James M. (Mac) Stewart


A Patient’s Right to Refuse Medical Treatment. BUMC Proceedings, 1995;8(3): 33-38.
[01/02/1995] SEE MORE


Practical Counsel Seminar 2016
[11/10/2016] SEE MORE


With nearly 40 years of experience, Mac Stewart is one of the rare health law practitioners who has deep experience in virtually every area of a provider’s legal needs. He has helped develop hospitals, clinics, group practices and individual practices from the ground up and then provided the daily operational, regulatory and transaction advice that is needed to exist in the complex world of health care. Mac has also acted as outside General Counsel for various health care organizations.

Mac's experience includes representation of large practice groups, individual practitioners, not-for-profit and for-profit entities and academic institutions. He has represented hospitals, doctors, nurses and pharmacists before licensing boards and in a wide range of regulatory matters.

Mac is routinely called upon by hospital systems and practitioners on issues related to medical staff relations, peer reviews, crisis response and risk management. And, he has tried to verdict and successfully defended virtually every type of liability claim that can be asserted. This unique array of experience allows Mac to anticipate and head off issues that others may not see.


Texas Tech University, B.B.A. - 1975

Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D. - 1978


  • Texas - 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas - 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas - 1978


  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • Texas Medical Disclosure Panel - Appointed Member, 2005–2011
  • Texas Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Tarrant County Bar Association


  • Briefing Attorney for Chief Justice Charles Reynolds, 7th District Court of Appeals, Texas


  • Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly, 2003-2017
  • Dallas Association of Defense Counsel (President 1999)
  • Lawdragon 500 “Leading Lawyer in America”
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2019
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2012-2014, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating

Presentation Topics

Mac has delivered numerous speeches over the last three decades to many health care institutions. He is also a frequent speaker at attorney continuing education events. The following is a list of topics on which Mac speaks regularly.

  • Current and Evolving Trends in Health Law
  • Professional Liability
  • Risk Management
  • Documentation
  • Litigation Avoidance and Management
  • Peer Review
  • Sentinel Events
  • Tort Reform
  • Wrong Site Surgery
  • Cross Examination of Experts
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Informed Consent
  • The Art of the Apology
  • Nursing and the Law
  • Licensing Board Investigations and Actions
  • Medical Staff Issues
  • Nursing Peer Review