Jay M. Ezelle

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

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Jay M. Ezelle
Partner

Jay Ezelle is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie and has been with the firm since 1999.

Practice

Jay has worked on a broad variety of litigation matters, concentrating on complex, high-risk litigation. He has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies in a variety of matters  including national class actions and multidistrict litigation. He has also represented several universities in high-profile matters ranging from intellectual property disputes to NCAA compliance investigations.

Highlights

* Defended Allied Crushed Stone Company in lawsuit brought by Vulcan Materials Co. and obtained successful resolution through tax-exempt stock exchange and merger of Allied into a subsidiary of Vulcan.

* Currently representing software development company in drafting and negotiating intellectual property agreements for new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.

* Currently representing The University of Alabama in a trademark dispute with sports artist Daniel A. Moore that has been the subject of press coverage by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, NPR and ESPN.

* Currently representing an insurance carrier in a purported national class action relating to premium rates.

* Currently representing a large government contractor in a fraud and breach of contract case with a former employee.

* Currently representing KKR in a securities fraud case arising from the leveraged recapitalization of the Bruno's grocery store chain.

* Currently representing an NFL player in a civil case alleging assault and battery.

* Successfully represented UAB and the UAB Research Foundation in an intellectual property dispute relating to a universal control system for electrosurgical devices.

* Successfully represented a large hedge fund in a trade secrets and fraud case relating to the purchase of the international energy portfolio from the Enron Bankruptcy.

* Obtained declaratory judgment for General Motors allowing it to close car dealership under the Alabama Motor Vehicle Franchise Act and ruling that GM was not obligated to pay the dealer $1.2 million in alleged debt forgiveness and sales tax revenue relief offered by the City of Birmingham.

* Represented and helped obtain dismissals and/or favorable settlements for numerous global financial institutions in the highly-publicized Enron, HealthSouth, and WorldCom multidistrict litigations.

* Obtained a complete dismissal for The University of Alabama and its President in litigation stemming from the termination of Mike Price, the former head football coach, in what USA Today described as one of the "top 25 biggest sports scandals".

* Represented the University of Alabama in Huntsville in an intellectual property dispute over PEGylation technology and helped UAH obtain a $25 million settlement.

* Represented UAB and the UAB Research Foundation in a patent dispute relating to antiviral compounds used to treat Hepatitis B and helped UAB obtain a settlement with a minimum value of $15 million.

* Obtained a complete dismissal of Emory University in an intellectual property dispute relating to compounds used to treat the Hepatitis C.

Honors And Awards

Jay has been named a "Future Star" for the state of Alabama in the 2011 - 2017 editions of  Benchmark Litigation, is recommended for General Commercial Litigation in the 2011 - 2017 editions of Chambers USA, is listed for the state of Alabama in the 2012 - 2016 editions of Mid-South Super Lawyers, was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 - 2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America®, and has been named a 2014 Intellectual Property Star by the 2014 and 2015 editions of IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine. Jay was also selected as one of the Birmingham Business Journal's "Top 40 Under 40" for 2012.

While in law school, Jay was elected to the Order of the Coif, the Order of the Barristers and the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, was a Hugo Black Scholar, a Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award recipient and an editor for the Alabama Law Review. Jay was also the winner of Campbell Moot Court Competition and a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team.

Community Involvement

Jay is a member of the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham, the Junior Patrons Board of the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center,  and the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. He is also involved in the Birmingham Athletic Partnership and attends the Cathedral Church of the Advent.

Speeches And Publications

* Jay M. Ezelle and Cole R. Gresham, "Big Verdicts, Limited Discovery: The Rising Importance of Trade Secrets in Alabama," in the Cumberland Law Review, Vol. 44, pg 55 - 77(2014).

* Jay M. Ezelle and C. Clayton Bromberg, Jr., "The Internal Affairs Doctrine in Alabama", The Alabama Lawyer, Vol. 72, No. 2, Pages 143 - 147 (March 2011).

