Lightfoot Franklin & White

Trial and Appellate Counsel

Terrence W. McCarthy


Terry joined the firm in 1999 after graduating first in his class at The University of Alabama School of Law, and he quickly earned a reputation for being "the Dean of Evidence," a nickname that he finds both flattering and amusing. After working for two years in law school as a research assistant for Dean Charles Gamble, the "Godfather" of Alabama evidence, Terry quickly put this knowledge to use in the courtroom. He has not only been involved as counsel of record in numerous arbitrations, jury trials, and bench trials within Alabama, but he has also served as lead counsel in various matters in more than 20 states throughout the country. His accomplishments have been recognized in various ways, such as an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and being listed multiple times in the Alabama edition of Super Lawyers for civil litigation defense.

Order Gamble's Alabama Rules of Evidence

As time has passed, Terry's reputation for being "the Dean of Evidence" has expanded. He has taught Evidence courses at Birmingham School of Law (where he has been selected by the students as Professor of the Year on several occasions), The University of Alabama School of Law, and Cumberland School of Law. Because of his reputation and experience in the law of Evidence, Terry was appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Alabama Rules of Evidence, in which he serves as co-chair of the sub-committee on Hearsay.

In the summer of 2012, Terry joined Charles Gamble and Robert Goodwin as co-author of McElroy's Alabama Evidence and Gamble's Alabama Rules of Evidence, the leading treatises on Alabama evidence that are "must reads" for any Alabama practitioner. Terry routinely gives CLE presentations on evidentiary issues, and he does so with expertise and a little humor.

In addition to his trial experience, Terry's appellate practice has expanded, as clients seek to take advantage of his expertise for preserving the trial record for appeal. Terry also stays active in the field of education law. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a university administrator, obtaining master's and doctorate degrees of education, both with a 4.0 G.P.A. He stays active in various education organizations, publishes and lectures regularly in the area of education law, and regularly advises college administrators and Greek organizations.

Terry received his bachelor of business administration (finance) degree from Auburn University. While at Auburn, he served as president of the Student Government Association and was inducted into Spades Honor Society, an honor given each year to the ten most influential seniors. After working as a university administrator and obtaining his masters and doctoral degrees, he attended The University of Alabama School of Law where he was named to the Order of the Coif, a member of the managing board of the Alabama Law Review, a member of the Jessup International Moot Court Team, and a summa cum laude graduate.

Outside of his legal and teaching careers, Terry is an active member of his church and he supports many local charities and educational organizations such as the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, Jimmie Hale Mission, and John Carroll Catholic High School.


  • B.A., Auburn University, 1991
  • M.Ed., University of Montevallo, 1993 Highest Honors
  • Ed. D., University of Alabama, 1996 Highest Honors
  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 1999 summa cum laude


  • Alabama, 1999

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