Michael A. Florie

Michael A. Florie: Attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP
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Biography

Mike Florie has tried over 200 complex civil cases to verdict throughout the state of Alabama and the southeastern United States over more than forty years. Mike is a senior partner with Starnes Davis Florie and served for several decades on the firm’s Executive Committee. He has been described in Chambers USA as “utterly outstanding.”

Professional Recognition

•fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
•Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (Past President of the Alabama Chapter of ABOTA).
•Recognized as a Top Litigator by Chambers USA.
•Named “Litigation Star” in Benchmark Litigation.
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America . Mike was named Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year in 2010 and 2012.
•Mid-South Super Lawyers.
•Who’s Who In Healthcare.

Highlights

•Alabama trial counsel for Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts (KKR) in private equity litigation involving subordinated notes and the leveraged recapitalization of Bruno’s, Inc.
•Alabama trial counsel for Citigroup in FDIC litigation involving mortgage-backed securities.
•Alabama trial counsel for Eton Park Capital Management in hedge fund/private equity litigation involving Latin American energy assets.
•Obtained defense verdict for a Birmingham internal medicine physician in a lawsuit alleging wrongful death of a 26 year old mentally disabled female.
•Obtained defense verdict in behalf of an emergency medicine physician in a wrongful death case alleging failure to order CT scan to rule out impending aortic dissection.
•Obtained defense verdict in favor of an obstetrician in a case alleging misapplication of forceps resulting in parietal skull fracture, subdural and epidural hemorrhage, subsequent neurosurgery, and alleged cognitive deficits.
•Obtained defense verdict for two obstetricians in a case alleging failure to timely diagnose preeclampsia, resulting in the complication of Purtscher’s-like Retinopathy and maternal blindness following cesarean section.
•Obtained defense verdict for an anesthesiologist in a wrongful death case involving extubation of a 42 year old patient with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and a difficult airway.
•Obtained defense for a neurosurgeon in a wrongful death action involving rupture and hemorrhage of a cerebral aneurysm of the left internal carotid artery.
•Obtained dismissal without settlement of clients at the close of all evidence in a wrongful death case involving medication error that resulted in a verdict of $140 Million against co-defendants.
•Obtained judgment as a matter of law at the close of evidence at trial on behalf of defendant obstetrician in a maternal/fetal death case.
•Obtained defense verdict for a family practice physician in a case involving death of a 12 year old girl from acute viral myocarditis.
•Obtained defense verdict for a pulmonary and critical care physician in a case alleging negligent evaluation and treatment of acute respiratory failure and hyperkalemia, resulting in death of the patient after transfer from another hospital.
•Obtained defense verdict for a family practice physician in a case alleging wrongful death of a patient due to overprescription of pain medication, resulting in death due to mixed drug intoxication.
•Obtained defense verdict for a pediatric anesthesiologist in a wrongful death case alleging negligent failure to recognize and treat malignant hyperthermia in a 14 year old patient.
•Obtained defense verdict for a cardiologist in a case alleging negligent failure to diagnose coronary artery disease, resulting in death of a 43 year old anesthesiologist.
•Obtained defense verdict for an Internal Medicine Physician in a case alleging improper discontinuation of diuretic medication, resulting in acute pulmonary edema, brain damage and death of a 50 year old woman.
•Obtained defense verdict for an obstetrician in a case involving uterine rupture and permanent hypoxic brain injury during labor of a VBAC patient.
•Obtained defense verdict for a pediatric anesthesiologist in a brain injury and wrongful death case involving intubation and ventilation issues in a child with Goldenhar Syndrome.
•Obtained defense verdict for a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon in a complex medical liability case involving coronary artery bypass surgery.
•Obtained defense verdict for an emergency room physician in a death case involving epiglottitis and cricothyrotomy.
•Obtained defense verdict for an ophthalmologist in a case involving a rare melanoma of the ciliary body of the eye.
•Obtained defense verdict for a surgeon in a death case involving complex lumbar interbody fusion spine surgery.
•Obtained defense verdict for a urologist in a case involving diagnosis of choriocarcinoma of the testicle.
•Obtained defense verdict for two vascular surgeons in a death case involving repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, including medical device issues for endograft design and development.
•Obtained defense verdict for an obstetrician in a case of maternal/twin death involving acute fatty liver of pregnancy.
•Obtained defense verdict for an obstetrician in a case involving disability from peripartum cardiomyopathy in a twin pregnancy.

