Rachel Zacharias


“What I enjoy about my work is that obtaining positive results in a given matter can spur positive change in the wider health care landscape.”

Rachel Zacharias is a health care regulatory litigator who understands that the matters she works on are not only of critical importance to her clients but can also have broader legal, regulatory, and policy impacts on providers and patients alike. She represents providers and other clients in a wide range of disputes, focusing on trial and appellate litigation, administrative proceedings, and other matters involving Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, administrative law, antitrust, ERISA, and other issues where the concerns of her clients intersect with health care policy and regulations. Drawing from her training and research experience in bioethics, Rachel also advises clients in issues regarding medical ethics and consent, withdrawal of care, patient privacy, clinical research, organ donation, health equity, and reproductive health.

Her creative advocacy and well-honed research skills serve her clients particularly well at the appellate level, where her work has included submissions to the United States Supreme Court and multiple federal circuit courts of appeals.

Rachel has been committed to improving health care equity, ethics, and accessibility since the start of her career. Prior to her legal career, Rachel’s academic and professional endeavors centered on bioethics and health policy matters, including work at the bioethics research institute, The Hastings Center. She is a prolific and respected writer and presenter on legal, ethical, and policy issues in reproductive justice, genomic and genetic privacy and technologies, neuroscience, and health care access and equity. Rachel’s past health care law, policy, and equity efforts include serving as a law clerk for the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, as well as working with the New York Legal Assistance Group’s Medical Legal Partnership and Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia, where she focused on issues of health, employment, and civil rights law.

Rachel earned a J.D. and Masters in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Bioethics, Genomics, and Neuroscience from Duke University. During law school, she served as an Arthur Littleton student teaching fellow for first year Legal Practice Studies, an Articles Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, and a teaching assistant for Administrative Law. She was awarded the school’s Edwin C. Baker Award for her pro bono work in reproductive justice and health law and policy.


University of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D., 2021
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, M. Bioethics, 2021
Duke University, B.S. magna cum laude, Bioethics, Genomics, and Behavioral Neuroscience, with Distinction, 2016


Washington, D.C., 2021
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member

  • D.C. Bar
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