W. Larkin Radney, IV

W. Larkin Radney, IV










Birmingham, AL

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  • B.A., Tulane University, 1995 cum laude
  • J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, 1998 magna cum laude


  • Alabama, 1998

Larkin Radney joined Lightfoot, Franklin & White in 1998 and is admitted to practice in all Alabama state and federal courts, the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Middle District of Florida, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. His practice is focused in the areas of environmental and toxic tort litigation, where he has handled cases involving complex mass torts, environmental class actions, groundwater contamination, air pollution, water pollution, asbestos exposure, silica exposure, benzene exposure, exposure to various pesticides and chemicals, and disputes over water rights. Larkin has also represented clients in a variety of individual toxic tort, premises liability, and product liability claims. In addition, he has extensive experience in Superfund litigation, and provides clients with legal services and advice relating to state and federal environmental laws and regulations. Larkin also has extensive experience challenging federal agency actions under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

After graduating with honors from Tulane University in 1995, Larkin earned his J.D. at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. While at Lewis & Clark, he was a member of the Environmental Law Review, the nation’s oldest law review dedicated to issues of environmental law, and received a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law along with his J.D. Mr. Radney was admitted to the Alabama bar in 1998, and is a member of the American Bar Association Sections of Litigation and Environment, Energy and Resources. He is an active member of the Alabama State Bar Association, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Alabama State Bar Environmental Law Section. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute.

Representative Matters:

  • Defending the owner of a coal tar refinery in a lawsuit brought by over 1200 individual plaintiffs alleging property damage and personal injury from facility air emissions.
  • Defending the owner of a paper mill against claims that its air emissions caused childhood asthma in the surrounding community.
  • Defending the owner of a former fertilizer plant in a class action in the Florida panhandle alleging property damage from a plume of underground contaminants.
  • Representing numerous clients in asbestos cases alleging that exposure to various products (including friction products, gaskets, packing, and external insulation) caused mesothelioma and other malignancies, including winning numerous cases on summary judgment and successfully defending the results on appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court.
  • Serving as court-appointed coordinating defense counsel in a number of asbestos cases consolidated in a special asbestos docket in Jefferson County, Alabama.
  • Representing a gasket manufacturer against claims that its product leaked and caused the plaintiff to inhale a fatal dose of industrial chemicals.
  • Representing the owner of an ammonia production facility against numerous wrongful death claims arising from accidents on its premises.
  • Defending a supermarket against allegations that its operations constituted a nuisance that diminished the value of neighboring properties.
  • Representing a variety of clients against single-plaintiff claims alleging injury from exposure to various chemicals, including silica dust, pesticides, PAHs, isocyanates, and other industrial chemicals.
  • Defending a chemical manufacturer against a class action alleging its operations had contaminated waters and sediments in a major lake.
  • Advising a variety of clients on compliance with state and federal environmental statutes and regulations.
  • Representing the State of Alabama in its long-standing dispute with the State of Georgia and the United States Army Corps of Engineers over interstate water rights.

Though most of his cases involve complex scientific issues, Larkin enjoys the challenge of condensing the technical issues in a case and presenting them to judge and jury in a simple, direct, and forceful manner. This involves working closely with leading experts in the fields of geology, meteorology, hydrology, toxicology, epidemiology, pathology, industrial hygiene, engineering and medicine. Larkin believes that with diligence, creativity, and hard work even the most complex issues can be honed down to a handful of salient scientific and legal points that compel a favorable outcome for his clients.

Outside of work, Larkin enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. A native of Alexander City, Alabama, Larkin and his family spend as much time as possible on Lake Martin. Larkin is also an active musician, and plays the drums for a local blues band. He also enjoys all kinds of fishing, but particularly offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

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