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James Peacock focuses his health care practice on false claims act cases, government investigations, civil investigative demands and health care related litigation. He also handles matters related to employment, breach of contract, managed care, and payment disputes. His clients include large hospital systems, physician practices, physician groups, individual physicians, and health care insurance companies.

James is a former federal prosecutor who served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas. During his tenure, he investigated and prosecuted entities and individuals for a variety of criminal activity, with a particular emphasis on cases involving white collar crime and health care fraud.

Previously, James served as general counsel of claims, litigation, and risk prevention at Baylor Scott & White Health, where he oversaw legal enterprise efforts related to the investigation and handling of claims, management and direction of outside counsel in litigation, and root cause analysis of adverse and sentinel events.



  • Mediation Training, A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, University of Houston Law Center Blakely Advocacy Institute, 2007
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, 2009-2014
  • Baylor Scott & White Health, 2014-2022
    • Vice President – General Counsel of Claims, Litigation and Risk Prevention, 2019-2022
    • Vice President Assistant General Counsel, 2014-2019
  • Legal Counsel, CHRISTUS Health, 1997-2002

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, American Bar Association, 2019-Present
    • Member, Health Law Section, 2019-Present
      • Chair, Healthcare Facility Operations, 2023-2025
      • Vice Chair, Health Facilities Interest Group, 2022-Present
      • Vice Chair, Litigation and Risk Management Interest Group, 2020-2021
  • Member, Plano/Denton Heart Hospital Board of Managers, 2015-2019


  • LL.M., Litigation Management, Baylor University School of Law
  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law
  • BSN, Nursing, McNeese State University
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit