James W. Gibson
Practicing primarily in the areas of product liability and medical malpractice defense, James takes great pride in learning the nuances of his clients’ work and using that knowledge to the strategic benefit of the companies and individuals he represents. With experience litigating in state and federal courts in Alabama and throughout the country, James has authored and argued dispositive motions, deposed plaintiffs and opposing experts, drafted appellate briefs, and handled other demanding tasks in complex litigation. He has also defended cases involving business disputes, toxic torts, alleged legal malpractice, class actions, and numerous other types of claims. His representative matters include:
- Individually handling and obtaining summary judgment on behalf of a major car battery manufacturer in a lawsuit alleging that a car battery ignited a fire and caused extensive property damage;
- Securing the dismissal of a medical malpractice claim against a gastroenterologist involving allegations that negligent care caused a patient to suffer kidney failure;
- Assisting a multi-national pesticide manufacturer in obtaining the voluntary dismissal of crop loss claims of more than $20 million filed by Texas commercial growers;
- Aiding a major appliance manufacturer in obtaining the voluntary non-suit of a wrongful death claim filed in a Texas venue previously recognized by the American Tort Reform Foundation as one of the nation's ten worst “Judicial Hellholes;” and
- Drafting a successful brief on behalf of a Tennessee OB/GYN opposing a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.
Before joining Lightfoot, James attended Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a finalist in the school’s Mock Trial Competition, served as President of the Vanderbilt Law School Ambassadors, and was an editor of the Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law. In his third year at Vanderbilt, he received the Outstanding Clinical Student Award for excellence in clinical fieldwork and providing high quality legal representation to his clients.
James received his A.B.J. in Broadcast News and A.B. in Spanish, both magna cum laude with honors, from the University of Georgia where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He spent the summer of 2004 living and studying Spanish in Cádiz, Spain.
Outside of work, James is an avid sports fan and active musician. He is the Vanderbilt University Law School Class of 2009 Agent and Fundraising Chair, a former member of the school's Board of Advisors, and the President of the Birmingham Chapter of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association. James is also the President of the Junior Board of Directors at the Horizons School, a Birmingham residential school designed to provide social and career independence to young adults with learning disabilities. He is a member of Red Mountain Church, where he can often be found playing a Gibson (no relation) guitar on Sundays.
- J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2009
- A.B., A.B.J., University of Georgia, 2006 magna cum laude
- Alabama, 2009
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