Starnes Davis Florie

Jordan W Gerheim


Jordan W Gerheim

Jordan W Gerheim


11 North Water Street
Suite 20290
Mobile, AL 36602

Jordan is a partner in the Mobile office of Starnes Davis Florie LLP.  Jordan’s practice is primarily devoted to civil defense litigation throughout Alabama and Florida.  He represents national, regional, as well as local and individual clients, specializing in several areas of the law, including first and third party property, construction, insurance, bad faith, wrongful death, products liability, premises liability, workers’ compensation, and commercial litigation.  Jordan also serves as general counsel to numerous regional and small businesses along the Gulf Coast.

Professional Recognition

  • Spotlighted by The Whisper
  • Member of the Defense Research Institute: Steering Committee of Young Lawyer Division
  • Member of Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the Alabama Bar Association
  • Member of the Florida Bar Association.
  • Member of Mobile County Bar Associations: Former Executive Committee Appointee.
  • AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings.

Community Involvement

  • Jordan is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Mobile and devotes much of his time away from work serving on the Board of Directors for Fuse Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the spark for innovation, funding and implementation of projects benefiting children along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Fuse Project invests in initiatives promoting the health, fitness, education and social responsibility of children.
  • Jordan currently serves as President of the University of Georgia’s Alumni Association for the Mobile and surrounding areas.
  • Senior Bowl Committee


  • Obtained a favorable ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court on behalf of their clients, a national little league baseball program and its local director, after a spectator was hit by a baseball and sustained a serious brain injury/bleed.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for an employer in workers’ compensation case, in Monroe County, Alabama.  The claimant employee alleged he was permanently and totally disabled as a result of injuries to his arms, shoulders, neck and back suffered on the job.  
  • Obtained summary judgment for a bar/restaurant/nightclub owner all claims – including claims of Liquor Liability/Dram Shop Act and Wrongful Death – stemming from a shooting at the nightclub. After approximately four years of litigation, extensive briefing by the parties, and lengthy oral arguments, the Jefferson County Circuit Court held, among other things, that the plaintiff did not present sufficient evidence to establish a genuine issue of material fact and dismissed all claims as a matter of law.
  • Obtained a favorable opinion from the Supreme Court of Alabama reversing and remanding a trial court’s denial of a client’s request to compel arbitration of claims filed against his business in Baldwin County, Alabama.
  • Successfully obtained order denying class certification attempt against popular community association and major tourist development in Northwest Florida.  The Association was alleged to be responsible for class allegations relating to violations of the Florida Deceptive & Unfair Trade Practices Act.
  • Obtained a complete summary judgment and dismissal for a national insurance provider in a suit brought under Alabama’s Direct Action Statute involving novel issues and arguments under Alabama law. The judgment and dismissal were subsequently affirmed on appeal by the Alabama Supreme Court.
  • Obtained defense verdict in favor of construction company and its principal owners in case pending in Mobile County, Alabama, arising out of allegations of negligence and breach of express and implied warranties.  The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed the jury’s verdict and dismissal on appeal.
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Presentations and Publications

  • “Oral Advocacy at Every Stage of the Case” – Publication presented by Honorable Jeff Brown of the Texas Supreme Court and appellate lawyer, Chad Ruback. Austin, TX (2017).
  • Fundamentals of Workers’ Compensation, Workers’ Compensation CLE, Mobile, AL, (July 6, 2016).
  • “Alabama Litigation Overview,” Practical Law Litigation (Summer 2016; Updated Spring 2018).
  • “Responding to a Complaint: Alabama Q&A,” Practical Law Litigation (Summer 2015).
  • “The Surety’s Contractual Right of Indemnity”, 26th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Clearwater, Florida, April 2015.
  • Pro Ami and Structured Settlements, Keynote Speaker, Mobile Legal Professionals Association, November 2012.
  • “Insurers Beware: Defending Claims Under Alabama’s Direct Action Statute,” Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA) Journal, 2012 Spring Edition.
  • IF I ONLY KNEW THEN…: Suggestions for New Lawyers from Lessons Learned,” The Whisper by the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Vol. 8, Issue 1, January 2012.
  • Law School Initiative: Making the Most of Your Summer Clerkship: Tips on How to Be a Great Summer Associate,” The Whisper by the Defense Research Institute (DRI), November 2010.  

Fun Facts

In 2015, Jordan was selected by the Defense Research Institute (DRI) as one of twelve young lawyers from around the country to be sworn in, in person, as a new member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.  The swearing-in ceremony took place before all nine (9) justices, with Chief Justice Roberts granting the motion for Jordan’s membership.

Jordan does his best never to turn down the opportunity to travel or see a good concert.  His favorite band, Pearl Jam, still likes to tour too!  So, if he can see them in a city he has never been, he can enjoy both passions at the same time.   Jordan is set to see his 20th and 21st shows this Summer.

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