Starnes Davis Florie

Scott M. Salter

Scott M. Salter

Scott M. Salter

100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Scott has been practicing at Starnes for over 25 years.  His practice is devoted to civil litigation including medical malpractice defense, healthcare litigation, and pharmaceutical/medical device litigation.  Scott also has an active insurance litigation practice having represented insurers and policyholders in insurance coverage disputes, breach of contract and bad faith actions.  Scott also handles commercial litigation, including identity theft litigation. He has tried approximately 50 complex civil cases, including the defense of doctors, hospitals, and corporations.

Professional Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2010 – 2020
  • "Lawyer of the Year" for Birmingham, Alabama, Litigation-Insurance in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America
  • Alabama Super Lawyer by Mid-South Super Lawyers®
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates - Past National Board Representative
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) – Alabama State Representative, Trial Masters Program, and Past Chairman of Healthcare Practice Section


  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an urologist in a case alleging negligence in the performance of an adult circumcision.
  • Obtained a judgment from the Supreme Court of Alabama affirming a summary judgment in an action involving claims of negligence against an obstetrician based on a shoulder dystocia that occurred at birth resulting in a permanent brachial plexus injury.  The action alleged the obstetrician should have performed a cesarean section instead of a vaginal delivery because the mother had encountered a shoulder dystocia with a previous birth.  Summary judgment was granted on the grounds that the plaintiff’s expert failed to establish a breach of the standard of care against the defendant obstetrician and that alternative claims against the defendant physician’s partner, who was not originally named in the action, were barred by the statute of limitations.
  • Obtained summary judgment and affirmance in favor of excess insurance company in multi-million dollar breach of contract and bad faith action.
  • Obtained a favorable opinion from the Supreme Court of Alabama in favor of a construction company client involving an insurance coverage dispute.
  • Obtained summary judgment for Travelers in an insurance coverage dispute in Macon County, Alabama.
  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an obstetrician in a fetal death case involving complications associated with Parovirus B19.
  • Obtained summary judgment for St. Paul Travelers in insurance allocation dispute brought by Canal Insurance to recover $1,000,000 paid by Canal in settlement of case.
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Presentations and Publications

  • DRI Trial Tactics Seminar, Mock Trial Critical Analysis, Las Vegas, March 2017
  • Litigating Professional Liability Matters Before State Administrative Enforcement Agencies, Alabama State Bar White Collar Crime Committee, 2016
  • ABA Medicolegal Guides: Head Trauma and Brain Injury for Lawyers, Traumatic Brain Injury, Neuropsychological Testing: A Defense Perspective, Chpt. 22, pp. 529-543 (2016)
  • DRI Medical Liability and Healthcare Seminar, “Is It Personal to You, It Should Be,” New Orleans, LA March 2016
  • Public Disruptions in the Healthcare Industry, FDCC Annual Meeting, Banff, Alberta, CA, 2015.
  • Preserving Error for Appeal – Winning at the Trial Court, FDCC Annual Meeting, Banff, Alberta, CA, 2015.

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