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Chicago, IL

Jeannie Frey

Presence Health


Jeannie C. Frey is Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Christus Health, a multi-national nonprofit health system with operations in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mexico and Latin Americal.   Ms. Frey was previously General Counsel of Presence Health, a nonprofit health system based in Chicago, Illinois, as well as General Counse of Resurrection Health Care, one of the predecessor systems of Presence Health. Prior to going in-house in 2004, Ms. Frey was a partner in the Chicago office of McDermott, Will & Emery, where she specialized in health care law, nonprofit mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Ms. Frey has written and spoken widely on topics relating to health care and nonprofit organizations. She served as co-editor of both the 2nd edition (published in 2002) and the recently published 3rd edition of the Guidebook for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations (ABA). As a member of the ABA’s Special Committee on Nonprofit Governance, she served as the primary author of the best-selling Guide to Nonprofit Corporate Governance in the Wake of Sarbanes-Oxley (ABA 2005). Ms. Frey was a member of the Drafting Committee of the revised Model Nonprofit Corporation Act (ABA, 2008). She also served as an Executive Editor of the Guide to Representing Religious Organizations (ABA, 2009) and Nonprofit Management and Governance (3rd Ed.) (ABA, 2011). Ms. Frey served as Chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the Business Law Section of the ABA from August 2002 to August 2005, and is a former  member of  the Business Law Section Council. In 2000, Ms. Frey received the Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award from the ABA’s Nonprofit Organizations Committee. She served as a Board member of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys from 2006-2011. From 2004 to July 2012, she was a member of a special Task Force of the Illinois Hospital Association focusing on hospital charity care and property tax issues. Ms. Frey earned a B.A. degree with highest honors from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale Law School. She was the 2020–2021 chair of the ABA Business Law Section and currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair.

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