Lightfoot, Franklin & White

Lightfoot, Franklin & White


Lightfoot is a litigation firm. As a firm, we are dedicated to solving our clients’ problems. From complex, bet-the-company litigation to internal and government investigations, risk management and compliance, Lightfoot attorneys work hard to find innovative solutions that allow our clients to focus on their core mission and achieve success.

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We were founded in 1990 by a group of lawyers in Birmingham, Alabama, who left a full-service firm to establish a litigation boutique. Our founding name partners — Warren Lightfoot, Sam Franklin and the late Jere White — wanted to break out of the traditional mold for managing a law firm. From the very beginning, Lightfoot, Franklin & White was a place where diversity was encouraged, work-life balance was emphasized and quality legal work mattered most.

Today, Lightfoot continues to advance its reputation as a formidable defense litigation firm. In fact, for the 2021 ranking, we were recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a “Top 20 Trial Law Firm” in the nation for the third year in a row, placing us in good company among some of the most admired litigators from practices with long legacies of excellence.

One of our specialties is NCAA Compliance & Investigations. Our lawyers represent institutions, athletic administrators and prominent coaches in NCAA compliance interviews and investigations, as well as in hearings before the NCAA Committee on Infractions and the Infractions Appeals Committee. Lightfoot’s NCAA Compliance & Investigations group also counsels institutions and student-athletes on eligibility issues and has secured the successful restoration of eligibility for several high-profile football and men’s basketball student-athletes. We are sought out by leading companies from around the country to handle litigation, internal investigations and compliance matters across multiple states and regions. We recently expanded to Texas, where we serve clients in the state and surrounding region from our Houston office.