Rachel M. Lary

Rachel M. Lary



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(205) 380-9303


Birmingham, AL

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  • B.A., University of Alabama, 2002 magna cum laude
  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law - Samford University, 2005 magna cum laude


  • Alabama, 2005

Rachel knew early on she wanted to be a lawyer. In fifth grade, Rachel wrote an autobiography declaring that she was going to be a lawyer when she grew up. Her grandmother kept the autobiography in the drawer of her coffee table in her living room and would pull it out every time Rachel visited. Her grandmother would be proud to see what she has accomplished today with a growing practice and family.

Rachel’s approach to litigation is not cookie-cutter. Lightfoot lawyers know what is required to take a difficult case all the way through trial. Sitting behind your desk drafting discovery does not get you there. The Lightfoot way requires that in each stage of litigation you work towards developing a persuasive story. Rachel enjoys the challenges of first uncovering the facts, and then telling the story in a way that embraces the truth, directly deals with the hard facts, and persuades a jury to find in her client’s favor.

In doing so Rachel has successfully taken several cases to trial, including successfully defending corporate clients in jury trials, and obtaining a defense verdict in an employment dispute where she served as lead counsel.  She has obtained summary judgments in tough venues for corporate clients, including in product liability, consumer fraud and business dispute cases.  She has successfully argued numerous discovery and pretrial motions in product liability, consumer fraud, medical device, business disputes, estate and trust disputes and personal injury cases, among others. She has obtained dismissals and negotiated numerous favorable settlements on behalf of clients in a variety of cases. Rachel has been selected as a Rising Star in editions of the Alabama Super Lawyers (2014 and 2015) and Mid-South Super Lawyers (2016) for her work in business litigation. She was recently recognized by The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward White, Inc. 2018 edition for her work in commercial litigation.

Rachel’s practice is not limited to Alabama. She has defended a wide variety of cases across the Southeast, including in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia.

Prior to joining Lightfoot, Rachel had the honor of clerking for the former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Honorable Joel F. Dubina, where she gained not only invaluable experience in the law, but also insight in how to be an honorable and respectable leader. She actually enjoyed attending the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University where she graduated magna cum laude in 2005 and was an Associate Editor of the Cumberland Law Review and inducted into the Curias Honoris. She spent her undergraduate time in Tuscaloosa where she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, magna cum laude, in 2002.

Rachel’s free time these days is consumed with helping her husband raise their 5-year old daughter and 3-year old son.  She is an active and committed member of her community, Homewood, Alabama, where she grew up, and where she and her husband chose to raise their family.  They are currently navigating the trials of raising two children, one of whom has her mother’s tenacious personality, which makes parenting an everyday lesson in negotiation.

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