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Jason R. Sebolt is a lawyer in West Michigan who counsels hospitals and health care providers in the areas of medical malpractice defense, general liability, premises liability, and risk management. He is a shareholder in the firm’s Grand Rapids office, chair of the firm’s medical malpractice defense department, and is past president of the Michigan Society of Healthcare Risk Management.

Medical Malpractice Defense

Jason has represented and defended medical providers and institutions for 15 years, and his experience includes defending physicians, chiropractors, nurses, hospitals, psychiatric care facilities, and other health care providers against claims of malpractice, licensing investigations, and other disciplinary actions. He has handled hundreds of cases involving specialty areas of medicine ranging from cases involving neurosurgery, cardiology, emergency medicine, birth trauma, chiropractic, critical care, orthopedics, psychiatry, surgery and many others. Jason has been successful with respect to multiple motions for summary disposition, motions to strike experts, and other motions limiting evidentiary and legal issues at the time of trial. Further, Jason has tried cases to verdict in both a first and second chair role. His most recent trials were in Kalamazoo County and Kent County and involved allegations of neurosurgery malpractice as well as emergency medicine malpractice, respectively. All cases in which Jason has been involved from a trial perspective have been tried to a no cause for action verdict in favor of the defense.

General Liability, Negligence, Premises Liability, Personal Injury

Jason has handled general liability, negligence, and premises liability matters for health care facilities where, for example, patrons were injured in incidents involving slip and fall, elevator entrapment, and mechanical doors. For his clients, he has assisted in improving incident reporting and investigation policies utilizing his in-depth understanding of peer review protections, facility operations, and risk management best practices. Jason regularly serves as a presenter on various risk management related issues.

In his spare time, Jason volunteers on boards of educational organizations such as the Jenison Public Schools Early Childhood Center, Jenison Public Schools Citizens Advisory Committee to the Superintendent, and the Jenison Public Schools Bond Proposal Committee. Jason enjoys golfing, professional sporting events, restoring his 1970 AAR ‘Cuda, and spending time with his wife, Tara, and their three children.


Previous Experience

Summer Associate – Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, Grand Rapids, MI

Intern – Office of the General Counsel, University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor, MI

Law Clerk – Reach, Ranney and Carpenter, Ann Arbor, MI

Student Attorney – Free Legal Aid Clinic, Detroit, MI

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Michigan Society of Healthcare Risk Management (Past President)
  • Jenison Public Schools (Vice President, Parent Board for Early Childhood Center; Member, Citizens Advisory Committee to the Superintendant)

Education

  • Eastern Michigan University (B.S., 2000)  
  • Wayne State University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2003); Bronze Key Award Winner; Moot Court.   

Admitted

  • State Bar of Michigan, 2003

Accolades

Listed in Best Lawyers (2019) -- Medical Malpractice Law

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