Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC
William joined the firm in 1991. Since that time, his practice has been devoted to litigation of a wide variety of commercial and business matters, including a multitude of class actions in state and federal court. William regularly defends insurance and finance companies in some of Alabama’s most dangerous venues on consumer fraud claims seeking extraordinary amounts of punitive damages. William has tried numerous consumer fraud, products liability and commercial cases to verdict in state and federal courts. William also has extensive experience in post-trial motions and appeals. He has been retained in many instances to handle post-verdict proceedings in cases in which he was not trial counsel. As a result, William has developed unique expertise in handling a broad array of appellate issues.
William also works in the firm’s NCAA Compliance and Investigations group. He has assisted a number of collegiate athletics departments around the country with infractions related investigations. He also has also appeared before the Division I Committee on Infractions on behalf of several institutions and has obtained successful results from the Infractions Appeals Committee.
William obtained his undergraduate degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama in 1984. After three years in the business world, William returned to law school and graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1990. While at Vanderbilt, William served as the Executive Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and was a member of the Moot Court Board and National Moot Court Team. After law school, William returned to his hometown of Montgomery and clerked for the Hon. Truman M. Hobbs, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
William is a member of the American Bar Association, the Alabama Bar Association, and the Birmingham Bar Association. A frequent speaker on trial and appellate related issues, William also is a member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute. He has also been named Super Lawyers 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyer.
William is the son and brother of Alabama trial lawyers and is an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham.