Christian & Small is a multi-disciplinary law firm celebrating 23 years serving individuals and regional, national, and international companies, as well as emerging businesses. The firm represents clients throughout the Southeast and members of the firm serve as national coordinating counsel, regional counsel, and statewide counsel for clients in various enterprises. Christian & Small is a proven leader among Alabama-based firms offering the high-quality legal representation expected from larger firms and the client-focused attention that distinguishes the best boutiques. Leveraging technology allows the firm to provide the exceptional service and results that its clients have come to expect, while keeping costs low. The firm’s corporate responsibility program is focused on education and diversity in one of the firm’s core values.
Main Areas of Practice:
Bankruptcy and Restructuring
Business Services & Commercial Litigation
Class Action & Toxic Torts
Emerging Technology and E-Discovery
Labor & Employment
Professional Liability & Medical Malpractice
Obtained a defense verdict in a state court wrongful death case involving design defect and failure to warn claims against foreign agricultural tractor manufacturer.
Resolving complex challenges, mitigating risks, and helping clients achieve their objectives – that’s Maynard. Maynard Cooper & Gale (Maynard) is a full-service law firm with more than 300 attorneys representing public and private companies, emerging businesses, private equity and venture capital investors, portfolio companies, governmental entities, government contractors, nonprofits, and high-net-worth individuals. Our entrepreneurial culture inspires collaboration among our attorneys, resulting in comprehensive legal solutions and seamless client experiences. Maynard serves clients across the United States and globally from its fourteen strategic locations in Alabama (Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, and Montgomery), California (Los Angeles and San Francisco), Florida (Miami and Orlando), Georgia (Atlanta), Iowa (Des Moines), New York (New York City), Tennessee (Nashville), Texas (Dallas), and Washington, D.C.
Clients entrust Maynard to handle high-stakes litigation and their most formidable disputes because they are familiar with our notable success record. Maynard’s litigation prowess is founded on years of irrefutable experience, and our broad litigation practice touches on virtually every area of the law including (not all inclusive):
“I use Maynard to do the heavy lifting and the lion’s share of the work. They are phenomenally talented.”
“They are excellent...highly recommended and the work proved why.”
Consistently endorsed by clients and peers, Maynard’s litigators are recognized as leaders in the field, including not only Benchmark but also Chambers and Partners, BTI, and U.S. News/Best Lawyers. We are a Band 1 Firm in Chambers in the litigation areas of Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Commercial Litigation, Labor & Employment, and Appellate (among numerous other non-litigation practices), and the firm holds National Tier rankings in the litigation areas of Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Insurance Law, Mass Tort/Class Actions, and Commercial Litigation in the U.S. News/Best Lawyers listing of “Best Law Firms.” The BTI Consulting Group’s survey of corporate counsel recently ranked Maynard as a Top Six Insurance Practice Group in the country (and the only firm mentioned in the southeast), largely the result of the successes we have obtained for our clients at a tremendous value.
“Their approach to litigation is what I would call a joint venture - they are interested, not just in results, but in making sure they have put things in place to prevent the litigation from happening again.”
“They are extremely responsive and efficient and think through every possible avenue and outcome to present us the best possible options for litigation management.”
Whether a client seeks national coordinating counsel, trial counsel, or the assistance of an experienced local defense team, Maynard’s attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and talent to provide the best tactics. The members of Maynard’s litigation practice are not just litigators, they are first-rate trial lawyers. We have been at the helm of matters ranging from bet-the-company nationwide class actions to intricate and highly complex business disputes, and the firm’s victories span every stage of litigation in U.S. federal and state courts throughout the nation. We are nimble and we have diverse teams and talent to develop and implement aggressive and creative strategies. We have the depth to provide cost-efficient service by staffing cases appropriately, utilizing innovative litigation support technology, communicating with our clients, and always evaluating the risks of litigation and employing alternative means of dispute resolution when needed. We take an early-offense approach and work diligently to dispose matters swiftly and efficiently. We are shrewd negotiators, but when settlement is not a viable option, our trial savvy teams are prepared to get the job done, and done well.
“They are very responsive, and they are sharp tactically and strategically.”
“They guide us on the right path through every complex situation, and they control it well and very professionally.”
Maynard’s keen industry insight is second to none and spans aerospace, agribusiness, automotive, banking, biotechnology, chemical, construction, defense, education, energy, fintech, food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing, natural resources, pharmaceutical, solar energy, technology, timber, and transportation. We solve problems and provide result-oriented strategies to businesses, including some of the most sophisticated and cutting-edge companies worldwide.
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Bradley is a national law firm with a reputation for skilled legal work, exceptional client service, and impeccable integrity. We provide business clients around the world with a full suite of legal services in dozens of industries and practice areas.
With 10 offices located in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the District of Columbia, we have an extensive geographic base to represent clients on a regional, national, and international basis. We frequently serve as national coordinating counsel, regional counsel, and statewide counsel for clients in various industries.
Although Bradley is a large law firm with 600 lawyers, our clients still enjoy the personal attention, responsiveness, and deep relationships they would expect from a boutique firm. Our attorneys combine legal experience and knowledge with a sophisticated understanding of industries to find practical, strategic solutions specifically tailored to our clients’ business operations. Bradley lawyers use their talents, judgment, work ethic, and experience to go above and beyond expectations to help clients meet their goals.
Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group
Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group knows the stakes for your business in every case we litigate. From fighting bet-the-company lawsuits to resolving daily risk management issues and everything in between, we understand that helping clients achieve their business goals efficiently and cost-effectively is the greatest measure of success. Bradley has more than 250 litigators – comprising nearly half of the firm – who use our firm’s 100-plus years of experience nationally and internationally, in a wide expanse of industries, to provide the premier service and value that our clients require, whether trying cases in a courtroom or negotiating settlements in a boardroom.
We approach cases strategically, providing early case assessments for clients that help direct the course of the matter from preliminary dispositive motions and settlement talks through trial and appeal, if necessary. Should a matter proceed to trial, our lawyers leverage our track record of courtroom successes nationwide, including our success in appellate proceedings, to help clients evaluate the risks of litigation and balance those risks against their specific business goals.
Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group handles matters in nearly every substantive area of law that concerns our business clients, including:
Our creativity and skill in successfully handling high-stakes and complex cases are informed by our experience in litigating and arbitrating in every state, as well as every federal district and appellate court, across the United States. This deep bench of talent allows us to match our clients’ needs with the most-qualified litigation lawyers to deliver the results clients want, with the budget attention they require.
Partnering with Clients:
Our clients include a variety of large global and national corporations, regional and middle-market companies, and entrepreneurs and startups, as well as local small businesses. We seek to be partners in our clients’ successes; their objectives are our objectives.
Using technology extensively and providing skilled project management creates cost-reducing efficiencies and allows our attorneys to communicate effectively and work closely with clients in handling their most sophisticated and large-scale matters, including multidistrict and mass claim litigation.
We maintain a multifaceted ability to handle local, regional, national, and international conflicts. Many of our most significant and long-term client relationships with Fortune 500 and other international companies started when we were hired to handle litigation locally or regionally. Before long, such work often led to work as team leaders for these clients across the country and around the world. In the southeast, our lawyers’ deep roots and active involvement in local business communities have fostered the trust our clients place in us to handle their most important matters.
Depth Across Industries:
The breadth of Bradley’s litigation experience includes significant depth in a variety of large and growing industries, both nationally and globally. Some of these include:
Updated Oct 2022
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.