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William P. Lightfoot

Personal injury Attorney at Washington, DC

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 43 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 46 years
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1980
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1977
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Brain injury
    Many clients have suffered catastrophic brain injuries due to trauma, smoke inhalation, or medical error.

    43 years, 100 cases

  2. Car accident
    The District of Columbia has many rules of the road to protect pedestrians, bicyclists and car drivers. When these rules are violated, an injured person may sue for money damages.

    43 years, 500 cases

  3. Medical malpractice
    Medicine is regulated by national standards of safe care. When these safety standards are not met, then health care professionals, and hospitals make mistakes that cause harm to patients. The patients have a right to sue for money damages.

    43 years, 75 cases

  4. Personal injury
    My entire legal career has been devoted to representing people who are physically injured due to someone else's fault. I look for cases that will change unsafe conditions on the job, in medicine, manufacturing, or running a business.

    43 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Wrongful death
    Death may be caused by conditions that at first appear to be no one's fault. I constantly represent families whose loved one was killed in a manner that is suspicious and difficult to prove without a thorough investigation. .

    43 years, 100 cases

  6. Spinal cord injury


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.



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Posted by Kenneth | May 20, 2012
Very diligent and caring lawyer
They don't come any better than William P. Lightfoot. He is a very attentive, caring, extremely knowledgeable, and expeditious lawyer. He kept us informed and encouraged throughout the entire process. We thank God for him and his team of professionals. If you ever need a lawyer he is the man to call.
Posted by Ebony | May 16, 2014
I made the right choice with William Lightfoot
I was in a car accident that changed the progressive trajectory of my life. William Lightfoot and his assistant Erika Thompson handled my case attentively and with diligence in addressing my concerns. He made himself available to meet with me and was patient in ensuring I understood all aspects of my case and the process of litigation. I have no doubt I made the right choice in having Mr. Lightfoot represent me in my case and I recommend him without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2012
William P. Lightfoot
Bill Lightfoot is an outstanding lawyer who always put my interests first. He kept me informed about all important developments in my case and made the entire experience a very positve one for me.
Posted by Eunice | November 16, 2010
Justin Beall of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot
I came to Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot seeking assistance and answers regarding the death of my husband. I was assigned to Mr. Justin Beall, who greeted me with warmth, compassion, understanding and patience. He never kept me waiting for a response via phone or email, and made a very difficult time of mouring and grieving transition into a sense of security and confidence.
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Posted by Adriene J | October 23, 2010
It Pays to Go Natural!
This past June 24, 2010, the Master Colorist and Salon Manager at ULTA Hair Salon in Silver Spring, Md caused ALL of my nearly shoulder length hair to fall out. Thanks to the hair relaxer and color she applied the SAME day with a Redken blend she created herself to experiment with covering the gray while trying to create a "highlight" effect, my hair dropped out in clumps for hours afterwards. By the end of the day, just a few brittle, thin, stripped and unsalvageable strands remained precariously attached to my head. My scalp severely stung and itched in spite of the almond oil I applied to soothe it. As soon as the salon opened the next morning, I called my stylist (with whom I had established a solid, six month old relationship by seeing her weekly or every two weeks) in order to explain the condition of my hair and scalp. She said she was too booked that busy Friday to see me. She recommended I keep my weekly appointment the following week when I was coming in for my hot oil treatment, anyway. I was incredulous that she failed to see me immediately in order to observe and evaluate the condition of the hair and scalp I had very carefully described for her. It was that blatant indifference that informed my decision to file a formal complaint against this stylist/salon manager not to mention the anger I felt at what she had clearly taken for granted - the NEVER LESS than $20.00 tips for my services that averaged $90-100.00 per visit.They were sometimes higher and, thus, were her tips. After my stylist jumped off the phone, I immediately called ULTA corporate offices in Chicago. The Customer Complaint team offered to reimburse the paltry $130.00 it cost me for services that day. Upon hearing their "remedy," I called a friend - also an attorney - who instantly recommended I get advice from Attorney Bill Lightfoot. I am glad I did. He took my call right away and empathically listened. As soon as I explained my situation, Mr. Lightfoot recommended a strategic approach that included photographing the process of hair loss and seeing a Dermatologist. I did both before I met him for my initial consultation. While sitting in his firm's waiting room, I felt the same embarrassment I felt on the phone when detailing my situation to him. I had begun reading the articles and magazine pieces notable media had published about Mr. Lightfoot and his colleagues. The news, thank you letters and awards hanging from the walls confirmed what I had been told about Mr. Lightfoot. He is good. And he is committed to recovering fair and just damages for victims and victims' families where life or limb is threatened or even lost. I had just lost my hair and THAT was going to grow back! Still, during that single office visit, Mr. Lightfoot never minimized my experience. He quickly assuaged my embarrassment by seriously addressing my hair loss with his full attention. He armed me to take on a major corporation. He strategized with me. During that approximate one hour consultation, I heard his years of experience drill down on exactly 1) what I could expect from the insurance company; 2) how to counter any "low balling" and 3) the fair and reasonable amount of damages I should demand. The headline is: I was paid PRECISELY the damages Mr. Lightfoot recommended I demand ($100.00 per day for the 30 days it took for my last strand to pop out = $3000.00). He also told me to approximate my hair care for the next 6- 8 months. My estimate was $3100.00. Thus, I requested the insurance company award me $6100. Well, thanks to the confidence Mr. Lightfoot instilled in me to handle the insurance company myself with tenacity and conviction, I recently received a check for $6,500! And, my hair is well on its way to being natural and healthy again. So, thanks to his expertise, demeanor and critical analysis, not only does it pay to go natural, it pays to go see Attorney Bill Lightfoot. God bless you, Bill.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-40%
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Trial Attorney
  • Lightfoot Law PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Councilmember At-Large
  • Council Of The District Of Columbia
  • 1988 - 1996


  • Washington University School of Law
  • JD
  • 1977
  • Howard University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Schooner v Maybin
  • Lightfoot won jury verdict of $3,000,000


  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Law Institute
  • 2001 - Present
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1998 - Present
  • Leadership Washington
  • 1984 - Present
  • Washington Bar Association
  • 1983 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • 1981 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • 1980 - Present
  • Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure
  • Chairperson
  • 2003 - 2016
  • District of Columbia Disability and Tenure Commission
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2014
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board certified in trial advocacy
  • 1994 - 2012
  • District Of Columbia Association of Trial Lawyers
  • Treasurer
  • 1985 - 1985
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2017
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Attorney of the Year "Good Scout" Award
  • National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • 2008
  • Diplomate
  • National College of Trial Advocacy
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2006
  • 2006
  • Personal Injury Plaintiff:Products
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Community Service Award
  • Leadership Washington
  • 2002
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  • Washington Lawyer
  • Son Of No-fault
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Plaintiff Success Story: Rules and Beyond Power Point
  • 2018
  • American Association of Justice
  • Advanced Depositions
  • 2018
  • American Association of Justice
  • AAJ Diplomat CLE
  • 2018
  • American Association for Justice
  • Critical Thinking, Planning for Discovery
  • 2018
  • American Association for Justice Annual Convention 2011
  • Order of Proof: Thinking Through the Presentation for Maximum Persuasion
  • 2011
  • American Association for Justice Annual Convention 2008
  • Captivating the Jury
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
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Personal injury Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Workers compensation
Brain injury