Lightfoot Franklin & White

United States (National)

The Clark Building
400 20th Street
North Birmingham, Alabama 35203
United States (National)

Telephone:+1 205 581 0700
Fax:+1 205 581 0799

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Managing Partner: Melody Eagan
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Quick facts:

Established: 1990
Number of partners: 33
Number of attorneys: 69
Other Offices: Birmingham, Alabama and Houston, Texas

Lightfoot, Franklin & White is dedicated to solving its clients’ problems. From complex, “bet the company” litigation to internal and government investigations, risk management, and compliance, Lightfoot works hard to identify challenges and develop solutions for its clients, so they can, in turn, focus on their mission.

Lightfoot attorneys spend each and every moment on a matter pursuing the best possible resolution for clients. While disputes are a part of doing business, they are always a distraction for clients. The core goal at Lightfoot is to handle litigation in a way that lets clients get back to what they do best – running successful companies.

Lightfoot continues to advance its reputation as a formidable defense litigation firm. In 2019 Benchmark Litigation recognized Lightfoot as a “Top 20 Trial Law Firm” in the nation. The firm elected its first female managing partner in 2018. Additionally, six partners at Lightfoot are fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Two of the firm’s founding partners are past presidents of the college.  

Efficient Litigation Strategy Focused on the Client
The lawyers at Lightfoot develop litigation strategies that deal with disputes in the most efficient way possible while also meeting a client’s exact goals. Whether it’s shutting down a lawsuit with a well-crafted motion to dismiss, defending a client’s rights by securing a favorable settlement or taking a matter all the way through a trial to a verdict or ruling, they find the solution that fits every unique situation. The firm focuses on the litigation, clients tend to their business and both are partners in building a promising future.

Talent Honed by Decades of Tackling Challenging Cases
For nearly 30 years, Lightfoot’s lawyers have tried cases in virtually every jurisdiction in the country. The firm was founded during a time when Alabama was home to jurisdictions that were openly hostile to corporations, and plaintiffs’ lawyers were pursuing new avenues of attack not attempted anywhere else. Our lawyers gained invaluable experience handling high-stakes cases in tough venues. They take that hard-earned institutional knowledge into every case they handle — to the benefit of clients — no matter the jurisdiction. This approach followed the firm to its location in Houston, Texas.

Trusted Counsel to Well-Known Companies
Lightfoot represents industry-leading American and multinational companies across a broad range of sectors. Lightfoot’s lawyers regularly handle cases involving commercial disputes, product liability, catastrophic injury, healthcare, energy, white collar crime, internal investigations, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, collegiate athletics and the media.

  • Appellate Law
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Plaintiff’s Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Environmental & Toxic Torts
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media & Communications Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • NCAA Compliance & Investigations
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices
  • Product Liability
  • Securities & Shareholder Disputes
  • Trust & Estate Litigation
  • White Collar Criminal Defense & Corporate Investigations


Updated Oct 2021