Starnes Davis Florie

M. Warren Butler (Warren)


M. Warren Butler

M. Warren Butler (Warren)


11 North Water Street
Suite 20290
Mobile, AL 36602

Warren Butler has been a partner at Starnes Davis Florie for over 15 years once he joined the firm after practicing at his previous firm for 15 years.  Warren has served on the Firm’s Executive Committee, and has practiced in his hometown of Mobile for 30 years. Warren’s practice has been devoted to civil litigation, specializing in commercial litigation. He defends a variety of personal injury cases with a concentration in defense of wrongful death, banking litigation, nursing homes, bad faith, tort of outrage, directors & officers liability, business & contractual claims, premises liability, and healthcare claims.  Warren also defends products liability claims, construction claims, workers’ compensation, and handles class action litigation.  He is also a certified mediator and a member of the Federal Panel of Neutrals for selection as a mediator or arbitrator. He has tried in excess of 50 complex civil cases to a jury verdict.

Professional Recognition

  • AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, TM.
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America.®
  • "Lawyer of the Year" for Mobile, Alabama - Insurance Law in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
  • Named one of the top attorneys in the state of Alabama by Mid-South Super Lawyers® magazine.
  • Selected as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in the State in 2011.
  • Named one of Alabama’s Best Lawyers for Personal Injury Litigation in 2013.
  • One of five attorneys in the United States listed to Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence for 2015, 2016, and 2019.
  • Appointed the Mobile Bar Association’s place 2 representative to the Mobile County Judicial Nominating Commission, effective January 16, 2014.
  • Executive Committee Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy & Director-Elect of the IADC's Trial Academy for 2023.
  • Member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), a professional association whose membership consists of ADR professionals distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil and commercial conflict resolution.

Community Involvement

Warren is actively involved as a Member of the Board of Trustees of UMS-Wright Preparatory School.


  • Successfully defended a termite/pest control company in a week-long arbitration in which the arbitrator ruled in favor of the company and found the owner of an historic commercial building was not entitled to any damages since there was insufficient proof that any acts or omissions of the termite company caused any infestation or damages to the structure.
  • Served as co-counsel with the Huie Fernambucq and Watkins & Eager firms in a two-week wrongful death products liability trial where the Estate of the decedent claimed a vehicle was not crashworthy after a frontal collision small overlap crash resulted in the death of the driver.
  • Served as co-counsel with the Watkins Eager firm in a products liability case for an automobile manufacturer to obtain a defense verdict in the Circuit Court of Mobile County.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in favor of a trucking company in a case involving a motor vehicle accident, alleging the truck driver caused the subject collision by negligently failing to yield the right-of-way, resulting in the plaintiff to suffer physical injuries and mental anguish.
  • 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 summary judgment and complete dismissal on behalf of termite company in Mobile County Circuit Court on claims of fraud, negligence, wantonness, and breach of contract.
  • Obtained complete summary judgment and dismissal of all claims in favor of a national retailer on an open and obvious theory wherein the Plaintiff allegedly tripped and fell on a metal barricade and sustained a broken arm.
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Presentations and Publications

  • 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.
  • Obtained a favorable ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court, affirming summary judgment on behalf of their client – a timber company.
  • Initial Considerations in Defending a Lawsuit.  DRI, The Guide – A Young Lawyer’s Guide to Defense Practice (2014).
  • Piercing the Corporate Veil – Alabama Nursing Home Association, Biloxi, MS   (October 27, 2014).

Fun Facts

Warren is an avid outdoorsman and is a popular Spring Turkey Hunting guide (for free!)

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