William A. Davis, IV

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


Will focuses his practice on healthcare litigation, commercial and business litigation, and personal injury litigation. Will is a member of the firm’s recruiting committee.

Professional Recognition

•AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
•Rising Star in Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine
•Recognized as a leading litigation attorney under 40 years of age in Benchmark Litigation's annual Under 40 Hot List
•Graduate of the 2016 Alabama Leadership Initiative
•Graduate of the 2015 International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy
•Graduate of the 2013 class of the Birmingham Bar Association’s Future Leaders Forum
•Recognized in 2012 as a “Rising Star” in litigation by B-Metro magazine



•Obtained a defense verdict for 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 summary judgment in favor of a local disaster-recovery contractor in a wrongful death lawsuit.
•Successfully defended a local bank against claims of false imprisonment, conspiracy, defamation, slander, and conversion.
•Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a franchisee of a world-wide fast-food restaurant in a premises-liability action.
•Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a repossession firm involving allegations of wrongful repossession, trespass, and conspiracy.
•Obtained complete dismissal of wrongful death claims against a nursing home because the plaintiff failed to invoke the arbitration process.
•Successfully defended a local hospital on grounds the plaintiff failed to comply with the statute of limitations.
•Successfully defended a pharmacy accused of causing physical injury injury as a result of a misfilled prescription.
•Obtained a summary judgment in favor an ambulance company in a suit involving an automobile accident.
•Reached a favorable resolution on behalf of a local accounting firm in an ERISA complaint. Plan participants argued the Plan Administrator breached fiduciary obligations.
•Reached a favorable resolution for a natural gas and energy products company in a dispute over rights to commercially extract coalbed methane gas.

Presentations and Publications

•“Sexual Assault in Long-Term Care: Evaluating and Defending these Claims,” Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association, Orange Beach, AL (April 2018).
•“How to Prepare for and Defend Against Claims of Assault in the Long-Term Care Setting,” CLM Annual Conference (March 2018)
•“Alabama’s Contractor Statute of Repose,” The Alabama Roadbuilder (Fall 2010)(co-author)
•“Medical Literature: Friend and/or Foe in the Medical Malpractice Trial,” Defense Research Institute, Medical Liability and Healthcare Law Seminar (New Orleans, February 2012)
•“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)(co-author)
•“Hot Topics in Nursing Home Litigation,” Alabama Nursing Home Association Conference (Spring 2016)

News & Insights

•Davis, Stevens, & Wells Named to Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List
•Twenty-Eight SDF Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Umbach, Perkins, Davis, & Vinson Participate in the Alabama Trucking Association’s Annual Mock Trial
•Reed Bates & Will Davis Obtain Defense Verdict After 6-Day Arbitration for Assisted Living Facility
•Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Starnes Davis Florie Announces New Partners
•Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers
•SDF Attorneys and Staff Dedicate Time to Volunteer for Servis Juris Day
•Thirty SDF Attorneys Named to Alabama Super Lawyers 2014
•Three Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Invited to Join the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
•Starnes Davis Florie Welcomes New Associates to the Firm

Fun Facts

Will and his wife have twin boys and a daughter. The “party of five” enjoy all things outdoors and pulling for the Alabama Crimson Tide and Virginia Cavaliers.

Areas of Practice (8)

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

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6060  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35209
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:
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; 2008, 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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