James F. Flynn

Jim Flynn has been practicing health care law since 1990. In 2018, he became the Managing Partner of Bricker & Eckler, following his six years as chair of the firm’s Health Care industry group.

Jim has earned a statewide and national reputation as a leading legal advisor in health care law. His experience includes transactional, regulatory and governance matters, specifically relating to reimbursement, executive compensation, health planning and long-term care.

Likewise, Jim regularly advises boards and executives on operational issues, including mergers, affiliations and acquisitions; joint ventures; corporate compliance; corporate organization and governance; and physician contracting. He is also a leader in the industry on complex health care topics, such as federal and state regulatory issues; fraud and abuse; False Claims Act; certificate of need; community health needs assessments; and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

Having appeared before federal and state courts, the Provider Reimbursement Review Board, administrative law judges, state agency administrative hearings and in medical staff hearings, Jim is highly experienced representing clients in both federal and state administrative appeals.

"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, American Health Lawyers Association Board of Directors (2015 - present)
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association’s Regulation, Accreditation and Payment Practice Group (2006 – 2015) – Chair (2013-2015) and Vice Chair (2006-2013)
  • Board Member, Cristo Rey Professional Work Study Program
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association; Admissions Committee
  • 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

  • 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

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

Awards & Recognition

  • 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
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Health Care), 2004, 2007–2019; Top 5 Columbus, 2013; Top 50 Columbus, 2010–2015; Top 100 Columbus, 2009–2014
  • 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.