James M. Welch

James M. Welch

Dallas, Texas
martindale-hubbell AV preeminent peer rated for highest level of professional excellence 2016


Mr. Welch has over twenty years of experience handling complex commercial and business tort litigation. A substantial portion of his practice has involved the defense of accountants from liability claims involving allegations of negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and violations of deceptive trade practices statutes. He also has significant experience in corporate compliance and has litigated a wide range of other types of cases in both state and federal courts involving professional liability, partnerships, commercial transactions, deceptive trade practices, personal injury, mass torts, and federal false claims.

Mr. Welch is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell (its highest rating), and the publisher of Texas Monthly magazine has named Mr. Welch as a Texas Super Lawyer and previously as a 40 and Under Texas Super Lawyer.

Professional Information

Mr. Welch is admitted to practice before the highest state court of Texas, as well as federal courts including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, and the Dallas Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Commercial and Business Tort Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Partnerships
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Personal Injury
  • Mass Torts
  • Federal False Claims

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Public Accountant, 1986

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1992
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • Juris Doctor - 1992
  • University of Illinois
    • Bachelor of Science - 1986
    • Major: Accountancy

Published Works

  • Mission Impossible: Stopping Medicaid Fraud, Journal of Health Care Compliance, 2006
  • The Money You Spend Now Might Be Money You Save Later, 2006
  • Internal and Government Investigations: A View From the Trenches, 2006
  • The Budget Reconciliation Act - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Delay, 2006
  • Internal Investigations—What You Don't Know Can Hurt You, 2006
  • The Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program: 7 Billion Reasons It Works, 2006
  • Hospitals Will Pay for Medicaid DSH Scrutiny, 2005
  • Physician-Owned Specialty Hospitals - The Controversy Continues, 2005
  • Attorney-Client Privilege: How to Use it and Lose it, 2005
  • When Opportunity Knocks, 2005
  • Improperly Coded Discharges—Do You Know How Much You Owe?, 2005
  • Gainsharing Returns: Hospitals and Physicians Join to Reduce Costs, 2005
  • Jim Welch Talks about the Link Between Compliance and Governance, 2005
  • Through the Looking Glass: Compliance in the Healthcare Industry, 2003


  • Potential Legal Pitfalls and Obstacles, Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, 2004 - Present
  • Internal Investigations, AHIMA Healthcare Compliance Analyst Institute, 2004 - Present
  • OIG Compliance, 2004 - Present
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, 2003 - Present
  • "Attorney-Client Privilege: How to Use it and Lose It", SCCE Compliance & Ethics Institute

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly magazine
  • 40 and Under Texas Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professional Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas

Past Employment Positions

  • Sheeder & Welch
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers, L.L.P.
  • Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox, L.L.P.