Joseph L. Reese, Jr.
Joseph's practice is primarily devoted to the defense of physicians, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare providers in litigation. Since joining the firm in 1997, he has participated in over 40 medical malpractice jury trials.
* 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.
* Obtained a defense judgment following a four day arbitration of a nursing home malpractice case involving claims of personal injury and wrongful death.
* Obtained defense verdict on behalf of a surgeon in a wrongful death case in which the patient died at home of a perforated colon only hours after being evaluated by the surgeon in his office.
* Obtained judgment as a matter of law during jury trial for general surgeon accused of negligently failing to prescribe anticoagulants following an intraoperative surgical complication.
* Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a nursing home following a five day jury trial in a case involving a rehabilitation resident who was assessed on admission as a high fall risk and who later fell, sustaining a depressed skull fracture with resulting brain injury.
* Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a gastroenterologist following a seven day jury trial in a case involving a patient who suffered a cardio-pulmonary arrest during an endoscopic procedure performed under conscious sedation.
Honors And Awards
Joseph has been inducted as an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
While in law school, Joseph was selected to the Order of the Barristers, Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, and John Campbell Moot Court Board. He served as an editor of the Alabama Law Review and was a member of the National Moot Court Team.
Speeches And Publications
* Is This Just Another One of Those Nursing Homes?, Alabama Nursing Home Association Meeting, Birmingham, AL , February 3, 2014.
* Medical Malpractice: Expert Witness Issues on the subjects of Case Law, Depositions, and Impeachment, NBI Webinar (August 8, 2013).
* Lessons Learned from Recent Arbitrations, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association, Perdido Beach, AL (April, 28, 2012).
Ex parte Noland Hospital Montgomery, LLC, No. 1110240, Alabama Supreme Court, released August 10, 2012.
Thompson v. Patton -- 6 So. 3d 1129 (Ala. 2008).
Holcomb v. Carraway -- 945 So. 2d 1009 (Ala. 2006).
Patton v. Thompson -- 958 So. 2d 303 (Ala. 2006).
Bradley v. Mariner Health, Inc., 315 F. Supp. 2d 1190 (S.D. Ala. 2004).
Bassie v. Obstetrics & Gynecology Assocs. of Northwest Alabama, P.C., 828 So. 2d 280 (Ala. 2002).
Hauseman v. University of Alabama Health Services Foundation, 793 So. 2d 730 (Ala. 2000).
Brookwood Medical Center v. Lindstrom, 763 So. 2d 951 (Ala. 2000).