Jean Hemphill

Jean C. Hemphill

Senior Counsel

Jean C. Hemphill is Leader of Ballard Spahr's Health Care Group. Jean has a general corporate and regulatory practice, specializing in health care, employee benefits, and nonprofit law. She represents academic medical centers, medical schools, health systems, physician practice groups, clinical laboratories, social service agencies, pension and welfare plans, employers, business groups, and other entities. She is also active in higher education matters.

Before joining Ballard Spahr in 1997, Jean was Vice President and General Counsel of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the entity administering the pension, medical, disability, and death benefits plans for the ministers and lay employees of the Presbyterian Church. She continues to serve as General Counsel for the Board and as legal counsel to numerous other denominational benefits programs.

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association, Health Law Subcommittee

American Health Law Association

Church Benefits Association Core Lawyer Working Group Member

Speaking Engagements

"Managing Regulatory Changes in the Health Care Industry," Ballard Spahr webinar, December 12, 2016 

"Affordable Care Act: Legal and Regulatory Update," Church Benefits Association, December 2, 2015

"Healthcare Sector Legal Update and Trends," 7th Annual Healthcare Information Security Summit, CISO Executive Network, November 4, 2015

Board Memberships & Community Service

National Health Law Project (NHLP), former Director and Treasurer

Chestnut Hill Community Fund, former President

Chestnut Hill Healthcare Transition Corporation, former Chair and trustee

Smith Memorial Playhouse and Playground in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, former director and executive member


Co-author, "Internet of Things: Federal Agencies Offer Privacy and Data Security Best Practices," Conference on Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Vol. 68, No. 4

Co-author, Employer’s Guide to Health Care Reform, 2010-2014 editions, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

"Expanded Contraception Coverage Exemption for Religious Organizations Proposed by HHS And IRS," Health Lawyers Weekly, February 15, 2013




Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 1979)

University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1974)



U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania