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Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Defense; Professional Liability; Personal Injury; Commercial Litigation


Billy Bates has been a partner at Starnes Davis Florie for over 30 years and served as the firm’s Managing Partner from 2006 – 2016. Billy’s practice has been devoted to civil litigation to include healthcare litigation, professional medical liability, pharmaceutical liability and medical device litigation. He has tried in excess of 135 complex civil cases to a jury verdict, including cases in defense of product manufacturers, physicians, hospitals and corporations.

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is a past Chairman of the Outreach Committee; Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is a past President of the Alabama Chapter of ABOTA; Super Lawyer in Alabama by Mid-South Super Lawyers® magazine; Best Lawyers in America's “Birmingham Best Lawyers Medical Malpractice Defense Lawyer of the Year” for 2015 and 2020.