Starnes Davis Florie

Joseph L. Reese, Jr.

Partner

Joseph L. Reese, Jr.

Joseph L. Reese, Jr.

Partner

100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Joseph joined Starnes Davis Florie upon graduating law school in 1997 and became a partner in 2004.  His practice is devoted to civil litigation, with an emphasis on professional liability matters in which he represents physicians, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare providers.  Joseph has tried 50 complex civil cases to a jury verdict, has arbitrated 10 healthcare provider liability cases to a final binding decision following an evidentiary hearing, and has represented facilities in administrative proceedings.  He is licensed in both Alabama and Tennessee.

Professional Recognition

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA): National Board Representative (2024); President (AL Chapter), 2022-2023; Vice-President (AL Chapter), 2020-2021; Treasurer (AL Chapter), 2017-2020
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®for Medical Malpractice Law
  • Named a Alabama Super Lawyer by Mid-South Super Lawyers®

Highlights

  • Obtained a defense verdict for a gastroenterologist following a 6 day jury trial, involving allegations of a perforated esophagus during the performance of an esophageal dilation procedure.
  • Obtained a defense award in a wrongful death case brought against a skilled nursing facility following an arbitration hearing involving allegations of negligence.
  • Obtained a defense award in a personal injury case brought against a skilled nursing facility and the Director of Nursing, involving a left distal femur fracture of unknown etiology.
  • 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.
  • Obtained a jury verdict for a general surgeon accused of negligently performing a gallbladder removal surgery, causing a bile duct injury.
  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a general surgeon charged with medical negligence in the performance of a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (minimally invasive surgery to remove the gallbladder).
  • Obtained a defense verdict following a 3 day arbitration in a case alleging the defendant nursing home’s unsanitary environment and its failure to properly clean, treat, and monitor a surgical incision site caused the resident to develop an infection that necessitated amputation of the resident’s leg.
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Presentations and Publications

  • Getting it Right the First Time:  Learning from Today’s Top Verdicts and Settlements, American Conference Institute 7th Annual Forum on Long Term Care Litigation, Miami, FL (January 19, 2017)
  • Is this Just Another One of Those Nursing Homes?  Alabama Nursing Home Association Meeting, Birmingham, AL (February 3, 2014)
  • Medical Malpractice:  Expert Witness Issues — Case Law, Depositions, and Impeachment, NBI Webinar (August 8, 2013)
  • Lessons Learned from Recent Arbitrations, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association, Perdido Beach, AL (April 28, 2012)

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