William S. Starnes, Jr.

William S. Starnes, Jr.: Attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP


Will Starnes, a native of Birmingham, joined Starnes Davis Florie as an associate in September 2010. Will graduated from Auburn University in 2007, where he majored in Economics and minored in Business Administration. In December 2010, Will graduated from the Cumberland School of Law and business school at the Brock School of Business, earning his J.D./M.B.A.


Will's practice is exclusively devoted to civil litigation, where he focuses primarily in the areas of medical malpractice defense and commercial litigation. As part of Starnes Davis Florie's collegiate sports group, Will also represents universities in NCAA compliance investigations.


Obtained complete dismissal on behalf of a board-certified rheumatologist in a personal injury case involving alleged malpractice in the diagnosis and treatment of lupus nephritis.

Obtained a defense verdict for a pediatrician in an eight day trial in Dallas County in a case involving alleged negligent failure to diagnose subarachnoid hemorrhage in a fifteen year old girl, resulting in brain surgery and brain injury.

Obtained a defense verdict for a dentist in a case alleging improper application of short term orthodontic appliances, resulting in jaw surgery.

As co-counsel, obtained complete dismissal on behalf of a board-certified radiologist in a wrongful death case involving alleged malpractice in the interpretation of a CT scan.

Obtained complete dismissal in favor of an emergency room physician in a wrongful death case involving alleged malpractice in the administration of medications.

As co-counsel, successfully obtained dismissal on behalf of a board-certified internist in a case which the plaintiff claimed she developed acute phosphate nephropathy with renal failure following the alleged negligent prescription of a medication.

Honors And Awards

Will Starnes was named a Rising Star of the Birmingham Bar by B-Metro Magazine. Starnes was honored for his achievements and contributions in the legal profession, his educational background, and his community involvement.

While attending law school, Will served as a Judge Abraham Caruthers Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant and was a Scholar of Merit.

Prior to attending law school and business school, Will served as an intern for the Honorable Judge Tom King, Jr., Jefferson County Civil Circuit Court Judge.

Speeches And Publications

Revisiting Affinity Hospital, L.L.C. v. Williford, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1, Pages 34 - 40 (Spring 2016).

Walter W. Bates, R. Todd Huntley, William S. Starnes, Jr., “Ten Tips for Direct Examination and Cross-Examination,” 39:2 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 339 (2015).

Co-authored publication, Medicare Reporting Requirements and the Medicare Secondary Payer Statute - Where Do We Go From Here? , Alabama Self-Insured Association's Semi-Annual Newsletter, 2010.

Related News

1/24/2017 Starnes Davis Florie Names Four New Partners to the Firm

8/2/2016 Bates, Huntley & Starnes Publish Article in the American Journal of Trial Advocacy

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

5/18/2016 SDF Attorney Will Starnes Publishes Article in the 2016 Spring Edition of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal

8/28/2015 Salter and Sellers Win Emotionally Charged Fetal Death Case

6/20/2015 Miller, Axon, and Starnes Obtain Defense Verdict for Pediatrician in an Eight Day Trial

10/28/2014 Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Miller & Starnes Obtain Defense Verdict for Dentist

12/19/2013 Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Elected to BBA's 2014 Young Lawyers Executive Committee

12/14/2012 Starnes Davis Florie Associates Elected Leaders of the BBA's Young Lawyers Section

5/11/2011 Starnes & Gerheim Join Starnes Davis Florie as Associates

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Collegiate Sports
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Securities Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6012  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35209
University Attended:
Auburn University, B.A., cum laude, 2007; Brock School of Business, Samford University, M.B.A., 2010
Law School Attended:
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D., cum laude, 2010
Year of First admission:
2011, Alabama; U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; 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 Alabama State Bar, the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the American Bar Association. In 2013 and 2014, Will served on the Birmingham Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee. He is currently the President of the Birmingham Young Leaders Board of the American Heart Association. He is also an active member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club.

Will and his wife, Stefanie, live in Homewood and attend The Cathedral Church of the Advent, where Will is an usher. In his spare time, Will enjoys playing golf, exercising, hunting, and reading.


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