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Robert L. Hess II



321 University Hall
Columbia, MO 65211


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Robert Hess joined the Office of the General Counsel in 2012, and primarily represents the university, its hospitals and clinics, medical schools, and other health professional schools on health care issues.  He provides advice on federal and state regulatory matters such as licensure, accreditation, Medicare and Medicaid survey and certification, reimbursement, corporate compliance, managed care contracting, HIPAA requirements, and controlled substance requirements.

Before joining the office, Hess was an attorney in the Jefferson City office of Husch Blackwell LLP from 2002 to 2012 (and a partner in the firm from 2009 to 2012).  Hess’ private practice focused on administrative law and health care regulatory work.  He advised health care providers, businesses, and individuals on regulatory compliance and represented them in state and federal investigations and enforcement actions.  He successfully briefed and argued appellate cases before the Missouri Supreme Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Hess received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1998 and his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2001.  From 2001 to 2002, he clerked for the Honorable Duane Benton of the Missouri Supreme Court.  Hess is a member of the Missouri Bar, American Health Lawyers Association, and Missouri Society of Healthcare Attorneys. 

Reviewed 2023-09-18