Tabor  R. Novak, III

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Tabor R. Novak, III

Tabor is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie and currently serves as Chairman of the firm's recruiting committee.


Tabor has worked on a variety of litigation matters, concentrating on complex, high-risk litigation. He has represented both regional and national companies, including major financial institutions in both federal and state court. He has also represented Fortune 500 companies in a variety of litigation and has represented the University of Alabama in a variety of high-profile litigation. In addition, Tabor routinely represents attorneys and law firms in complex professional negligence cases.


*Successfully represented UAB and the UAB Research Foundation in an intellectual property dispute relating to a universal control system for electrosurgical devices.

*Obtained summary judgment for a lawyer and law firm on a third party complaint of fraud and indemnification relating to a construction loan and real estate development.

*Represented KKR in two separate matters relating to the leveraged recapitalization of the Bruno's grocery store chain.

*Routinely provides advice to NCAA member institutions relating to compliance with, interpretations of, and changes in NCAA rules and regulations.

*Conducts comprehensive investigations for NCAA member institutions arising from any potential violations of NCAA rules.

*Currently representing a lawyer and law firm in a federal securities fraud case arising from a real estate transaction involving multiple entities.

*Currently representing a lawyer and law firm in a professional negligence and state law securities fraud case relating to two separate condominium developments on the Gulf Coast.

*Currently representing a lawyer in a multi-count complaint arising from a complex real estate transaction in Baldwin County, Alabama.

*Successfully represented GE Capital Corporation in obtaining a judgment a debtor in federal court and setting up a court-ordered receivership to protect and preserve GECC's interests in its collateral.

* Represented the University of Alabama in Huntsville in an intellectual property dispute over PEGylation technology and helped UAH obtain a $25 million settlement.

* Represented UAB and the UAB Research Foundation in a patent dispute relating to antiviral compounds used to treat Hepatitis B and helped UAB obtain a settlement with a minimum value of $15 million.

Honors And Awards

Tabor has been named a Super Lawyer for the state of Alabama in the 2014 - 2016 editions of Mid-South Super Lawyers® magazine and was named a Rising Star for the state of Alabama by the 2012 - 2013 editions of Alabama Super Lawyers® magazine.

In addition, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2018 for the field Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants. 

Reported Cases

* General Elec. Capital Corp. v. Emergystat, Inc., 2009 WL 4465245 (N.D.Ala. 2009).

* The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama v. Nektar Therapeutics, Inc., 2005 WL 2335714 (N.D. Ala. 2005).

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5/1/2015 Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers

4/29/2014 Thirty SDF Attorneys Named to Alabama Super Lawyers 2014

5/2/2013 Twenty-Six Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers 2013

5/1/2012 Twenty-Two Starnes Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers

1/19/2012 Starnes Announces Five New Partners


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Business Litigation
Collegiate Sports
Intellectual Property
Legal Malpractice
Professional Liability
Securities Litigation


J.D., University of Alabama School of Law (2005)
B.A., Washington & Lee University (2000)

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U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama