Starnes Davis Florie

M. Christopher Eagan (Chris)

Partner

M. Christopher Eagan

M. Christopher Eagan (Chris)

Partner

100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Chris Eagan has been with the firm since graduating law school in 1987.  Chris is a Partner of the firm. He has served as Chairman of the firm’s Recruiting Committee, and has served on the firm’s Executive Committee.

His practice includes work on a broad variety of litigation matters, focusing on medical malpractice defense, healthcare law, professional licensing and credentialing, Federal and State regulatory issues for hospitals and hospital risk management issues.

Professional Recognition

  • Serves as an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice – Defendants.
  • Named “Birmingham Best Lawyers - 2024 Lawyer of the Year” for Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants
  • Named “Birmingham Best Lawyers - 2022 Lawyer of the Year” for Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants
  • Named a "Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation
  • Maintains an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008 Birmingham Legal Secretaries Association’s Lawyer of the Year
  • While attending law school at Cumberland School of Law, Chris served on the Cumberland Law Review and received the Book Award in Civil Procedure
  • Served as Chair of the Medical Liaison Committee for the Birmingham Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Serves on the Advisory Board of Magic Moments, a non-profit organization which grants wishes to children with life-threatening or life-altering illnesses.  Chris served as Chairman of this organization in 2004, and served on the Board from 1999 to 2005.
  • Served on the Advisory Committee for Kairos Prison Ministry in Elmore, Alabama.
  • Served as a Cub Scout Leader for six years.
  • Attends St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Birmingham where he has served on the vestry and serves as an usher.
  • Serves as a mentor to the members of Cumberland’s SHLA.
  • Volunteer ventures include working with the First Light Shelter, a shelter in downtown Birmingham which provides life-saving services to women and children in need of protection.

Highlights

  • Chris has been practicing for 30 years and he has tried numerous complex cases to a jury.
  • Prevailed in an appeal before the Alabama Supreme Court, in favor of the Defendant OBGYN and her practice group following a week-long trial in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County. On appeal, the Plaintiffs argued they were entitled to a new trial because the trial court erred by denying Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment on causation, erred in its charge to the jury and the manner in which it framed to issues to be considered by the jury, and erred in prohibiting the Plaintiffs from employing Reptile Theory tactics.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a an OBGYN in a 6 day jury trial alleging negligence during the performance of diagnostic laparoscopy procedure, resulting a rectal perforation to the patient.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a defendant gynecologic oncologist in a case alleging negligent failure to diagnose and treat post-operative bleeding and hemorrhagic shock, resulting in the death of a patient who underwent a robotic and laparoscopic procedure for suspected ovarian cancer.
  • Obtained a favorable ruling from the Supreme Court of Alabama affirming the trial court’s granting of summary judgment in favor of their clients in a case involving allegations of harm caused by the long-term use of a medication.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a general surgeon and surgical group in a wrongful death case involving an intra-abdominal abscess resulting in septic shock in Calhoun County.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for an internist in a wrongful death case involving an allegation that the internist failed to diagnose an esophageal perforation following gastrointestinal surgery.
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Presentations and Publications

  • Anticipating and Minimizing Hearsay Objections, a 2-Day Practical Course on Advanced Civil Litigation Skills in Alabama held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-Wynfrey Hotel, December 17, 2015 (presentation)
  • Medicare Set Asides and Liens 101, NBI Seminar “Personal Injury Claims: The Insurance Defense Perspective,” December 13, 2013 (presentation)
  • Confidentiality of Medical Records, Presentation, November 2, 2012 (presentation)
  • Direct Examination, Cumberland School of Law, October 18, 2012 (presentation)
  • Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know, National Business Institute Seminar, August 23, 2012 (presentation)
  • The Discovery Process in a Medical Practice:  Subpoenas, Depositions, and Court Appearances, presented to the Medical Management Association (MGMA) of Birmingham, June 21, 2012 (presentation)
  • Dental Malpractice, The Standard of Care and Documentation: Does SOC = D?, UAB School of Dentistry Alumni Weekend, February 2 – 5, 2012 (presentation)
  • Eagan, Walston & Starnes – Medicare Reporting Requirements and the MSPS (Medicare Secondary Payer Statute): Where DO We Go From Here?” The Alabama Self-Insurer, Winter 2010 (publication)
  • “Bariatric Surgery: Malpractice Risks and Risk Management Guidelines,” The American Surgeon, May 2005, Vol. 71. p. 369 (publication)
  • Medical Malpractice Guide to Misdiagnosis Cases, National Business Institute Seminar, September 22, 2011 (presentation)
  • New Reporting Requirements under the Medicare Secondary Payer Statute, IADC Medical Defense and Health Law and Legislative, Judicial and Government Affairs Committees, IADC Webinar, July 2009 (presentation)

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Fun Facts

  • Chris is married to a trial lawyer.
  • He is the proud father of five children, ranging in ages from 13-35 and he just welcomed his second grand child into the world in 2022.
  • He loves golf, fishing and gardening but most of all, he enjoys spending time with his large family and 2 wonderful dogs.
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