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Attorney Jim Wall

Jim Wall | Partner
Healthcare, Corporate, Bankruptcy

Office: 370 Knollwood Street, Suite 600, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: (336) 722-2900
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Jim represents entrepreneurs and businesses in a wide array of transactions and governance issues. He has significant experience representing health care providers and other clients in the health care field including owners and managers of long-term care facilities, management service organizations, providers of clinical research and local management entities. He has extensive experience helping providers and MSOs navigate North Carolina’s corporate practice of medicine doctrine. He also has assisted health care entities address recapitalization and insolvency issues. Additionally, Jim assists executives in connection with their employment relationships, including negotiation of employment and separation agreements.

Prior to being a founding member of Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC, Jim founded and managed Wall Babcock LLP. Prior to that, Jim practiced as a partner with Kilpatrick Stockton in its corporate and health care departments. Earlier in his career, Jim was a shareholder and director of Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A. where he practiced in the firm’s corporate, health care and insolvency sections.

Jim is a 1986 graduate of the College of William and Mary, where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor society. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. He is admitted to practice in North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.

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  • J.D. 1989 University of Virginia School of Law

  • B.B.A. 1986 College of William & Mary, Accounting; Beta Gamma Sigma

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Bar Admissions


  • Georgia, 1989

  • North Carolina, 1991

  • Virginia, 2014

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North Carolina Bar Association


  • Health Law Section (Chair, 2014-2015; Vice Chair, 2013-2014; Council, 2008-2015)

  • Business Law Section, Member

  • Bankruptcy Law Section (Council, 1995-1998; Treasurer, 1996-1997)

  • Young Lawyers Division (Executive Council, 1995-1997)

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Selected Publications


Health Care Publications

  • "Tips For Preparing Your Practice For Sale," Medical Professionals-Triad, June 2023

  • "Can They Really Do That? FTC Proposes Ban of Noncompetes." Medical Professionals-Triad, April 2023

  • "Some Doctors Fed Up With MSO Model," Medical Professionals-Triad, February 2023

  • "NC Medical Board Proposes Position Statement on Licensee Employment With Hospitals, Group Practices and Other Health Systems," Medical Professionals-Triad, December 2022

  • "Selling Your Practice? Consider These Issues First," Medical Professionals-Triad, October 2022

  • "Mitigating the Risks of Being a “Friendly” Physician," Medical Professionals-Triad, August 2022

  • "Is Your Pay Plan Stark Compliant?" Medical Professionals-Triad, June 2022

  • "Jury Still Out on Executive Order Regarding Non-Competes," Medical Professionals-Triad, February 2022

  • "Can You Sell Your Practice to Private Equity?" Medical Professionals-Triad, November 2021

  • "Physician Employment Agreements Analyzed," American Health Lawyers Association, 2004) 

  • "Stark Phase II Regulations Finally Issued," M.D. News, May 2004

  • "Study Shows Rising Malpractice Premiums Affect Care," M.D. News, January 2004

  • "HIPAA Consult," Medical Economics, December 5, 2003

  • "CMS Announces Final EMTALA Rule," M.D. News, November 2003

  • "Cap on Malpractice Awards Shown to Attract Doctors," M.D. News, August 2003  

  • "Can I Really Get in Trouble for Not Complying with HIPAA?", M.D. News, June 2003 

  • "CMS Addresses On-Call Obligations Under EMTALA, or Does It?" M.D. News, September 2002

  • "Court of Appeals Holds Cost Sharing Arrangement Is Not a Covenant Not to Compete," M.D. News, July 2002

  • "HHS Proposes Amendments to Privacy Regulations," M.D. News, May 2002

  • "Make Sure the Water is Warm Before You Jump In: Points to Consider Before Becoming an Owner in a Medical Practice," M.D. News, April 2002

  • "A Rose By Any Other Name... HCFA Changes Its Name," M.D. News, August 2001

  • "Don’t Mess with Texas: Texas Medical Association Joins Racketeering Suit Against Managed Care Plans, M.D. News, June 2001

  • "Easley Proposes Patients’ Bill of Rights," M.D. News, May 2001

  • "DHHS Releases HIPAA Privacy Regulations," M.D. News, April 2001

  • "HCFA Issues the First of Two Parts of Final Stark II Rule, Finally," M.D. News, March 2001

  • "You Can Pay Me Late or You Can Pay Me Later — A Look at North Carolina’s Prompt Claims Payment Provisions," M.D. News (February 2001

  • "Smack Dab in the Middle — Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting for the 107th Congress to Shake Up Health Care," M.D. News, January 2001

  • "Ayudame! A Physician’s Obligation to Provide Services to Individuals with Limited English Proficiency,"
    M.D. News, December 2000

  • "Negotiating a Managed Care Contract," M.D. News, November 2000

  • "HCFA Initiative Provides New Guidelines for Medicaid Fraud and Abuse," M.D. News, October 2000

  • "We’re from the Government, and We’re Here to Help," M.D. News, September 2000

  • "California Supreme Court Requires Fair Procedure when Delisting a Physician without Cause," M.D. News, July 2000

