James W. Kaucher
James Kaucher maintains a broad-based litigation practice focusing primarily on the defense of claims asserted against members of the health care industry, including medical malpractice, vulnerable adult abuse and other professional liability claims. His experience also extends to medical staff matters, employment law and general commercial litigation.
Jim has given more than thirty presentations on health care law, employment law, and trial techniques to nursing groups, physician groups, hospitals, bar associations, lawyers, human relations professionals, and other interested parties.
He is AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards and named "Best of the Best" in health care law by the Arizona Business Magazine. Jim has been listed in the Professional Malpractice Law category of The Best Lawyers in America® since 2012.
University of Colorado (B.A., 1980, with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon)
University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., 1983; articles editor, University of Illinois Law Review, 19821983; Harno Fellow, Rickert Scholar)
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
State Bar of Arizona
Pima County Bar Association 1992 - present
Tucson Defense Bar
Defense Research Institute 1987 - present
Arizona Association of Defense Counsel 1988 - present
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
Author, "Arizona Business Law Deskbook" (2013-2019), chapters on:
Employers, Employees, and Independent Contractors;
Employment at-will and Employment Contracts;
Discrimination and Sexual Harassment; and Miscellaneous Employment Law Issues.
Speaker, "Enlisting the Treating Physicians and Facilities' Staff into your Defense Arsenal," American Conference Institute 9th Annual Forum on Long Term Care & Senior Care, January 25, 2019.
Speaker, "Hiring, Firing & Employment Law," Arizona Health Care Association Annual Conference, June 20, 2018.
Speaker, "Proposed Changes to the Overtime Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act," Arizona Health Care Association, April 14, 2016.
Speaker, "APSA for Fiduciaries," Pinal County Public Fiduciary, February 24, 2016
Speaker, "Master Class on Communication: An Interactive Forum with Practical Strategies, Tips, and Takeaways That Could Literally Save You Millions in Litigation Costs," American Conference Institute's 6th annual Forum on Long Term Care Litigation and Risk Management Strategies, January 20, 2016 in Miami, Florida.
Speaker, "Is This Really Neverland? Pressure Ulcer Litigation," Arizona Society or Health Care Risk Management, November 13, 2015.
Speaker, "Escaping Neverland: Pressure Ulcer Litigation," Tucson Defense Bar, September 28, 2015.
Speaker, "Never Say Never: Skin and Wound Care in the Real World," Banner University Medical Center, May 21, 2015. Repeated September 22, 2015.
Speaker, "Litigating Civil Claims Under the Adult Protective Services Act," Pima County Bar Association, March 23, 2015.
Speaker, "How Can I Be Sued . . . , When I Did Everything Right?" Tucson Nurses Week Foundation, Educational Conference, May 11, 2012
Speaker, "Technology In The Courtroom," Pima County Bar Association, June 21, 2010
Speaker, "Health Care Law," Gust Rosenfeld, Tucson, Arizona, January 28, 2009
Speaker, "EEOC Compliance in Arizona," Lorman Education Services, Tucson, Arizona, January 23, 2009
Speaker, "Employment Law Update," Sterling Educational Services, Tucson, Arizona, September 25, 2008
Speaker, "Medical Records Law," Lorman Educational Services, Tucson, Arizona, September 23, 2008
Speaker, "Best Practices in ADA, FMLA, and Worker's Compensation," Lorman Educational Services, Tucson, Arizona, May 20, 2008
Speaker, "Elder Abuse Litigation: It's Much More than You Think," Tucson Defense Bar, October 22, 2007
City of Tucson Planning Commission (member, 2004 - 2005)
Winterhaven Water and Development Co., Inc., Tucson, Arizona (president, 2004 - 2007)
Northwest Hospital (member, Ethics Committee, 1994 - 2004)
Certificate of Recognition from the Mayor of Tucson, 2006 (for work as Chair of the Meth-Free Alliance's Neighborhood Task Force)
Common Grounds Award for best public project, 2006 (Meth-Free Alliance's, Focused Neighborhood Project)
The Best Lawyers in America® (Litigation -Health Care; Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants) 2012 - 2021