Jay R. NaftzgerJay R. Naftzger

B.B.A. University of Iowa
M.B.A. Northwestern University
J.D. University of Iowa


Email: jnaftzger@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-1080
Room: 172B


Jay Naftzger teaches Torts, Health Law and Insurance Law. He came to the NIU College of Law from a legal career that began in a private law firm in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mr. Naftzger moved from private practice to become Associate Counsel for The Prudential Insurance Company of America, then Vice President and General Counsel of Rush Prudential Health Plans in Chicago. When Rush Prudential was purchased by WellPoint Health Networks Inc., he became a Vice President in WellPoint’s legal department and functioned as General Counsel for, and member of the Board of Directors of, several WellPoint subsidiaries. He served as a Board Member of the Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan from 1998 to 2010.  He is a past Chair and current Board Member of the Illinois HMO Guaranty Association, and he is a past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section. He has been an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University’s College of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois, as an inactive non-resident in Minnesota, and in the United States Supreme Court.

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Activities

  • Completed 12 years of volunteer service as a Board member of the Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan and was honored by a resolution of the Illinois House of Representatives.
  • Serves as a public appointee Board member to the Illinois Health Maintenance Organization Guaranty Association.