Mary Lightfoot's practice focuses on tort litigation defense, including product liability, toxic torts, mass torts, and catastrophic injury claims. She has also defended clients in employment, construction and medical malpractice matters. Along with her partner, Doug Larson, she has been retained by leading manufacturers to manage and defend monumental litigation dockets arising from the government investigation of breast implants, Ford Explorer tires and medical devices. Together, they successfully defended the only recalled tire cases to be tried in California to verdict or decision after the 2000 voluntary recall of certain tires used on the Ford Explorer, one of the largest product recalls in U.S. history.
University of California at Davis, 1981, Bachelor of Arts in History
University of California Hastings College of Law, 1988, J.D.; finalist in the David E. Snodgrass Moot Court Competition.
Ms. Lightfoot is admitted to all Courts of the State of California; U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California, and is a member of the State Bar of California.
Associations and Publications
Ms. Lightfoot is an active member of the Los Angeles Bar Association, the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. She also serves as a contributing editor for the California chapters of Tort Liability Desk Reference (2010-present), Product Liability Desk Reference (1998-present), and Business Torts: A Fifty-State Guide (2019-present), each of which is published annually by CCH Incorporated; managing editors Mort F. Daller and Nicholas Daller.
Published cases: Stephen v. Ford Motor Co. (2005) 134 Cal. App. 4th 1363.
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating (5.0 out of 5.0)
Ms. Lightfoot's practice focuses on all aspects of general and complex civil litigation, with an emphasis in product liability, toxic torts, including asbestos litigation, and mass tort litigation.