With more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry, H. Jill McFarland is a leader of Lewis Rice’s Health Care Practice Group. She specializes in advising health care payers, insurers and managed care organizations on matters such as licensing, compliance, contract negotiations, and improving and maintaining provider, vendor and regulatory relationships. She also represents other health care entities, including pharmacy benefits managers, behavioral health organizations, hospitals, health systems, national ancillaries, pharmacies, laboratories, physician groups and individual health care providers.

Jill worked in the managed care industry for over a decade and obtained her M.B.A. before beginning her legal career. Focused on network development, negotiation, cost-containment consulting and credentialing, Jill gained firsthand knowledge in management of provider relationships, reimbursement methodologies and legal and accreditation requirements. She is uniquely positioned to guide and advocate for clients in the complex health care landscape.

Jill is also knowledgeable in the areas of real estate, general transactional matters, and mergers and acquisitions. She works with a broad range of corporate clients such as nonprofit entities, banks and bank holding companies, and universities and school districts.

Practice Areas


  • Saint Louis University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010)
    • Saint Louis University Law Journal
    • Legal Research and Writing, research assistant
    • Academic Excellence awards in Legal Research and Writing I & II, Civil Procedure I & II, Secured Transactions, Health Care Law
    • Law School Dean’s Honor Scholar (three-year scholarship)
  • Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (M.B.A., 2002)
  • University of Illinois (B.S., 1999)
    • Health Administration and Planning

Legal Background

  • Summer associate, Lewis Rice LLC (2010)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Missouri Society of Hospital Attorneys
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • St. Louis Area Health Lawyers Association
  • Women Lawyers' Association of Greater St. Louis

Firm Committees

  • Member, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
  • Member, Lewis Rice Women to Women Committee
  • Co-chair, Recruiting Committee
  • Former Member, Audit Response Committee

Corporate Background

  • Manager, corporate contracting & network development, Centene Corp. (2006-2010)
  • Director, network development, HealthSCOPE Benefits, formerly CNA Health Partners (2000-2006)
  • Assistant to CFO, St. Mary's Hospital (1999-2000)