  • "How to Fire a Patient without Getting Burned," M.D. News, June 2000

  • "Is It Possible that You Could Be Making Too Much?, M.D. News, May 2000

  • "Physician Employment Contracts: Get It Right," M.D. News, April 2000

  • "'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do' How to Handle Your Professional Divorce," M.D. News, March 2000

  • "Not So Fast: Think Twice Before Getting Rich Quick Prescribing Medicine Online," M.D. News, January 2000

  • "ERISA Preemption: What it Means to You," M.D. News, Co-author, December 1999

  • "Forming a Group Practice," M.D. News, Co-author, November 1999

  • "Anatomy of a Lawsuit, M.D. News, Co-author, October 1999

  • "Reducing the Risk of Ending Up On The Wrong Side of the 'v',” M.D. News, Co-author, August 1999

  • "Stark Raving Mad," M.D. News, July 1999

  • "Patients’ Bill of Rights: What the American People Want," Vol. 3, No. 2, Young Physicians 6, February 1999

  • "Health-Care Reform, What to Expect in 1999," Vol. 3, No. 1 Young Physicians 18, January 1999

  • "The Family and Medical Leave Act, How Does It Affect Physicians?", Young Physicians, October 1998

  • "Anatomy of a Malpractice Lawsuit," Vol. 2, No. 6, Young Physicians 7, June 1998

  • "How to Reduce Your Risk of Being Sued," Vol. 2, No. 5, Young Physicians 7, May 1998

  • "Shopping for Your First Malpractice Insurance," Vol. 2, No. 4, Young Physicians 10, April 1998

  • "Privacy of Medical Records," Vol. 2, No. 2, Young Physicians 13, February 1998

  • "Any Willing Provider Laws," Vol. 1, No. 8, Young Physicians 23, August 1997

  • "First Employment Contracts:  Warnings for Residents," Vol. 43, No. 2, Resident & Staff Physician 61, February 1997

  • "The New Physician's First Employment Contract," Vol. 4, No. 10, Life in Medicine 7, July 1996

    Commercial and Corporate Law Publications

  • "Supreme Court Severs Tenancy by the Entirety For Collection of Taxes," M.D. News, June 2002

  • "When Bankruptcy Collides with Your Practice," M.D. News, July 2001    

  • "Getting Rid of a Problem Employee," M.D. News, August 2000

  • "Eight Ways to Stick it to Your Kids: Easy Estate Planning Mistakes," M.D. News, Co-author, June 1999

  • "Ready, Aim, Fired! How to Fire a Medical Office Employee," Vol. 1, No. 10 Young Physicians 10, October 1997

  • "Asset Protection Planning," Vol. 1, No. 2, Young Physicians 25, February 1997

  • "All You Need to Know About Negotiating You Learned in Kindergarten," Vol. 5, No. 3, Life in Medicine 6, December 1996

  • "Choosing a Good Lawyer -- Before a Bad One Chooses You," Vol. 4, No. 12, Life in Medicine 6, September 1996

  • "The Classification of Credit Card Receivables: In Re Brendle's Stores, Inc.," 100 Comm. L.J. 355, Co-author, Fall 1995

  • "Goldmine or the Shaft? A Brief Look at the Dischargeability of Property Settlements Under the 1994 Bankruptcy Act," 13 General Practice 1, January 1996

  • "Credit Card Receivables: What Are These Little Slips of Paper?" 14 American Bankruptcy Institute Journal 20, Co-author, June 1995

  • "Equitable Subrogation Blocks Trustee's Strong Arm," 16 The Bankruptcy Lawyer 5, June 1995

  • "Introduction to Bankruptcy," Practical Skills Course, Editor and Presenter, NCBA 1995 and 1996

  • "Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases," North Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual. Editor and Presenter, NCBA 1994

  • "4th Circuit Adopts New Definition of 'Household Goods' for Lien Avoidance Purposes," 13 The Bankruptcy Lawyer 4, June-July 1992

  • "Enforcing Assignments of Rent in Bankruptcy," 11 Notes Bearing Interest 7, 1990

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Professional Memberships


  • American Health Lawyers Association (Fraud & Abuse, Labor & Employment, Hospitals and Health Systems, HMOs and Health Plans, Physician Organizations and Long Term Care Substantive Law Committees)

  • North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys

  • American Bankruptcy Institute

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Selected Presentations


  • "Physician Employment Contracts," American Health Lawyers Association, Physician and Physician Organizations Law Institute, February 2004  

  • "Ten Pitfalls for the Young Physician," North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, Annual Presentations, 2002-2003

  • "The Light at the End of the Tunnel Could Be a Train Coming Your Way – A Look at a Physician’s First Employment Contract," North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Residency Programs, 1995-2003

  • "Negotiating a Managed Care Contract," Association of Medical Group Managers, Winston-Salem, NC, 2000  

  • "A Physician’s First Employment Agreement," North Carolina Academy of Emergency Physicians, 1998

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