News & Insights

•SDF Ranked A Top Firm by Chambers USA 2018
•SDF Attorneys Florie & Axon Obtain Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Trial
•8 SDF Partners Named “Leaders in their Field” in Chambers USA 2018
•Twenty-Eight SDF Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Twenty-Six SDF Lawyers Listed in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
•Starnes Davis Florie Named a Highly Recommended Litigation Firm in the 2018 Edition of Benchmark Litigation
•Starnes Davis Florie Receives Top Tier Ranking in Chambers USA 2017
•Seven Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named “Leaders in their Field” in Chambers USA 2017
•Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Twenty Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Starnes Davis Florie Receives Top Tier Ranking in Chambers USA 2016
•Seven Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named “Leaders in their Field” in Chambers USA 2016
•Starnes Attorneys Florie & Miller Obtain Defense Verdict in a Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Trial
•Benchmark Litigation 2016 Named Starnes Davis Florie a Highly Recommended Litigation Firm
•Richard Davis’s Pro Bono Work Leads to Release of Man Incarcerated for 30 Years
•Twenty Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers
•Defense Verdict Obtain for Obstetrician After a Week Trial in Tuscaloosa, AL
•Seven Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named “Leaders in their Field” in Chambers USA 2015
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorney Mike Florie Named to Who’s Who in Healthcare for 2014

of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) in 1997. He has been inducted as a Dipolmate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and previously served as President of the ABOTA Alabama Chapter.

Mike has been recognized as a "Band 1" Litigator for the state of Alabama in the 2008 - 2012 editions of Chambers USA. He was named a "Litigation Star" for the state of Alabama in the 2008 - 2013 editions of Benchmark Litigation. Mike has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® for twenty consecutive years, 1993 - 2013, and has been named one of the top attorneys in the state of Alabama by Alabama Super Lawyers® magazine, 2008 - 2013.

In addition, Mike has been named to "Who's Who in Health Care 2009", "Who's Who in Health Care 2011", and "Who's Who in Health Care 2012" by the Birmingham Business Journal, which recognized him as one of the top health care attorneys in Birmingham.

Community Involvement

Mike's wife, Ann Florie, is Executive Director of Leadership Birmingham. She serves on the Birmingham Water Works Board and the Jefferson County Personnel Board. Ann has also served on the United Way Board, Mountain Brook School Board, Freshwater Land Trust Board and Leadership Alabama Board. She is a former President of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham.

Reported Cases

W.R. Huff Asset Management Co. v. Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts, et al., 566 F. 3d 979 (11th Cir. 2009).

Ziade v. Koch, 952 So.2d 1072, Ala., 2006.

Prowell v. Children's Hospital of Alabama, 949 So.2d 117 2006 WL 1304917, Ala., May 12, 2006.

Taylor v. Smith, 892 So.2d 887, 2004 WL 473322, Ala., March 12, 2004.

Ex parte Owen, 860 So.2d 877, 2003 WL 1861029, Ala., April 11, 2003.

Ex parte Showers, 812 So.2d 277, 2001 WL 564290, Ala., May 25, 2001.

Cranman v. Maxwell, 792 So.2d 418, 2001 WL 499189, Ala.Civ.App., May 11, 2001.

Wilson v. Teng, 786 So.2d 485, 2000 WL 1801547, Ala., December 8, 2000.

Ex parte Cranman, 792 So.2d 392, 2000 WL 1728367, Ala., June 16, 2000.

Wells v. Storey, 792 So.2d 1034, 1999 WL 1065143, Ala., November 24, 1999.

Marsh v. Wenzel, 732 So.2d 985, 19998 WL 854801, Ala., December 11, 1998.

Cranman v. Maxwell, 792 So.2d 386, 1998 WL 263525, Ala.Civ.App., May 22, 1998.

Cessna Aircraft Co. v. Trzcinski, 682 So.2d 17, 1996 WL 390642, 65 USLW 2104, Ala., July 12, 1996.

