Jennifer Evans, shareholder and office managing partner for Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli in Denver, was named Best Health Care Lawyer by Law Week Colorado in its Barrister’s Best 2019 list. The list recognizes the most prominent, highest performing, and well-established lawyers in Colorado across more than 50 practice areas. Evans was named to the Barrister’s Choice list, which is determined by the publication’s editorial staff and attorney votes. She had previously been included on the Barrister’s Best list in 2016 and 2018.
As a health care attorney, Evans specializes in fraud and abuse, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues and regulatory compliance matters. She has dedicated her career to making a positive impact on Colorado’s health care system and fostering excellence in the state’s legal and health care communities.
“It’s very rewarding to be recognized by my peer attorneys and the state’s top legal publication for my efforts in the health care industry,” said Evans. “It’s an honor and a privilege to advocate for our clients so they in turn can advocate for patients.”
Evans’ contributions at Polsinelli have helped the firm earn recognition such as Tier 1 status for the Health Care practice in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report. The inclusion follows two designations as the publication’s “Law Firm of the Year” for the practice. U.S. News & World Report recognizes just one law firm in each practice area to earn the prestigious “Law Firm of the Year” designation, highlighting that firm’s impressive overall performance.
“All of us at Polsinelli and particularly in the Health Care practice congratulate Jennifer on this well-deserved honor,” said Polsinelli Health Care Department Chair Matt Murer. “Jennifer is not only a leader for the firm, but also in the community of Denver, where she has generously offered her time and talent in meaningful ways to support clients and make a difference locally.”
In addition to playing a leadership role in the firm’s health care practice and overseeing managing operations in Denver, Evans has shepherded the firm’s rapid, strategic growth to become the sixth largest firm in Colorado. As the first female attorney named as office managing partner for Polsinelli in Denver, Evans has served on the Polsinelli board of directors and currently sits on the firm’s Finance and Compensation Committees.
Evans was selected by Colorado Governor Elect Polis to serve on the Boldly Forward transition committee in the area of health care. She has also served on the National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices working group on Health Information Technology and Exchange, and has experience representing nonprofit and for profit health care organizations before Congress and CMS. She also is a former legislative assistant for health care and legislative director in the U.S. Senate.
Evans sits on the board for American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) and has served on the planning committee for its annual conference on Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement. Evans was selected for inclusion in the AHLA Pro Bono Champions class in 2012. She serves on the editorial board for Health Care Compliance Association Magazine
Prior to leading the firm’s Denver office for Polsinelli, Evans was deputy director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), the single state agency responsible for administering Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus programs. At HCPF, she served as office director for administration and operations with responsibility for audit, procurement, program integrity, coordination of benefits, privacy, provider enrollment, claims payment, operations, and information technology, including health information technology.
Evans has been honored with board and leadership positions at a variety of other renowned organizations including the Denver Public Schools Foundation Board, The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Go Red For Women. She has also dedicated hundreds of pro bono hours for Rocky Mountain Cares, an HIV/AIDS advocacy group whose mission is to ensure everyone living with HIV/AIDs has access to the most appropriate and adequate care available.
Evans was selected by Law Week Colorado as a 2018 Lawyer of the Year and was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as an Outstanding Woman in Business in 2016. Under her leadership, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce selected Polsinelli as a 2019 Champions of Change winner in the “Corporate Change Maker,” category.
Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation.