Starnes Davis Florie

M. Warren Butler (Warren)

Partner

M. Warren Butler

M. Warren Butler (Warren)

Partner

11 North Water Street
Suite 20290
Mobile, AL 36602

Warren Butler has been a partner at Starnes Davis Florie for over 11 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 27 years. Warren’s practice has been devoted to civil litigation and the defense 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, 2008-2019.
  • "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, 2008-2017.
  • 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 Defense for 2015 and 2016.
  • 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.

Community Involvement

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

Highlights

  • Obtained a favorable opinion from the Supreme Court of Alabama reversing and remanding a trial court’s denial of a client’s request to compel arbitration of claims filed against his business in Baldwin County, Alabama.
  • Obtained complete summary judgment in favor of reginal grocery store chain on claims for negligence related to a slip and fall incident.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in an insurance coverage dispute alleging that the plaintiff qualified as a resident relative under his sister’s UM/UIM insurance policy.
  • Obtained dismissal of a defamation suit against a corporate media defendant in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama for lack of personal jurisdiction.
  • Obtained complete summary judgment in federal district court on behalf of surety/bonding company, dismissing claims which alleged that surety was responsible for damages arising out of the nonpayment of various subcontractors by the owner of a condominium development on Gulf Coast.
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of marine services client of pendent state law claims in federal district court, which alleged claims of breach of contract, fraud, and unpaid accounts in connection with the purchase of a vessel and various other marine services contracts.
  • Obtained dismissal in federal district court, on behalf of horticulture corporation, of fraud and negligence claims, as well as 31 patent claims based upon statute of limitations and laches arguments.
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Presentations and Publications

  • 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).

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Fun Facts

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

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