Jason R. Davis

    President & Chief Executive OfficerMemberExecutive Committee Member • Co-Chair of Health Care
    Office: Norfolk, Raleigh
    Admissions: North Carolina, Virginia


    Jason is President and Chief Executive Officer of Kaufman & Canoles, as well as Co-Chair of the Health Care Practice Group. His healthcare litigation and counseling practice includes representing and advising hospitals, physicians, long-term care facilities and other healthcare providers. He also handles trust and estate litigation matters as part of the Estate, Trust & Wealth Transfer Practice Group. Jason serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.

    Representative Matters

    • Handled investigations, risk assessments and reporting obligations for potential HIPAA breaches involving several to several thousand patients on behalf of physician practice groups large and small, hospitals and teaching institutions
    • Handled government investigations of alleged HIPAA Breaches and violations on behalf of healthcare providers of various types
    • Defended breach of health information lawsuits against healthcare providers
    • Advised healthcare providers of all types on HIPAA breach prevention and compliance
    • Represented an emergency room physician in a wrongful death medical malpractice trial in North Carolina federal court
    • Represented an orthopedic surgeon and two general surgeons in medical malpractice trials in Virginia state court
    • Defended a hospital in an EMTALA trial in Virginia federal court
    • Defended a labor and delivery nurse in a medical malpractice trial in Virginia state court
    • Defended nursing homes in medical malpractice trials in Virginia state court and in arbitration proceedings
    • Defended a critical care specialist in proceedings before the Virginia Board of Medicine in a case involving a patient death
    • Represented a hospital in an arbitration of a medical malpractice claim
    • Counseled hospital systems through re-drafting of consent forms for regulatory compliance and other legal concerns
    • Prepared numerous hospitals for disclosures of unexpected events to patients and families
    • Developed peer review and quality assurance programs for physician practices and hospitals and argued for privilege of peer review, quality, and patient safety materials
    • Counseled numerous hospitals on JCAHO compliance, medical staff matters, quality assurance, EMTALA, HIPAA, Medicare CoPs, healthcare decisions and other regulatory and risk management issues
    • Counseled numerous physicians and practice groups on issues of risk management and regulatory compliance
    • Served as counsel for healthcare providers in various types of commercial litigation

    Recognition & Honors

    • The Power List; Inside Business, 2024
    • Go To Lawyer – Medical Malpractice Law; Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2022
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2023
    • Norfolk Litigation – Insurance “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America, 2024
    • Norfolk Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America, 2021
    • AV® Preeminent Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
    • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2007–2023
    • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2009-2018, 2021, 2023-2024
    • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2017-2024
    • Virginia Rising Stars; Law & Politics, 2007-2008
    • Future Star; Benchmark Litigation, 2008-2009, 2013-2014
    • CIVIC Leadership Institute Class of 2015; Nominating Committee 2019
    • Top Forty Under Forty; Inside Business, 2007
    • Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable William T. Prince, United States Magistrate
    • Judge; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • William & Mary Law Review


    • Virginia Bar Association; Healthcare and Litigation Sections
    • North Carolina Bar Association; Healthcare and Litigation Sections
    • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association; Bench-Bar Relations Committee
    • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys; Former Chair, Medical Malpractice Section
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Virginia Chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
    • The Greenwood School; Board of Directors
    • The Williams School; President, 2013-present; Board of Trustees, 2012-present; Head of School Search Committee, 2011
    • The Norfolk Forum; Board of Directors, 2014-present; Second Vice President, 2019-2021; First Vice President; 2021-2022; President, 2022-present
    • Norfolk SPCA; Immediate Past President, President, Board of Directors


    • University of Virginia; B.S. with distinction, 1991
    • William & Mary Law School; J.D., 1994

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