Starnes Davis Florie

Joseph L. Reese, Jr.

Partner

Joseph L. Reese, Jr.

Joseph L. Reese, Jr.

Partner

100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Joseph joined Starnes Davis Florie upon graduating law school in 1997 and became a partner in 2004.  His practice is devoted to civil litigation, with an emphasis on professional liability matters in which he represents physicians, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare providers.  Joseph has tried over 40 complex civil cases to a jury verdict, has arbitrated several cases to a final binding decision, and has represented facilities in administrative proceedings.  He is licensed in both Alabama and Tennessee.

Professional Recognition

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Highlights

  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a general surgeon charged with medical negligence in the performance of a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (minimally invasive surgery to remove the gallbladder).
  • Obtained a defense verdict following a 3 day arbitration in a case alleging the defendant nursing home’s unsanitary environment and its failure to properly clean, treat, and monitor a surgical incision site caused the resident to develop an infection that necessitated amputation of the resident’s leg.
  • Obtained a defense judgment following 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 an arbitration of a nursing home malpractice case involving claims of personal injury and wrongful death arising out of a fall and the subsequent development of a bedsore.
  • 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 intra-operative surgical complication.
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Presentations and Publications

  • Getting it Right the First Time:  Learning from Today’s Top Verdicts and Settlements, American Conference Institute 7th Annual Forum on Long Term Care Litigation, Miami, FL (January 19, 2017)
  • Is this Just Another One of Those Nursing Homes?  Alabama Nursing Home Association Meeting, Birmingham, AL (February 3, 2014)
  • Medical Malpractice:  Expert Witness Issues — 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)
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