Jim joined the County Attorney’s Office in 2022.  He is currently assigned to San Mateo Medical Center covering services and provider contracts as well as the needs of the hospital’s Medical Staff.


Undergraduate:             University of California, Davis

                                         B.A., Political Science, B.A. Economics                           

Law School:                   University of San Francisco School of Law

                                         CALI Award for Excellence – Legal Research & Writing; Legal Ethics

Prior Experience

Upon graduating from law school in 2002, Jim was a self employed civil litigator before joining management in 2012 at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, California, managing the hospital’s contracts and clinical research.  In 2016 Jim became Doctors Medical Center’s Compliance Officer, joining Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s corporate team and serving as an appointed member of the hospital’s executive leadership team.  Jim subsequently served in that same capacity at several of Doctors Medical Center’s sister hospitals including Emanuel Medical Center, Doctors Hospital of Manteca, and most recently, San Ramon Regional Medical Center prior to its sale to John Muir Health.  For four years during Jim’s tenure as a Compliance Officer, Jim assisted his hospital administrative teams in the improvement of regulatory compliance culture and systems as Tenet Healthcare Corporation worked with federal monitors to effect a plea bargain and non-prosecution agreement concerning kickbacks which occurred in Northern Georgia and South Carolina.  Jim has deep operational and regulatory experience concerning hospital administration and compliance. 

Jim R. Mehlhaff
James R. Mehlhaff
Deputy County Attorney
(650) 363-4461