William A. Davis, III

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205-868-6029 - Direct
205-868-6099 - Fax
Email Tony tdavis@starneslaw.com

100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
P.O. Box 598512
Birmingham, AL 35259

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William A. Davis, III

William Anthony ("Tony") Davis has been with the firm since 1976.  He is a senior partner and has served on the firm's Executive Committee.


Tony's practice is devoted to civil litigation with emphasis on natural resources law, business litigation, accountant's professional liability, environmental law, insurance, municipal law, and products liability. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Alabama, as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tony represents professionals including accountants, bankers, and business interests across the State of Alabama in Federal, state and bankruptcy courts.  He has broad experience in complex litigation involving banking, finance, accounting, and general business matters.  The Alabama Supreme Court recently upheld a motion for summary judgment ruling in favor of Tony’s client in an accounting matter involving financial papers, audits, and sub-prime loans.

Tony has wide experience in representing mining and mineral companies in various aspects, including mineral rights, contractual issues, environmental and toxic tort issues, employment, condemnation and worker's compensation matters. Tony has also handled a wide array of commercial litigation, including the handling of cases for the insurance, banking, and accounting-related industries.


* Obtained complete summary judgment in favor of accounting firm and two of its accountants on claims brought by a property developer arising out of the alleged mishandling of a multi-million dollar tax deduction for the donation of interests in mountain property.

* Obtained a judgment as a matter of law on all claims in favor of their clients, an investment consulting firm and its affiliated companies, when plaintiff rested its case after eight days of trial. Plaintiff, a competitor company, was seeking $7 million in compensatory damages in addition to punitive damages for alleged violations of the Alabama Trade Secrets Act and conspiracy to breach fiduciary duties arising out of the hiring of a group of investment advisors away from the plaintiff.

* Represented four limited liability companies as the plaintiffs in a breach of contract action arising out of the sale of three industrial facilities in Mississippi.  Due to a contractual jury waiver clause, the case was tried to a bench verdict granting specific performance and consequential damages in favor of the plaintiffs  for a total judgment worth more than $2.5 million.

* Currently representing developers and general contractors in numerous State and Federal claims regarding allegations that toxic Chinese Drywall was utilized in properties owned by the Claimants.

* Obtained a summary judgment in favor of a coal mining company in a seven-year case arising from disputes over leases and agreements dating back to the late 1960's.

* Obtained a jury verdict in a historical matter involving claims brought under the Alien Tort Statute, a 218 year old law.

* Represented City of Mountain Brook in rezoning of ten acre parcel for commercial use.

Honors And Awards

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Tony Davis as the “Birmingham Best Lawyers Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year” for 2013 and 2014.  In addition, Tony has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® for twenty-one consecutive years (1995 - 2017), for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Municipal Litigation, Mining Law, Natural Resources Law, and Workers' Compensation. Tony was named a "Litigation Star" for the state of Alabama in the 2017 edition of  Benchmark Litigation. 

Tony has also been named one of the top attorneys in the state of Alabama, by Albama Super Lawyers® magazine, (2008 - 2012), Mid-South Super Lawyers® magazine (2016), has been recognized for Bet-the-Company-Litigation and Energy & Natural Resources in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition®, and has been recognized for Energy & Natural Resources in Super Lawyers, Business Edition®. 

Tony is a member Omicron Delta Kappa, is past President of the University of Alabama Law School Alumni Association, is a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation, and serves as Secretary and a Board Member of the Farrah Law Foundation.

Tony is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and the National Defense Research Institute. He is active in the Alabama and American Bar Associations and serves as a member of the ABA's Litigation Section and its Professional Liability Litigation Sub-Committee; the ABA's Environment, Energy & Resources Section and its Energy & Natural Resources Litigation Sub-Committee; and the ABA's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section and its Business Litigation and Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Sub-Committees.

Community Involvement

Tony is Chairman of the University of Alabama President's Cabinet and currently serves as President of The Club in Birmingham, Alabama.  He is past President of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, past Captain of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, and past President of the Crippled Children's Foundation.

Tony is also a member of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama.

Reported Cases

Baloco v. Drummond Co., No. 12-15268, 2014 WL 4699481 (11th Cir. Sept. 23, 2014)

Baloco v. Drummond Co., Inc., 2012 WL 4009432 (N.D. Ala. 2012)

Akins v. Drummond Co., Inc., 628 So.2d 591 (Ala. 1993).

City of Birmingham v. City of Vestavia Hills, (Ala. Sup. Ct., Case No. 1931335 (January 13, 1995).

Drummond Co., Inc. v. Ala. Dept. of Transp., 937 So.2d 56 (Ala. 2006).

Drummond Co., Inc. v. Boatman, 825 So.2d 823 (Ala. Civ. App. 2001).

Drummond Company, Inc. v. Jim Walter Resources., (2006 WL 3462146) (Ala. Sup. Ct. Case no. 1041029).

Drummond Co., Inc. v. Key, 854 So.2d 1159 (Ala. Civ. App. 2002).

Drummond Co., Inc. v. Pate, 837 So.2d 840 (Ala. Civ. App. 2002).

Eubanks v. City of Mountain Brook, 197 Fed. Appx. 819 (11th Cir. 2006).

Ex parte Tri-State Motor Transit Co., 541 So.2d 557 (Ala. Civ. App. 1989).

Greenbriar v. City of Mountain Brook, 345 F.3d 1258 (11th Cir. 2003).

Martin v. Drummond Co., Inc., 663 So.2d 937 (Ala. 1995).

Popham v. City of Talladega, 908 F.2d 1561 (Ala. 1990).

Spradlin v. Drummond Co., Inc., 548 So.2d 1002 (Ala. 1989).

Strickland v. Southern Life and Health Ins. Co., 547 So.2d 1178 (Ala. Civ. App. 1988).

Upton v. Drummond Co., Inc., 762 So.2d 373 (Ala. Civ. App. 2000).

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7/29/2013 Starnes Davis Florie's Workers' Compensation Defense Bulletin (Summer 2013)

3/29/2013 Starnes Davis Florie Obtains Fourth Consecutive Affirmance of Surface Mining Client’s NPDES Permit

10/31/2012 Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Obtain Summary Judgment for Industrial Client in Air Emissions Case

9/19/2012 Seventeen Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers®

9/19/2012 Tony Davis & Bob MacKenzie Named Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for 2013

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

9/2/2011 Nine Starnes Attorneys Listed in 2011 Super Lawyers Business Edition

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Appellate Law
Business Litigation
Complex Insurance Litigation
Construction Litigation
Energy, Natural Resources & Land Use
Environmental Litigation
Environmental Regulation
Federal Black Lung Litigation
General Civil Litigation
Government & Public Litigation
Mining & Mineral Law
Product Liability & Consumer Litigation
Securities Litigation
Toxic Torts
Workers’ Compensation Defense


J.D., University of Alabama School of Law (1974)
B.S., University of Alabama (1971)

Bar Admissions



U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama