Sara Anne Ford

Sara Anne Ford

Partner

   

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Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC

The Clark Building
400 20th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
205-581-0700 (phone)
205-581-0799 (facsimile)

Education

  • B.S., Mississippi State University, 1979 magna cum laude
  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1984 with distinction

Admitted

  • Alabama, 1996
  • Georgia, 1984

During her 25+ years in practice, Sara’s focus has been business litigation. She regularly defends claims brought against banks, insurance companies, mortgage lenders and other financial services providers. Sara often defends product manufacturers in dealer/manufacturer litigation. In recent years, Sara has handled a number of significant shareholder disputes, both for shareholders challenging corporate or majority shareholder conduct and for companies and shareholders defending such challenges. She has tried more than ten cases to verdict, has defended at least 20 arbitration proceedings to conclusion, and has been recognized by the Alabama edition of Super Lawyers for business litigation since 2011 and the Alabama edition of Best Lawyers for her commercial, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities litigation.

In addition to her handling of disputes between individual litigants, Sara regularly handles class action litigation, principally for defendants. She has defended more than 50 putative class actions, ranging in subject matter from federal claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, RICO and the federal securities laws to state law claims involving claimed vehicle defects and financial and insurance products. She is one of relatively few lawyers who has tried a class action. Sara serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Alabama Law School for both Class Actions and Litigation Strategy.

Away from work, Sara enjoys traveling with her husband.  She has two almost grown sons, one a first-year medical student and the other a freshman in college.