Warren Lightfoot Completes Year at Helm of American College of Trial Lawyers
Birmingham, Alabama (November 1, 2003) — Lightfoot, Franklin & White senior partner Warren B. Lightfoot recently completed his term as the 53rd President of the American College of Trial Lawyers, widely considered to be the premier professional organization in America. Mr. Lightfoot was inducted as a Fellow of the College in 1984 and has served as a voting member of the Board of Regents, the governing body of the College, for seven years. An alumnus of the University of Alabama School of Law, he has practiced law in Birmingham for thirty-nine years. Mr. Lightfoot is a Past-President of both the Alabama State Bar and the Birmingham Bar Association and was the 1988 recipient of the Walter P. Gewin Award for outstanding service to the Alabama Bench and Bar in Continuing Legal Education.
Founded in 1950, the American College of Trial Lawyers comprises the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only, and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province, and lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years’ trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute persons accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
Lightfoot, Franklin & White is home to two other Fellows of the College, Samuel H. Franklin and Jere F. White, Jr., both of whom are active in the work of the College.