James Wilson Axon, Jr.

James Wilson Axon, Jr.: Attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP AV stamp icon
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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
•Super Lawyer in Alabama by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine.
•Litigation Star for Alabama in Benchmark Litigation
•AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell



•Obtained a defense verdict for an obstetrician in a case claiming negligence in failing to remove a sponge from the patient’s body after vaginal delivery, resulting in alleged permanent pelvic floor injury.
•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.
•Successfully represented hospital in coordination with CDC during outbreak of harmful bacterium resulting multiple deaths.

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.

News & Insights

Starnes Davis Florie Ranked in the 2019 Edition of Benchmark Litigation
•SDF Attorneys Joe Miller & Will Axon Win Med Mal Trial for OB/GYN
•Twenty-Seven SDF Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2019
•SDF Attorneys Florie & Axon Obtain Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Trial
•SDF Attorneys Hines and Axon Obtain Defense Verdict After 8 Weeks of Trial
•SDF Attorney Will Axon Inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
•Starnes Davis Florie Named a Highly Recommended Litigation Firm in the 2018 Edition of Benchmark Litigation
•Joe Miller and Will Axon Obtain Defense Verdict in an Eight Day Trial Huntsville, Alabama
•Benchmark Litigation 2016 Named Starnes Davis Florie a Highly Recommended Litigation Firm
•Miller, Axon, and Starnes Obtain Defense Verdict for Pediatrician in an Eight Day Trial
•Starnes Davis Florie Named a Highly Recommended Litigation Firm in the 2015 Edition of Benchmark Litigation
•Starnes Davis Florie Lawyers Axon & Huntley Secure Dismissal on Appeal
•Axon & Huntley Obtained Defense Verdict in a Medical Malpractice Case

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Early Case Assessment
  • Healthcare
  • Healthcare Audits and False Claims Act Investigations
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Recalls
  • Wrongful Death / Catastrophic Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6018  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35209
University Attended:
Birmingham-Southern College, B.A., 1994
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1999
Year of First Admission:
1999, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama; 1999, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; 2001, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; 1999, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama; 1999, Alabama

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.

Birth Information:
Savannah, Georgia, November 7, 1971
Reported Cases:
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.

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