Member Firm Profile
Ranked as one of the top commercial litigation firms in Alabama by the current edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Lightfoot Franklin & White, LLC was founded on January 15, 1990 and we presently have over 60 lawyers. In order to focus on what we do best, we have restricted our practice to civil litigation matters, with the exceptions of environmental compliance advice, white-collar crime and internal investigations. Although we handle all types of civil litigation in state and federal courts, our primary areas of practice include commercial disputes, product liability, antitrust, consumer fraud, appeals, intellectual property, catastrophic personal injury and death, environmental/toxic torts, class actions, professional malpractice, securities fraud, employment and communications.
Our stock in trade is our reputation of being able to take the most difficult cases to trial, when necessary, and to achieve excellent results. We will furnish, upon request, a summary of every jury verdict we have received since 1987, which demonstrates our trial record. While we are dedicated to trying and winning cases, we understand the need to control the cost of litigation. Therefore we only perform work that materially advances the interests of our clients, and we staff cases with the minimum number of attorneys necessary to perform that work. Additionally, we understand the importance of a client’s desire sometimes to target certain cases for early settlement, and when that is the case, we expeditiously get those cases in a posture for early resolution. We are committed to the utilization of all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Several of our partners serve frequently as mediators and arbitrators, and virtually all of our attorneys have successfully employed all types of ADR.
Our appellate practice also has a tremendous reputation. We are regularly retained post-verdict to handle post-trial motions and appeals of multi-million dollar verdicts. We have literally handled the largest appeals in the history of the state and take pride in our track record in the Supreme Court of Alabama, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and other appellate courts. We have participated in approximately 400 reported appellate decisions since the firm’s formation in 1990.
We employ the latest technology and are committed to improving and upgrading to keep up with new technological advancements. All of our attorneys regularly communicate with clients electronically, not only by e-mail, but also via our secure extranet and our in-house video conference center, which improves communication and the speed with which legal services can be delivered. We use the latest research and presentation tools and have our own in-house document management and trial technology departments. These capabilities enable us to present our cases more effectively and at less expense. We are on the cutting edge of successful litigation capability, whether the criterion is technological, tactical or jury rapport.Lightfoot Franklin & White Website