We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Hardester is joining our distinguished panel of arbitrators and mediators.
Jennifer founded her consulting firm, STL Med Law, LLC, in 2017 to assist counsel representing patients in potential or actual claims against healthcare entities. She assists them with navigating clinical records, finding experts, drafting discovery, working on trial strategy and figuring out how to get the best, most efficient resolution for their clients. Before starting her own consulting firm, she worked as in-house counsel for BJC HealthCare, monitoring pending litigation, investigating and evaluating potential claims, drafting consent forms and various policies and procedures, assisting hospitals with medical staff and credentialing issues, and assisting all BJC HealthCare facilities with patient care, compliance and regulatory issues.
Jennifer has practiced law since 1996. Before joining BJC, she was an associate with Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C. There, she represented numerous hospitals and healthcare providers in the defense of medical malpractice and medical product liability claims. She also assisted Missouri and Illinois hospitals with various transactional and patient care issues. In 2006, she returned to St. Louis after transferring to Chicago for a couple of years with her husband and family, where she was the Director, Claims Management for Edward Health Services Corporation, a health system in Naperville, Illinois.
Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in finance with a dual major in English studies, graduating magna cum laude from Saint Louis University in 1993. She received her JD with honors and with a Health Law Certificate from Saint Louis University in 1996.
In her free time, Jennifer loves doing Crossfit and her favorite summertime activities are hanging by the pool and vacationing with her family. Her bucket list includes visiting New Zealand, attending a Barcelona vs. Real Madrid soccer game in Spain, and visiting the Christmas markets in Europe. Her favorite time of day is sunrise because it reminds her of how bright things are and provides an opportunity to start the day off right.
Her hero and role model is her mother, Granny Annie. She worked very hard as a nurse while raising her family which Jennifer now realizes is not an easy undertaking.