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.
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 11 offices located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, 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 more than 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 150-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:
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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.