Jason B. Hendren

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Jason B. Hendren



Jason B. Hendren is a Partner who has been protecting the legal rights of clients for over 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 Doctor, 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, 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 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 as well as a past Chairman of the Arkansas History Commission where he currently serves as a commissioner. He has received two gubernatorial appointments to serve as a Special Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court.



State Courts:

  • Arkansas

Article I Courts:

  • U.S. Tax Court

U.S. District Courts:

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas

U.S. Courts of Appeals:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


  • J.D., with honors, University of Arkansas
  • B.A., with honors, University of Arkansas Fayetteville


  • Arkansas Bar Association: Member
    • Board of Trustees, 2020-Present
    • Legislation Committee, 2020-Present
    • Membership Task Force, Chairman; 2021
  • Arkansas Supreme Court: Special Associate Justice, 2017 & 2019
    • Historical Society: Member, 2019-Present
  • Bentonville Schools Foundation: Board of Directors, 2009-Present
  • University of Arkansas Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law Dean’s Advisory Council Board: Member, Present
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  • DRI:
    • National Board of Directors, 2018-2021
    • State Representative, 2015-2018
  • Arkansas History Commission: Member, 2018-Present; Chairman, 2018-2020
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel: President (Former)
  • Arkansas Bar Foundation: President (Former)


  • Mid-South Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers®, 2011-2023
  • Charles L. Carpenter Memorial Award, Arkansas Bar Association, 2023
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Harriet Tubman Trailblazer Award, 2020
  • Outstanding Defense Attorney Award, Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel, 2019


  • Legal Issues in Nursing, Perspectives from a Defense Attorney
    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
    University of Arkansas Law Review, 2005
  • Peremptory Challenges after Purkett v. Elem, 115 S. Ct. 1769 (1995): How to Judge a Book by Its Cover Without Violating Equal Protection
    University of Arkansas Law Review, 1997

In the Press

HBS Attorneys Recognized in 2023 Mid-South Super Lawyers Awards

HBS has been recognized for its outstanding legal work as 10 of its attorneys are selected to the 2023 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists

Healthcare Risk Management: Jason Hendren on Securing Evidence After Adverse Events

In an article published on November 1, 2023 in Healthcare Risk Management, Rogers Partner Jason Hendren provides insight into steps health care organizations should take after an adverse event. Jason explains preventing changes to the medical record is one of the most critical first steps. “You can’t have doctors, nurses, or anybody else jumping in

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,

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

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

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