W. Stancil Starnes, J.D.

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President

W. STANCIL STARNES, ESQ., is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of ProAssurance Corporation. Mr. Starnes, who assumed this position at ProAssurance on July 2, 2007, was first associated with Medical Assurance, the predecessor of ProAssurance, in 1979 when he began defending insured physicians on behalf of the company. In the ensuing years he became ProAssurance’s lead outside defense counsel and was a vital outside voice in many key decisions that shaped the Company. He was one of the architects of ProAssurance’s policy of passionately defending non-meritorious lawsuits. Mr. Starnes was the founder (in 1975) and ultimately the senior and managing partner of the law firm of Starnes & Atchison. His primary work was in the field of medical liability defense, but his 34-year history of courtroom advocacy included successful representation of local and nationwide clients in a wide range of civil trials, appeals and litigation. In October, 2006 Mr. Starnes assumed the position of President, Corporate Planning and Administration with Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, one of the nations leading commercial contractors. He is a member American Bar Association as well as the Bar Associations of Alabama and Birmingham. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocacy and a Life Fellow of the Alabama Bar Foundation. He graduated from the University of Alabama and is a summa cum laude graduate of The Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham.