James Hafner advises clients in industries ranging from manufacturing and medical technology to financial services, healthcare and insurance on a variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, governance, contracts, securities and related matters. In addition to his work as a corporate lawyer, he previously worked as in-house counsel for one of the world’s leading hospital systems.

    His transactional and regulatory experience includes negotiating physician practice acquisitions and employment contracts, providing guidance on insurance-related matters, advocating for clients with external audits, and performing due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions. His litigation practice includes advising hospitals on the impact of Medicare reimbursement decisions in federal courts and before administrative agencies. Outside of the healthcare industry, James has attended to corporate governance matters and assisted clients with internal investigations by collecting, reviewing and synthesizing electronic documents. 

    Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, James worked in the legal department of one of the world’s leading hospital systems. He assisted in-house counsel and internal clients with navigating provider scope-of-practice issues, provided guidance on fraud and abuse matters, prepared board documents to facilitate realignment, ensured compliance with labor and employment regulations related to a hospital acquisition, and drafted Business Associate Agreements and other HIPAA-related materials. 

    While attending law school, James was a member of the Ohio State Law Journal and received CALI Awards for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Advanced Constitutional Law. He is the author of a 2015 article in the Sixth Circuit Review, a publication dedicated to analyzing major legal developments in the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. 

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    Education

    • The Ohio State University, J.D., 2015
    • The Ohio State University, B.A., 2012

    Admissions

    • Ohio

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
    • Member, Ohio Bar

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