Starnes Davis Florie

Allison J. Adams


Allison J. Adams

Allison J. Adams


100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Allison’s practice is devoted to medical liability defense, including personal injury and wrongful death litigation.  She represents doctors, hospitals, practice groups, and other healthcare professionals against claims of medical malpractice.  She also regularly advises healthcare professionals and entities about issues and regulations affecting their practices. In addition, Allison has experience handling labor & employment litigation, contract disputes, prisoner litigation, and other complex litigation throughout Alabama and Tennessee.

Allison currently sits on the firm’s Executive, Diversity & Inclusion, and Recruiting committees.


Professional Recognition

  • Rising Star in Alabama by Mid-South Super Lawyers® magazine
  • Recognized as a “leading individual” in the field of Medical Malpractice Defense by Chambers USA

Community Involvement

Allison is actively involved in volunteering at– Covenant Day School (Covenant Presbyterian Church). She is also an active member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.


  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a general surgeon charged with medical negligence and wrongful death in the performance of a colonoscopy.
  • Obtained a defense award in an arbitration in favor of a nursing home in a wrongful death case arising from allegations involving a fall sustained by a resident.
  • Successfully defended two general surgeons during a six-day trial in a wrongful death case involving the readmission of a patient to the hospital following recent hernia repair surgery.
  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist following a four-day trial in Tennessee stemming from the ordering of post anesthesia care unit pain medication that resulted in blindness.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a national cell phone company in a case brought by a former employee for race discrimination and retaliation.
  • Secured summary judgment and Eleventh Circuit affirmance for a metal processing plant in a Title VII and Section 1981 race discrimination action.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in favor of an anesthesiologist in a case arising out of a cervical epidural block, which led to a spinal cord injury.
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Presentations and Publications

  • “2023 Healthcare Law Update,” presentation to the Birmingham Medical Group Management Association, Birmingham, AL, November 15, 2023.
  • “The Impact of the Dobbs Decision on Abortion in Alabama,” presentation to the Alabama Society for Healthcare Risk Management, November 4, 2022, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • “How Providers Can Navigate Medical Professional Liability Risks in a Post-Roe World,” Risk & Insurance Magazine, September 26, 2022.
  • “How the Dobbs Decision Affects Medical Professional Liability,” Becker’s Hospital Review, Vol. 2022, No. 10, October 2022.
  • “Peer Review and Quality Assurance Privileges in Alabama,” presentation to all Office of Counsel lawyers within the University of Alabama System, Birmingham, Alabama, August 6, 2020.
  • “Quality Assurance and Peer Review Privileges in Alabama,” presented at the Alabama Society for Healthcare Risk Management Fall Education Day, Alabaster, Alabama, November 4, 2016.
  • Walter W. Bates, Allison J. Adams, & Pamela Yates, “Overcoming Tensions Between Drug/Device Defendants and Treating Physicians,” IADC Drug, Device and Biotechnology and Medical Defense and Health Law Joint Committee Newsletter, February 2014.
  • “Is Your Clinic Prepared?  Malpractice and Employment Issues Facing Practice Groups,” presented at the Medical Group Management Association meeting, Decatur, Alabama, February 18, 2014.
  • “In Case of Emergency:  Is Your Clinic Ready?”  The Birmingham Medical News Blog, September 2013.
  • “Important Victory for Primary Payers Under the MSP,” DRI Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee Newsletter, Vol. 16, Issue 4, December 2011.
  • Arnold W. Umbach, III & Allison J. Garton, “Alabama Supreme Court Clarifies Enforceability of No-Hire Agreements,” The Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal, October 2007.
  • “Reconciling the Incongruous Demands of Therapist-Patient Confidentiality and Falsely Accused Third-Parties,” 37 Cum. L. Rev. 1, 77 (2006).

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