Duke University School of Law,
J.D., Order of the Coif, 1975
B.A., Economics, 1972
Phi Beta Kappa
National Merit Scholar
Tower Grove Park
Member of Board of Commissioners, 2013-Present
Board Member, 2004-Present
American Bar Association
Member, Health Law Committee
American Health Lawyers Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Member, Employee Benefits Committee
Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan St. Louis
The Missouri Bar
Member, Tax Committee
Anderson Hoagland and Company
Jefferson County Bancshares, Inc.
Keller Laboratories, Inc.
Obstetrical Associates of St. Louis, Inc.
Poettker Construction Company
Sparta Community Hospital
Suburban Pediatrics, Inc.
Surgical Anesthesia Services, LLC
Surgical Synergies, Inc.
Total Access Urgent Care, P.C.
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (by BL Rankings), 2008-2023
Thompson Coburn LLP
Member of Management Committee, 1985-1989
Managing Partner, 1980-1984
Hagemeyer Electronics Group
General Counsel, 1987-2004
Advisory Board, Trust Committee
Board Member, 2004-Present
Racquet Club Ladue
Board Member, 2001-2004
Member, Planned Giving Council, 2000-2007
St. Louis Symphony Music School
Board of Governors, 2000-2001
Life Skills Foundation
Board Member, 1990-2010
Vice-President and Chairman of Endowment Committee, 1993-1997
Fontbonne College Master of Tax program
Adjunct Professor, 1991-2000
Jim serves as a key advisor to regional medical groups on the full spectrum of business and regulatory issues they encounter while providing medical services.
He has spent his career advising physician practices, dentists, orthodontists, hospitals, surgery centers, diagnostic centers and urgent care centers and other health care businesses, helping them assess risk, attract and retain personnel and expand their operations.
He draws on his extensive contracts experience to draft and negotiate employment contracts and all types of agreements, including those with managed care entities, hospitals, vendors and physician practices. He handles physician credentialing, sensitive personnel issues, letters of intent and all kinds of transaction documents.
Jim has also guided medical groups through the widest possible range of transactions, from the construction and development of surgery centers, diagnostics centers and cancer centers, to the rapid expansion of a regional urgent care provider. Jim's work for small critical-access hospitals has involved complex real estate tax questions, lease disputes and transaction advice specific to loans from the USDA, the primary lender for rural hospitals. He has also helped design successful physician recruitment programs for such hospitals.
All of Jim's advice is overlaid by the complicated regulatory issues affecting health care entities. He ensures that clients are compliant with HIPAA and other federal regulations, and places an emphasis on practical solutions that avoid litigation and provide a clearer path to resolution.
Jim has extensive experience leading corporate and contracts work for a variety of other businesses, and has assisted clients inside and outside of the medical sector with estate and tax planning issues.
Follow Up: Impact of Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Who is considered a “health care provider” or “emergency responder”?
Impact of Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Focus on medical practices and other health care providers
"Physician Recruiting and Employment Contracts";
Program for The Alliance of Medical Recruiters Convention, 2002
"Choosing the Best Entity for New Business";
"Retirement Plans Update";
Program for the Missouri Society of CPA's, 1997
"Purchase Contracts and Buy-Sell Agreements for Medical Practices";
Program for Saint Louis University Medical School Residents, 1993
"Legal Aspects of Professional Practice";
Washington University Dental School, 1989; Saint Louis University Dental School, 1989; Illinois Academy of Family Pediatrics, 1990; Saint Louis University Medical School Residents, 1993; UMSL School of Optometry, 1993
"Commencing Professional Practice-- Legal Relationships and Their Significance";
Annual Meeting of the National Medical Association in Las Vegas, Nevada, 1990
"Wills and Trusts";
National Business Institute Program on Elder Law, 1990
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