With just over 60 attorneys, Lightfoot, Franklin & White is a litigation boutique with roots in Alabama but a strong reach across the U.S. Over the past 30 years, the firm’s lawyers have spent more than 4,400 days at trial. Lightfoot encourages its attorneys to gain broad experience. Attorneys embrace a specialization, while also gaining broader experience across areas. The firm notes that this approach makes it more “nimble” and better able to serve its clients’ ever-changing needs.
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Lightfoot seeks top candidates from regional and top law schools who demonstrate a strong interest in litigation. An outgoing personality that meshes with the firm’s culture is also a must. Associates and partners are a tight-knit group and often socialize beyond the work day. Partners treat associates as valued team members, both when it comes to client work and when it comes to transparency about performance, salary, and promotions. Associates hit the ground running from day one, and are given lots of early responsibilities and opportunities to develop their lawyering skills—this combined with strong mentorship is how Lightfoot attorneys learn, rather than through more formal training. The firm hires attorneys with the intent they will make partner—associates confirm they feel p...
With just over 60 attorneys, Lightfoot, Franklin & White is a litigation boutique with roots in Alabama but a strong reach across the U.S. Over the past 30 years, the firm’s lawyers have spent more than 4,400 days at trial.
A Forward-Thinking Trio
Lightfoot was founded in 1990 by Warren Lightfoot, Sam Franklin, and Jere White. The trio joined together to launch a litigation boutique that would follow a different course than a traditional full-service firm. Among the founders’ priorities were diversity, high-quality work, and work/life balance.
The lawyers at Lightfoot have quite the background in the legal field. They have included the former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama; a former Justice of the Alabama S...