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Lanier Ford, a full-service law firm in Huntsville, Alabama, is the firm of choice for sophisticated clients in need of practical legal solutions. We are proud to represent an impressive range of clientele, from large, national insurance carriers and local governmental entities to technology startups and individuals.  Our clients tell us that they select our firm not only because we have highly rated attorneys, but also because our attorneys are client focused and results driven. As a firm, we strive to build long-term relationships with our individual, corporate, business, and governmental clients.  Our commitment to excellent professional service is strengthened by our single-office model and a culture of collaboration among practice groups.

Lanier Ford’s history in the Huntsville community dates back to 1899 when Milton N. Lanier, Sr., opened his solo practice.  Shortly afterwards, Earle Ford began his practice in 1916.  Attorneys from the predecessor firms of Lanier Shaver & Herring and Ford, Caldwell, Ford & Payne not only provided quality legal services throughout the 20th century, but also established a culture of community leadership that continues today.  In 1988, the two firms merged to form Lanier Ford Shaver and Payne, one of Alabama’s largest firms at that time.  The firm focused from the beginning on recruiting talented lawyers to provide its increasingly sophisticated clientele with the best advice available.  In 2009 the firm joined Huntsville’s skyline after moving into its current location at the corner of Clinton Avenue and Memorial Parkway.  Like the rest of the Rocket City, Lanier Ford has an eye to the future and values innovation and creativity in providing services to clients.

Firm Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Education Law
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Franchise Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Information Technology Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Banking and Finance
  • Litigation – First Amendment
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Litigation – Municipal
  • Litigation – Real Estate
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Patent Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Venture Capital Law
  • Water Law
  • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

SuperLawyers.com has named five Lanier Ford attorneys as Super Lawyers for 2018:

  • J. R. Brooks in the area of business litigation.
  • Daniel Beasley in the area of medical malpractice.
  • George Royer in the area of local and municipal law.
  • Woody Sanderson in the area of civil litigation.
  • Greg Burgess in the area of civil litigation.

In addition, Superlawyers.com named the following lawyers as Rising Stars for 2018:

  • Travis Jackson in the area of workers’ compensation.
  • Graham Burgess in the area of banking law.
  • David Canupp in the area of employment litigation
  • Lauren Smith in the area of labor and employment law.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers patented selection process involves peer nominations, independent research, and peer evaluations. Selected through the same process, Rising Stars must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.

Up to 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named Super Lawyers; and no more than 2.5 percent are named Rising Stars.

With attorneys recognized throughout Alabama, the Huntsville-based law firm of Lanier Ford provides the sophisticated advice and advocacy expected of a much larger firm with the personal attention and responsiveness of a smaller firm.

The firm provides services for a wide variety of clients: businesses, corporations, providers of professional services (doctors, accountants, engineers, and other lawyers), cities, county governments, school boards, law-enforcement agencies, non-profit organizations, and individuals.

Among other issues, the firm’s attorneys regularly advise clients about starting, buying, growing, and selling businesses; such day-to-day operational issues of any private- or public-sector organization as taxes, employment law, financing, collections, and intellectual property; and such personal concerns as wills, estate planning, retirement planning, marital planning, probate, trusts, guardians, conservators, and real estate purchases and investments.

The firm’s attorneys litigate, mediate, or arbitrate cases involving professional liability, governmental liability, employment discrimination, civil rights, commercial disputes, personal injury, wrongful death, construction disputes, bankruptcy, securities, and shareholders’ rights—among many others.