Health care attorney Jim Harrigan represents both buyers and sellers of health care businesses and professional practice interests and serves as counsel to several single and multi-specialty medical groups.

Mr. Harrigan has extensive experience with the formation and governance of medical practice groups and with physician-hospital contracts, including medical practice foundations. He helps physicians and physician groups comply with the state and federal regulatory environment within which they have to practice.

Mr. Harrigan is particularly suited to assisting groups of two or more physicians who want to form a joint legal entity or an existing group which wants to expand. He can assist a health care provider evaluate an offer to join an existing group or any health care provider or group which needs guidance through regulatory issues raised by a proposed new relationship.

In addition to his health care practice, Mr. Harrigan is a business and corporate lawyer with substantial experience in forming new business entities and structuring, negotiating, and documenting the acquisition and sale of businesses. He also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, handling cases involving business and management agreements, large contract claims, partnership disputes, franchisor-franchisee disputes, claims against securities brokers, and disputes between physicians, medical groups, and independent practice associations (IPAs).

In his practice, Mr. Harrigan emphasizes the importance of extensive information collection and careful discernment of his client’s issues and goals before rendering advice or offering solutions. “I ask a lot of questions and I listen,” he explains. His dedication to the law reaches beyond his particular area of expertise.

Both a lawyer and an M.B.A., Mr. Harrigan has been a frequent speaker and panelist for the California Continuing Education of the Bar Programs, speaking on health care law, estate planning, and tax planning. He taught income tax, business law, and business insurance for the American College of Chartered Life Underwriters for 14 years at San Diego City College. He is also known as a dedicated father to three sons and an outdoor enthusiast, spending free time hiking, camping, fishing, and boating.

Awards & Honors

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America© (2008-2022), Lawyer of the Year (2015, 2018)
  • Top Lawyers, San Diego Magazine
  • Super Lawyers
  • San Diego Magazine "Top Lawyers," recognized by Martindale-Hubbell® as an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Lawyer (2020)


  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Gift Planning and Advisory Committee, Scripps Health Foundation
  • Gift Planning and Advisory Council, La Jolla Institute of Allergy & Immunology
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • California Society of Healthcare Attorneys
  • ABA Health Law Forum
  • Estate Planning Council of San Diego (President 1977)
  • Western Pension Council