Justice Gorman Houston Joins Lightfoot

Lightfoot, Franklin & White, L.L.C. announced today that former Supreme Court Justice J. Gorman Houston, Jr. has joined the firm effective March 1, 2005. Justice Houston served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama from 1985 until his retirement on January 13, 2005.

A graduate of Auburn University, Justice Houston received his law degree in 1956 from the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Farrah Order of Jurisprudence and graduated first in his class. Following law school, Justice Houston served as a law clerk for Chief Justice J. Ed Livingston of the Supreme Court of Alabama and as a judge advocate in the United States Air Force. After military service, Justice Houston practiced law in Eufaula for twenty-five years until he was appointed to the Supreme Court on September 16, 1985. He was elected to that position in 1986, and was reelected in 1992 and 1998. He served as Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama from August, 2003 to June, 2004.

Justice Houston has been married to the former Martha Martin since 1955; they have two children and four grandchildren. Before becoming a Supreme Court Justice, he was president of the Barbour County Bar Association, was a Bar Examiner and represented Barbour and Bullock Counties as a member of the Alabama State Bar’s Board of Bar Commissioners. In 2004, Justice Houston received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Huntingdon College, the Douglass Cater Public Service Award from Auburn University at Montgomery and the Howell T. Heflin Award from the Mobile and Baldwin County Bar Associations. In January 2005, Justice Houston was named a Life Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation.

LF&W Managing Partner Mac Moorer says that Justice Houston brings a wealth of trial and appellate experience to the firm: “Justice Houston has long been regarded as a preeminent jurist, and we are delighted that he, like former Chief Judge Sam Pointer, has chosen our firm. We look forward to involving him on behalf of our clients, particularly in the appellate area.”

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