James M. (Mac) Stewart

Attorney | Dallas

Phone: (214) 752-7471
| Fax: (214) 615-2001

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About James

With more than 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. Mac advises large health care systems, group practices, individual providers and those who support the health care industry on a wide range of regulatory, transactional and litigation matters, assists them in both purchase and sale transactions and is there when the inevitable crisis comes. He is a trusted partner in helping his clients remain in good operational and regulatory standing.

Mac has helped develop hospitals, clinics, group practices and individual practices from the ground up and then provided the necessary day-to-day operational, regulatory and transactional advice they need to stay open. As a peer-nominated and elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Mac has been identified as a highly proficient trial lawyer and recognized for his integrity and commitment to the legal profession. As a result, Mac is not only a reliable source of litigation advice, but he brings this experience to transactional matters so litigation can be avoided. His unique array of experience allows him to anticipate and head off issues that others may not see.

Mac and his wife, Patty Stewart, RN, reside in the Dallas area and are proud of their three sons who work in the education, health and scientific communities.


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 Law 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, 2003-2019
  • 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, 2018-2019
  • 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


Informed Consent: Texas Standards and Duty. BUMC Proceedings, 1995;8(2): 47-50.
[01/02/1995] SEE MORE


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