Jill Kennedy

Jill Kennedy brings extensive experience in a varied private practice representing individuals, businesses, nonprofits and health care organizations and as a public lawyer with city, county, state and federal agencies.  Before joining the firm, Jill also served as general counsel and program manager for Medicaid healthcare organizations covering more than 100,000 lives, and as Deputy County Attorney and risk manager for Maricopa County.

Her practical and responsive approach, combined with her legal knowledge and years of experience, produce successful outcomes.  She is able to assist her clients to advance their business goals, including small and large organizations, start-up businesses and individual entrepreneurs, who rely on her as respected business lawyer and adviser.

Jill began her professional career in Washington, D.C., working with the Urban Institute, National Journal, and National League of Cities. She was named Distinguished Public Lawyer of the year by the State Bar of Arizona (2003), and has been recognized as Civil Attorney of the Year by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. She received numerous commendations, special recognitions, performance awards during her ten-year tenure as Town Attorney for Paradise Valley, Arizona, and Assistant City Attorney for the cities of Tempe, Arizona, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A graduate of George Washington University Law School, she received her undergraduate degree from American University in Washington D.C., and her Master’s Degree in Information and Library Sciences from the University of Maryland.  She is licensed in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and District of Columbia.

PRACTICE FOCUS

Small business matters, all stages of business development, start-up to dissolution

  • Formation – corporations, LLCs, partnerships
  • Joint ventures, strategic alliances
  • Regulatory and agency approvals, certificates, licenses
  • Non-compete and Non-disclosure agreements
  • Trade secret claims
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Governance, and operating documents
  • Commercial contracts and transactions
  • Employment, policies and procedures, contracts and procurement
  • Independent reviews of corporate matters and investigations
  • Compliance and training
  • Corporate counsel

Nonprofit Organizations, a full range of services

  • Formation and bylaws
  • Qualification and recognition for tax exempt status (state and federal)
  • Compensation agreements
  • Contracts and leases
  • Licenses and regulatory approvals
  • Best practices for governance, recordkeeping, conflicts, ethics and regulatory issues & policies
  • Due diligence checklists, audits

Health Care Services Practice

  • Appeals, insurance claims and contract disputes
  • State and federal regulatory matters
  • Grievances, problem resolution, and investigations
  • Ventures and partnerships for delivery of services
  • Policies and practices for healthcare organizations, clinical and administrative groups
  • Competitive proposals, contract awards for state and Medicaid services
  • HIPAA and health information management, privacy and security
  • Compliance and audits
  • Representing health care professionals and organizations in administrative proceedings and contested cases
  • Provider contracts and network services
  • Operational issues relating to patient care
  • Guardianships and conservatorships
  • Mental health proceedings and commitments

Public law, governmental agencies, private and public schools, special districts

  • Municipal and county law issues
  • Schools and educational institutions
  • Zoning, land and planning
  • Ordinances and charters
  • Public records
  • Open meetings
  • Government officials and elections
  • Advice and representation for councils and governing boards,
  • Procurement and contracts
  • Civil rights matters