 

Reported Cases

W.R. Huff Asset Management Co., L.L.C. v. Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co., L.P., 566 F.3d 979 (11th  Cir. 2009).

General Elec. Capital Corp. v. Emergystat, Inc., 2009 WL 4465245 (N.D.Ala. 2009).

The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama v. Nektar Therapeutics, Inc., 2005 WL 2335714 (N.D. Ala. 2005).

Price v. University of Alabama, 2004 WL 1253201 (11th Cir. Apr. 20, 2004).

Nichols v. Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., 364 F.Supp.2d 1330 (N.D.Ala. 2004).

Wisconsin Investment Bd. v. Ruttenberg, 300 F.Supp.2d 1210 (N.D.Ala. 2004).

Price v. University of Alabama, 318 F.Supp.2d 1084 (N.D.Ala. 2003).

W.R. Huff Asset Management Co., LLC v. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., L.P., 234 F.Supp.2d 1218 (N.D.Ala. 2002).

Retirement Systems of Alabama v. Merrill Lynch & Co., 209 F.Supp.2d 1257 (M.D.Ala. 2002).

Related News

2/3/2017 Seven Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named "Leaders in their Field" in Chambers USA 2017

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

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

6/7/2016 Global Law Experts Select Starnes Davis Florie as Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Alabama - 2016

5/29/2016 Starnes Davis Florie Receives Top Tier Ranking in Chambers USA 2016

3/3/2016 Seven Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named "Leaders in their Field" in Chambers USA 2016

10/2/2015 Benchmark Litigation 2016 Named Starnes Davis Florie a Highly Recommended Litigation Firm

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

6/15/2015 Starnes Davis Florie Wins Alabama Supreme Court Decision in Professor Shooting Suit

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

2/25/2015 Seven Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named "Leaders in their Field" in Chambers USA 2015

9/5/2014 Starnes Davis Florie Named a Highly Recommended Litigation Firm in the 2015 Edition of Benchmark Litigation

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

7/20/2014 Starnes Davis Florie Attorney Jay Ezelle Named a 2014 Intellectual Property Star

5/30/2014 Starnes Davis Florie Receives Top Tier Ranking in Chambers USA 2014

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

4/18/2014 Starnes Attorneys Ezelle & Gresham Publish Article in the Cumberland Law Review

2/10/2014 Seven Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named "Leaders in their Field" in Chambers USA 2014

5/29/2013 Starnes Davis Florie Receives Top Tier Ranking in Chambers USA 2013

5/2/2013 Twenty-Six Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers 2013

2/6/2013 Five Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to Chambers USA 2013

9/28/2012 Starnes Davis Florie Highly Ranked in 2013 Benchmark Litigation & Benchmark Appellate

6/13/2012 Starnes Davis Florie Received Top Tier Ranking in Chambers USA 2012

5/1/2012 Twenty-Two Starnes Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers

3/19/2012 Five Starnes Attorneys Named to Chambers USA 2012

2/4/2012 Jay Ezelle Named One of Birmingham's Top 40 Under 40

10/14/2011 Benchmark Litigation Names SDF one of Alabama's Highly Recommended Litigation Firms

7/8/2011 Starnes Davis Florie Received Top Tier Ranking in Chambers USA 2011

5/5/2011 Ezelle & Jones Defeat Nationwide Class Claims

4/10/2011 Ezelle & Bromberg Publish Article in The Alabama Lawyer

3/14/2011 Five Starnes Attorneys Named to Chambers USA 2011

10/6/2010 Benchmark Litigation Names SDF one of Alabama's Highly Recommended Firms

Practices

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business Litigation
Class Actions & Mass Torts
Collegiate Sports
Energy, Natural Resources & Land Use
False Claims Act / Qui Tam Litigation
Government & Public Litigation
Healthcare Audit and Fraud Claim Defense
Intellectual Property
Product Liability & Consumer Litigation
Securities Litigation
Telecommunications

Education

J.D., summa cum laude, University of Alabama School of Law (1999)
B.S., Rhodes College (1995)

Bar Admissions

Alabama

Courts

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