Carly Zubrzycki

Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law



Carly Zubrzycki's scholarship focuses on the human side of the healthcare system, drawing on themes from tort law, administrative law, democratic theory, and behavioral economics. Her research is informed by her background in bioethics and years of healthcare-related appellate litigation experience at the Department of Justice. Her current focus is on the rules governing medical information, which she views as a lens into broader power dynamics throughout the healthcare system. Carly is also interested in the role that litigation plays in ensuring that powerful actors remain accountable to the communities they affect, and she has published on the democratic implications of the Supreme Court’s punitive damages due process jurisprudence. Her scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the North Carolina Law Review and the Yale Law & Policy Review.

Carly is a 2012 graduate of Yale Law School. Before coming to Harvard, she served on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, in which role she served as lead counsel for the United States on dozens of matters and presented nine oral arguments to federal courts of appeals on a wide range of issues. Carly regularly represented the Department of Health and Human Services, FDA, and numerous other federal agencies, and many of her cases involved Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and other parts of the health system. While at DOJ, Carly won division-wide awards for her pro bono advocacy for a domestic violence victim and for her work on the Risk Corridors Affordable Care Act litigation.

Before joining DOJ, Carly clerked for Judge Kim Wardlaw (9th Cir.) and for Judge Randolph Moss (D.D.C.), and worked in private practice at WilmerHale, where her work focused on Supreme Court and appellate litigation, including on tort litigation arising out of the September 11 attacks.

Areas of Interest

Carly Zubrzycki, Punitive Damages in an Era of Consolidated Power, 97 N.C. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2019).
Civil Practice & Procedure
Litigation & Settlement
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