William A. Davis, IV

William A. Davis, IV: Attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP



Will's litigation experience includes professional medical liability, long term care and nursing home liability, mining and blasting litigation, insurance litigation, commercial litigation, premises liability, and general personal injury. Prior to law school, Will lived in New York City and worked for an institutional brokerage firm in Greenwich, CT, where he was Series 7 licensed (inactive).

Will also serves as a member of the firm's recruiting committee.


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 complete dismissal of wrongful death claims against an international security management company.

Obtained a summary judgment in favor of a local disaster-recovery contractor in a wrongful death lawsuit. Plaintiff’s decedent alleged the contractor failed to comply with state and federal regulations, which resulted in the death of Plaintiff’s decedent.

Obtained complete dismissal of wrongful death claims against nursing home because the plaintiff failed to invoke the arbitration process.

Obtained complete dismissal of local bank against claims of false imprisonment, conspiracy, defamation, slander, and conversion. The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed with no opinion.

Obtained defense verdict on behalf of franchisee of world-wide fast-food restaurant in premises-liability action.

Obtained defense verdict on behalf of repossession firm in a case involving allegations of wrongful repossession, trespass, and conspiracy.

Obtained complete dismissal of medical-negligence claims against local hospital on grounds that the statute of limitations was not tolled despite claims that plaintiff was non compos mentis after the alleged medical negligence.

Obtained summary judgment in favor of pharmacy accused of causing physical injury and damages as a result of a misfilled prescription. The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed with no opinion.

Obtained summary judgment in favor of an ambulance company in a matter arising out of a motor vehicle accident. The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed with no opinion.

Reached a favorable settlement on behalf of local accounting firm in an ERISA complaint. Plan participants argued that the Plan Administrator breached certain fiduciary obligations owed to the participants.

Obtained favorable settlement for natural gas and energy products company in dispute over rights to commercially extract coalbed methane gas.

Honors And Awards

Will was named by B-Metro as a Rising Star in litigation for 2012. This honor acknowledges his skills as an attorney and commitment to community service. Will was named a Rising Star for the state of Alabama by the 2014 - 2017 editions of Mid-SouthSuper Lawyers . He is a graduate of the 2013 Class of the Birmingham Bar Association's Future Leaders Forum and the 2016 Alabama Leadership Initiative, and has served the Birmingham Bar Association in numerous capacities. Will is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell(R) Peer Review Ratings.

Speeches And Publications

Will was published in The Alabama Roadbuilder, “Alabama’s Contractor Statute of Repose,” Joe Duncan and Will Davis (Fall 2010) and the Defense Research Institute, “Medical Literature: Friend and/or Foe in the Medical Malpractice Trial,” February 2012 DRI Medical Liability and Healthcare Law Seminar (New Orleans). He also co-authored From Sale to Science: An Overview of Alabama Dram-Shop Claims and the Impact of Scientific Expert Testimony, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal (Spring 2012). In addition, Will has spoken to healthcare providers on issues related to risk management.

Related News

11/7/2017 Twenty-Eight SDF Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers

8/29/2017 Umbach, Perkins, Davis, & Vinson Participate in the Alabama Trucking Association's Annual Mock Trial

7/25/2017 Starnes Davis Florie and Attorney John Scott Featured in BBJ's Table of Experts Series on Banking Deregulation

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

11/9/2016 Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers

1/21/2016 Starnes Davis Florie Announces New Partners

5/1/2015 Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers

6/20/2014 SDF Attorneys and Staff Dedicate Time to Volunteer for Servis Juris Day

4/29/2014 Thirty SDF Attorneys Named to Alabama Super Lawyers 2014

2/14/2014 Three Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Invited to Join the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

10/10/2013 Starnes Davis Florie Welcomes New Associates to the Firm

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Business Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Long Term Care & Nursing Home Litigation
  • Long Term Care & Other Healthcare Regulatory Compliance
  • Medical Malpractice Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6060  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35259-8512
University Attended:
University of Virginia, B.A., 2004
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2008; University of Alabama, LL.M., Business Transactions, cum laude 2014
Year of First admission:
2008, 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

Community Involvement

Will is a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club (Crippled Children's Foundation) and serves on the Executive Board of PreSchool Partners, a Birmingham non-profit organization dedicated to preparing children with quality preschool education.

Birth Information:
Birmingham, Alabama, 1981

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