Starnes Davis Florie

Robert P. MacKenzie, III (Bob)


Robert P. MacKenzie, III

Robert P. MacKenzie, III (Bob)


100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Bob MacKenzie is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie, having joined the firm in 1984 after completing law school.  Bob has previously served as the firm’s Managing Partner and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and Past President of the Birmingham Bar Association.

Bob’s practice is devoted to handling a broad scope of litigation including medical and legal malpractice actions, product liability,and commercial litigation.  He has tried in excess of 100 jury trials to a verdict. Bob also represents lawyers and health care professionals in disciplinary matters before Alabama Regulatory Boards.  He has published multiple articles on the defense of legal malpractice suits and trial practice.  Bob handles matters throughout Alabama and the Southeast.

Professional Recognition

  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®. In addition, Best Lawyers in America® has named Bob MacKenzie the “Birmingham Best Lawyers Medical Malpractice Defense Lawyer of the Year” for 2013
  • Past President of the Birmingham Bar Association (2015 – 2016)
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and previously served on the National Board of Directors
  • Fellow of the American Bar Association
  • Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Former Member of the Executive Committees of the Birmingham Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Foundation, and the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Association
  • President Elect of the Judge Edward Horton American Inn of Court
  • A Life Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation and of the Birmingham Bar Foundation
  • Top Leading Litigator by Chambers USA
  • Super Lawyer in Alabama by Mid-South Super Lawyers® magazine
  • Named “Litigation Star” in Benchmark Litigation
  • An AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingsTM

Community Involvement

  • Bob serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for Cumberland School of Law.
  • He previously served as Chairman for the Board from 2008-2010.
  • He is the past chairman of the 2005-2006 Cumberland School of Law Alumni Fundraising Campaign and was selected as the school’s “Volunteer of the Year” for 2006.
  • Bob is actively involved at the Cathedral Church of the Advent.
  • He and his wife, Jeanie have three children.


  • Obtained a defense verdict in favor of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in a case involving a bilateral total joint replacement of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a defendant gynecologist in a case alleging negligent failure to diagnose breast cancer, resulting in a mastectomy and chemotherapy.
  • Removal and dismissal of legal malpractice claim against out of state attorney and law firm.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a legal malpractice suit pending in the United States District Court for New Jersey arising out of an underlying patent litigation matter.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a law firm in a suit for legal malpractice pending in Federal Court arising out of an underlying will contest.
  • Obtained defense verdict for an addiction medicine physician in case arising out of care provided during the patient’s detoxification.
  • 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

  • Make Your New Year Happy – Avoid a Suit for Legal Malpractice, CLE by the Bundle/Cumberland, Birmingham, AL, December 20, 2018.
  • Direct & Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses , Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, AL, March 28, 2017.
  • Ethical Issues Facing Attorneys, James E. Horton Inn of Court, Birmingham, AL, March 21, 2017.
  • Avoiding Suits for Legal Malpractice, Charles G. Pittman Attorneys at Law, Brentwood, TN, March 10, 2017.
  • Alabama State Bar Professionalism, New Admitted Members of the Alabama State Bar, Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, AL, October 23, 2015.
  • Direct & Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses, Alabama Defense Trial Academy, Birmingham, AL, August 7, 2015.
  • Cross Examination of Plaintiff’s Expert Witness, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy, Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, AL, August 8, 2014.
  • Common Oversights That Lead to Malpractice Claims, Attorneys Insurance Mutual Of the South, Inc., Mobile, AL, November 8, 2013.
  • Ethics: Avoiding a Suit for Legal Malpractice, The Judge James Edwin Horton American Inn of Court, Birmingham, AL, October 22, 2013.

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