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Jennifer K. Stuart

Partner

Education

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., Certificate in Health Law, 2006, cum laude

Duke University School of Medicine, M.H.S. Pathology, 2001

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.S. Biology, Chemistry 1998

Admissions

Illinois

Before attending law school, Jennifer worked and studied at multiple academic medical centers where she witnessed firsthand the impact of medical malpractice lawsuits on the practice of medicine. This unique exposure coupled with a lifelong love of science was the catalyst that drove her to become a health care defense attorney.

For nearly 10 years, Jennifer has utilized her clinical background and analytical nature in health care litigation and compliance. As co-chair of SmithAmundsen’s Health Care Practice Group, she defends hospitals, health care systems, long term care facilities, medical clinics, physician practice groups, clinical laboratory services, and individual health care providers against medical malpractice, institutional liability and other complex litigation claims at the trial and appellate court levels.

Jennifer is dedicated to working with her clients to not only defend against past errors, but also to prevent adverse future outcomes. She recently obtained summary judgment in favor of a hospital in a wrongful death case involving nearly $3 million in medical specials.

Jennifer received the Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) designation from the Compliance Certification Board, demonstrating knowledge of Medicare compliance procedures and the ability to implement programs to ensure health care providers observe federal, state and local health care regulations.

Honors

  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” List: 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Received CHRMS Greatest Contribution of the Year Award
  • Selected by the Leading Lawyers Network as an “Emerging Lawyer” in health law and medical malpractice defense 

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: American Health Lawyers Association; American College of Legal Medicine; Defense Research Institute; Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • CHRMS: Executive Board Member; Program Committee, Co-Chair

Experience

  • Obtained multiple voluntary dismissals with prejudice on behalf of hospitals and long term care facilities prior to entering into expert discovery phase
  • Obtained an affirmed defense verdict on behalf of a hospital and its residents in a medical negligence action
  • Secured an affirmed directed verdict on behalf of an on-call physician based upon the lack of any doctor-patient relationship
  • Obtained a JNOV reversal of a $7.6 million verdict against a hospital in a case where negligence was admitted and only damages challenged at trial
  • Submitted an amicus brief in support of the constitutionality of Illinois' 2005 Tort Reforms in the Lebron v. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital litigation on behalf of a Chicago-based healthcare system
  • Obtained directed verdict as to apparent agency and survival claims, and not guilty verdict on all remaining counts at trial for hospital in case involved alleged failure to properly manage and monitor anticoagulation therapy following a hip fracture
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of hospital in case wrongful death case involving nearly $3 million in medical specials

Publications

  • Health Care Reform Update: Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Individual Mandate Provisions of Health Care Reform- What Does It Mean For Operators and Are You Ready?
    NAMA In-Touch Quarterly , Fall 2012

Presentations & Events

  • Legal Issues in Nursing: Why Depositions are Taken
    Client Presentation, Berwyn, IL, February 28, 2015
  • Discovery: Avoiding Costly Disputes – Perspectives from Risk and Counsel
    CHRMS Law Day Seminar, Chicago, IL, November 14, 2014
  • HIPAA and HITECH Overview and Final Update
    DuPage County Bar Association, April 30, 2014
  • Preparing for the Worst: An Update on the HIPAA Audit Process
    Knowledge Congress Webinar, April 11, 2014
  • Webinar, April 11, 2014
  • Preserving Privacy: HIPAA, HITECH, and Cyber.  Are You Covered?
    17th Annual Insurance Forum, Chicago, IL, November 3, 2013
  • Challenges to Change: An Overview to the Consitutional Challenges to Health Reform
    Seminar, February 2, 2012
  • Reporting Abuse in the ER
    Client Seminar, October 19, 2011
  • University of Illinois Business & Industry Services, Naperville, IL, July 8, 2011
  • Liability in the Lab – Unique Risks in Laboratory Medicine
    American Society for Healthcare Risk Management Annual Conference, October 16, 2010