James C. Rawls

Partner

Atlanta
T +1.404.256.8418
F +1.404.459.5734

"[Jim is] absolutely phenomenal: I can discuss any matter with him, and as a healthcare expert he has all the tools to handle anything that might be thrown at us. He's a trusted business adviser as well."

— Chambers USA 2014

Overview

Jim Rawls is a trial lawyer and general counselor who focuses his practice in the healthcare and news media industries, handling high-profile matters for hospital systems and national news media clients.

Select Experience

  • Defense of libel and privacy lawsuits.
  • First Amendment litigation.
  • Medical staff peer-review litigation.
  • Litigation of post-employment restraints on competition.
  • Class action defense.
  • Commercial litigation.
  • Counseling of hospital systems on physician contracting, transactions, mergers and acquisitions.
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Experience

  • Defense of libel and privacy lawsuits.
  • First Amendment litigation.
  • Medical staff peer review litigation.
  • Litigation of post-employment restraints on competition.
  • Class action defense.
  • Commercial litigation.
  • Counseling of hospital systems on physician contracting, transactions, mergers and acquisitions.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Healthcare in Georgia (2009 to 2017)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2017)
    • Recommended in Corporate governance
  • Acritas Star (2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Atlanta: First Amendment Law (1991 to 2018)
      • Best Lawyers® 2012 "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Atlanta: Health Care Law (2009, 2017, 2018)
  • Georgia "Super Lawyer" (2004 to 2017)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Atlanta Bar Association
    • Board Director (1989 to 1991)
    • Litigation Section
      • Director (1987 to 1990)
      • Chairman (1989 to 1990)
      • Chairman-Elect (1988 to 1989)
  • Atlanta College of Trial Advocacy: Chairman (1986)
  • Lamar Inn of Court
    • Master (1995 to 2015)
    • President (1998 to 2000)
  • State Bar of Georgia, Health Law Section

Industries

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia

Education

  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1973
  • B.A., Mississippi State University, 1970, highest distinction