Alex F. Lankford, III
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC honors the life of its dear friend and member, Alexander Fillmore Lankford, III. Alex passed away peacefully on July 28,2018 at his home in Mobile, Alabama. He is remembered as a devoted, loving and loyal husband, father and grandfather. He is also remembered as an outstanding lawyer and devoted law partner. Alex was 91 years old and was an active member of the firm's admiralty practice for over sixty years. He loved the practice of law and, remarkably, kept regular office hours and assisted clients beyond his 90th birthday.
Born in 1927 in Wilmington, North Carolina to Alex F. Lankford, Jr. and Pauline Guest Lankford, Alex was raised in Gadsden, Alabama. He graduated from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN, then served in the U.S. Navy. Having earned a four-year track scholarship, he graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1950, where he met his future bride, Molly. Alex and Molly were married in 1951.
Alex received his LLB from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1952 and served on the Board of Editors of the Alabama Law Review. Before joining Hand Arendall in 1956, he served as law clerk for the Honorable Daniel H. Thomas, United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama. Alex was a tenacious advocate and thoughtful counselor. Known for his intellect, energy, and loyalty, his clients found him to be a trusted advisor and faithful friend. During his career, he handled hundreds upon hundreds of maritime cases. In 1974, he argued (and won) a case before the United States Supreme Court. A member of the Consular Corps (Chairman 1985-86), he served as Honorary Consul for Bolivia, S.A. from 1966-2017. He served as president of the Mobile County Bar Association in 2000. In 2012, he was honored by Best...