Jennifer Bolen, JD, served as an Assistant US Attorney with the US Department of Justice in Nashville, Tennessee, for nearly 14 years. In 2002, Ms. Bolen founded The Legal Side of Pain® and entered into private practice to educate healthcare professionals on medico-legal issues in the use of controlled substances to treat pain. She is coauthor with Peter Staats, MD, Director of Pain Medicine at John Hopkins, of the forthcoming book, Prescription Drug Abuse and Diversion, a reference that puts today’s challenges of narcotic prescribing into sharp focus.
Ms. Bolen prosecutes cases of fraudulent prescriptions and also conducts practice audits and teaches providers how to perform self-audits with the intent of improving pain-management documentation practices and patient relationships. She serves as expert oversight legal counsel on many board and criminal cases nationwide. She has also served as an expert witness for physicians in both board and criminal cases, and maintains one of the nation’s largest databases on expert witnesses and case-related legal materials; currently, she is working on a study relating to ethical and legal standards relating to expert witness testimony.
Ms. Bolen lectures extensively to physicians and pharmacists, and is well known to physicians in pain medicine and primary care, having presented innumerable workshops to professionals in health care. She has written articles published in leading journals and authored regular columns in journals and newsletters. She also serves on several national advisory boards and committees dedicated to improving legal and regulatory educational efforts for healthcare providers.