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John T. ("J.T.") Clendenin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Juris Doctor with honors from Drake University.


Clendenin is the senior vice president and chief legal officer for Wellmark. In his role, Clendenin provides strategic and operational leadership to ensure Wellmark's Legal Division works in close alignment with the business, providing objective legal services to Wellmark members and stakeholders, and supporting Wellmark's business objectives.

Clendenin brings substantial insurance and leadership experience to Wellmark, gained over the course of his nearly 20-year career with Nyemaster Goode, P.C., Iowa's largest law firm. He has represented health insurance companies, including Wellmark, in both individual and class action litigation, and other insurance entities nationwide in highly complex and multifaceted commercial litigation, corporate transactions and regulatory matters.