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James C. Sawran

Shareholder | jsawran@smsm.com
Shareholder | Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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James C. Sawran is the managing shareholder of the firm's Ft. Lauderdale office. He defends professionals and healthcare clients in a range of high-stakes litigation matters. Over the course of his career he has represented hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, surgeons, podiatrists and other healthcare providers in medical malpractice and related claims. He has served as lead trial counsel to one of the largest hospital corporations doing business throughout Florida and has represented clients in class actions and complex product liability matters. Mr. Sawran has also been involved in representation of clients in pharmacy and other professional liability claims, and with insurance coverage and bad faith.

His dedication to the support of peer review and medical staff was demonstrated in Cruger v. Love, a case of first impression he argued before the Florida Supreme Court, which resulted in the Court upholding the peer review privilege relating to a physician's application and delineation of medical staff privileges.

Mr. Sawran has authored many legal publications, including an article dealing with a controversial Constitutional Amendment passed in Florida "Amendment 7: Will the Patient's Right to Know Come At Too High A Price?" which appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of the Trial Advocate Quarterly. He also co-authored a chapter, entitled Preparing Your Client for Deposition; Trials and Tribulations in a book for the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA). He has also lectured to physicians, surgeons, nurses, hospital risk managers and medical records custodians, as well as other professionals involved in the delivery of healthcare.

He is a member of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, the American Society of Law and Medicine, the Defense Research Institute and the Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Council, Inc. He has been appointed by the Florida Bar to serve on the Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association (F.M.M.J.U.A) as well as the Military Affairs Committee.

Mr. Sawran was awarded an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given by that organization. An accomplished trial lawyer, he is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in the State of Florida as well as before the United States Supreme Court.

Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Society of Law and Medicine
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Council, Inc.
  • Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association (F.M.M.J.U.A)
  • Florida Bar Association, Military Affairs Committee

AUTHOR

"Amendment 7: Will the Patient's Right to Know Come At Too High A Price?", Trial Advocate Quarterly, Spring 2005

co-AUTHOR

"Preparing Your Client for Deposition: Trials and Tribulations", Florida Defense Lawyers Association

Education

Nova Southeastern University, J.D., 1982

Jacksonville University, B.S., 1976

Admissions

  • Florida, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida (Qualified as a Member of the Trial Bar), 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987