According to Chambers USA, clients have called us “a first class collection of lawyers,” and we appreciate their compliments. Virtually all of the peer review publications have given us their highest endorsements, and we appreciate those, too. But many firms have happy clients and are recognized by the publications. What sets this firm apart?
1. We do only one thing.
Lightfoot is and has always been a litigation firm, and helping our clients resolve disputes is all we do. Our work can take the form of an investigation, pre-lawsuit advice and resolution, handling a lawsuit or arbitration through settlement or trial, or handling an appeal. But in the end, our mission is the same – we are here to solve our client’s problems.
2. We listen.
Our experience tells us that no two problems are alike, and we do not believe in cookie cutter solutions. We never forget that every matter we handle is the client’s matter, not ours. Our job is to craft a resolution strategy based on each client’s needs and challenges, and the only way we can do our job is to get to know our clients and listen to them.
3. We have unparalleled experience in reducing the complex to the simple.
This firm cut its teeth when Alabama was known as “tort hell.” As a result, Lightfoot lawyers have handled literally thousands of high stakes cases in difficult forums. Our work load and the importance of the matters we work on have taught us to work efficiently without hordes of associates doing mindless tasks, have allowed our youngest lawyers to gain experience far beyond their years in taking significant responsibility for our clients’ matters, and have taught us to embrace technology that enhances our efficiency. The work we have done has given our lawyers a base of knowledge and experience in handling both serial and complex matters for a client list that we dare say no comparably sized firm in America can top.
4. We are more than discovery and motion lawyers.
We hear stories from our clients about lawyers who engage in discovery for discovery’s sake and then panic if a matter is not resolved before trial. That is not who we are. If a matter needs to be resolved, we do what we need to do to resolve it. But if a case needs to be tried, our lawyers have both the experience and the temperament to try it. And our opponents know it. We will furnish, on request, a summary of every jury verdict, good and bad, we have received since this firm’s inception. It is a long list. In addition, we are regularly retained to handle post-trial motions and appeals of matters other firms have handled. We will furnish a list of those matters, as well. The firm takes pride in its track record of over one hundred fifty reported appellate wins.
5. We are nimble.
Although we do work throughout the country, almost the entire firm practices law together in one location. To be sure, our lawyers have particular areas of substantive expertise, but this firm is not arranged by formal practice group. Teams for client matters are assembled not based on what group a lawyer is in, but instead on what the client’s needs are. And we do not compensate our lawyers based on how many clients they have. Rather, they are judged by the quality of the work they do. Nor are we tied to the old way of being compensated for our services. We have the flexibility to offer options that suit our clients’ needs, whether they involve a contingency fee, a flat fee, or some other arrangement.