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Jody Ayers
Legal Assistant
bio image James C. Gray III

Jim is one of the founding Shareholders of LGWM. He has over 33 years of experience in civil litigation. He leads LGWM's Medical and Healthcare and General Liability Practice Groups and Co-Chairs the Insurance Fraud and Special Investigative Group.

Jim focuses on litigation involving the defense of healthcare professionals and pharmaceutical and drug companies. Jim's litigation experience also extends to matters involving products liability, trucking and workers compensation fraud claims. Jim has tried dozens of jury trials in various State and Federal Courts.

Professional Profile
  • AV Preeminent Martindale Hubbell Rating
  • Member, Alabama Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Birmingham Bar Association
  • Member, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member, Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Alabama Super Lawyers
  • All Alabama State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • United States Circuit Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit
University of Alabama School of Law (1983)

University of Alabama (1980)
Medical Liability:
  • Represented emergency physician in wrongful death case arising from alleged failure to diagnosis meningitis.
  • Represented physician in wrongful death case alleging failure to diagnosis stroke.
  • Represented nurse in medical mal-practice and §1982 claim allegedly resulting in the death of an inmate.
Products Liability:
  • Represented numerous physicians and medical practitioners in regard to medical board complaints.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in multiple product liability cases arising from use of a product alleged to cause renal failure.
  • Represented manufacturer/distributor in wrongful death claim arising under the Alabama Extended Manufacturer’s Liability Doctrine.
  • Represented seller of refractory materials in regard to claims related to alleged aluminum furnace failure.
  • Represented company providing aircraft sales and services in case involving airplane crash allegedly due to failure to inspect and perform repair of aircraft.
  • Represented distributor of prosthetic hip in a negligence claim alleging injury as a result of improper sizing of the prosthetic.
  • Represent distributor of brake drums in regard to negligence claim alleging brake drum failure.
General Liability:
  • Represented airport authority in regard to wrongful death claim arising from accident from airshow.
  • Represented employees of Alabama Department of Human Resources in wrongful death case involving child placement.
  • Represented Mental Health Board in wrongful death claim alleging negligence in providing a safe living environment.
  • Represented contractor in wrongful death claim arising from worker performed by contractor resulting in an electrocution.
  • Represented construction company wrongful death case resulting from alleged negligent inspection of work performed at airport.
  • Represented an apartment complex in negligence action arising from a child’s fall from a retaining wall.
  • Represented numerous roofing companies in regard to negligence claims for work performed on both commercial and residential roof systems.
  • Represented development company in regard to claims of trespass and nuisance related to alleged water runoff.
  • Represented various apartment complex’s in regard premise liability.
Commercial Trucking:
  • Represented trucking company in wrongful death claim resulting from an intersectional accident.
  • Represented trucking company and driver in wrongful death case involving overload of trailer.
  • Represented numerous trucking companies in regard to general negligence claims resulting in alleged property damage and/or person injury.
  • Once Upon a Time, LLC v. Chappelle Properties, LLC and Sara Boehme, Supreme Court of Alabama; May 27, 2016
  • Zatarain v. Swift Transp., Inc.; United States District Court M.D. Alabama, Northern Division; 776 F.Supp.2d 1282; WL 1375666; April 12, 2011
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Knoblett; United States District Court, N.D. Alabama, Southern Division; 561 F.Supp2d 1256; WL 2492262; May 29, 2008
  • Ex parte T.O.; Supreme Court of Alabama; 898 So.2d 706 WL 2201931; October 1, 2004
  • Ford v. Mills; Court of Civil Appeals of Alabama; 784 So.2d 315; WL 1839504; December 15, 2000
  • Ex parte Dabbs; Supreme Court of Alabama; 703 So.2d 986; WL 578911; September 19, 1997
  • Hale v. Osborn Coal Enterprises, Inc.; Court of Civil Appeals of Alabama; 729 So.2d 853; WL 533370; August 29, 1997
  • Cunningham v. Dabbs; Court of Civil Appeals of Alabama; 703 So.2d 979; WL 99728; March 7, 1997
  • Boyd v. Hinkle Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.; Court of Civil Appeals of Alabama; 596 So.2d 947; WL 35350; February 28, 1992
  • Bird v. Auto Owners Ins. Co.; Supreme Court of Alabama 572 So.2d 394; WL 210421; October 19, 1990
  • E&S Facilities, Inc. v. Precision Chipper Corp.; Supreme Court of Alabama; 565 So.2d 54; WL 65201; April 12, 1990
  • Saunders v. Register, Supreme Court of Alabama; 496 So.2d 752; October 3, 1986