Jim Thomas

Phone: (304) 340-1319 | Fax: (304) 340-1080 | Email: jthomas@jacksonkelly.com
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202

Jim Thomas is Counsel with the Firm and practices in the Health Care and Finance Practice Group. Mr. Thomas' practice focuses primarily upon health care matters of a business, regulatory and operational nature. Specifically, Mr. Thomas has been involved representing West Virginia hospitals, mental health centers, rural health clinics, physician group practices and health care trade associations in a wide variety of matters, including state and federal regulatory compliance issues and investigations, business acquisitions, reorganizations, contracts, medical staff issues, and cases before the West Virginia Health Care Authority.

His practice has also extended into areas involving general administrative law, tax-exempt institutions, insurance regulation and legislative lobbying. Mr. Thomas assisted the West Virginia Hospital Association and the state of West Virginia by spearheading the preemption analysis of West Virginia law under the HIPAA privacy standards for personal health information. Most recently, he has provided services to the West Virginia Health Information Network in its development of a statewide, interoperable health information exchange.

Mr. Thomas was admitted to the West Virginia Bar in 1980 and is eligible to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, as well as the Third, Fourth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal. He is a frequent presenter at various seminars and educational conferences involving health care law issues. He is one of the founding members of the Firm's health law practice, was manager of the Firm's Business Law Department for five years and is a longstanding member of the American Health Lawyers Association. 

Mr. Thomas graduated from Miami University in 1977, magna cum laude, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and was named to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. He attended and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Law, with Honors in Law. 
Legal Experience
1980 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
1980J.D.The Ohio State University College of Law
1977B.A.Miami University (Political Science)
Bar Admissions
1980West Virginia
Court Admissions
1985U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
1981U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
1981U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
1980U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
1980West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Professional Involvement:
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member
  • West Virginia Hospital Association, Associate Member

  • Center for Rural Health Development, Board of Directors, Past Chair
  • The Education Alliance, Board of Directors, Past Chair
  • WV Chamber of Commerce, Health Care Committee Member

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • HITECH Act and Meaningful Use
  • Confidentiality of Medical Records
  • Current Issues in Health Care Fraud and Abuse
  • Stark/Physician Self-Referral Law Issues 
  • Understanding Your Obligations Under EMTALA
  • Corporate Compliance Programs - A Current Legal Perspective
  • Ethical Obligations in Representing a Health Care Client
  • Legal Issues Affecting CEO's
  • The Modern Medical Staff
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Certificate of Need
  • The HIPAA Privacy Standards
  • HIPAA and Its Implications for Employers
  • HIPAA and Civil Litigation
  • Physician Recruitment
  • Physician Contracting
  • Lawyers as Business Associates under the HITECH Act
  • PPACA's Impact on Rural Health Delivery 

Writings and Publications:

Awards and Honors:
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2018 Charleston-WV Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2014-2015 West Virginia Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named in the 2013 edition of West Virginia Super Lawyers® for Health Care Law
  • Ranked in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare Law in West Virginia, 2010-2017
  • Named in the 2012 edition of West Virginia Super Lawyers® 
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Health Care Law, 2005-2018
  • Selected for inclusion in The Guide to the Leading U.S. Health Lawyers
  • Achieved AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell for over 15 years
  • Graduated with Honors in Law from Ohio State University
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honorary
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