Pope v. Elder, 671 So.2d 730, 1995 WL 705298, Ala.Civ.App. December 1, 1995.

McAfee By and Through McAfee v. Baptist Medical Center, 641 So.2d 265, 1994 WL 142401, Ala., April 22, 1994.

Campbell v. Williams, 638 So.2d 804, 1994 WL 46867, Ala., February 18, 1994.

Wright By and Through Wright v. Holy Name of Jesus Medical Center, 628 So.2d 510, 1993 WL 382974, Ala., October 1, 1993.

Clements v. Dr. John Alvan Stewart, P.C., 595 So.2d 858, 1992 WL 35396, Ala., February 28, 1992.

Smith v. Medical Center East, 585 So.2d 1325, 1991 WL 170850, Ala., August 16, 1991.

Hayes v. Brookwood Hosp., 572 So.2d 1251, 1990 WL 237216, Ala., December 14, 1990.

Roberts v. Hutchins, 572 So.2d 1231, 1990 WL 226820, 6 A.L.R. 5th 1085, Ala., December 7, 1990.

Vaughn By and Through Vaughn v. Griffith, 565 So.2d 75, 1990 WL 88932, Ala., April 27, 1990.

Seaboard System R.R., Inc. v. Coffee, 565 So.2d 35, 1990 WL 64930, Ala., March 30, 1990.

Coffee v. Seaboard System R.R., Inc., 507 So.2d 476, Ala. April 24, 1987.

Ex Parte Birmingham Southern R. Co., 473 So.2d 500, Ala., June 14, 1985.

Yawn v. Southern Ry. Co., 591 F.2d 312, 100 L.R.R.M. (BNA) 3025, 86 Lab.Cas. P11, 281, C.A.5, Ala., March 16, 1979.

Related News

8/30/2013, Seventeen Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers®

5/29/2013, Starnes Davis Florie Receives Top Tier Ranking in Chambers USA 2013

5/2/2013, Twenty-Six Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers 2013

2/6/2013, Five Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to Chambers USA 2013

12/20/2012, Florie & McCall Secured Dismissal in Two-Week Wrongful Death Trial in Baldwin County

12/8/2012, Starnes Attorney Mike Florie Named to Who's Who in Healthcare for 2012

11/8/2012, Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Successfully Defend Obstetrician in Mobile County

9/28/2012, Starnes Davis Florie Highly Ranked in 2013 Benchmark Litigation & Benchmark Appellate

9/19/2012, Seventeen Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers®

6/13/2012, Starnes Davis Florie Received Top Tier Ranking in Chambers USA 2012

5/1/2012, Twenty-Two Starnes Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers

4/23/2012, Starnes Attorneys Obtain Judgment as a Matter of Law

3/19/2012, Five Starnes Attorneys Named to Chambers USA 2012

11/24/2011, Florie & Miller Win Trial for Anesthesiologist

10/26/2011, Florie & Miller Obtained Defense Verdict for Family Practice Physician

10/14/2011, Benchmark Litigation Names SDF one of Alabama's Highly Recommended Litigation Firms

10/5/2011, Mike Florie Named Best Lawyers' 2012 Birmingham Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year

9/8/2011, Florie & Miller Obtained Defense Verdict for Pulmonary & Critical Care Physician

9/2/2011, Nine Starnes Attorneys Listed in 2011 Super Lawyers Business Edition

9/1/2011, Sixteen Starnes Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2012

7/8/2011, Starnes Davis Florie Received Top Tier Ranking in Chambers USA 2011

4/29/2011, Twenty Starnes Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers

3/14/2011, Five Starnes Attorneys Named to Chambers USA 2011

10/6/2010, Benchmark Litigation Names SDF one of Alabama's Highly Recommended Firms

9/25/2010, Florie and Miller Obtained Judgment as a Matter of Law

8/19/2010, Florie and Miller Obtain Defense Verdict for Family Practice Physician

8/7/2010, Sixteen Starnes Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2011

7/10/2010, Florie and Miller Obtain Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Case

