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Desi V. Tobias

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Phone: (251) 432-5001

1203 Dauphin St
Mobile, Alabama 36604

Desi Tobias is a graduate of The University of Alabama and the Cumberland School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor in 1987. Desi was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1987 and the Alabama State Bar in 1989.

More than 30 years ago, he began his law career serving with the Florida Attorney General in Tallahassee, Fla. In 1989, he returned to his hometown of Mobile, Ala. to begin practicing law with an insurance defense firm. Since 1995, Desi’s practice has focused exclusively on the representation of injured victims. During his career, he has tried more than 100 civil bench and jury trials.

A graduate of McGill-Toolen High School, Desi attended Washington and Lee University prior to The University of Alabama. He has served on the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School Advisory Board and the St. Mary School Advisory Board.

Desi was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Association for Justice and currently is on the Executive Committee of the Mobile Bar Association. He is the current chairman of the Mobile Bar Association Civil Practice Committee for State and County courts. Desi is a frequent lecturer at CLE seminars and has written on numerous litigation-related topics. 

Desi is rated AV Preeminent® by his peers on Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating standard. He has also been selected to the 2019, 2020, 2022, and 2023  Mid-South Super Lawyers list, an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys.

Desi has many successful verdicts and settlements including a $12.3 million settlement for a maritime injury case, a $12 million bench verdict for an industrial accident, and a $3.4 million award for a man blinded in a crane accident. See the full list of verdicts and settlements at the link below.

He is married to the former Cecelia Mills of Mobile. They reside in Mobile with their four children, Desmond, III, Michael, and twins, Jack and Macy.

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  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law, 1987

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Florida, 1987
  • Alabama, 1989

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Alabama State Bar
  • The Florida Bar

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