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G. Courtney French


Office: 205.977.9798
Fax: 205.977.9799


Jennifer Willis, Paralegal
Office: 205.977.9798

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Courtney French is a founding partner of the law firm of Petway, French & Ford, LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. He has devoted his entire legal practice to representing individuals and families who have suffered serious personal injuries and wrongful death. Throughout his career, Courtney has handled numerous cases, which have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients.

Courtney is a lifelong resident of Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English in 1995. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1998. After graduating from law school, Courtney served as a law clerk for Justice Ralph D. Cook of the Supreme Court of Alabama.

Courtney has been recognized by Business Alabama as one of the Top Attorneys of Alabama. He has been named as one of the “Top 40 Lawyers under 40” by National Trial Lawyers. Ebony Magazine has named him one of “50 Future Leaders of America.” Courtney has served as the President of the Alabama Association for Justice and as President of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation. He serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and on the Board of Directors for the Shades Valley YMCA. He serves as a trustee for the National College of Trial Advocacy. Courtney

 frequently speaks across the country to other lawyers regarding emerging legal issues.

Courtney is married to Judge Elisabeth A. French, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge. They are the proud parents of three children. Mr. French is an active member of the Living Stones Temple Church, where he serves as a church musician.


Juris Doctorate (J.D.), 2003

Cumberland School of Law, Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama


Bachelor of Science (B.S.), 1995

Birmingham-Southern College

Birmingham, Alabama

Bar Admissions

Alabama (1998)

District of Columbia (2002)

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama (1998)

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama (1999)

Professional Associations/Memberships

National Bar Association

Birmingham Bar Association

Magic City Bar Association

American Bar Association

Alabama State Bar

Alabama Lawyers Association

Alabama Association for Justice

American Association for Justice

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