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Areas of Practice

Dram Shop / Liquor Liability Litigation


Starnes Davis Florie attorneys have extensive experience and success in the complex field of dram shop and liquor liability law and litigation.  Alabama's Dram Shop Act contains some of the most severe liquor liability laws and requirements in the United States.  Starnes Davis Florie attorneys provide aggressive representation for bar and restaurant owners and their employees, as well as a variety of other liquor license holders facing dram shop or liquor liability claims.  The firm’s attorneys also represent liquor license holders and/or applicants in matters before the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Once applied only to owners of taverns, restaurants, and similar establishments licensed to sell alcohol, today liquor laws can be applied against social hosts and private parties serving alcohol. The firm can tailor its representation to suit the needs of each particular client and matter. From preemptive investigations and early assessment of risks through a full trial and appeal, the firm is prepared to meet the specific needs of any client.

Starnes Davis Florie attorneys have the experience to protect our clients' interests especially in dram shop and liquor liability matters when the stakes are often high. The firm uses a hands-on approach to manage every case as if it were going to trial even if settlement may be the early or ultimate goal. Experience has shown that recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of a case and preparing to address those at trial provides great value to the client even if the case never tries. The settlement value of a case may be significantly impacted by the opposition's knowledge that the firm is both prepared and able to try the case. The attorneys of Starnes Davis Florie stand ready to assist with your dram shop and liquor liability needs.