Starnes Davis Florie

James Wilson Axon Jr. (Will)


James Wilson Axon Jr.

James Wilson Axon Jr. (Will)


100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Will Axon has been a partner at Starnes Davis Florie for over 10 years.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of healthcare litigation, professional medical liability, licensure and regulatory compliance, and complex premises liability.  A primary focus of Will’s practice includes trial work throughout Alabama.

Professional Recognition

  • Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
  • Litigation Star for Alabama in Benchmark Litigation
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbard


  • Obtained defense verdict  for a Birmingham internal medicine physician in a lawsuit alleging wrongful death of a 26 year old mentally disabled female.
  • Obtained defense verdict in a medical malpractice on behalf of a family medicine physician in a prolonged 8-week trial with multiple defendants.
  • Obtained a defense verdict at trial 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 a case involving alleged negligent failure to diagnose subarachnoid hemorrhage in a fifteen year old girl, resulting in brain surgery and brain injury.
  • Obtained a defense verdict at trial on behalf of an ENT Medical Facility alleging unsafe conditions caused injuries to patients including a rare neurologic condition, ultimately leading to surgical implantation of spinal cord stimulator.
  • Obtained summary judgment for medical center in a case alleging unethical research practices caused permanent developmental injuries to neonates.
  • Obtained dismissal of Qui Tam/False Claims Act for two physicians which was affirmed by the 11th Circuit.
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Presentations and Publications

  • Keynote presenter, “Liability Issues for Nurse Anesthetists,” ALANA Fall Convention.
  • Keynote presenter, “Medical Liability for Third-Party Nonpatients,” ALAMTA Regional.
  • CLE Presenter, “Cutting Edge Issues in Medical Malpractice,” National Business Institute.
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