Mr. Schaeffer has earned the prestigious
AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell.


Jim Schaeffer has been a successful trial attorney for over 25 years, and is highly regarded for his courtroom skills and his knowledge of healthcare law. He has represented physicians, physician groups and other healthcare professionals in all types of cases throughout Southern and Central California. He has also represented physicians in numerous Medical Board matters. He has tried numerous cases to verdict and has earned the trust and respect of clients through his dedication and attention to detail.

Jim graduated from San Joaquin College of Law with distinction, and from California State University, Fresno, summa cum laude. Jim is a frequent speaker at medical and legal conferences. He has been asked to address physicians and hospitals on a wide variety of topics including Risk Management, MICRA, EMTALA and the ongoing changes to the healthcare industry.

Prior to joining forces with Bill Boyce to form BOYCE SCHAEFFER LLP, Jim was a partner in a major San Diego medical malpractice defense firm for many years and headed that firm’s Ventura County office.

Jim was born and raised in the Central Valley and now resides in Ventura County. In his spare time, he can be found reading a good book on American History, playing trombone in a local jazz band or camping and fishing with his family at his favorite spots in the Sierras.

Jim is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and the Southern California Association for Healthcare Risk Management (SCAHRM).


Law School:
San Joaquin College of Law, J.D., with Distinction, 1985

California State University, Fresno, B.A., summa cum laude, Political Science, 1980

Bar Admission:
California State Bar, 1985


American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Ventura County Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
San Luis Obispo County Bar Association
Fresno County Bar Association
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Southern California Association for Healthcare Risk Management (SCAHRM)