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James "Alex" Starnes




James “Alex” Starnes is a third-generation lawyer from St. Clair County, Illinois.  He attended the University of Missouri – Columbia where he received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and minored in history.  Starnes then attended the Southern Illinois University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor.  He has clerked for a circuit court judge, interned with the St. Clair County State’s Attorney, and did pro bono work for the Madison County Public Defender.  Starnes, a cancer survivor, seeks to be a zealous and effective advocate for individuals and families affected by asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Areas Of Practice

  • Asbestos Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2017


  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2017
  • University of Missouri – Columbia , Columbia, Missouri
    • B.A. - 2014
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association – Southern Illinois Chapter
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • St. Clair County Bar Association
  • East St. Louis Bar Association


  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Kappa Sigma