Lightfoot Franklin & White

Trial and Appellate Counsel

J. Bradley Powell

Brad joined Lightfoot in 1996 during a time when Alabama was recognized as a "tort hell" and plaintiffs' lawyers from across the country flocked to the state to lay claim to their share of "jackpot justice". As a result, there was an abundance of high-level substantive work for a young lawyer to sink his teeth into, and Brad was thrown from frying pan to fire early and often. While Alabama's litigation climate is more business-friendly as of late, handling bad cases in Alabama's most challenging jurisdictions gave Brad experience and insight that traveled well in courtrooms across the country. Brad's practice has been focused on defending product manufacturers in the automotive, aviation and pharmaceutical industries, among others. His representative experience includes:

  • representation of a Fortune 150 manufacturer in catastrophic injury and crashworthiness matters in over a dozen states, including difficult venues in Alabama, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia.
  • defense of a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in multi-district litigation and numerous state court cases nationwide related to alleged product defects and compliance with FDA sales and marketing regulations.
  • defense of numerous domestic and foreign automobile manufacturers in crashworthiness, warranty and dealer matters.
  • representation of a general aviation aircraft manufacturer in multiple death cases related to aircraft climb performance and FAA certification issues.
  • defense of consumer product manufacturers in property damage and personal injury cases, including workplace injuries, electrocutions, electrical fires and inhalation injuries.
  • regional representation of a national do-it-yourself moving company in trailer handling and stability matters.

Brad also has handled product-related class actions, sexual harassment and retaliatory discharge matters, contract disputes and trade secret/non-compete litigation for his clients. He frequently advises companies on compliance with regulatory requirements and provides guidance during investigations conducted by government agencies.

For three years, from 2011-2013, Brad served as an Adjunct Professor of Civil Procedure at the University of Alabama School of Law. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Trial Attorneys of America (an organization of trial lawyers and corporate counsel who devote a substantial portion of their practice to product liability defense) and Lawyers for Civil Justice (a national coalition of defense counsel and corporations advocating civil justice reform).

Outside the practice of law, Brad enjoys running, fishing and spending time with his wife and daughters.


  • B.A. , Washington and Lee University, 1993
  • J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law, 1996 cum laude


  • Alabama, 1996

Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC

The Clark Building 400 20th Street North Birmingham, AL 35203
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