James W. Saxton, Esq.

Phone: (717) 556-1001

Jim is the CEO and Co-founder of Saxton & Stump.  He has sustained an active litigation practice for over 30 years, representing hospitals and physicians before state and federal courts in professional liability and complex litigation matters.   His practice includes health care litigation, internal investigations, medical staff matters and strategic planning.

Leveraging his extensive experience as a litigator, Jim advises physicians, hospitals and post-acute care facilities with understanding and reducing their professional liability risk by promoting excellence in patient satisfaction and incorporating certain specific loss control and safety protocols.  He has helped create innovative risk reduction tools, including specialty–specific diagnostic clinical effectiveness dashboards and patient experience and engagement tools.  Jim has also created innovative safety programs for captive insurers, many national in scope.

Jim is a nationally known speaker on health care issues, including liability mitigation and patient safety.  He presents to many prominent health care organizations including the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the American Urological Association and the Physicians Insurers Association of America.  Additionally, he has published more than 200 articles, several handbooks and seven textbooks in his field, including most recently, Operation Five-Star: Service excellence in the medical practice – Cultural Competency, Post-Adverse Events, and Patient Engagement.

Prior to starting Saxton & Stump, Jim was a Shareholder with Stevens & Lee where he served as the Chairman of the Healthcare Litigation and Risk Management Group, Co-Chairman of the Health Group and sat on the firm’s Finance Committee.

Jim is an active member of many professional associations, including being chosen as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a prestigious nomination reserved for less than one-half of one percent of the lawyers in the country, Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and Board Member for SE Healthcare Quality Consulting, LLC.   As published in Philadelphia magazine, Jim has been recognized annually in the Commonwealth as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2012.  In 2017, he was certified as a member of Lawyers of Distinction, an honor limited to the top 10% of attorneys in the United States.  Additionally, he was named to Central PA’s Best Lawyers lists in 2016 and 2017 and was selected by his peers as a 2015 Select Lawyer in Medical Malpractice Law.

In addition to his legal pursuits, Jim believes strongly in giving back to the community, volunteering in leadership roles and lending his expertise to many health care and community non­profits. In 2014, Jim was the recipient of the Excellence in Philanthropy Award presented by the Lancaster General Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  In 2013, he was awarded Philanthropist of the Year by The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Additionally, Jim was the Founding Board Member of the Lancaster Community Health Plan, Chairman of the Lancaster YMCA Foundation and prior to that, President of the YMCA Board of Directors Jim is also a Past Board Member of the American Heart Association.

Selected Publications/Resources (2014 – present)

Operation Five-Star: Service Excellence in the Medical Practice – Cultural Competency, Post-Adverse Events & Patient Engagement, Co-authored with Maggie M. Finkelstein, Esq., Greenbranch Publishers, 2014

Patient Engagement and the Gateway ‘Patient Experience’, Co-authored with Darlene K. King, Esq., Inside Medical Liability, September 2017

Burned-out Physicians in Litigation: Providing the Support They Need, Co-authored with Daniel E. Shaprio, PhD, Inside Medical Liability, November 2016

Physician Empowerment Suite Leverages Big Data to Mitigate Medical Liability Risks, Improve Practice Economics, Co-authored with Richard K. Hammer, MD, Medical Liability Monitor, August 2016

Five Star Service – Excellence in GI, GI Journal of Physicians Endoscopy, 2016

Add Another Tool to the Defense Toolkit Courtesy of the ACA, Co-authored with Darlene K. King. Esq., Inside Medical Liability, 2016

I was Sued…Now What, Co-authored with Darlene K. King. Esq., AAE Communique, February 2016

How to Avoid a Lawsuit: Steps Endodontists Can Take to Anticipate and Prevent Legal Action, Co-authored with Darlene K. King, Esq., AAE Communique, January 2016

SAGES Inguinal Hernia Educational Program – Hernia Task Force Retreat, Legal Expert Interview, 2016

Taking Bariatric Safety to the Next Level, Bariatric Times, October 2014

Operation Five-Star: Service Excellence in the Medical Practice – Cultural Competency, Post-Adverse Events & Patient Engagement, Co-authored with Maggie M. Finkelstein, Esq., Greenbranch Publishers, 2014

National Lectures (2014 – present)

GI Patient Experience 3.0: “Getting Serious” Is the Silver Bullet, GI Roundtable 2017, Fort Worth, TX March 17, 2017

Liability & Economics for Doctors: 1+1 Can Equal 3!, Guy Carpenter Medical Professional Liability Networking Forum, La Jolla, CA, April 14, 2016

Reducing Medico-Legal Risk in Gastroenterology: Why Patients Sue & Implementing Steps to Avoid Lawsuits, Second Annual Update in Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Charleston, SC, September 26, 2015

Medical Malpractice in Urology: How to Prevent and Defend, AUA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, May 17, 2015

Avoiding Medical-legal Unpleasantness: How to Med/Mal-proof Your Practice, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Annual Meeting

Linking Outcomes to Reimbursement While Mitigating Risk, 15th Annual Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium, Las Vegas, NV, February 27, 2015

Quality/Reimbursement/Liability – A Collision Course?, 10th Annual Medical Liability Insurance ExecuSummit, Mohegan Sun, CT, September 9, 2014

Hospital & Physician Integration: Steps for Successful Collaboration, PLUS Medical Malpractice Conference, Atlanta, GA, April 23, 2014

ACO Type Reimbursement: Impact on Healthcare and MPL, PIAA Marketing Workshop, Chicago, IL, April 10, 2014

Reducing Practice Exposure and A Major Source of Pain: A Surgical Risk Mitigation “Tool Kit”, 14th Annual Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium Marketing Workshop, Las Vegas, NV, March 1, 2014

The ACA and Beyond: Impact on Surgical Practices, 14th Annual Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium Marketing Workshop, Las Vegas, NV, March 1, 2014



Medical Device Litigation

Quality Assurance and Peer Review

Risk Mitigation and Safety


Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1982

Shippensburg State College, B.A., 1979




U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania


College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Fellow

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

SE Healthcare Quality Consulting, LLC, Board of Directors

American Health Lawyers Association, ACO Task Force

Healthcare Liability and Litigation Practice Group, Past Chair

Lancaster Bar Association, Professionalism Section

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Lancaster Community Health Plan, Founding Board Member

W. Hensel Brown Inn of Court, Master Designation; also Past President

Lancaster Family YMCA, Foundation Chairman


Super Lawyers – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Best Lawyers in America – 2016, 2017, 2018

Lawyers of Distinction – 2017

Select Lawyers – 2015

Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Lancaster General Health Foundation, 2014 Excellence Philanthropy Award Recipient

The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, 2013 Philanthropist of the Year Award Recipient

Lancaster Family YMCA, 2004 Volunteer of the Year, 2009 Distinguished Service Award