Joseph S. Miller

Joseph S. Miller: Attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP
  • Partner at Starnes Davis Florie LLP (59 Attorneys)
  • 100 Brookwood Place, 7th Floor, Birmingham, AL 35209
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Biography

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.

Experience

Highlights

•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 a defense verdict for a family practice physician in Madison County in a case alleging wrongful death after prescribing antibiotics for community acquired pneumonia.
•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.
•Obtained a defense verdict for two obstetricians in an 8 day trial of a case alleging negligent failure to timely diagnose pre-eclampsia, resulting in the complication of Purtscher’s-Like Retinopathy and maternal blindness following cesarean section.

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.

News & Insights

SDF Attorneys Joe Miller & Will Axon Win Med Mal Trial for OB/GYN
•Twenty-Seven SDF Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2019
•Starnes Attorneys Joe Miller & Bob MacKenzie Obtain Defense Verdict for OB/GYN
•Starnes Attorneys Joe Miller & Bennett White Win Trial for Physician in Wrongful Death Case
•Twenty-Eight SDF Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Twenty-Six SDF Lawyers Listed in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
•SDF Attorneys Joe Miller & Bob MacKenzie Obtain Defense Verdict in Professional Liability Case
•SDF Attorney Joe Miller Obtains Defense Verdict in Federal Court in Memphis, Tennessee
•Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Twenty Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Joe Miller Obtains Defense Verdict for General Surgeon
•Joe Miller and Will Axon Obtain Defense Verdict in an Eight Day Trial Huntsville, Alabama
•Starnes Attorneys Florie & Miller Obtain Defense Verdict in a Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Trial
•Twenty Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Miller, Axon, and Starnes Obtain Defense Verdict for Pediatrician in an Eight Day Trial
•Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Miller & White Obtain Defense Verdict in a Nine-Day Med Mal Trial
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Miller & Starnes Obtain Defense Verdict for Dentist
•Seventeen Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers
•Thirty SDF Attorneys Named to Alabama Super Lawyers 2014

Areas of Practice (4)

  • False Claims Act / Qui Tam
  • Healthcare
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death / Catastrophic Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6049  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
www.starneslaw.com
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35209
University Attended:
University of Alabama, B.A., 1986
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1992
Year of First admission:
1992
Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama; Tennessee; Alabama
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Community Involvement

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

Birth Information:
Houston, Texas, June 14, 1964
Reported Cases:
Reported Cases; United States ex rel. Atkins v. McInteer, 470 F. 3d 1350 (11th Cir. 2006). United States ex rel. Atkins v. McInteer, 345 F. Supp. 2d 1302 (N.D. Ala. 2004). Sawyer v. Tobiassen, 904 So. 2d 258 (Ala. 2004). Osborn v. Champion Int. Corp., 892 So. 2d 882 (Ala. 2004). Wells v. Storey, 792 So. 2d 1034 (Ala. 1999). Pope v. Elder, 671 So. 2d 730 (Ala. Civ. App. 1995). McAfee v. Baptist Medical Center, 641 So. 2d 265 (Ala. 1994).
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