Starnes Davis Florie

George E. Newton, II

Partner

George E. Newton, II

George E. Newton, II

Partner

100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

George has practiced with Starnes Davis Florie, LLP since 2001.  His practice covers a diverse range of complex civil litigation, including professional liability, healthcare, construction, real estate, banking and business litigation.  He regularly serves as trial counsel in complex civil jury trials in the state and federal courts of Alabama and other jurisdictions, having tried over 20  complex cases to a verdict.

Professional Recognition

  • Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
  • AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings.
  • Named a Rising Star in Alabama Super Lawyers® magazine.
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®.
  • Active member of the Alabama Bar Association, serving as a member of the Alabama Bar Leadership Forum Selection Committee and previously serving a multi-year term as a member of the Leadership Forum Section Executive Committee.
  • While in law school, he served as a senior editor for The Alabama Law Review.
  • Prior to graduating from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and following a period of study at Tokyo’s Jochi Daigaku (Sofia University), George successfully completed the Georgetown University’s Japanese Language Proficiency Examination.

Community Involvement

  • George and his family are active members of the Cathedral Church of The Advent, where George served for a decade as a member of the church’s Outreach Program as a musician for the Five O’Clock Service.
  • He is also an active alumnus of Georgetown University, and has served as a member of the school’s Alumni Admissions Program for 15 years.
  • George is also a member of the board of directors of the Parkinson’s Association of Alabama and the board of directors of Camp McDowell.
  • He is also a member of the Japan-America Society of Alabama, and has also served as a Trustee of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

Highlights

  • Obtained a defense verdict in favor of two OB/GYNs in a two-week maternal death trial alleging negligent management of gestational hypertension and negligence in failing to administer diuretics in the postpartum period.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in favor of a neurosurgeon in a wrong level spinal surgery case involving allegations of a breach in the standard of care by operating at the T8-9 level instead of the intended T9-10 level.
  • Obtained a judgment as a matter of law in favor of an emergency room physician in a wrongful death case alleging negligence in the work-up of a patient who presented to the emergency department.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in favor of an obstetrician-gynecologist in a wrongful death case alleging negligent management of a pregnancy.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in favor of an obstetrician-gynecologist in a case alleging negligent management of a suspected ectopic pregnancy.
  • Following a three week jury trial, obtained a verdict in favor of a urologist in a wrongful death action alleging failure to diagnose and treat postoperative bleeding following a bilateral hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy surgery.
  • Secured a favorable plaintiff’s settlement on behalf of a commercial real estate owner in a matter brought against a national retail tenant in connection with a lease dispute.
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Presentations and Publications

  • Limiting Liability in the Operating Room, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Spring Meeting, Sandestin, FL (April 24, 2015)
  • The Anesthesiologist As Witness, UAB 40th Annual Anesthesia Update, Birmingham, AL (February 18, 2012)
  • Maintaining the Balance: Reconciling the Social and Judicial Costs of Medical Peer Review Protection, 52 Ala. L. Rev. 723 (2001)
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