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Duke University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007, Order of the Coif; Staff Editor, Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, 2006-07

Duke University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2003, Phi Beta Kappa


Jennifer Hutchens exclusively practices transactional health care law. She represents industry stakeholders of all sizes, including providers, licensed agencies, industry-based nonprofits and management services organizations. Jennifer focuses on health care joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and other affiliation transactions. Her experience includes preparing and negotiating an array of professional service, managed care and other health care contracts. 

Jennifer also serves as outside general counsel to several health care clients. She frequently counsels clients on strategic corporate and nonprofit matters, including pursuing innovative collaboration opportunities, developing growth targets, participating in client board meetings, and guiding corporate hygiene best practices.

Jennifer advises clients on regulatory and compliance issues at both the federal and state level, including the Anti-Kickback and physician self-referral (Stark) laws, corporate practice of medicine and fee-splitting prohibitions, and licensure and administrative law matters. She has experience assisting clients with health care compliance self-audits, acquisition due diligence, corrective actions, and self-reporting under governmental and administrative regimes.

Jennifer was recognized as the Charlotte Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers® for 2018.

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association, Nominating Committee, 2019-present; Fundamentals in Health Law Conference Planning Committee, 2017-present; Governance Advisory Council, 2017-present; Young Professional Delegate to Board, 2016-17; Young Professionals Council, Chair, 2014-16 (Vice-Chair, 2013-14); Hospital and Health Systems Practice Group Leadership Development Program, 2012-13; Best Practices Health Law Curriculum Steering Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Health Law Section Council, Chair, 2017-18; Vice Chair, 2016-17; Secretary, 2015-16; Treasurer, 2014-15; Member, 2009-12 and 2013-16 
  • North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys, Education Committee, 2013-16
  • American College of Healthcare Executives, Member
  • Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation, Member
  • Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives, Member
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow

Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Health Law Section, Steering Committee on "End of Life Awareness" Project and Long-Range Planning Committee
  • Duke Law School, Law Alumni Association – New Lawyers Division, 2006-12
  • Duke Law School, Alumni Adviser for the Health Law Society
  • Duke Alumni Admissions Program, Admissions Interviewer, 2007-present
  • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Scholar Alumna
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