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Starnes Davis Florie LLP


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What the team is known for

Impressive firm widely regarded as the preeminent force in Alabama's medical malpractice arena, with a strong track record in defending some of the region's largest healthcare providers and long-term care organizations. Also fields an accomplished commercial litigation group, with expertise in construction disputes, environmental claims, IP issues and securities matters. Further noted for its work on consumer class actions. Recent experience handling fraudulent billing claims involving both individual and government plaintiffs.


Sources say:"They set the standard by which all other law firms should be measured."

Sources consider the team members to be "fantastic trial lawyers who handle litigation across the gamut."

"Everyone in this firm carries the reputation of being a trial lawyer who will show up in court and put on an effective fight for a client," confirms an interviewee.

Work highlights

Acted on behalf of Boatright Railroad Products in a contract violation lawsuit worth $190 million, centered around railroad ties which were allegedly not treated properly with wood preservatives.

Defended Legacy Health & Rehabilitation, a nursing home, in a wrongful death medical malpractice case.

Notable practitioners

Bennett White represents an impressive array of medical practitioners and healthcare institutions. He handles disputes involving wrongful death and personal injury claims, among others.

Managing partner of the firm Jay Ezelle 's practice includes representing clients in securities and patent infringement litigation, as well as class actions and ADR.
"He is an excellent attorney who is always available and helpful when he is called on.""He is knowledgeable about the law and provides appropriate advice."

Joe Miller has experience of obtaining favorable verdicts on behalf of medical practitioners. He is recognized for his handling of malpractice lawsuits at trial and appeal.

Michael Florie is very well thought of by peers for his skilled handling of medical malpractice matters. He regularly represents clients from the healthcare sector in wrongful death and personal injury suits.
"He is a first-rate lawyer."

Michael Wright is a renowned litigator in the Alabama market with noted expertise in defending medical practitioners. His practice includes both wrongful death and personal injury cases, as well as medical device litigation.
"He is a first-rate lawyer who does first-rate work.""He is one of the best trial lawyers I have worked with."

Robert MacKenzie is widely recognized for his work on medical malpractice defense, with notable expertise in medical negligence cases.
"He is an outstanding lawyer who finds a path to resolution." "He is one of our best trial lawyers in Alabama because of the way he comes to the court with brilliance and humility."

Thomas Wells regularly defends corporations in high-stakes litigation. His expertise covers contract disputes and RICO violations, among other matters.

Walter Bates heads the medical malpractice group and enjoys a stellar track record in the Alabama Bar for representing physicians and other medical practitioners in litigation. His practice includes acting on wrongful death, personal injury and medical negligence cases.
"He is very well regarded in the malpractice Bar."

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Starnes Davis Florie LLP is a firm of real trial lawyers focused on obtaining the highest value for its clients. While the firm is one of the most experienced in complex litigation in the Southeast and vigorously contests courtroom battles in bet-the-company cases, it also understands that value means more than just winning verdicts. With a lean structure designed to deliver top shelf advice in a cost-effective way, Starnes provides real value by collaborating with its clients to accomplish their goals and enhance their bottom-line. With 60+ lawyers, the firm has offices in Birmingham, AL; Mobile, AL; and Nashville, TN.


Adams, Allison

Axon, Will

Bates, Reed

Bates, Walter W

Bolt, Weathers

Bromberg, Clayton

Butler, Warren

Chamberlain, Sarah

Davis, Richard

Davis, Will

Davis, III, William A.

DeBuys, Billy

Dickens, Scott

Eagan, Chris

Gerheim, Jordan

Gresham, Cole

Greskovich, Madeleine

Harris, Rick

Harrison, Alicia

Hines, Christian

Huntley, Todd

Keenan, Matt

King, Allen

Laird, Andy

Lasserre, Michael

Liles, Beth

MacKenzie, Robert

McCall, John

Miller, Joe

Miller, Joe

Newton, George

Newton, Sybil

Novak, III, Tabor R.

Perkins, Alfred

Piggott, Phil

Presley, Ben

Reese, Joseph

Salter, Scott

Scivley, Michael

Scott, Jr., John P.

Selden, Thomas

Starnes, Will

Stevens, Scott

Stiff, Gray

Still, Stephen

Susman, Jennifer

Walston, Jeannie

Wells, Trey

Wells III, Thomas

Whillock, Amber

White, Bennett

White, J. Bennett

Wood, Alex

Wright, Michael


Starnes Davis Florie LLP


100 Brookwood Place

7th Floor

PO Box 598512




AL 35259

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Litigation: General Commercial

Jay Ezelle
Band 2
Robert MacKenzie
Band 3
Thomas Wells III
Up and Coming

Litigation: Medical Malpractice Defense

J. Bennett White
Band 2
Joe Miller
Band 3
Michael A Florie
Senior Statespeople

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