In October 2014, a medical malpractice action was tried to a defense verdict on behalf of an Alabama hospital. The Plaintiff, a post-partum patient, claimed to have suffered a seizure resulting in injury, including a diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. After only 28 minutes of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the hospital.
Walt Price is thorough, meticulous and committed. It’s how he wins cases, and it’s how he wins the trust of his clients. Over the course of nearly three decades, Walt has followed a tried and true philosophy: be responsive, be open, be honest and be ready to go to trial. Walt puts his specialized medical litigation experience to work to defend hospitals, physicians and nursing homes in medical malpractice actions. In addition to medical professional defense, Walt focuses on pharmaceutical and medical device claims, mass torts and the defense of insurance bad faith cases. He has tried more than 40 jury trials to verdict in 15 Alabama counties, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts. He has argued before the Alabama Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and has handled one case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Walt is a frequent lecturer before legal and insurance industry groups on the topics of insurance coverage and insurance bad faith, and in 2015 he was an Alabama co-author of the 2015 Defense Research Institute Bad Faith Compendium. Recently, he authored “Anesthesia Litigation – Clinical Basics and Current Liability Issues” for DRI’s May 2017 issue of For The Defense. Walt currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Liability Defense Federation, and he is a frequent contributor to PLDF publications and other industry publications.
A third generation lawyer, the tenaciousness required to yield the best possible outcomes at the best possible value comes second nature to Walt. Away from the office, he enjoys spending time at the lake with his wife, Leslie, and two children, Walt and Margaret Anne.
Walt earned his BS from Auburn University and his JD from The University of Alabama School of Law.
Bar & Court Admissions
Alabama State Bar
United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama
United States Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Birmingham Bar Association
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Defense Research Institute
International Association of Defense Counsel
Professional Liability Defense Federation
Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Defense verdict in case where plaintiff alleged failure to diagnose a diaphragmatic hernia. Key issues in the case involved alleged failure on the part of the nursing staff to report changes in the patient's condition to the admitting physician. A unanimous defense verdict was returned.03
Defense verdict for two Emergency Department physicians where plaintiff alleged failure to diagnose dissecting aortic aneurysm. Important to the defense finding was a strong causation defense taking into account comorbidities rendering the patient a poor candidate for surgery.04
Mccreless v. Global Upholstery Co., Inc., 500 F. Supp. 1350 (N.D. Ala. 2007). Summary judgment in products liability case entered after plaintiff's liability expert witness was excluded on Daubert challenge.05
Tanksley v. ProSoft Automation, Inc., 982 So. 2d 1046 (Ala. 2007). Summary judgment in products liability case arising from industrial accident affirmed by Alabama Supreme Court.06
Kane/lis v. Pacific Indemnity Co., 917 So. 2d 149 (Ala. Civ. App. 2005). Summary judgment in insurance coverage matter affirmed by the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals.
Resources & News
Distinctions & Contributions
Contributor, PLDF 50 State Survey of Privity Laws, Summer 201702
Co-author, “Issues In Today’s Medical Malpractice Litigation Employees, Agents, and More – Claims of Hospital Liability for Physician Conduct,” Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal, Spring 201703
Co-author, “Anesthesia Litigation - Clinical Basics and Current Liability Issues,” For the Defense, a DRI publication, May 201706
“Additional Theories for Hospital Direct and Vicarious Liability,” Professional Liability Defense Quarterly Fall 201607
Listed by The Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants since 201608
Speaker, Professional Liability Defense Federation Annual Meeting in Denver (2016)09
Best Lawyers 2015 Litigation - Insurance "Lawyer of the Year" in Birmingham10
Listed by The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation Health Care and Litigation - Insurance since 201511
Listed by The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law since 201212
“Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Vacuum Assisted Delivery,” Professional Liability Defense Quarterly Spring 201513
“Defense of Shoulder Dystocia Claims,” Professional Liability Defense Quarterly Summer 201514
Presentation – “Chorioamnionitis – An Alternative Cause for Cerebral Palsy” Professional Liability Defense Federation 2014 Annual Meeting (September 2014, Washington, D.C.)15
“Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage – A Desk Reference for Alabama Lawyers,” Alabama Lawyer May 200816
"More Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage – An Addition to the Lawyers' Desk Reference," Alabama Lawyer March 201317
"Defense of Alabama Medical Malpractice Actions," Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal18
"From Sale to Science: An Overview of Alabama Dram-Shop Claims and the Impact of Scientific Expert Testimony," Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal19
"An Alternative Cause for Cerebral Palsy," Defense Research Institute's Medical Liability and Health Care Law edition of For The Defense September 2012.20
Co-author of the Alabama chapter of the 2015 Defense Research Institute Insurance Bad Faith Compendium