James Wilson Axon, Jr.

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100 Brookwood Place
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P.O. Box 598512
Birmingham, AL 35259

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James Wilson Axon, Jr.


Will Axon is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie.  He is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.  He received his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1999.  Will’s practice has been devoted exclusively to complex civil defense litigation, concentrating primarily in the areas of medical defense, False Claims Act, and internal investigations.  He has extensive trial experience in a wide range of venues within Alabama.


* Obtained a defense verdict for an emergency physician in a case alleging negligent failure to diagnose septic arthritis, resulting in below the knee amputation.

* Obtained a defense verdict for a pediatrician in an eight day trial in Dallas County in a case involving alleged negligent failure to diagnose subarachnoid hemorrhage in a fifteen year old girl, resulting in brain surgery and brain injury.

* Recently obtained summary judgment for a client facing charges of fraud and defamation.

* Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a Surgery Center after a four day trial arising from an injury during recovery period.

* Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an OB/GYN after a five day trial in a case arising out of pregnancy complications.

* Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an ENT Medical Facility in a trip and fall case resulting in a rare neurologic condition, ultimately leading to surgical implantation of a permanent spinal cord stimulator.

* Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a neurosurgeon following a three week trial arising from the death of a patient due to a ruptured aneurysm.

* Obtained unanimous opinion from Alabama Supreme Court affirming trial court's judgment as a matter of law at trial in favor of a defendant surgeon in retained foreign body case.

* Obtained defense verdict for a cardiologist in a case alleging negligent failure to diagnose coronary artery disease, resulting in death of a forty-three year old anesthesiologist.

* Obtained defense verdict for general surgeon in a case alleging negligent delay in operating on a patient with a perforated stomach, resulting in death.

* Obtained defense verdict for an internal medicine physician in a case alleging improper discontinuation of a diuretic medication, resulting in acute pulmonary edema, brain damage and death of a 50 year old woman.

* Obtained defense verdict for obstetrician in case alleging negligent failure to properly interpret fetal heart monitor strips and perform emergency cesarean section, resulting in permanent brain damage.

* Obtained defense verdict for emergency physician in the death of a 38 year old patient who died of a perforated duodenal ulcer 18 hours after being discharged from the emergency department.

* Obtained affirmance from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in dismissal of a False Claims Act case brought against two physicians

* Obtained judgment as a matter of law for surgeon in a retained foreign body case

* Obtained defense verdict for orthopedic surgeon in a case involving a popliteal artery injury during total knee replacement

* Obtained defense verdict for general surgeon in a case involving injury to the vena cava, and subsequent death, in a laparoscopic surgical procedure.

* Obtained defense verdict for internal medicine physician who served as the Medical Director of a methadone clinic in a case involving alleged negligence in prescribing medication.

* Obtained defense verdict in a wrongful death action for a neurosurgeon in a case involving rupture and hemorrhage of a cerebral aneurysm of the left internal carotid artery.

*Received an affirmed dismissal in the Eleventh Circuit for a client accused of a Qui Tam violation.

*Obtained summary judgment for a medical interventionalist in Jefferson County who experienced a product malfunction during surgery.

*Obtained dismissal of a jewelry manufacturer accused of fraud in a class action pending in the Northern District of Alabama.

Honors And Awards

Will has been named a Litigation Star for the state of Alabama in the 2012 - 2017 editions of  Benchmark Litigation and is an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingsTM.

Community Involvement

Will serves on the Committee for the Future for Children's Hospital of Alabama. He has also been actively involved in the Finn and Quinley Foundation, A/T Children's Project, the United Way and the Birmingham Exceptional Foundation. He attends the Cathedral Church of the Advent.

Speeches And Publications

* Keynote presenter, "Liability Issues for Nurse Anesthetists," ALANA Fall Convention addressing , October 18, 2015.

* Keynote presenter, "Medical Liability for Third-Party Nonpatients," ALAMTA Regional Conference, August 18, 2006.

* CLE Presenter, "Cutting Edge Issues in Medical Malpractice," National Business Institute, Birmingham, AL, July 2006 and July 2007.

Reported Cases

Prowell v. Children's Hosp. of Alabama, ____ So.2d ____, 2006 WL 1304917, Ala., May 12, 2006.

Taylor v. Smith, 892 So.2d 887, 2004 WL 473322, Ala., March 12, 2004.

Ex parte Owen, 860 So.2d 877, 2003 WL 1861029, Ala., April 11, 2003.

Ex parte Showers, 812 So.2d 277, 2001 WL 564290, Ala., May 25, 2001.

Cranman v. Maxwell, 792 So.2d 418, 2001 WL 499189, Ala.Civ.App., May 11, 2001.

Wilson v. Teng, 786 So.2d 485, 2000 WL 1801547, Ala., December 8, 2000.

Ex parte Cranman, 792 So.2d 392, 2000 WL 1728367, Ala., June 16, 2000.

Related News

6/22/2016 Global Law Experts Names Starnes Davis Florie LLP Professional Medical Liability Law Firm of the Year in Alabama 2016

5/3/2016 Joe Miller and Will Axon Obtain Defense Verdict in an Eight Day Trial Huntsville, Alabama

10/2/2015 Benchmark Litigation 2016 Named Starnes Davis Florie a Highly Recommended Litigation Firm

6/20/2015 Miller, Axon, and Starnes Obtain Defense Verdict for Pediatrician in an Eight Day Trial

9/5/2014 Starnes Davis Florie Named a Highly Recommended Litigation Firm in the 2015 Edition of Benchmark Litigation

5/7/2013 Starnes Davis Florie Lawyers Axon & Huntley Secure Dismissal on Appeal

10/5/2011 Axon & Huntley Obtained Defense Verdict in a Medical Malpractice Case

12/22/2010 Axon and MacKenzie Obtain Defense Verdict


Healthcare Audit and Fraud Claim Defense
Medical Malpractice Defense
Product Liability & Consumer Litigation


J.D., University of Alabama School of Law (1999)
Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Prague Czech Republic (1995)
B.A., Birmingham-Southern College (1994)

Bar Admissions

Alabama, 1999


U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 1999
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 1999
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 1999
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001