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About Me

I am passionate representing people in complex litigation involving catastrophic injuries.

Holding wrongdoers accountable is a tremendous satisfaction. I do believe that the civil justice system is a powerful tool for positive change.


Practice Areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 19%
    34 years, 75 cases
  2. Wrongful Death: 19%
    34 years, 100 cases
  3. Brain Injury: 19%
    34 years, 100 cases
  4. Personal Injury: 19%
    34 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. Other: 24%
  6. More 



Contingent (20-40%), Free Consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • David M Schloss

    I have been privileged to know Bill Lightfoot for over 25 years. Bill has the skill, patience, zealousness, and experience to achieve the very best results for all of his clients. His reputation in the DC legal community is unmatched, and he is held in the same high regard by not only his peers in the plaintiff's bar but also by defense attorneys and judges. His track record of success is built on not simply meeting his client's expectations but surpassing them. I unreservedly give Bill my highest endorsement.


    David Schloss Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Larry Van Roberts

    I have known Bill for several years now and not only is Bill a great trial lawyer who has a thorough understanding of what it takes to get the best results for his clients, but he also is a great person. I highly endorse Bill.


    Larry Van Roberts Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

2020 K Street Nw
Suite 840
Washington, DC, 20006

2001 Pennsylvania Avenue Nw
Washington, DC, 20006



DCActive 198005/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Best LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Attorney of the Year "Good Scout" AwardNational Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America2008
DiplomateNational College of Trial Advocacy2008
The Best Lawyers in America 2006N/A2006
Personal Injury Plaintiff:ProductsSuper Lawyers2005
Community Service AwardLeadership Washington2002
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerKoonz, McKenney, Johnson, De Paolis & Lighftoot1980 - Present
Councilmember At-LargeCouncil Of The District Of Columbia1988 - 1996
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American College of Trial LawyersN/A2010 - Present
American Law InstituteN/A2001 - Present
District of Columbia Disability and Tenure CommissionMember2001 - 2014
Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaN/A2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
National Board of Trial AdvocacyBoard certified in trial advocacy1994 - 2012
District Of Columbia Association of Trial LawyersTreasurer1985 - 1985
Leadership WashingtonN/A1984 - Present
Washington Bar AssociationN/A1983 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A1981 - Present
District of Columbia BarN/A1980 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Schooner v MaybinLightfoot won jury verdict of $3,000,000
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Publication NameTitleDate
Washington LawyerSon Of No-fault1996
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawN/AJD1977
Howard UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
American Association for Justice Annual Convention 2011Order of Proof: Thinking Through the Presentation for Maximum Persuasion2011
American Association for Justice Annual Convention 2008Captivating the Jury2008