Wesley B. Gilchrist

Wesley B. Gilchrist

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

  • A.B., Harvard College, 1998 cum laude
  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 2005 summa cum laude

Admitted

  • Alabama, 2005

Unlike most trial lawyers, Wes works well with numbers. After earning an economics degree from Harvard, he worked on Wall Street for four years in investment banking and equity research covering IT and software companies. He enjoys analyzing financial statements, can run a DCF model, and, as his clients appreciate, knows the value of a dollar (and the importance of a good return).

Wes brings this experience to bear in business and financial disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has represented individual investors, private equity firms, broker dealers, investment banks, national and regional commercial banks, and insurance companies in a variety of matters. He has particular experience in cases involving representations and warranties in stock purchase agreements, accountant liability, fraudulent transfers of assets, misappropriation of trade secrets, and interference with contractual relations. This experience has earned him recognition as a Rising Star in business litigation in Alabama by Super Lawyers magazine since 2011, in just his fifth year of practice.

Because our firm does not limit its lawyers to practice groups, Wes also has handled significant matters involving toxic torts and product liability. He has represented defendants in antitrust, insurance, and consumer protection class actions, as well as cases involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Wes graduated summa cum laude in 2005 from The University of Alabama School of Law and then clerked for Judge Ed Carnes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association's Civil Court Procedures Committee and the Birmingham Volunteer Laywers Program.

Outside of work, Wes enjoys spending time with his wife and keeping up with their three children. Wes serves on the vestry of All Saints Episcopal Church in Homewood, Alabama, and was recently elected president of the board of directors of The Community Kitchens of Birmingham, a non-profit that operates two soup kitchens in Birmingham.