Starnes Davis Florie

Joseph S. Miller (Joe)

Partner

Joseph S. Miller

Joseph S. Miller (Joe)

Partner

100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Joe is a Partner and has been at Starnes Davis Florie LLP since 1992.  His practice is devoted to defending physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers in medical malpractice cases.  Joe has participated in trying approximately 75 cases to juries throughout the State of Alabama.  He regularly speaks at legal and medical seminars regarding medical malpractice litigation.

Professional Recognition

  • Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Past President, Vice-President and Treasurer of ABOTA's Alabama Chapter.
  • Member of the Professional Liability Defense Federation.
  • Super Lawyer in Alabama by Mid-South Super Lawyers® magazine.
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®.

Community Involvement

  • Joe is a member of Canterbury United Methodist Church, and supports various local charities.
  • Joe and his wife, Elizabeth, have two sons

Highlights

  • Obtained a defense verdict for a defendant gynecologist after a 5 day trial in a case alleging negligent failure to diagnose breast cancer, resulting in mastectomy and chemotherapy.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for an emergency physician after a 7 day trial in Federal Court in Memphis, Tennessee in a case alleging negligent failure to diagnose and treatment acute coronary syndrome, resulting in myocardial infarction and permanent heart damage in a 36 year old patient.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for an emergency physician in an 8 day trial of a case alleging negligent failure to diagnose septic arthritis, resulting in below the knee amputation.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for an emergency physician in a 5 day trial of a case involving alleging negligent failure to diagnose an aortic dissection, resulting in death of a 29 year old patient.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a pediatrician in an 8 day trial of a case alleging negligent failure to diagnose subarachnoid hemorrhage in a 15 year old girl, resulting in brain surgery and brain injury.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a defendant gynecologist in a 9 day trial of a case involving alleged negligent administration of anticoagulant medications and negligent failure to consult a hematologist, resulting in death of a hospitalized post-operative patient.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a dentist in a 5 day trial of a case alleging improper application of short-term orthodontic appliances, resulting in jaw surgery.
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Presentations and Publications

  • Defending Fetal Death Cases: CLE Presentation at medical malpractice conference for Alabama attorneys.
  • Medical Expert Witnesses – Why Do We Have Them and What Do They Go Through?  CLE Presentation regarding legal challenges facing healthcare providers, Cumberland School of Law.
  • Depositions in a Medical Negligence Case From a Defendant’s Point of View.  CLE Presentation.  The Art of Taking and Defending Depositions, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Strategies for Working with Evidence at Trial.  CLE Presentation.

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