Starnes Davis Florie

William A. Davis, IV (Will)

Managing Partner

William A. Davis, IV

William A. Davis, IV (Will)

Managing Partner

100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Will serves as the firm’s Managing Partner. He previously served as the firm’s Hiring Partner. Will’s practice is focused on healthcare litigation and regulatory matters, commercial and business litigation, and personal-injury litigation.


Professional Recognition

  • Named one of Birmingham's "Best of the Bar" attorneys for 2022 by the Birmingham Business Journal
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell ® Peer Review Ratings
  • Rising Star in Mid-South Super Lawyers ® magazine
  • Recognized as a leading litigation attorney under 40 years of age in Benchmark Litigation's annual Under 40 Hot List (2019 - 2021 editions)
  • Named a "Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation
  • Graduate of the 2016 Alabama Leadership Initiative
  • Graduate of the 2015 International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy
  • Graduate of the 2013 class of the Birmingham Bar Association’s Future Leaders Forum

Community Involvement

Will is a Team member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club (Quarterbacking Children’s Health Foundation) and he serves on the Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation Board of Directors. He previously served on the Executive Board of PreSchool Partners, a Birmingham non-profit organization dedicated to preparing children with quality preschool education.






  • 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 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, Will obtained summary judgment in favor of his client.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in favor of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in a case involving a bilateral total joint replacement of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
  • Obtained a defense verdict in favor of a nursing home in a wrongful death case arising from allegations that a patient died from gastrointestinal bleeding, infection, and hemorrhage at a dialysis access site.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for an assisted living facility and the facility’s executive director in a six-day arbitration hearing involving a resident’s allegations of sexual assault.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of wrongful death claims against an international security management company.
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Presentations and Publications

  • “Sexual Assault in Long-Term Care: Evaluating and Defending these Claims,” Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association, Orange Beach, AL (April 2018).
  • “How to Prepare for and Defend Against Claims of Assault in the Long-Term Care Setting,” CLM Annual Conference (March 2018)
  • “From Sale to Science: An Overview of Alabama Dram-Shop Claims and the Impact of Scientific Expert Testimony,” Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal (Spring 2012)(co-author)
  • “Medical Literature: Friend and/or Foe in the Medical Malpractice Trial,” Defense Research Institute, Medical Liability and Healthcare Law Seminar (New Orleans, February 2012)
  • “Alabama’s Contractor Statute of Repose,” The Alabama Roadbuilder (Fall 2010)(co-author)

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Fun Facts

Will and his wife have twin boys and a daughter. The “party of five” enjoy all things outdoors and pulling for the Alabama Crimson Tide and Virginia Cavaliers.

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