Amber M. Whillock

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205-868-6078 - Direct
205-868-6099 - Fax
Email Amber awhillock@starneslaw.com

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

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Amber M. Whillock
Partner

Practice

Amber is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie.  Her practice is devoted to civil litigation including environmental and construction litigation, personal injury defense, financial services claims, and appellate advocacy.  She also advises clients regarding regulatory compliance and represents clients in administrative proceedings before environmental and surface mining agencies.

Highlights

*Obtained a favorable opinion from the Supreme Court of Alabama reversing and remanding a trial court's denial of a client's request to compel arbitration of claims filed against his business in Baldwin County, Alabama.

* Obtained dismissal on behalf of municipal employees of personal injury and property damage claims based on construction of school

* Obtained a defense judgment, which was affirmed on appeal, on behalf of a municipality following federal trial of Clean Water Act and state common law claims involving allegations of stormwater damage by an adjacent property owner

* Representing coal mining operators in administrative and state court actions involving appeals of permits issued by the state environmental and surface mining agencies

* Represented a client in a CERCLA contribution and cost recovery action pertaining to the Alabama Wood Treating Corporation site in Mobile, Alabama

* Represented chemical waste generator in litigation involving personal injury claims arising from explosion of chemical waste

Honors And Awards

Amber has been named a Rising Star for the state of Alabama by the 2013 - 2016 editions of Mid-South Super Lawyers® magazine and is an AV Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings. She was also named one of the Top Lawyers of 2016 and 2017 by Birmingham's B-Metro Magazine.

While attending Cumberland School of Law, Amber was the Executive Editor of the Cumberland Law Review, a Thomley Scholarship Recipient, a George M. Stewart Banking Award Recipient and the recipient of numerous Scholar of Merit Awards. Amber was also active in the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and served as a Judge Abraham Caruthers Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant.

Community Involvement

Amber currently serves as Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Alabama State Bar for the 2017-2018 year. Amber also represents clients on a pro bono basis through Turning Point, a City of Birmingham Municipal Court program for homeless individuals, and serves as the Chair of the Birmingham Bar Association's Pro Bono Committee for 2017.

Speeches And Publications

* "Environmnental Law and Accountants' Liability," presented and published at the 29th Annual Governmental Accounting and Auditing Forum hosted by Alabama Society of Certified Public Accounts and the Association of Government Accountants and Governmental Financial Officers Association of Alabama, December 1, 2016 (Birmingham, AL).

* "Efficiency Guarantees under Surety Bond" and "Impact of Principal's Bankruptcy,"presented at the 2016 Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, April 21, 2016 (Charleston, SC).

* "Alabama Lien Law," seminar for the National Association of Credit Management, September 10, 2015 (Birmingham, AL)

* "Environmental Law: What Every Accountant Should Know," seminar for the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, August 31, 2015 (Huntsville, AL ) and August 13, 2015 (Mobile, AL)

*"Sources of Recovery and Liens," a publication presented at two seminars hosted by the National Business Institute, October 22, 2014 (Huntsville, AL) and October 23, 2014 (Birmingham, AL)

* "EPCRA Tier II Requirements: A Guide for Hazardous Chemical Inventory Reporting," The EnLaw, Volume 19, No. 1 (Winter 2013)

* "Finding the Solution to Unresolved Boundaries," November 8, 2012, National Business Institute Seminar, Boundary Disputes:  Resolving Client Conflicts, Birmingham, Alabama (speech & publication)

* "Air Permits, Regulations and Requirements under the Clean Air Act," July 30, 2009, National Business Institute, Environmental Law from A to Z, Birmingham, Alabama (speech)

Related News

7/25/2017 Starnes Davis Florie and Attorney John Scott Featured in BBJ's Table of Experts Series on Banking Deregulation

2/3/2017 SDF Attorneys Obtain Favorable Opinion From Supreme Court of Alabama

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

4/27/2016 Starnes Attorneys Present at the 2016 Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference

11/11/2015 SDF Attorney Amber Whillock Honored by The Alabama Supreme Court for Her Pro Bono Service

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

5/1/2015 Environmental & Toxic Tort Law Bulletin - Spring 2015

1/23/2015 Starnes Davis Florie Announces Its New Partner Amber Whillock

12/5/2014 Environmental & Toxic Tort Law Bulletin - December 2014

10/28/2014 SDF Attorneys Harrison & Whillock Present at Two NBI Seminars

10/16/2014 Environmental & Toxic Tort Law Bulletin - September 2014

7/11/2014 Environmental & Toxic Tort Law Bulletin - June 2014

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

3/28/2014 Environmental & Toxic Tort Law Bulletin - March 2014

12/29/2013 Starnes Davis Florie's Environmental Law Bulletin (December 2013)

12/6/2013 Starnes Attorneys Davis and Whillock Obtain Affirmance by Eleventh Circuit of Defense Verdict in Clean Water Act and Inverse Condemnation Case

9/30/2013 Starnes Davis Florie's Environmental Law Bulletin (September 2013)

6/3/2013 Starnes Davis Florie's Environmental Law Bulletin (June 2013)

5/13/2013 Starnes Attorneys R. Davis & Whillock Assist Client in Obtaining No Further Action Determination from EPA

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

3/29/2013 Starnes Davis Florie Obtains Fourth Consecutive Affirmance of Surface Mining Client’s NPDES Permit

3/2/2013 Starnes Davis Florie's Environmental Law Bulletin (March 2013)

1/30/2013 Starnes Davis Florie Attorney Amber Whillock Publishes Article in The Enlaw

1/5/2013 Starnes Davis Florie's Environmental Law Bulletin (December 2012)

10/31/2012 Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Obtain Summary Judgment for Industrial Client in Air Emissions Case

Practices

Appellate Law
Banking & Financial Services
Construction Litigation
Environmental Litigation
Environmental Regulation
Healthcare Audit and Fraud Claim Defense
Toxic Torts

Education

J.D., summa cum laude, Cumberland School of Law (2008)

B.S., in Psychology & Criminal Justice, Troy University (2005)

Bar Admissions

Alabama

Courts

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit