Melody Hurdle Eagan represents clients primarily in the areas of product liability and personal injury litigation. She has extensive experience in cases involving fires and explosions, as well as cases involving catastrophic injuries. She also represents pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in personal injury litigation. Melody serves as regional counsel for a number of product manufacturers, and she has successfully tried numerous product liability cases to verdict throughout the Southeast. She understands that the key to handling most product liability cases is a detailed understanding of the product’s design and utility, and because of her experience and attention to detail, she is at home dealing with complex engineering concepts, picking apart experts’ theories and defending her clients’ products.
Melody is currently serving as Managing Partner of Lightfoot, Franklin & White.
Melody has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© 2011-18 for her product liability practice, as well as by Mid-South Super Lawyers 2016-17 and Alabama Super Lawyers 2011-15.
In addition to her trial practice, Melody serves as appellate counsel for a number of clients. She assists them not only with appeals, but also with preparation and oral argument of dispositive or other significant pretrial motions at the trial court level.
- Defense verdict for a gas valve manufacturer after 2-week jury trial in South Carolina where two propane workers who were servicing a tank at the time of a gas explosion suffered serious life-altering burns and claimed out-of-pocket damages in excess of $3.5 million.
- Defense verdict for a family practice doctor in a wrongful death medical malpractice case in Alabama, where the patient’s widow alleged that her husband died as a result of the doctor’s prescription of a hormone treatment in combination with a weight loss medication.
- Defense verdict in a burn injury case in Mississippi against an industrial valve manufacturer, in which the plaintiffs claimed that a design defect in the valve allowed acid to be released from a pipeline and demanded $9 million in compensatory damages in closing.
- Mandamus and reversal by the Alabama Supreme Court of a trial court order allowing an inspection by plaintiffs’ expert of a client’s tire manufacturing plant.
- Rule 702 exclusion of numerous experts in both Federal and State Court cases, including exclusion of an expert chemist’s testimony upheld on appeal by both the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and the Alabama Supreme Court.
- Representation of a major appliance manufacturer in fire and serious burn injury cases throughout the Southeast, including cases in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.
- Regional counsel for a Fortune 500 worldwide company that manufactures products and provides engineering services for a wide range of industrial, commercial and consumer markets.
In addition to her legal practice, Melody is an active member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA), an organization of more than 1000 attorneys dedicated to the defense of civil actions and the promotion of fairness and integrity in the civil justice system. She served as the president of ADLA in 2012-13, only the third woman ever elected to the office. Before her presidency, Melody served as a director and officer for the association, was chairperson for the ADLA Trial Academy from 1999-2001, and has served as a faculty member and speaker for both the Trial Academy and the ADLA Deposition Boot Camp. Melody is also a member of the Defense Research Institute, where she has served as a State Liaison for the DRI Women in the Law Committee.
Outside the Office
Melody’s interests outside of work focus primarily on her family, her church and music. She is married to a trial lawyer, is a proud mother and is a classically-trained musician. Melody plays piano frequently at her church, teaches children’s Sunday School and serves as a lay Eucharistic minister and in other church leadership roles. She has been a long-time supporter and fund raiser for the American Heart Association, as well as served on the Board of Directors for Magic Moments. Melody also enjoys running, singing and playing with her two young boys.