Starnes Davis Florie

William A. Davis, IV (Will)

Hiring Partner

William A. Davis, IV

William A. Davis, IV (Will)

Hiring Partner

100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Will focuses his practice on healthcare litigation, commercial and business litigation, and personal-injury litigation. Will currently serves as the firm’s Hiring Partner.

Professional Recognition

  • 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 2020
  • 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 member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club (Crippled Children’s Foundation), Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, and serves on the Executive Board of PreSchool Partners, a Birmingham non-profit organization dedicated to preparing children with quality preschool education.


  • 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.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a local disaster-recovery contractor in a wrongful death lawsuit.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of all claims asserted against local-bank client and its president regarding allegations of false imprisonment, conspiracy, defamation, slander, and conversion. Affirmed by the Alabama Supreme Court.
  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a franchisee of a world-wide fast-food restaurant in a premises-liability action.
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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)
  • “Alabama’s Contractor Statute of Repose,” The Alabama Roadbuilder (Fall 2010)(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)
  • “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)
  • “Hot Topics in Nursing Home Litigation,” Alabama Nursing Home Association Conference (Spring 2016)

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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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