James R. Schwartz, J.D.

Healthcare Industry
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Los Angeles,California

Mr. Schwartzís practice focuses on advising non-profit organizations (and their officers, directors and trustees) with respect to matters relating to corporate governance, fiduciary duties and officer-director liability issues; on alliances and conversions in the healthcare industry; and on matters pertaining to charitable trust law. He is the co-manager of the Firmís Healthcare Industry Practice Group.

He is a former Deputy Attorney General for the Office of the California Attorney General. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Schwartz was responsible for overseeing all conversions of non-profit hospitals within the State of California, as well as numerous transactions involving acute care hospitals, HMOs, MSOs and other ancillary businesses with an aggregate value in excess of $2 billion. He was described by California Medicine Magazine as "the stateís top expert on conversions."

Mr. Schwartz is the author of the California Attorney Generalís Review Protocol for Ownership or Control Transfers of Non-Profit Health Facilities. He was the principal drafter of the California law governing non-profit hospital sales (AB 3101, 1996), and co-drafted the National Association of Attorneys General Model Act for Health Facility Conversions (1998).

Mr. Schwartz is also an experienced litigator whose practice focuses on charitable trust matters, officer and director liability cases, unfair business practices, as well as tort and other civil litigation.

Additionally, Mr. Schwartz often acts as an expert witness in his specialty areas of fiduciary obligations of officers, directors and trustees of non-profit corporations and trusts, as well as charitable trust law.