Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC
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 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, appellate issues, and ethics.
Mr. King is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). The Best Lawyers in America published by Woodward/White, Inc. recognized Mr. King in its 2018 edition for Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Litigation and Securities Litigation. In addition, Benchmark Litigation named him a 2018 "Litigation Star,” and Chambers and Partners rank him as a “notable practitioner.” Mr. King is listed as a 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyer and named as one of Alabama’s Top Fifty in the inaugural edition of Alabama Super Lawyers.
Mr. King is the son of an outstanding Mississippi trial lawyer, is married to the daughter of an outstanding Alabama trial lawyer, and is the proud father of four sons.