James W. Gibson

James W. Gibson










Birmingham, AL

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  • A.B., A.B.J., University of Georgia, 2006 magna cum laude
  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2009


  • Alabama, 2009

Legal experience, perspective, and practice

James Gibson has the courtroom experience and skills of a much more senior lawyer. He has helped try cases as diverse as a multi-week medical malpractice trial involving the death of a three year old child and an arbitration against claimants who sought millions of dollars in property loss and punitive damages. He was also an integral part of the trial team in a multi-week product liability case in federal court involving two international manufacturing defendants. He develops complex cases, takes them to trial if necessary, and cares for clients in a cost-efficient and results-oriented manner while doing so.

James’ practice focuses on product liability, medical malpractice, and consumer fraud defense.  He has also handled business disputes, toxic torts cases, legal malpractice cases, construction defect claims, and class actions. He takes great pride in learning the nuances of his clients’ businesses and using that knowledge to their strategic benefit at all stages of the litigation process, including fact and expert discovery, dispositive motion practice, and, if needed, the appellate process.

Each case is different, and James knows how to build legal strategies for any circumstance with any desired result. Some matters are likely trial candidates from day one—and James aggressively works those cases with a jury in mind at all times. Other times, the client’s goal is prompt resolution—and James knows how to quickly identify and develop pressure points in a case that can limit its value and lead to a quick and cost-effective settlement.

Pre-Lightfoot training

Before joining Lightfoot, James attended Vanderbilt Law School, where in his third year, he received the Outstanding Clinical Student Award for excellence in clinical fieldwork and legal representation. He was also a finalist in the school’s Mock Trial Competition, elected President of the Vanderbilt Law School Ambassadors, and served as an editor of one of the school’s legal journals. He received dual undergraduate degrees from the University of Georgia Honors College, both magna cum laude.

Outside the office

Outside of work, James is the proud husband to another Birmingham lawyer and father to two young sons, Andrew and Thomas. James is Vanderbilt Law School’s 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. He gives back to the community by serving on the Board of Directors at the Horizons School, a residential school providing social and career independence to young adults with learning disabilities. He is also an avid sports fan and active musician. James is a member of Red Mountain Church, where he can often be found playing a Gibson (no relation) guitar on Sundays.

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