Christian has worked with the firm of Starnes Davis Florie since 1997, moving to Mobile, Alabama in 2001 to open the Mobile office. He currently serves on the firm's Executive Committee.
Christian's primary practice focus is on the defense of physicians, hospitals and long term health care facilities in high-risk medical malpractice cases, although he routinely handles a variety of complex litigation matters.
* Obtained a defense verdict for a family medicine physician in a wrongful death suit, where the physician was accused of failing to diagnose diverticulitis, peritonitis and sepsis.
* Obtained a defense verdict for an Emergency Room Physician after an emotional nine day trial centering on the death of two year old boy.
* Obtained a defense verdict in favor of an OB-GYN, who was charged with negligently delivering an infant during a labor complicated by shoulder dystocia, thereby resulting in permanent injury.
* Obtained a defense verdict in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama for an orthopedic surgeon charged with placing a plate directly over a patient's radial nerve during an open reduction and internal fixation procedure performed to treat the patient's severe humeral fracture.
* Obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful death case alleging that a cardiothoracic surgeon negligently cut the subclavian artery during cardiac bypass surgery.
* Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an Emergency Department physician in an eleven day wrongful death trial in the Circuit Court of Mobile County.
* Summary judgment affirmed by the Alabama Supreme Court on behalf of a family practitioner who had been charged with the death of a nursing home patient.
* Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a surgeon accused of causing significant complications following a gastro-intestinal bypass procedure.
* Successfully enforced a non-compete clause in an employee contract, after an employee attempted to begin a rival business.
* Helped obtain the resolution of a complex construction matter, wherein his client was accused (along with approximately 25 other parties) of negligently building five beach-front condominiums.
* Obtained a dismissal, which was affirmed by the Alabama Supreme Court, for an OB/GYN in action for wrongful death, based upon an argument that the Plaintiff's own medical experts established fetal demise at a date earlier than that demonstrated within the medical records, thereby making the claim untimely under the statute of limitations.
Honors And Awards
Christian has been named a Rising Star for the state of Alabama by the 2011 and 2012 editions of Alabama Super Lawyers® magazine and is an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings.TM
He graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University in 1994. He is a frequent speaker on medical malpractice issues involving health care professionals. Christian is a member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association and is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).
Speeches And Publications
* "Alabama Litigation Overview," Practical Law Litigation (Summer 2016).
* "Responding to a Complaint: Alabama Q&A," Practical Law Litigation (Summer 2015).
* "Responding to Discovery Subpoenas: Alabama," Practical Law Litigation (Spring 2015).
* A Pleading Delayed May Mean Justice Denied: Amended Pleading under Alabama Rule of Civil Procedure 15(a), The Alabama Lawyer, Vol. 69, No. 4 (July 2008).
Carraway v. Kurtts, 987 So.2d 512 (Ala. 2007).
Ziade v. Koch, 952 So.2d 1072 (Ala. 2006).
Tobiassen v. Sawyer, 904 So.2d 258 (Ala. 2004).
Frontier Ins. Co. v. International, Inc., 124 F. Supp 2nd 1211 (N.D. Ala. 2000).
Ex Parte Burch, 730 So. 2d 143 (Ala. 1999) (drafted brief for amicus curiae Mobile Infirmary Medical Center).
Ex Parte Pfizer, Inc., 746 So. 2d 960 (Ala. 1999).