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.
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 thirteen strategic locations in Alabama (Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, and Montgomery), California (Los Angeles and San Francisco), Florida (Miami), 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 undeniable 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 by the likes of Chambers USA, Benchmark, 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 or 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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Christian & Small is a multi-disciplinary law firm celebrating 20 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. Our ten offices are located in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the District of Columbia, giving us an extensive geographic base to represent clients on a regional, national, and international basis. Although we are a large law firm with nearly 550 lawyers, our clients still enjoy the personal attention, responsiveness, and deep relationships they would expect from a boutique firm. Our attorneys and staff combine legal experience and knowledge with a sophisticated understanding of industries to come up with practical, strategic solutions specifically tailored to clients’ business operations.
Bradley frequently serves as national coordinating, regional, and statewide counsel for business clients around the world, offering a full suite of legal services in dozens of industries and practice areas, including:
Affordable Housing and Community Development | Antitrust and Competition | Appellate
Banking & Financial Services
Blockchain and Digital Assets | Cannabis | Construction
Corporate and Securities
Cybersecurity and Privacy | Economic Development | Emerging Growth Companies | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation | Energy | Environmental Law
Food, Beverage and Hospitality | Franchise and Distribution | Government Contracts | Government Enforcement and Investigations | Governmental Affairs
Labor and Employment | Life Sciences
Media and Entertainment | Retail | State Attorneys General and Regulators
Tax | Telecommunications and Utilities | Trusts and Estates