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Health Care Hall of Fame

James E. Ludlam
Inducted in 2002

James E. "Jim" Ludlam
1914-2008
Inducted in 2002


The same day that Ludlam passed the California bar exam in 1940, he was sent to a Long Beach hospital to provide guidance on a tax matter. It was just the beginning of his healthcare legal career.

In 1967, Ludlam would help form the American Health Lawyers Association in Washington, which, as of 2009, had some 10,000 members.

During his career, Ludlam would influence legislation that strengthened tax-exempt status for hospitals and the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975, which is widely regarded as the national model for tort reform. He also served as legal counsel for the California Hospital Association, Association of Western Hospitals and Hospital Council of Southern California.

He once said, “Healthcare is a cause, at least it became a cause with me. And that’s the way most people in this industry feel. It’s really been a great career.”

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