In his healthcare practice, Jim specializes in providing strategic organizational, payment, tax, and compliance advice and direction to all types of health care providers. Jim is recognized as a Band 1 leading practitioner in Healthcare by Chambers USA. 

His practice varies widely according to the needs of his clients, but typical engagements include:

  • Working with clients to structure clinical and hospital/physician integration, co-management, value-based enterprise, affiliation, and joint venture arrangements
  • Dealing with all levels of health care regulatory and tax law issues
  • Implementing alternative payment arrangement and collaborative delivery systems
  • Managing all aspects of compliance planning with regard to tax and health care regulation at both the state and federal levels
  • Assisting clients with internal and external audits and investigations, including HIPAA, and privacy and security breaches

Jim also represents a large number of tax exempt entities, both inside and outside the healthcare industry, and his work for these clients includes:

  • Formation and obtaining recognition of tax exempt status under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code for new entities, including 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) entities
  • Advising tax exempt governmental entities
  • Advice regarding compliance with the unrelated business income regulations
  • Consulting and strategic planning regarding governance issues
  • Dealing with lobbying and electioneering issues
  • Navigating private foundation compliance

Community & Professional

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Heath Law Section
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Alabama Law Institute’s Committee to Revise the Alabama Nonprofit Corporations Act
  • Alabama Association of Nonprofits, Board Secretary
  • Jim is involved in the community and participates on several nonprofit and church boards and committees



  • Chambers USA, Band 1 Leading Practitioner in Health Care Law (2017-present)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers in the area of Health Care Law (2012-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Health Care Law and Non-Profit/Charities Law (2006-present)
  • Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Non-Profit/Charities Law (2015, 2020, and 2022)
  • Distinguished as “The Best of the Bar” for 2020 by the Birmingham Business Journal
  • Birmingham Business Journal "Who's Who in Health Care" (2017)
  • Identified as an Acritas Star™ in Health Care
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating


Speaking Engagements

  • 2023, Physician Employment Contracting Review for the UAB Mentoring program
  • 2023, Baptist Health System: Fiduciary Duties
  • 2016-present, Annual East Alabama Health Leadership Retreat, Compliance Update and New Opportunities
  • 2022 East Alabama Health Clinically Integrated Network Updates
  • 2021 University of Alabama Health Law CLE: Stark and Anti-kickback Update and VBEs
  • 2020 DCH Health System Gainsharing Update
  • 2019 Baptist Health Management Compliance Update


  • State Bar: Alabama
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