6/16/2010, Starnes Davis Florie Obtains Top Tier Listing in Chambers USA 2010

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Healthcare
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Liability
  • Securities
  • Wrongful Death / Catastrophic Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6045  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
www.starneslaw.com
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35209
University Attended:
Tulane University, B.A., 1972
Law School Attended:
Tulane Law School, J.D., 1976
Year of First admission:
1976
Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; 1977, Louisiana; 1976, Alabama
Memberships:

Community Involvement

Mike's wife, Ann Florie, is Executive Director of Leadership Birmingham. She serves on the Birmingham Water Works Board and the Jefferson County Personnel Board. Ann has also served on the United Way Board, Mountain Brook School Board, Freshwater Land Trust Board and Leadership Alabama Board. She is a former President of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham.

Birth Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio, April 27, 1950
Reported Cases:
REPORTED CASES: Kraselsky ex rel. Estate of Kraselsky v. Calderwood, -- So.3d --, 2014 WL 5311293 (Ala., October 17, 2014).; W.R. Huff Asset Management Co. v. Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts, et al., 566 F. 3d 979 (11th Cir. 2009).; Ziade v. Koch, 952 So.2d 1072, Ala., 2006.; Prowell v. Children's Hospital of Alabama, 949 So.2d 117 2006 WL 1304917, Ala., May 12, 2006.; Taylor v. Smith, 892 So.2d 887, 2004 WL 473322, Ala., March 12, 2004.; Ex parte Owen, 860 So.2d 877, 2003 WL 1861029, Ala., April 11, 2003.; Ex parte Showers, 812 So.2d 277, 2001 WL 564290, Ala., May 25, 2001.; Cranman v. Maxwell, 792 So.2d 418, 2001 WL 499189, Ala.Civ.App., May 11, 2001.; Wilson v. Teng, 786 So.2d 485, 2000 WL 1801547, Ala., December 8, 2000.; Ex parte Cranman, 792 So.2d 392, 2000 WL 1728367, Ala., June 16, 2000.; Wells v. Storey, 792 So.2d 1034, 1999 WL 1065143, Ala., November 24, 1999.; Marsh v. Wenzel, 732 So.2d 985, 19998 WL 854801, Ala., December 11, 1998.; Cranman v. Maxwell, 792 So.2d 386, 1998 WL 263525, Ala.Civ.App., May 22, 1998.; Cessna Aircraft Co. v. Trzcinski, 682 So.2d 17, 1996 WL 390642, 65 USLW 2104, Ala., July 12, 1996.; Pope v. Elder, 671 So.2d 730, 1995 WL 705298, Ala.Civ.App. December 1, 1995.; McAfee By and Through McAfee v. Baptist Medical Center, 641 So.2d 265, 1994 WL 142401, Ala., April 22, 1994.; Campbell v. Williams, 638 So.2d 804, 1994 WL 46867, Ala., February 18, 1994.; Wright By and Through Wright v. Holy Name of Jesus Medical Center, 628 So.2d 510, 1993 WL 382974, Ala., October 1, 1993.; Clements v. Dr. John Alvan Stewart, P.C., 595 So.2d 858, 1992 WL 35396, Ala., February 28, 1992.; Smith v. Medical Center East, 585 So.2d 1325, 1991 WL 170850, Ala., August 16, 1991.; Hayes v. Brookwood Hosp., 572 So.2d 1251, 1990 WL 237216, Ala., December 14, 1990.; Roberts v. Hutchins, 572 So.2d 1231, 1990 WL 226820, 6 A.L.R. 5th 1085, Ala., December 7, 1990.; Vaughn By and Through Vaughn v. Griffith, 565 So.2d 75, 1990 WL 88932, Ala., April 27, 1990.; Seaboard System R.R., Inc. v. Coffee, 565 So.2d 35, 1990 WL 64930, Ala., March 30, 1990.; Coffee v. Seaboard System R.R., Inc., 507 So.2d 476, Ala. April 24, 1987.; Ex Parte Birmingham Southern R. Co., 473 So.2d 500, Ala., June 14, 1985.; Yawn v. Southern Ry. Co., 591 F.2d 312, 100 L.R.R.M. (BNA) 3025, 86 Lab.Cas. P11, 281, C.A.5, Ala., March 16, 1979.
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