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“Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I’ll tell you a story.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

The place where your business or your life meets the legal system is a cliff.

To not fall off the cliff requires two things.

Trust. And, someone to tell your story.

Trust between lawyer and client. And a narrative that persuades, whatever the audience—judge or jury, prosecutor or regulator, adversary or ally.

I base my practice first on trust, then on persuasion.


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Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 60%
    26 years
  2. Litigation: 40%
    26 years

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Contact info

Lightfoot, Franklin & White, L.L.C.

400 20th St North
The Clark Building
Birmingham, AL, 35203-3200


MSAuthorized to practice law200207/18/2016
ALAuthorized to practice law199607/19/2016
DCActive 199107/06/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 198907/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Special CounselHouse Committee On Banking and Financial Services1995 - 1995
AttorneyCovington & Burling1990 - 1995
ClerkJudge David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court Of Appeals For The D.C. Circuit1989 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime CommitteeMember1995 - Present
American Inns of CourtMember1990 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Washington University in St. LouisFiction WritingM.F.A.1986
Institut d'Etudes EuropeenesEuropean StudiesCertificat1985
Washington and Lee UniversityPolitics and FrenchBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Network of Trial Law Firms, New York, New YorkCost versus Value: Beyond Budgets, Towards Trust2009
White-Collar Crime seminar held by Professor Pam Bucy, University of Alabama School of LawPublic Corruption Cases2008
The Basics of Electronic Discovery, Alabama Bar Institute on Continuing Legal EducationPrivilege and Ethics2008
Sminar held by Judge John Carroll, Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, AlabamaElectronic Discovery2008
Pretrial Advocacy SeminarElectronic Discovery2008
Network of Trial Law FirmsElectronic Documents, But Real Money: Controlling E-Discovery Costs2008
District of Columbia Judicial Circuit Judicial ConferenceNew E-Discovery Rules: Emerging Legal Issues2008
Alabama Bar Institute on Continuing Legal EducationEffect of the Subprime Disaster on the Legal Profession2008