Melody Eagan understands that attention to details makes the difference.
Melody has decades of experience defending clients in high-stakes catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. A trusted regional counsel for a number of manufacturers, Melody has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict throughout the Southeast. She understands that the key to handling product liability cases is a detailed understanding of the product’s design and utility, and because of her experience and attention to detail, Melody is at home presenting complex engineering concepts to juries in an easy-to-understand fashion, picking apart experts’ theories and defending her clients’ products.
In addition to her product liability practice, Melody regularly represents doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice cases. She also serves as appellate counsel for a number of clients, assisting them not only with appeals but also preparation and oral argument of dispositive and other significant pretrial motions at the trial court level.
Melody, Lightfoot's current managing partner, is the first woman to lead the firm in its history. She is also on the firm's Executive Committee. Melody previously served as the president of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA) in 2012-13, only the third woman ever elected to the office. Melody is also a member of the 2018 Leadership Alabama class.
Melody’s interests outside of work focus primarily on her family, her church, and music. Married to a trial lawyer, she is a proud mother and classically trained musician. Melody plays piano at her church, teaches children’s Sunday school, and serves in various church leadership roles, including a recent election to the Vestry, reflecting her deep commitment to her faith community. In addition to her church activities, she has recently been appointed to the Board of Better Basics, furthering her dedication to educational and community development. Her past volunteer experiences include being a fundraiser for the American Heart Association and serving on the Board of Directors for Magic Moments, a wish-granting organization for children in Alabama with chronic life-threatening illnesses. Melody also enjoys singing, working out her stress on the Peloton, and spending time with her children, who range in age over a 20+ year span.