Jason B. Hendren

Jason represents a wide variety of medical professionals, hospital companies and facilities throughout Arkansas in professional malpractice cases, drug and medical device products liability cases, medical board matters, HIPAA-related issues, EMTALA compliance, and reputation management in connection with on-line reviews.

Professional Experience

With over twenty years of experience, Jason Hendren has handled several hundred personal injury cases, including cases of alleged professional negligence. His practice spans across the state of Arkansas and the healthcare field through his defense of hospital systems, pharmacies and long-term care facilities, as well as individual physicians, physician assistants, CRNAs, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists, dentists and orthodontists.

He also handles cases involving pharmaceutical and medical device companies in connection with products liability litigation. He is believed to be the only lawyer in Arkansas to have tried an EMTALA case to a defense verdict in federal court. He also advises healthcare entities on complex legal issues concerning the ever-changing healthcare industry, particularly with respect to risk management and loss prevention.  He also handles general and commercial litigation for corporate clients.

Prior to his time at the firm, Hendren practiced law for many years as a partner at Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP.

Hendren is one of the firm’s many history “buffs,” and was recently elected Chairman of the Arkansas History Commission after receiving a gubernatorial appointment to the Commission in 2017.


Mid-South Super LawyersChambers USA and Litigation Counsel of America have recognized Hendren for his work in medical malpractice defense. In 2013, he served as President of the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel and received an “Exceptional Performance Citation” from the Defense Research Institute (DRI) for his service. He is a recipient of the Arkansas Bar Foundation Excellence in Legal Writing Award and a former adjunct professor at the UALR Bowen School of Law.

Hendren received gubernatorial appointments to serve as a Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2017 and 2019.

In 2019, Hendren received the Outstanding Defense Attorney Award from the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel.

Community Involvement

Hendren was the 2014–2015 President of the UALR Bowen School of Law Alumni Board of Directors. He now serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council.  He received a gubernatorial appointment to the Arkansas History Commission in 2017, and was elected Chairman in 2018 and 2019.

Hendren also currently serves on the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Board of Directors (Southwest Regional Director:  Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas), President of the Arkansas Bar Foundation and as a member of the Bentonville Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors. Hendren is a Barrister of the W. B. Putman American Inn of Court and (Sustaining) Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation.  He is a past president of the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel (AADC).

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