Starnes Davis Florie

Sybil Vogtle Newton


Sybil Vogtle Newton

Sybil Vogtle Newton


100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Sybil Newton is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie and has practiced with the firm for over thirty years. She heads the firm’s Appellate Law and Written Advocacy Group. Prior to her position as head of the firm’s Appellate Group, Sybil had an active trial practice, participating in over twenty jury trials, defending primarily medical malpractice actions across the state. She has handled a variety of appeals on behalf of litigants and is also regularly retained by non-litigants to intervene in appeals as amicus curiae. Sybil also served as the Firm’s Administrative Partner for six years.

Professional Recognition

  • Appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court, and currently serving in her fifth 3-year term as a member of the Standing Committee on Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure until October 2024
  • Named a “leading individual” in the field of Appellate Litigation by Chambers USA
  • Recognized as a leading Appellate practitioner in the Eleventh Circuit Benchmark: Appellate
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® for Appellate Law & Medical Malpractice Law
  • AV Peer Rating by Martindale Hubbell for over 25 years
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers® magazine as one of the top attorneys in the state of Alabama
  • Member of The American Society of Legal Advocates, which selects less than 1.5% of lawyers nationwide for membership

Community Involvement

  • Sybil served as a CASA (court appointed special advocate for children), advocating for the best interests of abused or neglected children who have been removed from their homes.
  • Sybil is a member of the St. Mary’s Church on the Highlands, which she attends with her husband, George and their five children.


  • Obtained a favorable ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court to enforce their client’s arbitration agreement in a nursing home malpractice case.
  • Obtained a favorable ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court, affirming summary judgment on tort of outrage claim against third party administrator arising from administration of workers’ compensation claim.
  • Secured a favorable ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court affirming a Rule 12 dismissal for our client on Tort of Outrage and Wrongful Discharge in Violation of Public Policy claims.
  • Obtained favorable ruling from Florida First District Court of Appeal, affirming summary judgment in favor of condominium association on claims that association’s board of directors exceeded statutory authority, and awarding attorney’s fees to client on appeal.
  • Secured favorable Supreme Court opinion on behalf of termite and pest control company in a case involving claims of fraud, negligence, wantonness, and breach of contract.
  • Obtained an affirmance by the Alabama Supreme Court of a defense verdict in favor of an OB/GYN in a retained foreign body/surgical sponge case.
  • Obtained from the Alabama Supreme Court a reversal and remand of a plaintiff’s verdict and judgment in a medical malpractice case on behalf of a defendant anesthesiologist due to the plaintiff’s failure to produce a qualified expert witness during trial.
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Sybil recently took a sabbatical and completed a 12-week certificate cooking course at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland.

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