An integral member of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP’s expansive national healthcare department, Amanda Jester seemed destined for a successful career in healthcare law from the moment she received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2003.
Ten years later, she has developed a legal expertise around guiding investors, owners and operators in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, contracting and compliance issues. Her work has earned her recognition in the prestigious Chambers USA as well as caught our eye as a worthy subject for an interview.
Question: How would you describe your practice?
Answer: My practice is focused on the healthcare industry. I structure and execute transactions in the healthcare industry in order to maintain compliance with applicable federal and state regulations and to achieve operational efficiencies.
Q: What do you like most about this area of law?
A: I enjoy navigating the dynamics between the various players in the industry. Doctors, hospitals, payers and, of course, patients, all play different but integral roles. I also love shepherding a transaction to close where the sellers are reaping the rewards of their lives’ work.
Q: How is this area of law changing?
A: Healthcare law is in constant flux. Federal and state laws are changing to eliminate fraud and waste, and maximize access to and quality of care. State laws that regulate licensed professionals and facilities are also changing to accommodate and regulate new methods of healthcare delivery and technology.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to single out, who has positively influence your path in the law?
A: My partner, Brent Hill, has been a great mentor to me. He is not only an excellent lawyer, but also understands the business of law.