General Information

Year founded: 1988
This is the year the firm (or its earliest predecessor entity) was founded.
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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 & Payne P.C., 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.


Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C. is metro ranked in 17 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Tier 1 for Appellate Practice
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Education Law
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment

About Our Clients

Our clients are businesses, corporations, professionals (doctors, dentists, accountants, other lawyers, and so forth), public entities (school boards, municipalities, county governments, law enforcement), and individuals.


Regional Rankings

Tier 1 for Appellate Practice
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Education Law
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Mediation
Tier 1 for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Tax Law
Tier 1 for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Tier 2 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Tier 2 for Corporate Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - ERISA
Tier 2 for Litigation - First Amendment
Tier 2 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 3 for Litigation - Intellectual Property

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • 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

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C. has 17 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C. eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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Male: 26
Female: 8
Of Counsel (but not partners)
Male: 1
Female: 1
Male: 2
Female: 2
Female: 7
Non-Legal Employees
Male: 3
Female: 29

Main Location

Huntsville, AL
2101 West Clinton Avenue, Suite 102
P.O. Box 2087
Huntsville, AL 35805-3093
United States
256-535-1100 Call our Huntsville, AL location at 256-535-1100 Get Directions Get directions to our Huntsville, AL location

Management and Personnel

Vice President
Bert Moore
Secretary, Board of Directors
Corey W. Jenkins
Board of Directors
Sam H. Givhan
Board of Directors
George E. Knox
Board of Directors
Paul B. Seeley


Business & Corporate Services
John R. Wynn
Intellectual Property
Gerald M. Walsh
Workers' Compensation
D. Edward Starnes
Banking and Finance
Paul Seeley
Real Estate
Bert Moore
Medical Malpractice
George Knox
Technology Law
Corey W. Jenkins
Nori D. Horton
Commercial Real Estate
Sam H. Givhan
Commercial Real Estate
Suzanne D. Currie
Medical Malpractice
Amanda R. Coolidge
Federal Government Contracting
Fred L. Coffey
Labor and Employment Law
David J. Canupp
Commercial Real Estate
Katie A. Beasley
Medical Malpractice
Dan F. Beasley
Commercial Real Estate
John R. Baggette
Real Estate
Chad W. Ayres
Medical Malpractice
P. Scott Arnston
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