The Law & Health Care Program welcomes Laura Oberbroeckling

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The Law & Health Care Program is pleased to announce the addition of Laura J. Oberbroeckling to our L&HCP faculty. Laura will teach the Health Care Law & Policy course in the spring, in addition to Lawyering I and Lawyering II. Laura joined Maryland Carey Law in the Fall of 2022 as part of the first cohort of the prestigious Donald Gaines Murray Lawyering Fellows program. Murray Fellows teach in the law school’s innovative Lawyering Program, which integrates legal theory, doctrine, and professional skills for incoming law students. Although this will be Laura’s first year of teaching, she has practiced in the health care area for more than 25 years and has mentored many new attorneys and hopes to bring that experience to the classroom.

Laura received her law degree from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree from The University of Iowa, where she studied history.  She started her legal career at the Washington office of Piper & Marbury (now known as DLA Piper) and practiced at various law firms in DC, becoming a partner at the Washington office of the firm now known as Mintz before eventually starting her own practice.  Laura’s private practice focused mostly on health law, representing institutional health care providers with a special focus on providing advice and counsel to providers of substance use disorder treatment and long-term care.

In Laura’s varied career she has represented health care providers and suppliers in litigation, compliance, and regulatory matters.  She also has represented clients in other industries in a variety of litigation matters.  Laura’s health care litigation experience includes representing clients in civil False Claims Act cases and investigations, the defense of clients in criminal fraud cases, representing providers in coverage disputes with private payers, and the defense of providers in negligence actions.  Laura also has broad general litigation experience, including in state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as in ADR forums and before regulatory panels.  Outside of her health care practice she has had a varied practice.  Some of her work included the representation of a religious entity in a church-state matter, the defense of a company in a patent infringement case, the representation of a non-governmental organization in a Title VII case involving an alien employed outside of the United States, and the representation of a refugee seeking asylum from Rwanda. 

Laura hopes to focus her research and scholarship primarily on health care law, particularly on issues related to mental health services and access to all health care services for vulnerable and underserved populations.  

L&HCP Director Diane Hoffmann, discussing Laura joining Maryland Carey Law and teaching Health Care Law & Policy, shares “I am thrilled that Laura has joined the health law faculty. She will be a great asset to our community and a wonderful resource for our students.”