Clint is a West Point graduate, combat-proven attack helicopter pilot, and a Bronze Star recipient.
Clint holds a FAA commercial license for helicopters and a private airplane license, and flies often. Because of his unique aviation and engineering background, Clint focuses his practice on aviation-related issues. He has worked on numerous cases in the aviation industry, including:
- Obtaining summary judgments on behalf of a general aviation aircraft manufacturer in two separate wrongful death lawsuits arising out of aircraft climb performance and FAA certification issues;
- Obtaining a favorable settlement for an international air carrier in a lawsuit filed pursuant to the Montreal Convention;
- Reaching favorable settlements in three wrongful death actions involving the crash of a corporate aircraft conducting a training flight;
- Representing a globally recognized engine manufacturer in a contract dispute;
- Serving as general counsel and member of the board of directors for the Alabama Business Aviation Association;
- Serving as general counsel for a corporate airplane hangar; and
- Representing owners and operators during NTSB, FAA, and TSA investigations.
In addition to aviation matters, Clint is also a member of the firm’s NCAA Compliance team. Clint has represented several schools before the NCAA Committee on Infractions and has experience in all phases of NCAA enforcement investigations. Some of his experience includes:
- Drafting the summary disposition report for a Big XII university;
- Investigating and responding to a CUSA university’s Notices of Allegations which included 7 Level I violations;
- Advising student-athletes on amateurism issues (including members of U.S. and Canadian national teams); and
- Advising coaches about their contracts.
Clint’s practice also includes working on cases involving medical devices and malpractice, natural gas explosions, and very large environmental lawsuits.
Prior to joining Lightfoot, Clint attended Cumberland School of Law at Samford University where he was the Executive Editor of the Law Review. Before law school, Clint was a commissioned officer in the United States Army, serving multiple tours of duty in Iraq with the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). In addition to a Bronze Star, his awards and decorations include an Air Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, the Combat Action Badge, the Army Aviator Badge, the Army Parachutist Badge, the Army Pathfinder Badge, and an United Arab Emirates Special Operations Command Parachutist Badge. Clint has an undergraduate degree in systems engineering.
Outside of work, Clint and his wife Cam are proud parents of a baby boy, Cav. Clint looks forward to introducing Cav to the joys of flying and teaching him to yell “Go Army! Beat Navy!”