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James R. Raines
James R. Raines

James R. Raines

Partner - Baton Rouge

James R. Raines is a partner is the Baton Rouge office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. and serves as the Recruiting Partner for the firm. His principal areas of practice include real estate matters, including landlord/tenant and Fair Housing Act litigation and compliance, administrative law, municipal law, workers’ compensation, and compliance with the Medicare Secondary Payer Act.

Real Estate

Mr. Raines advises and represents property owners, real estate management companies as well as commercial tenants in both general business affairs and litigated matters, including the following:

  • Landlord/tenant litigation
  • Compliance with the Fair Housing Act
  • Defense of complaints filed with HUD or RD, including discrimination, ADA
  • Leases
  • Servitudes
  • Premises liability
  • Evictions
  • Handbook and policy development
  • Contract negotiation

Administrative Law

Mr. Raines represents state licensing boards as the board general counsel, prosecutor as well as the hearing officer in administrative hearings.

  • General counsel to state licensing boards
  • Prosecution of complaints before state licensing boards
  • Resolution of complaints prior to hearing
  • Representation of boards in state court
  • Served as hearing officer in administrative proceeding before board

Municipal Law

Mr. Raines represents political subdivisions of the State of Louisiana regarding the unique issues inherent to political bodies, including the following:

  • Compliance with the Louisiana Code of Governmental Ethics
  • Compliance with Open Meetings Laws
  • Compliance with the Louisiana Public Records Law
  • Cooperative Endeavor Agreements
  • Premises liability

Workers’ Compensation

Mr. Raines advises and represents employers, insurers and self-insured funds regarding the defense of all aspects of workers’ compensation claims, from day-to-day claims decisions to complex litigation. Mr. Raines’ services include working with clients regarding the following aspects of workers’ compensation claims:

  • Determinations regarding medical treatment
  • Choice of physician
  • Venue and jurisdiction
  • Fraud
  • Wage calculations and offsets
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Litigation
  • Intervention into third-party suits
  • Settlement
  • Settlement funding

Medicare Secondary Payer Act Compliance

Mr. Raines earned the designation of Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Professional with the Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers in 2013, and advises employers, insurers, and businesses regarding their obligations under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act. He also advises clients regarding complex litigation involving Medicare Set Asides and settlement funding.

General litigation

Mr. Raines represents clients in a wide variety of complex litigation, including the following:

  • Commercial litigation
  • Liability defense, including litigation involving transportation and construction issues
  • Interdictions
  • Contested successions
  • Community property litigation


Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, J.D./B.C.L., 2004

Abilene Christian University, M.S. (Psychology), 2001

Abilene Christian University, Certificate in Conflict Mediation and Dispute Resolution, 2001

Abilene Christian University, M.M.F.T. (Marriage and Family Therapy), 2000

Harding University, B.A. (Psychology), 1997


Admitted to practice in all Louisiana State and Federal Courts.

Professional Associations

Louisiana State Bar Association

Baton Rouge Bar Association

National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP)

Community Involvement

LABI Emerging Leaders Council (Current Chair)

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, LA Chapter (Board Member, Current Board President, Former Nominating Chair)

Leadership Baton Rouge Alumni (Board Member, Former Chair, Nominating Committee)

Manners of the Heart (Former Board Member, Former Vice Chairman)

Heritage Ranch Christian Children’s Home (Cook-Off for the Kids Committee Member, 2014-2015)

Honors and Awards

Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2017, 2018, 2019

2015 Recipient of the Top Forty Under Forty, Baton Rouge Business Report

Council for a Better Louisiana, 2015 Leadership Louisiana Class.

Baton Rouge Area Leadership class of 2012.

Member of LABI Emerging Leaders Council

AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated.


  • Basics of Interdiction and Judicial Commitments, LHA Behavioral Health Law Update: Creating the Right Balance in the Delivery of Behavioral Healthcare, Louisiana Hospital Association Conference Center, January 2017
  • Practitioner Licensure Issues, LHA Behavioral Health Law Update: Creating the Right Balance in the Delivery of Behavioral Healthcare, Louisiana Hospital Association Conference Center, January 2017
  • Medicare Set-Asides in Workers' Compensation, NBI Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar, June 24, 2016
  • Re-Review/Reconsideration by CMS, NAMSAP Annual Meeting, October 1, 2015
  • Basics of Interdiction and Commitments, LHA Behavioral Health Law Seminar: Striking the Right Balance in the Delivery of Behavioral Healthcare, August 2015
  • Special Issues Regarding Evictions and Reasonable Accommodations, Client Seminar, November 2014
  • Mental Health Law Update, Louisiana Hospital Association, August 2014
  • Medicare Set Asides and Liability Actions, Addressing Potential Issues Before Final Regulations, Baton Rouge Bench Bar Conference, July 24, 2014
  • MSP Compliance: Medicare Set-Asides, Louisiana Department of Insurance, June 26, 2014
  • "PECs, Interdiction, and Commitment Compliance Essentials", Presented at the Louisiana Hospital Association's Mental Health Law Update conference, May 9, 2013
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