Melody’s practice focuses primarily on the areas of product liability and personal injury cases. She has extensive experience in litigation involving fires and explosions, as well as cases involving injuries ranging from minor to catastrophic. She serves as regional counsel for a number of product manufacturers, and she has successfully tried numerous product liability cases to verdict throughout the Southeast. Melody understands that the key to handling most product liability cases is a detailed understanding of the product’s design and utility, and because of her experience and attention to detail, she is thoroughly at home dealing with complex engineering concepts, picking apart experts’ theories, and defending her clients’ products. She has been recognized for many years by The Best Lawyers in America for her product liability practice, as well as by the Alabama editions of Super Lawyers.
In addition to her trial practice, Melody serves as appellate counsel for a number of clients, where she assists them not only with appeals, but also with preparation and oral argument of dispositive or other significant pretrial motions at the trial court level. She has defended a number of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in personal injury litigation through the years, as well as worked with various corporate defendants in fraud, bad faith and commercial litigation in Alabama.
Before joining Lightfoot over 20 years ago, she graduated from the Law School at Vanderbilt University, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Law Review and was selected to the Order of the Coif. Since entering the law practice, she has been an active member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, an organization of over 1000 attorneys dedicated to the defense of civil actions and the promotion of fairness and integrity in the civil justice system. She served as the President of ADLA in 2012-13, only the third woman ever elected to the office. Before her Presidency, Melody served as a Director and Officer for the Association, was Chairperson for the ADLA Trial Academy from 1999-2001, and has served as a faculty member and speaker for both the Trial Academy and the ADLA Deposition Boot Camp. Melody is a member of the Defense Research Institute, where she serves as a State Liaison for the DRI Women in the Law Committee. She is also a member of the Birmingham Bar Association, where she has served for many years on the Public Service Committee.
Melody’s interests outside of work focus primarily on her family, her church and music. She is married to a trial lawyer, is a proud mother, and is a classically-trained musician. Melody plays piano frequently at her church, teaches children’s Sunday School, and serves as a lay Eucharistic minister and in other church leadership roles. She also enjoys running, singing, and playing with her two young boys.