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Jim Kennedy primarily represents hospitals, physicians, multispecialty clinics, and long-term care providers. He regularly counsels clients on health care business transactions, joint ventures, managed care contracting, risk management issues, and fraud and abuse prevention.

Jim is a sought-after speaker on issues related to the Affordable Care Act, ACOs, clinical integration strategies, and payment reform initiatives. His professional honors include listings in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA. He is board certified in health law by the Florida Bar, a distinction earned by less than one percent of all lawyers admitted to practice in the state.

James Kennedy is respected among his peers for his "zealous representation of his client's position in a way that helps people come together and make a deal." He is an experienced healthcare practitioner with significant expertise in advising both acute and long-term providers on a range of issues such as fraud and abuse prevention, managed care contracting and transactional matters.


  • Board Certified in Health Law by the Florida Bar
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA (2007–2019, 2021–2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law (2003–2024)
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine (2006–2023)
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine 
  • "12 to Watch in 2012," Attorney at Law Magazine (2012)
  • "Best Health Care Attorney," Florida, Florida Medical Business

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Florida Academy of Hospital Lawyers
  • Florida Hospital Association

Speaking Engagements

  • "Regulatory Update for Physicians," BayCare Health System (October 2018)
  • "Regulatory Executive Orders Issued by President Trump," Houston RIMS (October 2017)
  • “Post Election Stress Relief Syndrome – What to Expect,” Carlton Fields In-House Counsel Forum, Orlando, FL (March 2017)



  • DePaul University College of Law (J.D., 1982)
  • Florida State University (B.S., 1979)

Bar Admissions

Industry Specialization Certifications


  • Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Tampa, FL (1992–2010)
  • Shareholder, Carlton Fields (1984–1992)


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