Amber M. Whillock

Amber M. Whillock: Attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP AV stamp icon
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Amber is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie. Her practice is devoted to civil litigation including environmental and construction litigation, professional liability defense, financial services claims, and appellate advocacy. She also advises clients regarding regulatory compliance in the environmental and healthcare fields.

Professional Recognition

•fellow of the Birmingham Bar Foundation
•Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Alabama State Bar
•Member of the Young Professionals Advisory Board for the Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference
•Rising Star for the state of Alabama by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine
•AV Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
•Listed in Birmingham’s B-Metro Magazine’s “Top Women Lawyers”
•Listed in Birmingham’s B-Metro Magazine’s 2018 “Top Lawyers” List



•Obtained a favorable opinion from the Supreme Court of Alabama reversing and remanding a trial court’s denial of a client’s request to compel arbitration of claims filed against his business in Baldwin County, Alabama.
•Obtained complete summary judgment in favor of retailer in premises liability case
•Obtained dismissal on behalf of municipal employees of personal injury and property damage claims based on construction of school
•Obtained a defense judgment, which was affirmed on appeal, on behalf of a municipality following federal trial of Clean Water Act and state common law claims involving allegations of stormwater damage by an adjacent property owner
•Represented coal mining operators in administrative and state court actions involving appeals of permits issued by the state environmental and surface mining agencies
•Represented a client in a CERCLA contribution and cost recovery action pertaining to the Alabama Wood Treating Corporation site in Mobile, Alabama
•Represented chemical waste generator in litigation involving personal injury claims arising from explosion of chemical waste

Presentations and Publications

•Obtained summary judgment for civil engineering firm on all claims asserted by developer and homeowners who alleged professional malpractice and negligence in design of mass grading plans for subdivision.
•“When the Job Isn’t Done: The Surety’s Bond Exposure After Project Completion,” presented and published at the Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, April 19, 2018 (Clearwater, FL).
•“Environmental Law and Accountants’ Liability,” presented and published at the 29th Annual Governmental Accounting and Auditing Forum hosted by Alabama Society of Certified Public Accounts and the Association of Government Accountants and Governmental Financial Officers Association of Alabama, December 1, 2016 (Birmingham, AL).
•“Efficiency Guarantees under Surety Bond” and “Impact of Principal’s Bankruptcy,” presented at the 2016 Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, April 21, 2016 (Charleston, SC).
•“Alabama Lien Law,” seminar for the National Association of Credit Management, September 10, 2015 (Birmingham, AL)
•“Environmental Law: What Every Accountant Should Know,” seminar for the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, August 31, 2015 (Huntsville, AL) and August 13, 2015 (Mobile, AL)
•“Sources of Recovery and Liens,” a publication presented at two seminars hosted by the National Business Institute, October 22, 2014 (Huntsville, AL) and October 23, 2014 (Birmingham, AL)
•“EPCRA Tier II Requirements: A Guide for Hazardous Chemical Inventory Reporting,” The EnLaw, Volume 19, No. 1 (Winter 2013)

News & Insights

•SDF Attorneys Bates, Walston & Whillock Named to B-Metro’s 2018 Top Lawyers List
•Twenty-Eight SDF Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•SDF Attorneys Obtain Favorable Opinion From Supreme Court of Alabama
•Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Starnes Attorneys Present at the 2016 Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference
•SDF Attorney Amber Whillock Honored by The Alabama Supreme Court for Her Pro Bono Service
•Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers
•Starnes Davis Florie Announces Its New Partner Amber Whillock
•SDF Attorneys Harrison & Whillock Present at Two NBI Seminars
•Thirty SDF Attorneys Named to Alabama Super Lawyers 2014
•Starnes Attorneys Davis and Whillock Obtain Affirmance by Eleventh Circuit of Defense Verdict in Clean Water Act and Inverse Condemnation Case
•Starnes Attorneys R. Davis & Whillock Assist Client in Obtaining No Further Action Determination from EPA
•Twenty-Six Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers 2013
•Starnes Davis Florie Obtains Fourth Consecutive Affirmance of Surface Mining Client’s NPDES Permit
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorney Amber Whillock Publishes Article in The Enlaw
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Obtain Defense Verdict on Behalf of City in Clean Water Act and Inverse Condemnation Case
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Obtain Summary Judgment for Industrial Client in Air Emissions Case

Fun Facts

Amber started running in the fall of 2015 and has since completed four half marathons and one full marathon, with the help of the coaches at Resolute Running in Homewood.
•She is a mom to two boys - Graham and Everett.

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Architect Disciplinary Actions
  • Architect, Engineer, and Design Professional Malpractice
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Construction Litigation
  • Early Case Assessment
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Environmental Regulation
  • Healthcare
  • Healthcare Audits and False Claims Act Investigations
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Professional Engineer, Land Surveyor, and Architect Disciplinary Actions
  • Toxic Torts

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6078  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35209
University Attended:
Troy University, B.S., Psychology & Criminal Justice, 2005
Law School Attended:
Cumberland School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2008
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit; 2008, Alabama

Community Involvement

•Represents clients on a pro bono basis through Turning Point, a City of Birmingham Municipal Court program for homeless individuals.
•Serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program.
•Serves as a member of the Alabama Ballet Junior Board.
•Serves as a member of the Birmingham Track Club and Birmingham Ultra Trail Society.
•Active supporter of local parks including Ruffner Mountain and Red Mountain Park.


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