25 North Central Avenue

Staunton, VA 24401


About James

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James is a member of the TimberlakeSmith Medical Malpractice Defense team and serves as lead attorney in Health Care of America and Health Care Indemnity Inc. cases. James represents individual physicians, nurses, and dentists in both malpractice defense matters and administrative proceedings before the professional licensing boards. James understands the unique issues facing healthcare providers today and works closely with his clients to provide them effective representation as well as the assurance they need when facing a stressful and burdensome malpractice claim.  

James received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 2001 and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar the same year. James has been practicing with TimberlakeSmith since. Before law school, James was a pharmaceutical products representative and then a Special Project Director for Hoffman-La Roche prior to earning his Juris Doctor.  

James enjoys scuba diving and is certified through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) as a Master Scuba Diver—a qualification that less than two percent of certified divers obtain, and that requires multiple specialty dive certifications, as well as an accrual of over 50 dives.

James is a proud father of four children.


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Staunton, Virginia
2001 - Present

Zimmerman, Shuffield, Kiser & Sutcliffe
Orlando, Florida
Summer Law Clerk, Summer 2000

Emory University School of Law,
Atlanta, Georgia
Research Assistant for Legal Writing, Research and Advocacy Program (LWRAP), Summer 1999

Hoffmann-La Roche
University of Virginia Health Sciences Center
Charlottesville, Virginia
Medical Center Pharmaceutical Representative and Special Project Director, 1995 - 1998

Hoffmann-La Roche
Charlottesville, Virginia
Professional Products Representative, 1992 - 1994

Endoscopy Department, Lewis Gale Clinic
Salem, Virginia
Nursing Assistant, 1990 - 1991


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J.D., Emory University School of Law, 2001
Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program
Atlanta Bar Association
Atlanta Council of Young Lawyers

B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 1988
Phi Alpha Theta
National History Honor Society

Bar and Court Admissions

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U.S. District Court for the Western District, 2003
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth District, 2001


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Professional Recognitions/Affiliations

The Best Lawyers in America® - Medical Malpractice – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Augusta Bar Association, Secretary 2005
Virginia Bar Association
American Bar Association
Virginia State Bar, Member, Young Lawyers Conference
Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Member, Medical Malpractice Section
Defense Research Institute