The hospital's general counsel is its chief lawyer on staff. Their general duties are to:

  • Provide legal advice to the physicians on matters of medical liability and informed consent;
  • Ensure the hospital's corporate paperwork, such as its board minutes, are kept complete and up-to-date;
  • Accept service of documents when the hospital is sued, whether for malpractice or for general negligence (e.g., a slip and fall in the lobby);
  • Hire and supervise outside counsel for specialized work, such as defending malpractice suits;
  • Representing physicians in insurance and disciplinary matters.

At Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, House is responsible for half the work of the general counsel.

For part of season 1 and 2, the general counsel for the hospital was Stacy Warner, portrayed by Sela Ward. However, others have also served in the role:

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