HCSC Leadership Team

Catherine Nelson

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

Catherine Nelson is HCSC’s Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. She is responsible for leading the company’s legal strategy, including overseeing internal and outside counsel support of all regulatory, litigation, contract, transactional, and governance matters affecting HCSC and its operating units. 

Nelson most recently served as the company’s Divisional Senior Vice President, HCSC Plan and Business Counsel and Enterprise Risk Officer. Previously, she was the legal advisor to the office of the Chairman, CEO and President. She also served as the general counsel of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, where she was instrumental in strategically managing key provider, customer, and regulatory matters to advance critical company initiatives and further its mission to expand access to health care in Illinois.

Prior to joining HCSC, Nelson spent 15 years in private practice at Foley & Lardner/Hopkins & Sutter focused on corporate transactions, including supporting HCSC as outside M&A counsel. Nelson currently serves on the board of Medecision, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of HCSC. She has a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.