Jeffrey W. Gutchess

Jeffrey W. Gutchess




“One has to try to strike for the jugular and let the rest go.”- Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes 

Jeff graduated from law school with a concentration in “advocacy” and the winner of the American Jurisprudence award for best student in his advocacy class. Jeff soon thereafter won the New York Legal Aid Society award for best pro bono brief, which secured the release from prison of an individual who had been wrongfully convicted of manslaughter. Jeff also won the “Most Effective Lawyer” award for his defense of an international beverage company in nationwide class actions and has been the leader of AXS Law in its winning the “Best Litigation Firm” in South Florida in two of the last three years. These awards have been based upon spectacular courtroom results in a wide variety of cases, most recently securing the high profile $63.5 million jury verdict against Miami City Commissioner Joe Carollo, and securing an $8.5 million jury verdict for trademark infringement in favor of the creator of the famous Baoli restaurant and club in Cannes, France. 

After spending 20 years defending multinational companies, Jeff started AXS LAW to assist HNW entrepreneurs where, in just the last 5 years, he has recovered more than $500 million for clients (and more than $100 million in the last year). Jeff’s clients include publicly traded companies, CEO’s of public and private companies, numerous entrepreneurs, college professors, and victims of sexual harassment, among others. Defendants Jeff is suing, and has sued recently, include General Electric, Apple, Samsung, Norwegian Cruise Lines, CIGNA, the Virgin Group, and Miami City Commissioner Joe Carollo. Jeff has filed confidential arbitration claims against many other companies, and has settled many suits before having to file anything in court. 

As one of the founding members of AXS LAW, Jeff is working to create a firm culture that accomplishes three primary goals. First, it promotes the talents of young lawyers by encouraging them to argue motions, develop strategy, and manage client relations, resulting in lower costs for clients. Second, it treats lawyers fairly, equitably, and transparently in their compensation, resulting in happier, better compensated attorneys. Third, it encourages lawyers to enjoy their lives to the fullest, including extensive travel and outside interests, rather than just “billing hours.”  This firm culture has attracted many of Miami’s best young lawyers who have formed one the most formidable legal teams in all of Miami.


  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York
    • J.D. - 1992
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence award
  • Syracuse University
    • A.B. - 1989
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • Colorado

Professional Associations

  • Florida and New York Bars, Member

Published Works


  • Recipient of the Daily Business Review Most Effective Lawyer Award for Class Actions
  • Named a top lawyer in Florida by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine
  • New York Legal Aid Society Outstanding Legal Service Award
  • Won the “Most Effective Lawyer” award

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Practice Areas

  • Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Class Actions
  • Corporate Compliance & Internal Investigations
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International
  • International Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation
  • Securities Fraud

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