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Jennifer Lawter, RN, JD

Vice President Risk Management, General Counsel


  • Undergraduate: Capital University School of Nursing
  • Graduate School: Capital University Law and Graduate Center 

Professional Certifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in the United States District Court (Southern District), the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the state of Ohio


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)

Additional Information:

  • Worked in private practice as a trial attorney in Columbus, Ohio (1990-2011), where she gained experience in medical malpractice, personal injury and general civil litigation, having practiced at the State and Federal level
  • Former Vice President of Risk Management for American Physicians Assurance Corporation
  • Formerly, Corporate Director of Claims, St. John Health, Detroit
  • Board of Trustee member for Starr Commonwealth, Children’s Agency 1993-2011

The most rewarding experience in your career thus far.
When I was in private practice, having jurors come up to me after a trial and say that they would want me to be their lawyer if they needed representation because they could tell that I really cared about the welfare of my clients. 

Which EPMG value do you identify with most?
Compassion. Just as EPMG caregivers strive to deliver compassionate care at the bedside to each patient, I strive to provide compassionate care to each EPMG clinician who, for any reason, comes into contact with the legal system. Clinicians are not trained to participate in our legal system and they are often emotionally overwhelmed when this occurs. My goal is to become their trusted resource for support and achievement of the best possible outcome.

What excites you most about the field of emergency medicine or future of healthcare?
Good healthcare may be able to touch more individuals than ever in the future, based on the direction we are going. Emergency medicine should play an integral part in that future, which would be good for the public as I believe emergency clinicians are the best and brightest in the healthcare community.

Describe yourself in two words.
Tenacious; pragmatic

A book that you would recommend.
The End of Lawyers by Susskind. Intriguing book.

The person with the biggest influence in your life and why.
My father. He had more emotional intelligence than anyone I’ve ever met and that quality allowed him to be very successful in his life and work despite the fact that he only had an 8th grade education.

One thing most people don’t know about you.
I rode motorcycles growing up and used to ride one to college classes.

Your favorite recording artist or group.
Earth, Wind and Fire…anything R&B

Your favorite vacation.
Boston with my son when he was 10 years old. We watched the Red Sox beat the Yankees in Fenway Park and walked the city to see the tall ships and other sights.

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