Michael T. Scivley

Michael T. Scivley: Attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP


Michael Scivley is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie and has been practicing law since 2006. His practice is primarily devoted to defending physicians and other health care providers in a variety of matters involving alleged medical malpractice and wrongful death. He also has significant experience assisting health care providers on matters involving professional licensing and credentialing. He is also a member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee.

Professional Recognition

•Michael was named a Rising Star for the state of Alabama by the 2013 and 2014 editions of Alabama Super Lawyers magazine



•Obtained a defense verdict in favor of a general surgeon in a case involving laparoscopic cholecystectomy which resulted in a complete transection of the common bile duct.
•Obtained defense verdict following a seven-day trial in federal court involving a psychiatrist accused of improperly prescribing anti-seizure/bipolar medication.
•Successfully defended an ophthalmologist on a licensing matter involving the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners and the Medical Licensure Commission of Alabama.
•Obtained complete summary judgment in favor of an orthopaedic surgeon accused of improperly performing an open reduction and internal fixation of a right lateral malleolar fracture.
•Obtained complete summary judgment in a wrongful death matter in favor of a family practitioner accused of failing to misdiagnose an infection.
•Obtained complete summary judgment in favor of a plastic surgeon accused of improperly performing a liposuction procedure.
•Secured the dismissal of two anesthesiologists in a medical malpractice and wrongful death matter involving a cervical spine surgical procedure.
•Secured the dismissal of a nephrologist in a wrongful death matter involving a dialysis patient.
•Secured the dismissal of a urologist and licensed practical nurse accused of failing to diagnose a recurrence of renal cell carcinoma.
•Secured the dismissal of a dentist accused of striking a patient with a dental drill during a root canal procedure.

Presentations and Publications

•Lectured on Dram Shop Litigation at the Tort Law Update presented by CLE Alabama/The University of Alabama School of Law

News & Insights

SDF Attorneys Mike Wright & Michael Scivley Obtain Defense Verdict in Med Mal Trial
•Wright & Scivley Obtain Defense Verdict for Psychiatrist in Seven Day Trial
•Thirty SDF Attorneys Named to Alabama Super Lawyers 2014
•Twenty-Six Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers 2013
•Starnes Davis Florie Announces Its New Partners

Fun Facts

While attending Cumberland School of Law, Michael was a member of the Cordell Hull Speaker’s Forum.
•Michael played wide receiver for Brown University, where he earned multiple varsity letters and was a member of the 1999 Ivy League championship football team.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Healthcare
  • Medical Credentialing and Licensure
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death / Catastrophic Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6039  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35209
University Attended:
Brown University, B.A., 2002
Law School Attended:
Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 2006
Year of First Admission:
Alabama; Tennessee; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama

Community Involvement

•Michael is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, the Birmingham Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, and the American Bar Association.
•He served as a member of the Birmingham Bar Association Medical Liaison Committee
•He is a volunteer for the Brown University Alumni Schools Committee, where he interviews prospective college applicants.
•He is a member of Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church.


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