M. Christopher Eagan

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

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M. Christopher Eagan

Chris Eagan has been with the firm since graduating law school in 1987.  Chris is a partner of the firm, has served as chairman of the firm's Recruiting Committee, and currently serves on the firm's Executive Committee.


Chris has worked on a broad variety of litigation matters, focusing on medical malpractice defense, healthcare law, professional licensing and credentialing, federal and state regulatory issues for hospitals and hospital risk management issues.


* Obtained a defense verdict for a general surgeon and surgical group in a wrongful death case involving an intra-abdominal abscess resulting in septic shock in Calhoun County.

* Obtained a defense verdict for an internist in a wrongful death case involving an allegation that the internist failed to diagnose an esophageal perforation following gastrointestinal surgery.

* Obtained a defense verdict for an emergency room physician in a wrongful death case involving complications due to bowel obstruction.

* Obtained a defense judgment following a three day arbitration of a nursing home malpractice case involving the death of a resident alleged to have resulted from a medication error and the failure to appropriately treat the resident's condition and monitor the resident's hydration status.

* Secured a Judgment as a Matter of Law for a hospital and three ICU nurses in a case involving an internally dislodged tracheostomy tube that resulted in a severe brain injury to the patient.

* Summary judgment for a urologist in connection with a claim the urologist violated the standard of care with respect to performing an Acucise endopyelotomy.

* Summary judgment for a hospital in connection with a claim concerning a patient fall.

* Summary judgment on behalf of a hospital and an operating room nurse where the plaintiff alleged the operating room nurse, along with other defendants, failed to properly position plaintiff during a hysterectomy causing the plaintiff to develop a brachial plexus injury.

* Summary judgment for a pediatrician in a wrongful death case where the plaintiff claimed she failed to timely and appropriately diagnose sepsis.

* Summary judgment for a neurologist and an internist where the plaintiff claimed the physicians failed to diagnose and properly treat temporal arteritis.

* Summary judgment for a family practitioner where the plaintiff alleged a failure to timely and appropriately address an abnormal PSA.

* Defense verdict in medical malpractice case involving obstetrical complication resulting in significant neurologic injury to newborn.

* Defense verdict in medical malpractice case against hospital involving admitted violation of the standard of care where case was defended on causation issues.

* Presented paper at the Annual Scientific Meeting and post-graduate course program for the Southeastern Surgical Congress in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 11-15, 2005, regarding medical malpractice issues and bariatric surgery.

Honors And Awards

Chris is listed in the 2016 and 2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants. He also maintains an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Chris serves as an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  Chris served as the  2011 Chair of the Medical Liaison Committee for the Birmingham Bar Association.  He was named the 2008 Lawyer of the Year by BLSA- Birmingham's association of legal professionals.

While in law school, Chris served on the Cumberland Law Review. He received the Book Award in Civil Procedure.

Community Involvement

Chris is on the Advisory Board of Magic Moments, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening or life-altering illnesses. He served as Chairman of this organization in 2004 and he served on the Board between 1999 and 2005. Chris also serves on the Advisory Council for Kairos Prison Ministry in Elmore, Alabama. He also volunteers for First Light Shelter for homeless women in Birmingham, Alabama.  Chris has also been involved in literacy for disabled adults with the Adult Learning Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

Chris is also an active member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church where he serves on the Vestry and volunteers as an usher. Chris is married to a trial lawyer and is the proud father of five children.

Speeches And Publications

* Anticipating and Minimizing Hearsay Objections,  a 2-Day Practical Course on Advanced Civil Litigation Skills in Alabama held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-Wynfrey Hotel, December 17, 2015 (presentation).

* Medicare Set Asides and Liens 101, NBI seminar "Personal Injury Claims: The Insurance Defense Perspective," December 13, 2013 (presentation).

* Confidentiality of Medical Records, Presentation, November 2, 2012 (presentation).

* Direct Examination, Cumberland School of Law, October 18, 2012 (presentation).

* Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know, National Business Institute Seminar, August 23, 2012 (presentation)

* The Discovery Process in a Medical Practice:  Subpoenas, Depositions, and Court Appearances, presented to the Medical Management Association (MGMA) of Birmingham, June 21, 2012 (presentation)

* Dental Malpractice, The Standard of Care and Documentation: Does SOC = D?, UAB School of Dentistry Alumni Weekend, February 2 - 5, 2012 (presentation)

* Eagan, Walston and Starnes "Medicare Reporting Requirements and the MSPS (Medicare Secondary Payer Statute): Where DO We Go From Here?" The Alabama Self-Insurer, Winter 2010 (publication)

* "Bariatric Surgery: Malpractice Risks and Risk Management Guidelines," The American Surgeon, May 2005. Vol. 71. p. 369 (publication)

* Medical Malpractice Guide to Misdiagnosis Cases, National Business Institute Seminar, September 22, 2011 (presentation)

* New Reporting Requirements under the Medicare Secondary Payer Statute, IADC Medical Defense and Health Law and Legislative, Judicial and Government Affairs Committees, IADC Webinar, July 2009 (presentation)


Reported Cases

Ex parte Nail, 111 So. 3d 125 (Ala. 2012).

Glenda Wright, as Mother and Next Friend of Donna Wright v. Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center Board, d/b/a Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center, Alabama Supreme Court No. 1100777.

Brookwood Medical Center v. Lindstrom, 763 So. 2d 951 (Ala. 2000).

Hilburn v. Ellis, 688 So. 2d 236 (Ala. 1997).

Ex parte Northport Health Service, Inc., 682 So. 2d 52 (Ala. 1996) (Amicus).

Keel v. Banach, 624 So. 2d 1022 (Ala. 1993).

Levesque v. Regional Medical Center Board, 612 So. 2d 445 (Ala. 1993).

Independent Fire Ins. Co. v. Mutual Assur. Inc., 553 So. 2d 115 (Ala. 1989).

Long v. Hodges, 639 So. 2d 238 (Ala. 1989).

Raise v. Wood, 540 So. 2d 643 (Ala. 1988) (Amicus).

Related News

3/10/2017 SDF Attorneys Chris Eagan & Billy Bates Obtain Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Trial

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

6/29/2016 Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Eagan and Sellers Secure Defense Verdict for Internist After 8 Day Trial

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

12/19/2015 SDF Attorneys Eagan and Sellers Secure Defense Verdict for Emergency Room Physician after Week Long Trial

12/19/2015 Chris Eagan Gave Presentation on "Anticipating and Minimizing Hearsay Objections"

8/26/2015 Eagan and Sellers Secure Defense Verdict for General Surgeon and Surgical Group in Med Mal Trial

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

4/16/2015 Reese & Eagan Obtain Defense Judgment Following a Three Day Arbitration of a Nursing Home Malpractice Case

6/27/2013 Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Secure Judgment as a Matter of Law after Five Day Trial for Hospital and Three ICU Nurses


Healthcare Audit and Fraud Claim Defense
Healthcare Regulation & Compliance
Medical Malpractice Defense
Professional Liability
Professional Licensing Defense


J.D., Cumberland School of Law (1987)
B.S., University of Alabama (1983)

Bar Admissions



U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama