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Jim Owens

Partner, Corporate Department
T 1(213) 683-6191
F 1(213) 627-0705
James F. Owens is a chair of the Healthcare practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Counsel to a variety of non-profit and for-profit healthcare businesses, his clients include multi-facility health systems, freestanding hospitals, nonprofit medical foundations, health plans, large medical groups, and medical device companies. He focuses on transactions and regulatory advice, and he has practiced healthcare law for over 25 years.

Mr. Owens has substantive experience in corporate and business law, healthcare, mergers, acquisitions and affiliations, managed care contracting, and healthcare joint ventures. He regularly counsels clients on compliance with state and federal healthcare fraud and abuse laws. He also is a leading practitioner in California on hospital and health system acquisitions and affiliations, and physician/hospital integration matters. Mr. Owens has extensive experience working with hospitals, medical groups, and nonprofit medical foundation clinics in California on a variety of integrated delivery system (IDS) matters.


  • Serve as joint transactional counsel in the formation of large pediatric subspecialty medical foundation clinic on behalf of a large children’s hospital and a larger pediatric multi-specialty medical group in Orange County, California
  • Representation of a large children’s hospital and large pediatric subspecialty medical foundation clinic in the renegotiation of an affiliation with state university health system
  • Formation of a teaching medical clinic on behalf of a community hospital in Santa Monica, California
  • Acquisition of an oncology medical group by a large nonprofit academic medical center in Los Angeles, California
  • Acquisition of a large primary care medical group on behalf of a large nonprofit health system in Orange County, California
  • Acquisition of Dentistry of Children, a dentistry practice management company in Atlanta on behalf of Beeken Petty O’Keefe & Co.
  • Purchase of an acute care hospital business in Laguna Beach, California, on behalf of a large Catholic health system
  • Affiliation of a cardiovascular medical group and related research foundation with a large nonprofit medical foundation clinic in Los Angeles, California
  • Termination and unwind of a long-term management agreement between a for-profit cancer care management company and a large nonprofit academic medical center in Los Angeles, California
  • Affiliation of a large pediatric subspecialty medical group with a newly formed nonprofit medical foundation clinic sponsored by a nonprofit children’s hospital and state university health system in San Diego, California
  • Affiliation of a Catholic community hospital with a university health system
  • Renegotiation of a long-term management agreement between a for-profit cancer care management company and a nonprofit academic hospital in Miami, Florida
  • Termination of a noninvasive cardiac imaging joint venture between a large nonprofit academic medical center and a cardiovascular medical group in Los Angeles, California
  • Renegotiation of a long-term professional services agreement between a large nonprofit medical foundation clinic and a large primary care medical group in San Diego, California

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Healthcare (Band 1) (2007-Present)
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice of Health Care Law (2012-Present)
  • Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Health Care Law, Corporate Counsel Magazine (2012)
  • Southern California “Super Lawyer” (2004-Present)
  • “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • American Health Lawyers Association Health Care Transactions Program, “Why Physician Practice Deals Lose Money for Health Systems and What You Should Be Doing About It from a Legal and Business Perspective,” with M. Dietrich and T. Smith, Nashville, TN, April 2015
  • ABA 16th Annual Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law, “Forces of Convergence: New Strategies & Business Models for Population Health Management,” with R. Zall, Orlando, FL, March 2015
  • Conference Co-Chair, “Tomorrow’s Law Practice: A Forum on the Market, Demand and Opportunities for Lawyers,” sponsored by NALP Foundation and West LegalEdcenter, Washington, D.C., October 2013
  • American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, “Healthcare Provider M&A 2013: The Mania Continues” with W. Horton, San Diego, California, July 2013
  • “Medical Foundation Clinics – Is Anything Different This Time,” California Health Law News, Spring 2012
  • American Health Lawyers Association Webinar: “The New (and Old) World of Provider Integration: What Payors and Providers Can Learn From the Past to Get It Right This Time,” with J. Sinaiko, Sinaiko Healthcare Consulting, May 2012
  • Moderator, “Health Reform in Action,” Adaptive Business Leaders Organization, Long Beach, California, October 2011
  • American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, “M&A Activity in the Healthcare Sector: What’s Hot and How Not to Get Burned,” with P. Neumann, Trinity Health, and E. Fishman, Cain Brothers, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2011
  • “Roundtable on the Future of Lawyer Hiring, Development and Advancement: Adjusting to the New Normal,” co-sponsored by NALP and the NALP Foundation, Los Angeles, California, April 2011
  • American Health Lawyers Association Hospital and Health System Institute, “Merger and Acquisition Activity for Hospitals and Health Systems: Post-Reform Priorities and Trends,” with M. McArthur, Deloitte, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2011

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member of the American Health Lawyers Association and California Society for Healthcare Attorneys
  • Member of the Board of Directors, NALP Foundation for Law Career Research
  • Member of the National Leadership Council, LAMBDA Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Member of the firm’s M&A and Private Equity practices
  • Past President of the Health Care Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Former Chair of the AHLA’s Hospitals and Health Systems practice group
  • Former Global Chair of Attorney Development, Paul Hastings (2003-2011)
  • Admitted to the State Bars of California and Georgia


  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1986 (Stetson Law Review, notes editor)
  • Emory University, B.A., 1983