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Jason B. Hendren



Jason B. Hendren is a Partner who has been protecting the legal rights of clients for a quarter of a century.

Jason represents hospitals, physician groups, clinics, doctors, nurses, insurers, and other health care professionals in a wide range of complex medical malpractice litigation. He also defends clients in Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) claims, HIPAA matters, and other complicated health care related litigation. In addition, he has a specialty practice in representing dentists, hygienists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists, and other dental providers in the wide variety of claims they may face. He also counsels companies of all sizes on general liability, products liability disputes, and governmental relations, working closely with each client to align legal strategy with long-term business goals.

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Born with two congenital heart defects, Jason has had numerous heart surgeries that saved his life and inspired him to dedicate his career to representing physicians, hospitals and health care providers who tirelessly serve patients. His personal experience inspires his passion for medical malpractice defense, giving him empathy and first-hand knowledge of the stress and pressure providers face during every patient encounter.

Jason earned a Juris Doctorate degree, with honors, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where his case note was published. Previously he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in English and Communications at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. During college he became a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

Jason’s deep involvement in the legal community includes current service with the Arkansas Bar Association as an inaugural member of the Board of Trustees, a member of the Legislation Committee, and Chairman of the Membership Task Force. He is also a member of the Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society. He recently completed his service on the Defense Research Institute (“DRI”) National Board of Directors as Southwest Regional Representative. He is a past President of the Arkansas Bar Foundation and the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel. He is a past Chairman of the Arkansas History Commission, and currently serves as a commissioner. He has received two gubernatorial appointments to serve as a Special Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court.


Jason has 25 years of experience defending physicians, nurses, hospitals, clinics, insurers, and other health care providers in complex medical malpractice litigation, EMTALA, HIPAA, and governmental relations. Inspired by serious congenital heart conditions that required numerous surgeries and a pacemaker, Jason is a passionate and empathetic advocate for health care providers.


  • Arkansas state courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • J.D., with honors, University of Arkansas
  • B.A., with honors, University of Arkansas Fayetteville


  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel — Past President
  • Arkansas Bar Association — Board of Trustees 2020-Present; Legislation Committee 2020-Present; Chairman of Membership Task Force 2021
  • Arkansas Bar Foundation — Past President
  • Arkansas History Commission 2018-Present; Chairman 2018-20
  • Arkansas Supreme Court — Special Associate Justice 2017 and 2019
  • Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society, 2019-Present
  • Bentonville Schools Foundation, Board of Directors 2009-Present
  • Defense Research Institute — National Board of Directors 2018-21; State Representative 2015-18
  • University of Arkansas Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law Dean’s Advisory Council Board


  • Charles L. Carpenter Memorial Award, Arkansas Bar Association, 2023
  • Harriet Tubman Trailblazer Award, 2020
  • Outstanding Defense Attorney Award, Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel, 2019


  • Legal Issues in Nursing, Perspectives from a Defense Attorney
    4th year nursing students at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, November 2021


  • Medical Malpractice Cases
    The Litigation Psychology Podcast; January 30, 2023
  • Spoliation of Evidence: Why This Evidentiary Concept Should Not Be Transformed into Separate Causes of Action
    27 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 281 (2005)
  • Peremptory Challenges after Purkett v. Elem, 115 S. Ct. 1769 (1995): How to Judge a Book by Its Cover Without Violating Equal Protection
    19 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 249 (1997).

In the Press

The Litigation Psychology Podcast: Jason Hendren & Jacque Clarke on Medical Malpractice Cases

Courtroom Sciences‘ The Litigation Psychology Podcast spoke with Rogers Partner Jason B. Hendren as well as Atlanta Partner Jacquelyn Smith Clarke about medical malpractice cases. The discussed which types of medical malpractice cases they had found to be the most difficult to litigate during their own careers, such as birth trauma and wrongful death cases,
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Five HBS Attorneys Recognized in the 2022 Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine

In the 2022 Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has been recognized for its outstanding legal work as 5 of its attorneys are on the list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. The list recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of
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Healthcare Risk Management: Jason Hendren on Effectiveness of Health Care Apology Laws

In the January 2022 issue of Healthcare Risk Management, Partner Jason B. Hendren discusses why health care apology laws, which are meant to protect clinicians who apologize to a patient or patient’s family after an adverse health care event, appear to have little positive effect. In the article, Jason explains that many states have not
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Hall Booth Smith Expands With 25th Office in Rogers, Arkansas

ROGERS, ARKANSAS – Dec. 2, 2021 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. continues to expand to serve client needs across the country with a new office in Rogers, Arkansas, which marks its 25th location. The Rogers office is located at 5417 W. Pinnacle Pointe Drive, near Bentonville and just a few minutes away from the Northwest
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