Practice Areas

Bar Memberships

  • Tennessee
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • US Supreme Court
  • Numerous Federal Courts of Appeal

Industry Expertise


  • LLB, University of Tennessee, 1972
  • BA, University of Virginia, 1968

James C. Pyles


Jim Pyles, a co-founder of the firm and has more than forty years of experience in litigation, counseling, and lobbying in the field of health law and policy.   Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Pyles served for six years in the Office of the General Counsel for the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, where he received the department's Distinguished Service Award for successfully handling complex Medicare litigation.

Nationally known for his expertise with respect to the legal issues related to health information technology and health information privacy, chronic care coordination, home health, hospice, and ambulatory care services, Mr. Pyles also has experience in nearly all areas of the firm's practice.  In addition, he is a registered lobbyist for several health care associations and participates intensively in health reform at the federal and state levels. He has crafted major pieces of health care legislation in many areas covered by the Medicare Act.  Mr. Pyles was a principal designer and author of the Independence at Home program enacted with bipartisan support as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Mr. Pyles' expertise encompasses the legislative and regulatory aspects of government and private health insurance coverage and reimbursement; the legal aspects of acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, and networks; and the law pertaining to fraud and abuse.  He writes and lectures frequently on health reform issues and appears periodically on national television as a health care commentator.

Mr. Pyles serves as counsel to several national mental health and state home care associations and is a member of the Board of Directors of a national physician house call association. 

Honors & Distinctions

  • Washington Psychiatric Society Advocate of the Year 2002
  • Richard Z. Steinmetz Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Home Health Care Provider Community" 1998
  • Malinoski Award, Maryland National Capitol Homecare Association, 1998
  • President’s Award, Capitol Home Health Association, 1990

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Appeared on Bloomberg News, June 27, 2011, “Hospitals Wary of Hackers Seek Insurance From AIG” (
  • Participated in the First Annual Health Privacy Summit at Georgetown Law School on June 13, 2011
  • Quoted in article “Public Concerned About Medical Privacy, Conference Presenters Say”, CQ Healthbeat News, June 13, 2011 (
  • Quoted in the Inside Health Policy article, “CMS Releases Long-Awaited Guidance on Home Visit Demo”, December 21, 2011

Professional Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, American Academy of Home Care Physicians
  • Member, Board of Directors, Maryland National Capitol Homecare Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
  • Member, Tennessee State Bar
  • Member, Maryland State Bar
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar
  • Member, U.S. District Court bar, District of Columbia
  • Member, United States Supreme Court Bar
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