James M. Burd Partner




James Burd, regional managing partner of Wilson Elser's Nashville, Tennessee, and Louisville, Kentucky, offices, represents health care organizations, health care providers and long-term care facilities in complex litigation as well as regulatory, operational, transactional and general business matters. Jim regularly litigates general civil and insurance-related matters for insurance companies and their insureds at both the federal and state level. He has litigated cases in approximately 100 of the 120 counties in Kentucky.

Jim is frequently tapped to support national practice teams in defense of insurance companies and their insureds in a variety of claims, such as ERISA, products liability, business law, transportation and trucking, construction and employment matters. His clients appreciate his composure and confidence in the courtroom, where he has broad experience and well-honed talents. Jim has been recognized by his peers in local and national publications in the area of civil defense litigation. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society for trial lawyers composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

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Areas of Focus

Health Care
Jim routinely counsels business entities and health care providers on various risk management, employment and management issues. He is often engaged to draft contracts, policies, handbooks and other materials for institutional clients. Jim counsels and represents health care entities contemplating merger or integration with other health care entities. Throughout his career, Jim has delivered lectures and provided courses to health care–related groups on liability, operational and medical issues. In addition, he frequently represents health care entities and conducts litigation, including the defense of medical malpractice claims, board of licensure actions and administrative proceedings regarding Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement.

Insurance Defense
Jim has successfully represented clients in the areas of bad faith, personal injury, civil rights and employment law, automobile, transportation and premises liability, and various commercial matters. Jim has been involved in training claims personnel for several insurance companies on Kentucky insurance law relating to coverage and claims practices.

Recreational Defense
In addition to general tort defense, Jim regularly defends entertainment and hospitality companies in connection with injuries to patrons, including but not limited to suits involving injuries that have occurred during sporting events and concerts.

Product Liability
Product liability matters frequently extend beyond legal defense to the business effects on risk management, insurance coverage, brand image, financing, financial reporting, corporate governance, future corporate transactions and communications to shareholders. Jim supports the national practice team in defense of insurance companies and their insureds in a variety of such claims.

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