Birmingham ALABAMA

ABOUT 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.

Professional Recognition

•Super Lawyer in Alabama by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine 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.
•Litigation Star for the state of Alabama in Benchmark Litigation.
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Municipal Litigation, Mining Law, Natural Resources Law, and Workers’ Compensation. In addition, Best Lawyers in America has named Tony Davis the “Birmingham Best Lawyers Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year” for 2013 and 2014.
•An AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings TM
•An AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings TM
•Omicron Delta Kappa.

Experience

Highlights

•Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a multinational corporation against one of the three largest railroad companies in the United States in a dispute involving a long-term contract for rail transportation.
•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.
•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.

News & Insights

SDF’s Tony Davis, Trey Wells, and Ben Presley Secure Jury Verdict in Favor of Multinational Corporation
•Thirty SDF Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers 2020
•Starnes Davis Florie Ranked in the 2019 Edition of Benchmark Litigation
•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
•Twenty-Six SDF Lawyers Listed in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
•Starnes Davis Florie Named a Highly Recommended Litigation Firm in the 2018 Edition of Benchmark Litigation
•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
•Starnes Attorneys Featured in Forbes
•Twenty Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Seventeen Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Starnes Attorneys Davis and Wells Win Jury Trial in Favor of Investment Consulting Firm
•Sixteen Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Starnes Davis Florie Obtains Fourth Consecutive Affirmance of Surface Mining Client’s NPDES Permit
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Obtain Summary Judgment for Industrial Client in Air Emissions Case
•Seventeen Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Tony Davis & Bob MacKenzie Named Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for 2013
•Twenty-Two Starnes Attorneys Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers
•Nine Starnes Attorneys Listed in 2011 Super Lawyers Business Edition

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Areas of LAW

  • Securities
  • Toxic Torts

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