Jim has sustained an active litigation practice for over 30 years, representing hospitals and physicians before state and federal courts in professional liability and complex litigation matters. His practice includes health care litigation, licensing and medical staff and professional board matters. Leveraging his extensive experience as a litigator, Jim advises gastroenterologists throughout the United States with understanding and reducing their professional liability risk by promoting excellence in patient satisfaction and incorporating certain specific loss control and safety protocols. He has helped create innovative risk reduction tools, including specialty–specific diagnostic clinical effectiveness dashboards as well as patient experience and engagement tools. Jim has also created innovative safety programs for captive insurers, many national in scope.
Jim is a nationally known speaker on health care issues, including liability mitigation and patient safety in gastroenterology. He presents to many prominent health care organizations including the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the American Urological Association and the Physicians Insurers Association of America. Additionally, he has published more than 200 articles, several handbooks and seven textbooks in his field, including most recently, Operation Five-Star: Service excellence in the medical practice – Cultural Competency, Post-Adverse Events, and Patient Engagement.
- The ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery. Vol. 1, Chapter on Medical Liability in Bariatric Surgery, Contributing Author
- Minimizing Endoscopic Complications: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America. Vol 17, Contributing Author
- The Taking Bariatric Safety to the Next Level, James W. Saxton, Esq., Philip R. Schauer, MD, and Amanda R. Budak, RN, CBN, PhD, Bariatric Times. October 2014
Jim is an active member of many professional associations, including being chosen as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a prestigious nomination reserved for less than one-half of one percent of the lawyers in the country, a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and a Board Member for SE Healthcare Quality Consulting, LLC. As published in Philadelphia magazine, Jim has been recognized annually in the Commonwealth as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2012 by being selected by his peers as among the top five percent of lawyers.
In addition to his legal pursuits, Jim believes strongly in giving back to the community, volunteering in leadership roles and lending his expertise to many health care and community nonprofits. He is a recent recipient of the Excellence in Philanthropy Award presented by the Lancaster General Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees. In 2013 he was awarded Philanthropist of the Year by The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Additionally, Jim was the Founding Board Member of the Lancaster Community Health Plan, Chairman of the Lancaster YMCA Foundation and prior to that, President of the YMCA Board of Directors. He is also a Past Board Member of the American Heart Association.