Starnes Davis Florie

Reed R. Bates


Reed R. Bates

Reed R. Bates


100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Reed is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie and has served on various firm committees. He is chair of the firm’s long term care practice group.

Reed’s practice is devoted to civil litigation with a special emphasis representing healthcare providers in litigation and regulatory matters. His litigation experience includes professional medical liability, long term care/nursing home liability, pharmaceutical and medical device liability, product liability, and general personal injury, wrongful death and insurance litigation (including defense of direct claims against insurance companies for breach of contract, bad faith, and fraud). Reed has arbitrated and tried numerous complex jury and non-jury cases to a verdict.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice – Defendants
  • Listed in Birmingham’s B-Metro Magazine’s 2018-2021 “Top Lawyers” List
  • "Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation
  • Past Chair of Medical Defense and Health Law Committee and Past Vice-Chair of the Nursing Home/Long-Term Care Sub-Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Currently serves on the Legal Committee for the American Health Care Association (AHCA)
  • Member of the Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association (President 2006-2009)
  • Member of the Medical Liability and Health Care Law Section of DRI
  • Member of the American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum
  • Reed has also served as a member of Alabama State Bar's Judicial Liaison Committee

Community Involvement

  • Reed is actively involved in his church and outreach ministries.
  • He has enjoyed coaching youth sports and serving in leadership roles for youth focused organizations.
  • He supports and is actively involved in several civic and charitable organizations.


  • Secured a defense verdict in nursing home wrongful death medical malpractice case alleging the defendant failed to properly diagnose and treat a resident for Clostridium Difficile Colitis.
  • Obtained a favorable ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court holding an arbitration agreement enforceable in a senior living case based upon the principles of apparent authority.
  • Obtained a defense award, after a three-day Arbitration, on behalf of a nursing home in a personal injury and wrongful death case arising from resident falling from a wheelchair.
  • Obtained a defense award for a nursing home and rehabilitation center in a wrongful death, medical malpractice action in a case involving allegations that the resident suffered numerous falls, the last of which resulted in a subdural hematoma that caused the resident’s death.
  • Secured a dismissal of claims of medical malpractice and wrongful death against a local home health and hospice agency. Citing provisions of the Alabama Medical Liability Act regarding the necessity of expert testimony on the issues of standard of care and causation, Reed obtained summary judgment in favor of his client.
  • Secured a summary judgment in Arbitration for a nursing home client in a wrongful death medical malpractice case.
  • Secured a dismissal of breach of contract and declaratory judgment coverage claims against homeowner’s insurance company in United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
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Presentations and Publications

  • Thinking Outside the Box, Act II: Global Perspective to Risk Management, Etc, Alabama Nursing Home Association Mid-Year Conference, Orange Beach, AL, April 27, 2022.
  • Arbitration: Trends, Issues & Hot Topics, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, Orange Beach, AL, April 26, 2022.
  • Risk Management – Resident Care & Employment Issues, Health Care Leadership Conference, Orange Beach, AL, October 18, 2018.
  • Sexual Assault in Long-Term Care: Evaluating and Defending these Claims, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association, Orange Beach, AL, April 24, 2018.
  • Mega Rule Staffing Requirements → Are you Ready,? Alabama Nursing Home Association, Birmingham, AL, October 23, 2017.
  • Arbitration Best Practices, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Meeting, Orange Beach, AL, April 26, 2014.
  • Criminal Acts by Employees, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Meeting, Orange Beach, AL, April 26, 2014.
  • Trends in Nursing Home Litigation – Avoiding the Multi-Million Dollar Mistake, Senior Care Pharmacy Conference, Birmingham, AL, April 10, 2014.
  • Is This Just Another One of Those Nursing Homes?, Alabama Nursing Home Association Meeting, Birmingham, AL , February 3, 2014.
  • “Whoa to the Company that Fails to Include a Class Wide Arbitration Waiver,” IADC Medical Defense and Health Law Committee Newsletter, January 31, 2014.
  • Open Floor Discussion: Are You Producing More Than Your Peers? Pushing Back On A Request for Production, American Conference Institute’s Seminar on “Preventing and Defending Long Term Care Litigation,” Miami, FL , January 28, 2014.
  • “Are You As Guilty As The Criminal? Liability For Criminal Acts Of Third Parties And Employees,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Quarterly Publication, FDCC Quarterly (Fall 2013).
  • Preparing and Developing Testimony from Frontline Caregivers, DRI Nursing Home / ALF Litigation Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, September 2012
  • Risk Management: Resident Care Litigation and Labor & Employment Perspectives, Alabama Assisted Living Association, September 2012
  • Trial and Error: Lessons Learned from Recent Multi-Million Dollar Verdicts in Medical Malpractice Cases, IADC Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC, July 2012
  • Risk Management: Patient Care Litigation, Regulatory Compliance, and Labor & Employment Perspectives, Alabama Nursing Home Association, May 2012
  • Class Actions and Arbitration Update in Nursing Home Cases, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association, April 2011
  • Mission Impossible: Resolution of a Case with a Medicare Claimant, Alabama Nursing Home Association Owners Meeting, Highlands, NC, July 2010
  • Arbitration Update, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association, May 2010
  • Reed R. Bates and Stephen W. Still, Jr., “Arbitration in Nursing Home Cases: Trends, Issues and a Glance into the Future”, IADC Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 76, No. 3, Pages 282-299 (July 2009) * Please Note: this article was reprinted with the permission of the IADC Defense Counsel Journal.
  • Arbitration in Nursing Home/Health Care Cases: National Trends, Hot Topics and a Glance into the Future, 2009 IADC Mid-Year Conference, Carlsbad, CA, February 2009
  • Arbitration in Nursing Home Cases, Alabama Nursing Home Association Owners Meeting, Highlands, NC, July 2008
  • Nursing Home Litigation, Alabama Bar Institute for CLE, October 2007
  • Nursing Home Malpractice: Evaluating and Addressing Accountability, National Business Institute, September 2007
  • Effectively Using Medical Evidence in Court, National Business Institute, May 2007
  • Medical Practice Litigation Tips, Barristers Educational Services, December 2006
  • Measures to Prevent Litigation and Successfully Defend Medical Malpractice cases, Turenne Pharmedco University, August 2006
  • Enforcement of Arbitration Provisions in Long Term Care Litigation, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Conference, May 2006
  • Arbitrating Nursing Home Cases, Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association, November 2005
  • Recent Developments in Nursing Home Litigation, Lorman Education, February 2005

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