Last updated on: 10/6/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Sherman "Tiger" Joyce, JD Biography

Title:
President of the American Tort Reform Association
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“President Obama’s stated desire to emphasize preventive medicine as a means to lower overall health care costs will, with a growing and aging population, require a greater number of doctors. Yet the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that the overall shortage of doctors practicing both primary care and high-risk specialties may grow to nearly 125,000 by 2025…

Clearly then, President Obama should reconsider his opposition to limiting non-economic damages in medical liability litigation. The President and Congress should also consider additional liability reforms, such as health courts, administrative compensation programs, ‘early offers’ and ‘safe harbors’ for physicians who practice in compliance with evidenced-based clinical guidelines.”

“Tort Reform Is Key To Health Reform,” Metropolitan Corporate Consel, Nov. 2, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, American Tort Reform Association, Aug. 1994-present
  • Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Landon School
  • Member, Virginia Bar
  • Recipient, “40 under 40” award, National Law Journal, 1995
  • Minority Counsel, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on the Consumer, 1989-1994
  • Minority Counsel, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, 1987-1989
  • Former Legislative Assistant, US Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO)
  • Faculty member, Landon School, 1982-1983
Education:
  • JD, Catholic University Law School, 1987
  • AB, Princeton University
  • Graduate, Landon School, 1978
Other:
  • Born in Chevy Chase, MD
  • Married to Eda Joyce with two children, Will and Alex
  • Has appeared on numerous television and radio programs to discuss civil justice issues, and he has been quoted extensively in newspapers across the country
Quoted in:
  1. Would medical malpractice reform (tort reform) significantly reduce the cost of health care?