ABOUT M. Warren Butler

Warren Butler has been a partner at Starnes Davis Florie for over 12 years once he joined the firm after practicing at his previous firm for 15 years. Warren has served on the Firm’s Executive Committee, and has practiced in his hometown of Mobile for 27 years. Warren’s practice has been devoted to civil litigation and the defense of personal injury cases with a concentration in defense of wrongful death, banking litigation, nursing homes, bad faith, tort of outrage, directors & officers, liability, business & contractual claims, premises liability, and healthcare claims. Warren also defends products liability claims, construction claims, workers’ compensation, and handles class action litigation. He is also a certified mediator and a member of the Federal Panel of Neutrals for selection as a mediator or arbitrator. He has tried in excess of 50 complex civil cases to a jury verdict.

Professional Recognition

•AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, TM.
•Selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2020
• Lawyer of the Year for Mobile, Alabama - Insurance Law in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
•Named one of the top attorneys in the state of Alabama by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine.
•Selected as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in the State in 2011.
•Named one of Alabama’s Best Lawyers for Personal Injury Litigation in 2013.
•One of five attorneys in the United States listed to Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence for 2015, 2016, and 2019.
•Appointed the Mobile Bar Association’s place 2 representative to the Mobile County Judicial Nominating Commission, effective January 16, 2014.
•Executive Committee Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy.



•Obtained summary judgment and complete dismissal on behalf of termite company in Mobile County Circuit Court on claims of fraud, negligence, wantonness, and breach of contract.
•Obtained complete summary judgment and dismissal of all claims in favor of a national retailer on an open and obvious theory wherein the Plaintiff allegedly tripped and fell on a metal barricade and sustained a broken arm.
•Obtained a favorable opinion from the Supreme Court of Alabama reversing and remanding a trial court’s denial of a client’s request to compel arbitration of claims filed against his business in Baldwin County, Alabama.
•Obtained complete summary judgment in favor of reginal grocery store chain on claims for negligence related to a slip and fall incident.
•Obtained a defense verdict in an insurance coverage dispute alleging that the plaintiff qualified as a resident relative under his sister’s UM/UIM insurance policy.
•Obtained dismissal of a defamation suit against a corporate media defendant in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama for lack of personal jurisdiction.
•Obtained complete summary judgment in federal district court on behalf of surety/bonding company, dismissing claims which alleged that surety was responsible for damages arising out of the nonpayment of various subcontractors by the owner of a condominium development on Gulf Coast.
•Obtained dismissal on behalf of marine services client of pendent state law claims in federal district court, which alleged claims of breach of contract, fraud, and unpaid accounts in connection with the purchase of a vessel and various other marine services contracts.
•Obtained dismissal in federal district court, on behalf of horticulture corporation, of fraud and negligence claims, as well as 31 patent claims based upon statute of limitations and laches arguments.
•Obtained a summary judgment in favor of a nursing home in a wrongful death case where the plaintiff’s decedent alleged that the nursing personnel breached the standard of care in their treatment of the resident.
•Obtained a defense verdict in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in a personal injury case filed against an insured for damages allegedly sustained by Plaintiff as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
•Obtained summary judgment on behalf of three co-employee defendants on claims asserted against them for willful misconduct by their fellow employee for the alleged failure to install, repair and/or maintain a safety device while operating a forklift in a plant for a national paper mill factory.
•Obtained dismissal of international hotel chain from premises liability suit, based on fact that hotel chain was not responsible for operation or maintenance of hotel where incident occurred.
•Obtained dismissal of claims against condominium developer based on argument that Mississippi chancery Court lacked jurisdiction to revisit decision of arbitrator. The dismissal was affirmed on appeal by the Mississippi Court of Appeals.
•Obtained summary judgment on claims of defamation and outrage against retail store manager by former employee related to termination of the employee.
•Obtained complete summary judgment in purported class action suit brought against cable services provider for breach of contract and specific performance arising out of gas rebate promotion. The dismissal was subsequently affirmed on appeal by the Alabama Supreme Court.
•Obtained complete summary judgment on behalf of home health care agency and certified nursing assistant, where Plaintiff alleged claims of medical negligence, assault, breach of contract, and negligent hiring, training, and supervision, arising out of alleged improper handling of mentally ill patient.
•Obtained defense verdict on behalf of cable services provider in state court action in Baldwin County, where Plaintiff alleged damages related to breach of contract and negligent installation of cable services, causing him lost rental value on his condominium unit in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Presentations and Publications

Initial Considerations in Defending a Lawsuit. DRI, The Guide - A Young Lawyer’s Guide to Defense Practice (2014).
Piercing the Corporate Veil - Alabama Nursing Home Association, Biloxi, MS (October 27, 2014).

News & Insights

Don’t Step into the PPP Loan Minefield Without a Map
•Mobile County Retailer Alert
•Bob MacKenzie, Sybil Newton, Warren Butler, and Clayton Bromberg Obtain Ruling from The Supreme Court of Alabama Affirming Dismissal of Legal Malpractice Action
•Thirty SDF Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers 2020
•Warren Butler Named to Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2019
•Twenty-Seven SDF Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2019
•Twenty-Eight SDF Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Newton Butler and Presley Obtain Favorable Ruling from The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals
•Butler, Salter & Wright Named Best Lawyers “2018 Lawyer of the Year”
•Twenty-Six SDF Lawyers Listed in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
•Butler and Presley Secure Complete Dismissal in Favor of an Alabama Municipality in a Tax Refund Action
•SDF Attorneys Obtain Favorable Opinion From Supreme Court of Alabama
•Warren Butler Serves as Chair of IADC 2017 Annual Meeting Hospitality Committee
•Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Twenty Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Warren Butler Selected to Serve on the Executive Committee of the IADC Trial Academy
•Warren Butler Serves as Chair of IADC 2016 Annual Meeting Hospitality Committee

Fun Facts

Warren is an avid outdoorsman and is a popular Spring Turkey Hunting guide (for free!)

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Areas of LAW

  • Mass Torts

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