Lightfoot Franklin & White


The Clark Building
400 20th Street
North Birmingham, Alabama 35203

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: 39
Number of attorneys: 66
Office Locations: Birmingham, Alabama and Houston, Texas

Lightfoot, Franklin & White is dedicated to solving client challenges, from complex, “bet the company” litigation to internal and government investigations, risk management, and compliance. Lightfoot lawyers are committed to understanding our clients’ challenges and tailoring solutions so they can concentrate on their core mission.

Lightfoot attorneys spend every moment on a matter pursuing the best possible resolution for clients. While business disputes are inevitable, they can divert attention from core operations. Our primary objective is to manage litigation efficiently as a strategic partner, enabling clients to get back to what they do best – running successful enterprises.

Lightfoot has established itself as a formidable defense litigation firm. Since 2019, Benchmark Litigation has recognized Lightfoot as a “Top 20 Trial Law Firm” in the nation. We continue to expand our footprint as national and regional counsel for some of the nation’s foremost companies and manufacturers. Six Lightfoot partners are fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, with two of the firm’s founding partners previously serving as president.

Efficient Litigation Strategy Focused on the Client
The lawyers at Lightfoot develop litigation strategies tailored to resolve disputes efficiently and align with our clients’ objectives. 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 through a trial to a verdict or ruling, we find the solution that fits every unique scenario. We manage the legal intricacies so clients can focus on their businesses, fostering a collaborative and forward-looking partnership.

Talent Honed by Decades of Tackling Challenging Cases
For over three decades, Lightfoot’s lawyers have represented clients in nearly every U.S. jurisdiction. Established during a period when Alabama jurisdictions were adversarial to corporations, we’ve honed our craft facing pioneering legal challenges and plaintiffs’ attacks not attempted anywhere else. This deep-rooted experience ensures our clients benefit from vast institutional knowledge, regardless of the jurisdiction—a tradition we’ve upheld from Alabama to our Houston, Texas location.

Trusted Counsel to Well-Known Companies
We serve a diverse range of industry-leading national, international 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 disputes, 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 Aug 2023