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

Samuel H. Franklin is the 68th President of the American College of Trial Lawyers. A former President of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, he has been active in State Bar matters, including serving as a member of the Board of Bar Commissioners from 1991 through 2000; a member of the Board of Disciplinary Appeals of the Alabama State Bar from 2000 to 2008; President of the Alabama Law Foundation, and a Fellow in both the American Bar and Alabama Law Foundations. He has been listed for years in various categories in The Best Lawyers in America: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation. Mr. Franklin is listed in The International Who’s Who Legal: Litigation, and Chambers USA recognizes him as a Leading Individual for Litigation (Alabama). Mr. Franklin is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, and was awarded the Peter Perlman Service Award from that organization. In recent years, Mr. Franklin has been active in fundraising efforts to assist various legal organizations as part of his commitment to improving access to civil justice for Alabama’s most needy citizens. In 2006, he received the Commissioners Award from the State Bar recognizing his service to the profession. He currently serves on the board of the Birmingham Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program, has served as Chairman of the BVLP Private Bar Campaign for 2013, and was part of the leadership for the same campaign for 2016.