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William P. Lightfoot

A Washington DC Injury Lawyer


“…few personal injury lawyers are more effective at winning big judgments for their clients.” -Washingtonian Magazine

William P. Lightfoot, managing partner at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P., devotes his professional and political careers to improving our community. Whether representing the people of Washington, D.C. as clients or as constituents, Mr. Lightfoot has successfully made the metropolitan area safer for everyone.

For eight years, Mr. Lightfoot served as an at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia, where he chaired the Committee on the Judiciary. During his tenure on the Council, he continued to practice personal injury law.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Lightfoot has had experience working as a Washington DC  injury attorney. He has had notable success not only in securing compensation for burn victims and but also in reforming negligent industries. After a series of successful recoveries for children disfigured by scalding water, Mr. Lightfoot’s efforts persuaded utility companies, manufacturers, and landlords to lower temperatures on water heaters and to warn consumers about the risk of burn injuries from scalding water. As a result of his work on behalf of a boy severely burned in a house fire, he received a U.S. Patent for developing a label on an air conditioner. He dedicated the use of the patent to the public.

The National Safe Kids Campaign, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury, cites Mr. Lightfoot’s cases as influential in preventing injuries to children.

Recent successes for individual clients have led to changes in the construction industry and in hospitals. For example:

  • A utility company has changed the procedure used to detect energized electrical lines.
  • A doctor’s office reformed the way it keeps medical records.
  • Workers are now required to wear safety harnesses in elevated work platforms.

In 2008, Mr. Lightfoot received the Attorney of the Year “Good Scout” Award from the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America in recognition for his work to better our community.

Recognition of Mr. Lightfoot’s contributions and professionalism often appears in the media. Since 1992 the Washingtonian Magazine has regularly selected Mr. Lightfoot as one of the best lawyers in the District of Columbia, and he is often quoted on matters of law and politics in the Washington Post and on MSNBC as well as on local television and radio stations.

In February 2011, Mr. Lightfoot spoke at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Annual Convention. In his lecture, Mr. Lightfoot discusses the importance of order of proof.

Recently in a Washington Post article discussing challengers for Mayor Adrian Fenty’s re-election, Mr. Lightfoot, chairman to Mayor Fenty’s re-election campaign, provided his own insight:

“There is no reason to vote him out of office.  He’s made visible improvements. Everyone in the city can see improvements in schools. For any politician, that’s gold. The people dissatisfied with Fenty represent a minority of longtime residents who had grown accustomed to the old, patronage-fueled style of politics in the District.”

Mr. Lightfoot is a graduate of Howard University and Washington University School of Law. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. The National Board of Trial Advocacy certifies him in the field of civil trial advocacy, and he is a Diplomat of the National College of Advocacy. Martindale Hubbell gives him the highest rating as an attorney. He has been married to Cynthiana for thirty-five years and they have two children, Ariana and B.J. Mr. Lightfoot was born on January 3, 1950.

If you would like to contact Mr. Lightfoot or another Virginia, Washington DC or Maryland injury attorney, please call us at one of our offices or fill out a contact form.