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Behind The Trial

Oct 7, 2021

Sam Franklin is a partner of Lightfoot Franklin & White, the Birmingham, Alabama litigation boutique he co-founded in 1990. Franklin has devoted himself to trying cases since the earliest days in the practice, cutting his teeth on small local cases and working his way to the level of the bet-the-company cases he is best...


May 18, 2021

Episode 10 of Behind the Trial features an interview with Mike McKool. As chairman and a founder of McKool Smith, Mike is largely responsible for creating what The Wall Street Journal describes as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.” Established in 1991, the firm has amassed 21...


Sep 30, 2019

Episode 9 of Behind the Trial features an interview with Beth Wilkinson, one of the most accomplished trial lawyers in the country. Beth began her legal career in the United States Army's Judge Advocate General Corps and continued her pubic service in the US Department of Justice. First as Assistant U.S. Attorney for...


Apr 11, 2019

In episode 8 of Behind the Trial, we speak to giant of the trial bar, Gary Naftalis. Gary heads the litigation department and serves as firm co chair at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel in New York. Known for his defense work on high stakes civil, criminal and regulatory matters, Gary went Behind the Trial to share the...


Mar 13, 2019

Episode 07 of Behind the Trial, co-presented by the trial firm of McKool Smith and Benchmark Litigation, features an interview with Diane Sullivan of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Diane is considered one of the most prominent trial lawyers, having secured high stake defense verdicts for Johnson & Johnson, ESPN, GE, Merck, and...