James F. Flynn

Jim Flynn became Managing Partner of Bricker & Eckler in January 2018 and has been with the firm since he started practicing law in 1990. His practice is focused on board governance, executive compensation, transactions and health care law. Jim served as chair of the firm’s Health Care industry group for six years prior to his current role as managing partner.

Jim has earned a statewide and national reputation as a leading legal advisor in health care law. He has extensive experience counseling clients on matters relating to transactional, regulatory and governance matters, specifically relating to mergers and acquisitions, board governance, executive compensation, reimbursement, health planning and long-term care.

As Managing Partner, Jim leads the firm’s executive committee, develops and implements the firm’s strategic initiatives, and oversees the day-to-day operations led by the firm’s COO and the operations team. Passionate about moving the needle on diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal profession, Jim is actively engaged within the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity, the Columbus Bar Association’s Managing Partner Diversity Initiative and Gender Equity in the Legal Industry (GELI) efforts and programs, as well as many firm and community activities. Jim is also active in the recruitment and development of talent for the firm.

"Jim is our go-to attorney. He is exceptionally talented and provides helpful, productive strategic thinking."

Bricker client as quoted in Chambers USA, 2018

"James Flynn's 'knowledge of the organization, the community and historical challenges has proven invaluable in today’s turbulent health care environment.'"

Bricker client as quoted in Chambers USA, 2017

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2018–present
  • Member, Professional Work Study Program Committee, Cristo Rey Columbus High School
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association; Board of Directors, 2015–present; Executive Committee, 2019–2020; Chair of Education Committee, 2019–2020; Chair of Regulation, Accreditation and Payment Practice Group, 2013–2015; Vice Chair, 2006–2013
  • Member, Society of Ohio Hospital Attorneys
  • Member, Health Care Financial Management Association
  • Graduate, Leadership Columbus, Class of 2007
  • Co-founder and past president, Columbus Christmas in April (now known as "Rebuilding Together Columbus")
  • Former Board Member, President and Treasurer, Alzheimer's Association of Central Ohio

Presentations & Published Works

  • Author, "2020—The Year to Invest in Your Professional Self," AHLA Connections, December 2019
  • Speaker, "Fundamentals of Medicare Parts A and B," American Health Lawyers Association Fundamentals of Health Law, November 2019.
  • Speaker, “The Health Care Industry is Transforming One Deal at a Time: What You Need to Know to Prepare and Respond,” American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, June 2019
  • Speaker, “Fusion Reaction: Political, Business, and Legal Realities Collide for Hospital Partnering opportunities,” American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • Speaker, "What the Settlements, Cases and Investigations Teach Us," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • Speaker, "Compliance in the Post-Acute Care Environment," Ohio Health Information Management Association, March 2017
  • Speaker, “Meaningful Use Payment and Audit Issues in 2016,” American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, April 2016

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Admitted, Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Admitted, United States District Courts for Southern District of Ohio, the Northern District of Ohio and the District of Columbia
  • Admitted, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Seventh Circuit and the District of Columbia
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association; Admissions Committee, 2005–present; Managing Partner Diversity Initiative, 2018–present

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Health Care), 2004, 2007–2020; Top 5 Columbus, 2013; Top 50 Columbus, 2010–2015; Top 100 Columbus, 2009–2014
  • Listed, Client Service All-Stars, BTI Consulting Group, 2019
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 2001–2020
  • Recognized, ChambersUSA, Health Care with a Band 1 ranking, 2013–2019; Band 2 ranking, 2012
  • Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Health Care Law), 2015, 2018
  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell


  • University of Notre Dame (J.D.), 1990
  • University of Notre Dame (B.A.), 1987
25 years and counting
25 years and counting

In 2017, my wife and I and our four kids celebrated together the renewal of our vows on the 25th anniversary of our wedding day. My bride went to law school at Notre Dame with me, and I am an infinitely better person because of the day that she and I met — either on the flag football field of a law school intramural football game or the law school chapel, depending on which version of the story you want to believe.


Family has always been the center of my life, and our four kids have made it both insane and wildly rewarding. My oldest daughter is in college, my son is heading to college soon, and my twin girls (yes, they are twins) are nearing high school. They are fun, funny, smart and athletic and keep us constantly on our toes.