wherever clients need us. She is also part of a team developing a multi-disciplinary practice around autonomous vehicles, as well as Baker Donelson's Data Protection, Privacy, and Cybersecurity Group. She has successfully defended and advised regional health systems with HIPAA concerns. Ms. Karlson also completed an off-site secondment for a global transportation company in developing and implementing their compliance protocols regarding the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

While attending law school, Ms. Karlson served as an extern with the United States Attorney's Offices for the Southern District of Florida (Miami) and Western District of Arkansas (Fayetteville). She also interned with the Honorable Susan Webber Wright, Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

A native of the northeast, Ms. Karlson worked as a legal assistant at a Wall Street firm in New York City for two years prior to law school. She also conducted research in Arequipa, Peru, and volunteered in Darjeeling, India.

  • Implemented and enforced arbitration provisions for multi-state employers.

  • Served as co-counsel in a single-plaintiff bench trial following a former employee's administrative appeal.

  • Awarded motions for temporary restraining orders and other emergency relief related to the enforcement of restrictive covenants, including non-recruit and non-solicitation covenants.

  • Obtained six-figure tax refund from the Alabama Department of Labor on behalf of modular home manufacturer in a dispute stemming from assets the client purchased from a defunct business at a bankruptcy auction.

  • Successfully moved to dismiss class allegations of systemic race discrimination in hiring and promotion filed against a defense contractor and defeated Plaintiffs' efforts to obtain Rule 23(f) review of the decision.

  • Junior Board Member – Railroad Park Foundation
  • Diversity Liaison – Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Women in the Law Committee
  • Named a Birmingham NextGen Law Leader by the Birmingham Business Journal (2020)



  • University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 2017, cum laude
    • Arkansas Law Review, research editor
  • University of Alabama, Visiting 3L Student, Fall 2016
  • Davidson College, B.A., 2011


  • Alabama, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

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