Lightfoot's trial attorneys handle the most demanding and complex cases in the most difficult venues in Alabama and throughout the country. Whether you are seeking zealous representation in a high-stakes business, catastrophic injury or death case, a top notch defense in a nationwide class action, appellate counsel to handle the appeal of a runaway jury verdict, or coordinating counsel for cases pending around the country, we can help. Lightfoot, Franklin & White: When it matters.
Mr. King is one of the founding partners of the firm and its former managing partner. After practicing law for over thirty years, he remains passionate about solving his clients' problems, whether through pre-lawsuit advice, negotiation, or trial. Mr. King handles high stakes litigation, often involving derivative or class action allegations or significant punitive damages claims, at both the trial and appellate levels. Much of his work is for Fortune 100 companies, including those in the financial services, manufacturing, and energy sectors, and he often works hand-in-hand with lawyers throughout the United States to address serial claims against his clients. He has handled high exposure cases throughout the Southeast, and has tried many of them to verdict for both plaintiffs and defendants. In addition, Mr. King is often retained to handle post-trial motions and appeals in cases he did not try. Through this work, he has gained extensive experience with Alabama's unique procedures dealing with the post-trial and appellate review of punitive damage awards and the limits imposed by the U.S. Constitution on such awards. Mr. King has presented argument in the Alabama Supreme Court in numerous cases, including a number of seminal consumer fraud cases and the appeal of the largest judgment in Alabama history, and has also argued in several United States Circuit Courts of Appeals. Mr. King is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at The University of Alabama School of Law, where he teaches a course on Appellate Advocacy each Fall semester. He also lectures frequently at CLE events on class actions, punitive damages and appellate issues. Mr. King is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel. He has been listed for over a decade in the Alabama editions of The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. In addition, he has been named by Benchmark Litigation as a "local litigation star."