Reed R. Bates

Reed R. Bates: Attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP


Reed is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie and has served on various firm committees. He is chair of the firm's long term care practice group.


Reed's practice is devoted to civil litigation with a special emphasis representing healthcare providers in litigation and regulatory matters. His litigation experience includes professional medical liability, long term care/nursing home liability, pharmaceutical and medical device liability, product liability, and general personal injury, wrongful death and insurance litigation (including defense of direct claims against insurance companies for breach of contract, bad faith, and fraud). Reed has tried numerous complex jury and non-jury cases to a verdict.


Obtained a defense verdict in favor of an assisted living facility and the facility's executive director in a six-day arbitration hearing involving a resident's allegations of sexual assault.

Obtained defense judgment for nursing home in four day arbitration involving claims by plaintiff for personal injury and wrongful death.

Secured reversal by Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals of Order dismissing 9 U.S.C.4 Complaint to Compel Arbitration for lack of subject matter jurisdiction in nursing home case.

Successfully compelled malpractice claims against nursing home in Arkansas into arbitration.

Obtained defense verdict on behalf of emergency department physician in seven-day wrongful death trial.

Obtained dismissal of cardiologist in wrongful death case.

Obtained jury verdict for emergency department physician in ten-day wrongful death case.

Currently representing numerous nursing homes and long term care facilities throughout the State of Alabama in personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Obtained dismissal of class action against nursing home operator and insurance company arising from alleged violations of Medicare Secondary Payor Act.

Honors and Awards

Reed was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2011- 2018 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the field of Medical Malpractice Law.He is a member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association (President, 2006-2009), Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, American Health Lawyers Association, and International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). He recently served as Chair of the Medical Defense and Health Law Committee of the IADC and has served as Vice-Chair of Nursing Home/Long Term Care and Vice Chair of Programs and Projects for the Medical Defense and Health Law Committee of the IADC. Reed has also served as a member of Alabama State Bar's Judicial Liaison Committee and is actively involved in the Medical Liability and Health Care Law Section of DRI.

He was a member of the ATLA National Trial Team at Cumberland School of Law and is a frequent speaker on litigation issues, including the defense of healthcare providers and direct actions against insurance companies.

Speeches and Publications

Sexual Assault in Long Term Care Setting: How to Avoid, Evaluate and Defend These Claims, Long Term Care Insurance ExecuSummit, Connecticut, June 28, 2017.

Avoiding the Multi-Million Dollar Verdict - Significant Long Term Care Claims Management Considerations, DRI Nursing Home / ALF Seminar, Scottsdale, AZ, September 7, 2016.

Every Day Decisions That May Affect The Outcome of Litigation, Labor & Employment Disputes, And Your Surveys, 2015 Alabama Nursing Home Association Mid-Year Convention, Orange Beach, FL, April 27-28, 2015.

Effective Communication Between Risk Management and Claims, Long-Term Risk Legal Forum Summit Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, March 15, 2015.

Thinking Outside The Box: A Global Perspective to Risk Management, 2015 Alabama Nursing Home Association Legal Compliance Seminar, Birmingham, AL, January 12, 2015.

Reed R. Bates and Scott M. Salter, “ Are You As Guilty as the Criminal? Liability for Criminal Acts of Third Parties and Employees, FDCC (Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel) Quarterly Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 64, NO. 2, Winter 2015.

Arbitration Best Practices, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Meeting, Orange Beach, AL, April 26, 2014.

Criminal Acts by Employees, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Meeting, Orange Beach, AL, April 26, 2014.

Trends in Nursing Home Litigation - Avoiding the Multi-Million Dollar Mistake, Senior Care Pharmacy Conference, Birmingham, AL, April 10, 2014.

Is This Just Another One of Those Nursing Homes?, Alabama Nursing Home Association Meeting, Birmingham, AL , February 3, 2014.

Whoa to the Company that Fails to Include a Class Wide Arbitration Waiver, IADC Medical Defense and Health Law Committee Newsletter, January 31, 2014.

Open Floor Discussion: Are You Producing More Than Your Peers? Pushing Back On A Request for Production, American Conference Institute’s Seminar on “Preventing and Defending Long Term Care Litigation, Miami, FL , January 28, 2014.

Are You As Guilty As The Criminal? Liability For Criminal Acts Of Third Parties And Employees, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Quarterly Publication, FDCC Quarterly (Fall 2013).

Preparing and Developing Testimony from Frontline Caregivers, DRI Nursing Home / ALF Litigation Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, September 2012

Risk Management: Resident Care Litigation and Labor & Employment Perspectives, Alabama Assisted Living Association, September 2012

Trial and Error: Lessons Learned from Recent Multi-Million Dollar Verdicts in Medical Malpractice Cases, IADC Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC, July 2012

Risk Management: Patient Care Litigation, Regulatory Compliance, and Labor & Employment Perspectives, Alabama Nursing Home Association, May 2012

Class Actions and Arbitration Update in Nursing Home Cases, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association, April 2011

Mission Impossible: Resolution of a Case with a Medicare Claimant, Alabama Nursing Home Association Owners Meeting, Highlands, NC, July 2010

Arbitration Update, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association, May 2010

Reed R. Bates and Stephen W. Still, Jr., Arbitration in Nursing Home Cases: Trends, Issues and a Glance into the Future , IADC Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 76, No. 3, Pages 282-299 (July 2009) Please Note: this article was reprinted with the permission of the IADC Defense Counsel Journal.

