Founded in 2016 by Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Thomas R. Bundy, two former Sutherland partners (now Eversheds Sutherland), L&B is a litigation firm with a comprehensive breadth of experience representing and advising clients across a wide spectrum of industries, including numerous Fortune 500 companies. L&B’s value proposition is simple: we combine the sophistication, depth, and rigor of a large law firm with the nimble and agile client experience of a smaller firm. This value proposition serves as the foundation of our firm’s success. Indeed, L&B makes a deep, meaningful investment in each attorney-client relationship, devoting extensive time and resources to learning our clients’ business to better position ourselves to efficiently and effectively address their challenges with real-world, practical solutions. The L&B advantage is a client-centric, solutions-based, lean staffing model that leverages alternative fee arrangements and business acumen.
Our lawyers have the pedigree one expects from large law firms and has been recognized for their accomplishments. Our litigators are regularly singled out by their professional peers for recognition in many of the top legal directories and rankings, including Chambers USA, Best Lawyers®, and Super Lawyers®. Moreover, our Executive Director, Cicely Barber, is also an attorney who served as the former court administrator and chief clerk for the largest trial court in Georgia. Her background provides an unparalleled knowledge of the local courts and personnel that gives us a differentiating expertise and strategic advantage in litigating in Georgia.
We have tried cases in federal and state courts throughout the nation and have appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court and all 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals. We also have extensive experience before federal and state administrative agencies and arbitration panels, including international arbitration forums.
We are keenly aware of the frustration that business clients experience in litigation—sometimes with their lawyers—and believe that we offer a different, client-focused approach. Here’s how we handle matters:
We Define Objectives at the Outset But Are Prepared to Re-evaluate.
We urge clients to define, at the outset of a case, what a “win” would be, with attention to litigation’s collateral consequences. Because new facts often emerge during litigation, we encourage clients to regularly reassess objectives and case valuations.
We Provide Clients With Their Desired Work Product.
Some clients feel they are trapped on a runaway train once they hire a law firm. We believe that listening is especially important when it comes to delivering what the client needs. Most often, however, the client is seeking well-founded advice and analysis, concisely and efficiently delivered, and tailored to the circumstances. We discuss with clients the range of options and costs before significant research is undertaken.
We Provide Preventive Counseling to Help Reduce Cost and Exposure.
The adversary process often sheds light on structural or business practice risks that are difficult to foresee. An important element of our service to clients is to point out ways to lower the risks of future litigation.
We Put Cooperation and Teamwork First.
Cooperation and teamwork are imperative for success and cost-effectiveness when handling one-dimensional cases as well as national, multi-defendant litigation. Outside counsel should check their egos and competitive instincts at the door for the success of the common enterprise and always work cooperatively with their clients. We have been doing this for a long time, and our culture and approach make the difference for our clients.