Stephen P. Dees

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Mr. Dees is a shareholder at Rushton Stakely and a member of the firm’s recruitment committee. He has been with the firm since 2007, and his practice is primarily devoted to civil litigation at the trial and appellate court levels. He focuses on defending physicians, nursing personnel, long-term care facilities, and hospitals in medical malpractice lawsuits. Mr. Dees also represents medical practitioners before the various administrative licensing boards. He has worked on behalf of corporations and insurance carriers in federal and state courts in general business litigation as well as complex construction litigation. Mr. Dees also has experience handling matters submitted to arbitration.

Mr. Dees is a member of the American, Alabama, and Montgomery County Bar Associations and is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Alabama. He is a member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Volunteer Lawyers Program and represents indigent parties with various legal matters. As a student at the University of Alabama School of Law, Mr. Dees was awarded the Albert W. Copeland scholarship and served as president of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Student Division.

Mr. Dees has received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV rating, recognizing peers rated for the highest level of professional excellence.

Practice Highlights

With Fred Tyson, summary judgment with no opinion upheld by Supreme Court in case involving allegations of medical malpractice against hospital

Obtained complete dismissal on behalf of hospital and physician in suit alleging a failure to properly diagnose and treat plaintiff’s myocardial ischemia

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of hospital in wrongful death suit alleging negligent post-operative management of patient following placement of endoscopic gastronomy tube

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of hospital in wrongful death suit alleging failure to recognize and treat patient’s acute myocardial infarction

Obtained jury verdict for defendant in motor vehicle accident case

Obtained $168,000 judgment on behalf of construction company in contract dispute case

Successfully compelled medical malpractice claims against nursing home to arbitration after appeal to Alabama Court of Civil Appeals

Obtained transfer of venue in medical malpractice case against hospital after appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of hospital and nurses in case alleging retention of foreign body after surgery

Obtained defense verdict on behalf of local hospital in premises liability case

Honors and Awards

While attending law school, Mr. Dees was awarded the Albert W. Copeland Scholarship, and served as president of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Student Division.

Community Involvement

Mr. Dees serves as a member of the Volunteer Lawyers Program and represents indigent parties with various legal matters. He also serves on the board of the Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award, recognizing Christian leadership in high school athletics. He is involved in fundraising efforts for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Mr. Dees is a member of the Alumni Council for The Montgomery Academy.

Mr. Dees is a shareholder at Rushton Stakely and a member of the firm’s recruitment committee. He has been with the firm since 2007, and his practice is primarily devoted to civil litigation at the trial and appellate court levels. He focuses on defending physicians, nursing personnel, long-term care facilities, and hospitals in medical malpractice lawsuits. Mr. Dees also represents medical practitioners before the various administrative licensing boards. He has worked on behalf of corporations and insurance carriers in federal and state courts in general business litigation as well as complex construction litigation. Mr. Dees also has experience handling matters submitted to arbitration.

Mr. Dees is a member of the American, Alabama, and Montgomery County Bar Associations and is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Alabama. He is a member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Alabama Nursing Home Defense Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Volunteer Lawyers Program and represents indigent parties with various legal matters. As a student at the University of Alabama School of Law, Mr. Dees was awarded the Albert W. Copeland scholarship and served as president of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Student Division.

Mr. Dees has received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV rating, recognizing peers rated for the highest level of professional excellence.

Practice Highlights

With Fred Tyson, summary judgment with no opinion upheld by Supreme Court in case involving allegations of medical malpractice against hospital

Obtained complete dismissal on behalf of hospital and physician in suit alleging a failure to properly diagnose and treat plaintiff’s myocardial ischemia

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of hospital in wrongful death suit alleging negligent post-operative management of patient following placement of endoscopic gastronomy tube

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of hospital in wrongful death suit alleging failure to recognize and treat patient’s acute myocardial infarction

Obtained jury verdict for defendant in motor vehicle accident case

Obtained $168,000 judgment on behalf of construction company in contract dispute case

Successfully compelled medical malpractice claims against nursing home to arbitration after appeal to Alabama Court of Civil Appeals

Obtained transfer of venue in medical malpractice case against hospital after appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of hospital and nurses in case alleging retention of foreign body after surgery

Obtained defense verdict on behalf of local hospital in premises liability case

Honors and Awards

While attending law school, Mr. Dees was awarded the Albert W. Copeland Scholarship, and served as president of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Student Division.

Community Involvement

Mr. Dees serves as a member of the Volunteer Lawyers Program and represents indigent parties with various legal matters. He also serves on the board of the Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award, recognizing Christian leadership in high school athletics. He is involved in fundraising efforts for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Mr. Dees is a member of the Alumni Council for The Montgomery Academy.

  • B.A., University of Alabama, 2004
  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 2007
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Alabama Nursing Home Association Defense Lawyers Group
  • Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals