James Roberts joined Shands in 2008 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.
He oversees legal services and medical staff services, closely collaborates with corporate compliance and privacy for the Shands family of hospitals and outpatient programs, and is regularly engaged in the strategic positioning of the organization.
From 2002 to 2008, Roberts was senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. There, he oversaw legal affairs, trustee affairs, compliance, and professional liability and risk management
His over 30-year legal career spans health care general and deputy general counsel positions with the hospitals of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center System and of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Health System. Roberts has also held investment banking positions as managing director with PNC Capital Markets and PNC Venture Bank, where he specialized in strategic consulting and mergers and acquisition transactions for venture-backed start-up and health care companies. He has also held numerous legal positions with publically traded Fortune 500 real estate, insurance brokerage and finance and banking companies.
Roberts was a Phi Kappa Phi graduate of the University of Maryland, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and a juris doctor degree. Roberts is a frequent speaker on health care and risk management topics at regional and national health care symposiums and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.
Roberts also serves as adjunct professor for the health care law course at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.