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University of Miami School of Law, J.D.

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Chambers USA, Litigation: Medical Malpractice Defense-Florida: South, Band 1, 2021 - Present

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The Best Lawyers in America®, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, 2010 - Present

Florida Super Lawyers, Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney, 2011 - 2013, 2023

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South Florida Business Journal, Key Partner Honoree, 2010

James Douglas DeChurch
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James D. DeChurch


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A skilled trial attorney with more than 25 years of experience, James DeChurch's practice is devoted to providing strategic and cost-effective counsel to his healthcare clients.  He has served as lead counsel to several major South Florida hospitals, academic medical centers, individual physician practices and related insurance entities in both litigation and administrative proceedings.  He has tried numerous cases to successful verdict with the necessary understanding of the clinical and technical issues that comprise medical malpractice claims.  His approach to litigation involves the analysis of the risks and benefits associated with trial as well as the business impact and public relations concerns associated with high-profile litigation.  James regularly litigates cases in State Courts as well as before administrative agencies and in alternative dispute resolution forums.

Practice Focus

James’ extensive knowledge of medical fields and health care regulations puts him in a distinguished position to advocate for his clients and achieve favorable outcomes.  As head of the firm's medical malpractice group, he leads a large team comprised of senior and junior partners, as well as associates, paralegals and nurse paralegals.  His practice group is proficient in providing cost-effective representation in virtually all aspects of the litigation process including pre-suit investigations, litigation, trial and arbitration.

In addition to his work in litigation, James assists hospitals and health care professionals with loss prevention and risk management counseling.  He frequently lectures on topics involving malpractice law as well as risk management and claims assessment.  James is an active member of numerous legal organizations, including the International Association of Defense Counsel, Florida Defense Lawyers Association and Dade County Bar Association.  He is frequently recognized as a leading medical malpractice defense attorney by prominent local and national publishers.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Dade County Defense Bar Association
    • Past Secretary
  • University of Miami Citizen’s Board

Speaking Engagments 

  • Panelist, Annual Defense Counsel Roundtable, Cleveland Clinic, January 2014