Joseph L. Reese, Jr.

Joseph L. Reese, Jr.: Attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP AV stamp icon
Attorney Awards


Joseph joined Starnes Davis Florie upon graduating law school in 1997 and became a partner in 2004. His practice is devoted to civil litigation, with an emphasis on professional liability matters in which he represents physicians, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare providers. Joseph has tried over 40 complex civil cases to a jury verdict, has arbitrated several cases to a final binding decision, and has represented facilities in administrative proceedings. He is licensed in both Alabama and Tennessee.

Professional Recognition

•American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
•Best Lawyers in Americafor Medical Malpractice Law



•Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a general surgeon charged with medical negligence in the performance of a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (minimally invasive surgery to remove the gallbladder).
•Obtained a defense verdict following a 3 day arbitration in a case alleging the defendant nursing home’s unsanitary environment and its failure to properly clean, treat, and monitor a surgical incision site caused the resident to develop an infection that necessitated amputation of the resident’s leg.
•Obtained a defense judgment following a nursing home malpractice case involving the death of a resident alleged to have resulted from a medication error and the failure to appropriately treat the resident’s condition and monitor the resident’s hydration status.
•Obtained a defense judgment following an arbitration of a nursing home malpractice case involving claims of personal injury and wrongful death arising out of a fall and the subsequent development of a bedsore.
•Obtained a defense judgment following a four day arbitration of a nursing home malpractice case involving claims of personal injury and wrongful death.
•Obtained defense verdict on behalf of a surgeon in a wrongful death case in which the patient died at home of a perforated colon only hours after being evaluated by the surgeon in his office.
•Obtained judgment as a matter of law during jury trial for general surgeon accused of negligently failing to prescribe anticoagulants following an intra-operative surgical complication.
•Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a nursing home following a five day jury trial in a case involving a rehabilitation resident who was assessed on admission as a high fall risk and who later fell, sustaining a depressed skull fracture with resulting brain injury.
•Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a gastroenterologist following a seven day jury trial in a case involving a patient who suffered a cardio-pulmonary arrest during an endoscopic procedure performed under conscious sedation.

Presentations and Publications

Getting it Right the First Time: Learning from Today’s Top Verdicts and Settlements, American Conference Institute 7th Annual Forum on Long Term Care Litigation, Miami, FL (January 19, 2017)
Is this Just Another One of Those Nursing Homes? Alabama Nursing Home Association Meeting, Birmingham, AL (February 3, 2014)
Medical Malpractice: Expert Witness Issues -- Case Law, Depositions, and Impeachment, NBI Webinar (August 8, 2013)
Lessons Learned from Recent Arbitrations, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association, Perdido Beach, AL (April 28, 2012)

News & Insights

Twenty-Seven SDF Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2019
•SDF Attorneys Joseph Reese & Billy Bates Win Trial in Professional Liability Case
•SDF Attorney Joseph Reese Obtains Defense Award in a 3-Day Arbitration of a Nursing Home Malpractice Case
•Joseph Reese Obtains Defense Judgment in an Arbitration of a Nursing Home Malpractice Case
•SDF Attorney Joseph Reese Inducted into The American Board of Trial Advocates
•Reese & Eagan Obtain Defense Judgment Following a Three Day Arbitration of a Nursing Home Malpractice Case
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Reese & Sellers Obtain Defense Judgment in Nursing Home Case
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Sellers and Reese Obtain Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Trial
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Wright and Reese Secure Defense Judgment for General Surgeon
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Reese & Sellers Win Nursing Home Trial
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Reese & Sellers Win Seven Day Wrongful Death Trial
•Sellers & Reese Obtain Defense Verdict in Colbert County Medical Malpractice Trial

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Arbitration
  • Healthcare
  • Long Term Care & Nursing Home Litigation
  • Long Term Care & Other Healthcare Regulatory Compliance
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death / Catastrophic Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6051  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35209
University Attended:
University of Alabama, B.S., summa cum laude, 1994
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama, J.D. magna cum laude, 1997
Year of First Admission:
Alabama; Tennessee; 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. Supreme Court

Community Involvement

Joseph serves on the Board of Directors of the Morris L. Mayer Award, which was established in 1994 honoring Dr. Morris Mayer and given annually to one University of Alabama senior student and faculty member. Joseph is also involved in coaching youth sports. Joseph, his wife Amy, and his two sons are members of the Church at Brook Hills.

Birth Information:
Mobile, Alabama, May 31, 1972
Reported Cases:
Reported Cases; Ex parte Noland Hospital Montgomery, LLC, No. 1110240, Alabama Supreme Court, released August 10, 2012. Thompson v. Patton -- 6 So. 3d 1129 (Ala. 2008). Holcomb v. Carraway -- 945 So. 2d 1009 (Ala. 2006). Patton v. Thompson -- 958 So. 2d 303 (Ala. 2006). Bradley v. Mariner Health, Inc., 315 F. Supp. 2d 1190 (S.D. Ala. 2004). Bassie v. Obstetrics & Gynecology Assocs. of Northwest Alabama, P.C., 828 So. 2d 280 (Ala. 2002). Hauseman v. University of Alabama Health Services Foundation, 793 So. 2d 730 (Ala. 2000). Brookwood Medical Center v. Lindstrom, 763 So. 2d 951 (Ala. 2000).

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

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