Philip G. Piggott

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205-868-6086 - Direct
205-868-6099 - Fax
Email Phil ppiggott@starneslaw.com

100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
P.O. Box 598512
Birmingham, AL 35259

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Philip G. Piggott
Partner

Philip G. (“Phil”) Piggott is a senior partner at Starnes Davis Florie and currently serves on the firm's Executive Committee.

Practice

Phil’s practice is devoted to civil litigation, including topics related to complex business litigation, health care related issues, and employment matters at the trial and appellate levels.  He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Alabama, as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Phil handles a diverse spectrum of commercial litigation including matters involving employment and civil rights, contractual disputes, medical malpractice and construction issues.

Phil is actively involved in the representation of health care institutions, physicians, and medical professionals in a variety of matters, including medical malpractice, civil rights, contract disputes, and disciplinary actions.

Highlights

* Obtained a directed verdict at the close of plaintiff’s evidence in Federal Court, in a jury trial where the claims were for racial discrimination/hostile environment/retaliatory discharge/negligent supervision.

* Successfully obtained a reversal by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, after oral argument, of a directed verdict in favor of the plaintiff, in a Fair Labor Standards Act case involving allegations of non-payment of overtime in defending a professional guard service.

* Recently received an Order from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirming Summary Judgment in an Accounting Malpractice matter involving allegations of Fraud, Fraudulent Suppression and Accounting Malpractice.

* Recently argued a matter before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals involving the right to remove a matter to Federal Court and State statutory interpretation. 

* Recently received an order affirming summary judgment from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals involving a §1983 claim for deliberate indifference against a health care provider.

* Recently obtained Summary Judgment in a Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death/Deliberate Indifference matter pending in Federal Court.

* Recently received an Order from the Alabama Supreme Court affirming a Summary Judgment Order granted to health care providers in a Medical Malpractice matter involving allegations of misdiagnosis and mistreatment of a stroke victim. 

* Recently obtained a defense verdict and an award on a counterclaim in a large construction dispute heard before the American Arbitration Association (AAA).

* Currently representing developers and general contractors in numerous State and Federal claims regarding allegations that toxic Chinese Drywall was utilized in properties owned by the Claimants.

Honors And Awards

While in law school, Phil was elected to the Order of the Barristers and was an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy. He was a member of the Law School’s Moot Court Team as well as a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team.

He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Defense Research Institute (DRI), International Municipal Lawyers Association, Alabama Association of Municipal Attorneys, American Bar Association, and the Alabama State Bar Association.

Phil is also listed in the 2013 - 2015 editions of Best Lawyers in America® for commercial litigation.  Phil is an AV Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings,TM which is the highest rating an attorney can receive from the national Peer Review Rating Program.

Community Involvement

Phil is an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church where he is an Acolyte leader.

Speeches And Publications

* On August 7, 2014, Phil gave a presentation before the Alabama State Bar's Workers' Compensation Section on the topic of Ethics and Law.

* "Alabama Prisoner Litigation Reform Act: Attempting to Prohibit the Filing of Frivolous Pro Se Inmate Lawsuits," ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Report - Medicine and Law (Spring 2014). 

* On August 13, 2013, Phil gave a speech on Legal Ethics at the Alabama Self Insurers Association (ASIA) Conference.

* On February 18, 2013, Phil made a presentation before the Jefferson County Mayors’ Association and the Birmingham Area Mayors’ Association with regard to the attack on the statutory cap on municipalities and municipal employees.

* Spoke to a group of physicians and nurse practitioners regarding medical malpractice and civil rights claims and how to avoid such claims.

Reported Cases

Drummond Co., Inc. v. Ala. Dept. of Transp., 206 WL438704 (Ala. 2006).

King v. Correctional Medical Services, Inc., 919 So.2d 1186 (Ala. Civ. App. 2005).

Drummond Co., Inc. v. Green, 895 So.2d 977 (Ala. Civ. App. 2004).

Drummond Co., Inc. v. Bonner, 848 So.2d 987 (Ala. Civ. App. 2002).

Drummond Co., Inc. v. Boatman, 825 So.2d 823 (Ala. Civ. App. 2001).

Ex parte Warrior Lighthouse, Inc., 789 So.2d 858 (Ala. 2001).

Drummond Co., Inc. v. Lolley, 786 So.2d 509 (Ala. Civ. App. 2000).

Ex parte Drummond Co., Inc., 775 So.2d 165 (Ala. 2000).

Architectura, Inc. v. Miller, 769 So.2d 330 (Ala. Civ. App. 2000).

Upton v. Drummond Co., Inc., 762 So.2d 373 (Ala. Civ. App. 2000).

Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. National Sec. Fire and Cas. Ins. Co., 741 So.2d 424 (Ala. Civ App. 1999).

Wehby v. Turpin, 710 So.2d 1243 (Ala. 1998).

Pruitt v. Circuit City Stores, Inc., 678 So.2d 166 (Ala. Civ. App. 1996).

Related News

12/18/2014 Workers' Compensation Bulletin - 2014 Case Law Update

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

11/18/2013 Starnes Davis Florie Attorney Phil Piggott Obtains Judgment as a Matter of Law

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

7/29/2013 Starnes Davis Florie's Workers' Compensation Defense Bulletin (Summer 2013)

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

9/5/2012 Starnes Attorney Phil Piggott Prevails in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

5/21/2012 Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Obtain Affirmance from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

11/21/2011 Piggott Prevails Before Alabama Supreme Court

11/15/2011 Piggott & Salter Obtain Favorable Opinion From The Supreme Court of Alabama

Practices

Business Litigation
Construction Litigation
Energy, Natural Resources & Land Use
Federal Black Lung Litigation
Government & Public Litigation
Labor & Employment
Medical Malpractice Defense

Education

J.D., Cumberland School of Law (1993)
B.A., Rhodes College (1985)

Bar Admissions

Alabama

Courts

United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama