M. Christian King

M. Christian King

Partner

   

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Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC

The Clark Building
400 20th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
205-581-0700 (phone)
205-581-0799 (facsimile)

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 Best Lawyers in America, and is currently listed in the Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Litigation, and Securities Litigation categories. In addition, he has been named by Benchmark Litigation as a "local litigation star" and listed in the Alabama Super Lawyers magazine from its inception, having been named as one of Alabama's Top Fifty in the inaugural edition.

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.