History of the Lanier Ford Law Firm

Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C. is the result of a 1988 merger between two of Huntsville's oldest law firms.

At the time of merger, the two firms were named—;xNLx;;xNLx;• Lanier, Shaver & Herring;xNLx;;xNLx;• Ford, Caldwell, Ford & Payne;xNLx;;xNLx;Lanier, Shaver & Herring traces its heritage to 1899 when Milton H. Lanier, Sr., began a solo practice. Ford, Caldwell, Ford & Payne traces its heritage to 1915 when Earle Ford began practice in partnership with William H. Blanton. As separate entities, these two firms and their predecessors provided effective representation to their clients and were active leaders of the legal community in Madison County throughout the 20th century. ;xNLx;;xNLx;In the 21st century, the firm has grown into a full-service law practice that is fully prepared to meet the needs of its individual, business, corporate, and government agency clients. Lanier Ford attorneys assist the residents of Huntsville in setting up their businesses, protecting their intellectual property, establishing comprehensive employee benefit plans, and financing their startups or expansions. The firm's real-estate lawyers help individuals and businesses with facility acquisition and leases, while its litigators help enforce contracts and, when necessary, defend against workers’ compensation claims, among many other issues. When the business matures, the firm guides business owners through the sales process or helps them find the right financial sponsor to take the business to the next level. ;xNLx;;xNLx;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.

1899-01-01 01:00:00

Milton H. Lanier, Sr., begins practicing law.

Mr. Lanier studied under U.S. Circuit Judge David Shelby.

1911-01-01 00:00:00

Betts v. Ballentine

In this case, the Lanier & Pride law firm represented one of the two judges in a dispute over the possession of the key to the jury box for Madison County.

1914-12-01 00:00:00

Kyser v. Hertzler

Mr. Lanier represented the stable owner in this nuisance case.

1915-01-01 01:00:00

Earl Ford begins practicing law

1922-01-01 01:00:00

McBride & McMillan v. Kyle

In this case, Lanier & Pride represented the plaintiff Geneva Kyle, who had bought a mule on the square in Huntsville.

1929-12-01 00:00:00

Sisco v. City of Huntsville

In this case, Lanier & Pride represented the city of Huntsville.

1932-12-01 00:00:00

Westenhaver v. Dunnavant

Both the Lanier, Price & Shaver firm and the Griffin & Ford firm were on the same side (representing the defendants) in this securities case involving blue sky laws.

1933-01-01 01:00:00

Western Union Telegraph Company v. Hill

The Griffin & Ford firm represented the plaintiff in this case, which often appears in law school textbooks to define the tort of assault.

1936-12-01 00:00:00

American Bakeries Company v. City of Huntsville

This is the first case to ever go to the U.S. Supreme Court involving the city of Huntsville (as a city).

1937-01-01 01:00:00

Harbin v. Moore

The Lanier and Ford firms cooperated in the defense of a truck driver, truck owner, and the owner’s insurance carrier in the wrongful-death case involving a pedestrian on the side of a highway being struck by a truck at night.

History of the Lanier Ford Law Firm

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