Arbitration in Nursing Home/Health Care Cases: National Trends, Hot Topics and a Glance into the Future, 2009 IADC Mid-Year Conference, Carlsbad, CA, February 2009

Arbitration in Nursing Home Cases, Alabama Nursing Home Association Owners Meeting, Highlands, NC, July 2008

Nursing Home Litigation, Alabama Bar Institute for CLE, October 2007

Nursing Home Malpractice: Evaluating and Addressing Accountability, National Business Institute, September 2007

Effectively Using Medical Evidence in Court, National Business Institute, May 2007

Medical Practice Litigation Tips, Barristers Educational Services, December 2006

Measures to Prevent Litigation and Successfully Defend Medical Malpractice cases, Turenne Pharmedco University, August 2006

Enforcement of Arbitration Provisions in Long Term Care Litigation, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Conference, May 2006

Arbitrating Nursing Home Cases, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association, November 2005

Recent Developments in Nursing Home Litigation, Lorman Education, February 2005

Related News

8/29/2017 Twenty-Six SDF Lawyers Listed in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

8/13/2017 Nursing Home Regulatory News Alert

5/9/2017 Reed Bates & Will Davis Obtain Defense Verdict After 6-Day Arbitration for Assisted Living Facility

8/15/2016 Twenty Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers

6/22/2016 Global Law Experts Names Starnes Davis Florie LLP Professional Medical Liability Law Firm of the Year in Alabama 2016

8/20/2015 Twenty Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers

2/12/2015 Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Publish Article in the FDCC Quarterly Defense Counsel Journal

8/20/2014 Seventeen Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers

3/12/2014 SDF Attorneys Reed Bates and Stephen Still Co-Author and Present Article for FDCC

2/10/2014 SDF Attorneys Reed Bates Publishes Article in IADC Committee Newsletter

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

9/30/2012 Starnes Davis Florie Attorney Reed Bates Gives Presentation at the DRI Nursing Home Seminar

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

7/20/2012 Starnes Attorney Reed Bates Presents at Annual IADC Meeting

1/27/2012 Wright, Bates and DeBuys Prevail in Nursing Home Malpractice Arbitration

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

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

6/10/2010 Bates & Still Secured a Reversal Dismissing a Complaint to Compel Arbitration

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical
  • Complex Insurance Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Healthcare Audit and Fraud Claim Defense
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Long Term Care & Nursing Home Litigation
  • Long Term Care & Other Healthcare Regulatory Compliance
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Product Liability & Consumer Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6080  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35209
University Attended:
University of Alabama, B.S., 1990
Law School Attended:
Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1994
Year of First admission:
1994, Alabama; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama; U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

Community Involvement

Reed is actively involved in his church and local outreach ministries including a local prison ministry. He also enjoys coaching youth sports.

Birth Information:
Birmingham, Alabama, October 16, 1967
Reported Cases:
Reported Cases; GGNSC Montgomery, LLC d/b/a Golden LivingCenter-Montgomery v. Karen F. Norris, Administratrix of the Estate of Leila Jackson Scott, deceased - 2013 WL 627114 (M.D. Ala. Feb. 20, 2013); Aurora Healthcare, Inc. v. Ramsey, 83 So. 3d 495 (Ala. 2011); Northport Health Services of Arkansas, LLC, et al. v. Wayne Rutherford, - - F.3d - -, 2010 WL 1929777 (8th Cir. May 14, 2010). Northport Health Services of Arkansas, LLC, et al. v. Wayne Rutherford, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Isaac Mitchell Rutherford (W.D. Ark. Mar. 17, 2009). Northport Health Services of Arkansas, LLC d/b/a Springdale Health and Rehab. Center, et al. v. Tresa Robinson, as Special Administratrix of the Estate of Donna Faye Snow, deceased, et al., 2009 WL 140983 (W.D. Ark. Jan. 12, 2009). Vulcan Materials Company v. Alabama Insurance Guaranty Association, et al., Slip Opinion, 2007 WL 2216896 (Ala. Aug. 3, 2007) (No. 1060506). Zaden v. Elkus, 881 So. 2d 993 (Ala. 2003). McGuffey Health & Health Rehabilitation Center v. Gibson, 864 So. 2d 1061 (Ala. 2003). Marsh v. Wenzel, 732 So. 2d 985 (Ala. 1998).

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Client Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (1 review)
  • 100% (1 recommendation)
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