Shareholder JAMES C. SAWRAN is actively engaged in professional liability and healthcare litigation, having represented hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, surgeons, podiatrists and other healthcare providers in medical malpractice and related claims. He is lead trial counsel to one of the largest hospital corporations doing business throughout Florida. Mr. Sawran has also represented other professionals—including lawyers, nurses, pharmacists and physician assistants—and has been involved in product liability actions. His dedication to the support of peers and medical staff was illustrated in his success in the case of Cruger v. Love, a case of first impression 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 staff privileges.
Mr. Sawran has authored and co-authored a number of legal publications, including an article dealing with the recent Constitutional Amendment passed in Florida—entitled "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.
Mr. Sawran 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 Affair Committee. An elected member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), he serves on the Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice Committees for that organization.
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.