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Pilar G. Mendez
Associate

Chicago

One N. Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-214-2103

F 312-759-5646

OVERVIEW

Pilar G. Mendez
Associate

Chicago

One N. Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-214-2103

F 312-759-5646

Pilar Mendez has considerable healthcare industry knowledge and she uses that insight to help drive change and make a difference for hospital and physician group clients. Pilar has a desire to help others, which is enhanced by her exceptional work ethic, effective communication skills, attention to detail and persistence.

Pilar Mendez has considerable healthcare industry knowledge and she uses that insight to help drive change and make a difference for hospital and physician group clients. Pilar has a desire to help others, which is enhanced by her exceptional work ethic, effective communication skills, attention to detail and persistence.

OVERVIEW

Pilar Mendez has considerable healthcare industry knowledge and she uses that insight to help drive change and make a difference for hospital and physician group clients. Pilar has a desire to help others, which is enhanced by her exceptional work ethic, effective communication skills, attention to detail and persistence.

Pilar conducts legal research and drafts resolutions and agreements for healthcare clients acquiring new facilities, expanding their practices, or in preparation for health care arbitration and litigation. Her goal is to provide personalized, efficient and innovative support and the best possible client-driven solution. She advises hospitals and physician groups on operational, regulatory, legal, employment, and government matters.

Pilar brings a unique perspective to clients, having worked for the federal government, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and state health departments, where she helped address healthcare concerns such as community health, healthcare disparities, nutrition, and patient safety.

Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg full-time, Pilar was a summer associate with the firm, where she created a 50-state survey on the feasibility of Medicare recipients paying out-of-pocket for services.

Pilar was a Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Graduate Fellow for The Shriver Center on Poverty Law and a PILI legal intern with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois. In those roles, she conducted legal research, drafted legislative and litigation language, and prepared legal memos on various public policy and litigation matters concerning women’s and reproductive rights, LGBTQ and HIV rights, and institutional reform.

She was also a legal fellow for U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, for whom she worked on healthcare matters affecting Illinois constituents. Additionally, Pilar was a judicial extern for the Hon. Thomas M. Durkin in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

While earning her master’s degree, Pilar worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of Minority Health as an ORISE Health Equity Research Fellow. She managed major contracts and deliverables related to cultural and linguistically appropriate services; she also drafted policy memos and talking points related to the Affordable Care Act, border health, health literacy efforts, immigration and language access resources, and women’s health. She wrote on improving Latino health outcomes, understanding cardiovascular disease risk factors among Hispanic/Latinx subgroups, and the link between physical activity and health among Hispanic/Latinx individuals, and coordinated a Zika Community Roundtable Event in Puerto Rico on prevention efforts.

Pilar is not regularly admitted to practice in the local courts of Illinois.

Professional and Community Involvement

Member, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Member, PILI’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group

Volunteer, John Howard Association C# Program

Student member, Loyola University Chicago School of Law Health Law Faculty Search Committee

Student organizer, Loyola’s Access to Health Care course (2019 Topic: Health Disparities and Racial Justice; 2020 Topic: Homelessness, Health, and Healthcare)

EXPERIENCE
Publications
  • “Imprisoned Hispanic/Latinx Individuals Need Access to Culturally Competent Mental Health Treatment: Why a lack of cultural competency means Hispanic/Latinx inmates are not receiving necessary mental health treatment,” Annals of Health Law Advance Directive, Spring 2019
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