The Future of Health Law: Up and Coming Health Law Graduates Reflect on the Center’s Impact on their Careers.

Saint Louis University School of Law Alumni Magazine, Volume 23, Issue 1
December 1, 2023 Media Coverage

Brandon Hall (’19)
Associate, Healthcare and Employee Benefits
Armstrong Teasdale LLP

SLU LAW Brief: How has your experience with the Center for Health Law Studies impacted your career?
Brandon Hall: My experience with the Center for Health Law Studies helped shape my career in Healthcare Law. Going into law school I knew I was interested in Health Law; the Center for Health Law Studies helped me find my love for ERISA and employee benefits. Healthcare law is broad and complex. Getting a certificate from the Center for Health studies provided me with the tools to navigate those complexities and a strong foundation in statutory and regulatory review and federalism concerns. The Center also has an excellent national reputation as a Top Health Law program. Having that certificate as a part of my credentials has been a valuable tool in networking and growing my practice.

SLB: In your opinion, what kind of story does a course like Grassroots Advocacy tell about the Center?
BH: A course like grassroots advocacy tells both the story of the excellent students who attend SLU Law, and also demonstrates SLU’s commitment to making a positive impact for its neighboring communities and their constituencies.  The grassroots class takes the skills acquired and honed throughout law school and applies it to assessing and rectifying community issues affecting healthcare. Using creative problem solving and employing advocacy and relationship building skills, the students effectuate positive healthcare change during each legislative session.

SLB: Why do you think a legal education has helped you with policy work? Why is that important?
BH: Having a legal education has given me a solid foundation for assessing compliance and other legal challenges.  Further, having a legal education affords more credibility in the political and policy spheres.

SLB: Why would you encourage a student to take such a course?
BH: I would encourage students to take a class like the Grassroots class for several reasons. First, it is an alternative way to use your legal skills. Second, the course offers an opportunity to make a difference in a community or across the state. Third, it is a great way to network and establish yourself as a subject-matter expert.

SLB: Why did you decide to choose a career path in health law?
BH: Coming from a background of working at a medical device company, I was able to fully understand the impact health insurance and employee benefits have in people’s lives. From my sales experience, I knew I wanted to learn more about how to work in and make a difference in coverage determinations and dealing with insurance companies. As I became familiar with ERISA and the overlap between it and other areas of healthcare law, I was drawn to the complexity and challenges that are often associated therewith and ultimately decided to focus my practice on that area.

SLB: As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Center, why do you think it has the staying power and reputation that is has?
BH: Being the nation’s premier health law program for 16 of the last 17 years, is a legacy itself.  That said, I think the Center has the staying power it does because of the dedication of the faculty, students, and alumni. The Health Law program continues to draw folks from all over the country to attend; those students come in engaged and with a strong desire to work in healthcare law, and many come in with substantive healthcare experience; the faculty are top-notch and respected names in the field who provide great mentorship and opportunities for the health law students; and finally, the alumni remain engaged with faculty and future classes of students demonstrate a wide scope of ways to put students’ health law degrees to use, whether in private practice, government, or in a JD preferred non-legal role.


Contact Us
  • Worldwide
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Edwardsville, IL
  • Jefferson City, MO
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • London, England
  • Miami, FL
  • New York, NY
  • Orange County, CA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Princeton, NJ
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Wilmington, DE
abstract image of world map
Boston, MA
800 Boylston St.
30th Floor
Boston, MA 02199
Google Maps
Boston, Massachusetts
Chicago, IL
100 North Riverside Plaza
Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60606-1520
Google Maps
Chicago, Illinois
Denver, CO
4643 S. Ulster St.
Suite 800
Denver, CO 80237
Google Maps
Denver, Colorado
Dublin, Ireland
Fitzwilliam Hall, Fitzwilliam Place
Dublin 2, Ireland
Google Maps
Edwardsville, IL
115 N. Second St.
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Google Maps
Edwardsville, Illinois
Jefferson City, MO
101 E. High St.
First Floor
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Google Maps
Jefferson City, Missouri
Kansas City, MO
2345 Grand Blvd.
Suite 1500
Kansas City, MO 64108
Google Maps
Kansas City, Missouri
Las Vegas, NV
7160 Rafael Rivera Way
Suite 320
Las Vegas, NV 89113
Google Maps
Las Vegas, Nevada
London, England
Royal College of Surgeons of England
38-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3PE
Google Maps
Miami, FL
355 Alhambra Circle
Suite 1200
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Google Maps
Photo of Miami, Florida
New York, NY
7 Times Square, 44th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Google Maps
New York City skyline
Orange County, CA
19800 MacArthur Boulevard
Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92612
Google Maps
Philadelphia, PA
2005 Market Street
29th Floor, One Commerce Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Google Maps
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Princeton, NJ
100 Overlook Center
Second Floor
Princeton, NJ 08540
Google Maps
Princeton, New Jersey
Salt Lake City, UT
222 South Main St.
Suite 1830
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Google Maps
Salt Lake City, Utah
St. Louis, MO
7700 Forsyth Blvd.
Suite 1800
St. Louis, MO 63105
Google Maps
St. Louis, Missouri
Washington, D.C.
1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006
Google Maps
Photo of Washington, D.C. with the Capitol in the foreground and Washington Monument in the background.
Wilmington, DE
1007 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Google Maps
Wilmington, Delaware