Allison J. Adams

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P.O. Box 598512
Birmingham, AL 35259

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Allison J. Adams

Allison joined Starnes Davis Florie in September 2007.  She is a member of the firm's recruiting committee.


Allison's practice is primarily focused in the area of Medical Malpractice Defense.


* Obtained a defense verdict for two general surgeons after a six day trial in Shelby County, in a wrongful death case involving the readmission of a patient to the hospital following recent hernia repair surgery.

* Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist following a four day trial in Tennessee stemming from the ordering of post anesthesia care unit pain medication that resulted in blindness.

* Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a national cell phone company in a case brought by a former employee for race discrimination and retaliation.

* Obtained summary judgment and Eleventh Circuit affirmance for a metal processing plant in a Title VII and Section 1981 race discrimination action.

* Obtained a defense verdict in favor of an anesthesiologist in a case arising out of a cervical epidural block which led to a spinal cord injury.

* Obtained summary judgment in infant wrongful death action and affirmance with opinion from the Alabama Supreme Court based on the statute of limitations and the argument that the action was not commenced within the applicable statute when the complaint was filed within the statute but service was not effectuated on the defendants for over four months.

* Obtained summary judgment in favor of radiology group in a case involving the administration of a contrast agent to the plaintiff who later developed nephrogenic systemic fibrosis.

* Obtained summary judgment for nationwide cell phone company on federal claims of race discrimination and retaliation.

* Obtained summary judgment for an Alabama municipality on a state law age discrimination claim.

* Obtained a defense verdict in favor of a surgeon in a personal injury case involving complications arising from a retained sponge following hernia surgery.

Honors And Awards

Allison graduated second in her class from Cumberland School of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Cumberland Law Review. Allison also served as a Judge Abraham Caruthers Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant.

Allison was named a Rising Star for the state of Alabama by the 2014 - 2016 editions of Mid-South Super Lawyers® magazine.

Community Involvement

Allison is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association.  She is also an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Speeches And Publications

* Quality Assurance and Peer Review Privileges in Alabama, presented at the Alabama Society for Healthcare Risk Management Fall Education Day, Alabaster, AL, November 4, 2016.

* "Overcoming Tensions Between Drug/Device Defendants and Treating Physicians," IADC Drug, Device and Biotechnology and Medical Defense and Health Law Joint Committee Newsletter, February 2014.

* Is Your Clinic Prepared?  Malpractice and Employment Issues Facing Practice Groups.  Medical Group Management Association, Decatur, AL.  February 18, 2014.

* Employment Presentation to a Large Retail Client, Birmingham, AL, November 21, 2013.

* "In Case of Emergency: Is Your Clinic Ready?"  The Birmingham Medical News Blog, September 2013.

* Making Good Faith Efforts to Comply with the Law: An Employer's Best Strategy for Managing the Risk of Discrimination Claims, Managing the Risk of Employment Claims Seminar for HR professionals, insurance representatives, and in-house counsel held at Samford University, Birmingham, AL, July 19, 2012.

"Important Victory For Primary Payers Under The MSP," The Newsletter of the Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Vol. 16, Issue 4, December 2011.

* "Medical Peer Review Privilege Will No Longer Apply in Federal Discrimination Cases," International Association of Defense Counsel Newsletter (to be published in a future issue).

* Arnold W. Umbach III & Allison J. Garton, "Alabama Supreme Court Clarifies Enforceability of No-Hire Agreements," The Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal, October 2007.

* Comment, "Reconciling the Incongruous Demands of Therapist-Patient Confidentiality and Falsely Accused Third-Parties," 37 CUMB. L. REV. 1, 77 (2006).

* Casenote, "Constitutional Law- Commerce Clause- Regulation of Intrastate Cultivation of State-Authorized Medical Marijuana is Within Congress’s Commerce Power," 36 CUM. L. REV. 1, 179 (2005).

Related News

11/9/2016 Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers

6/22/2016 Global Law Experts Names Starnes Davis Florie LLP Professional Medical Liability Law Firm of the Year in Alabama 2016

11/11/2015 Labor & Employment Practice Group Bulletin - November 2015

8/5/2015 Adams & Bates Secure Defense Verdict for Two General Surgeons in Med Mal Trial

7/16/2015 Starnes Davis Florie Labor & Employment Practice Group Bulletin - July 2015

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

2/6/2015 Starnes Davis Florie's Labor & Employment Practice Group Bulletin

5/12/2014 Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Adams and Bates Obtain Defense Verdict for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

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

3/28/2014 Labor & Employment Bulletin - March 2014

3/1/2014 SDF Attorneys Allison Adams and Billy Bates Co-Authored an Article in IADC Committee Newsletter

1/28/2014 Starnes Davis Florie Announces Its New Partners Allison Adams & Clayton Bromberg

12/18/2013 Starnes Davis Florie's Labor & Employment Bulletin (December 2013)

10/1/2013 Starnes Davis Florie's Labor & Employment Bulletin (October 2013)

7/29/2013 Starnes Davis Florie's Labor & Employment Bulletin (July 2013)

3/8/2013 Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Adams and Umbach Obtained Eleventh Circuit Affirmance of Summary Judgment

3/1/2013 Starnes Davis Florie's Labor & Employment Bulletin (March 2013)

10/31/2012 Starnes Davis Florie's Labor & Employment Bulletin (October 2012)

12/22/2010 Alert to Employers: New Genetic Discrimination Regulations Take Effect January 10, 2011…Are You in Compliance?

12/16/2010 Garton, Wright & MacKenzie Obtain Defense Verdict in Med Mal Trial

9/30/2010 Salter and Garton Prevail Before Alabama Supreme Court in Wrongful Death Action


Medical Malpractice Defense


J. D., summa cum laude, Cumberland School of Law (2007)
M.A., in Forensic Psychology, University of Denver (2004)
B.A., in Criminology, Auburn University (2002)
B.A., in Psychology, Auburn University (2002)

Bar Admissions



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