Senior Attorney (Carrboro, North Carolina)

Senior Attorney (Carrboro, North Carolina)

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low income and underserved individuals. Our offices (in California, Washington DC, and North Carolina) engage in national, state, and local advocacy efforts, ranging from litigation, analyses of federal and state laws, policy advocacy, education, and individual consultation. We work with lawyers and advocates, community-based entities, federal and state policy makers, health care providers, and clients.

About NHeLP

Over the 50 years since it was founded, NHeLP has been involved in many of the significant Medicaid and civil rights cases that have been filed in the federal courts to improve health access for low-income people and people with disabilities.  As lead or co-counsel, we litigate cases that vindicate the rights of adults and children to necessary Medicaid services, protect the due process rights of millions of beneficiaries, ensure that people with disabilities receive publicly funded services in the community, and fight back against discrimination in access to health care.  We are seeking an addition to our enforcement and litigation team.

NHeLP is committed to cultivating an environment that empowers an exceptional and diverse staff and to advancing health equity in our work. We welcome applicants who represent that diversity and who will contribute to our equity journey, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals. We also encourage individuals whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities to apply.  For more information about our values and our equity journey, see our Equity Stance.

Job description

We are seeking a full time, experienced attorney for our North Carolina office. The position will involve a broad range of litigation and policy advocacy and analysis on Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and other low-income health care programs. The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of the Medicaid program at the national level and litigation experience. This candidate will think proactively and strategically; demonstrate strong leadership, communication, research, and writing skills; and be able to work individually and in teams. The attorney will help to develop and implement NHeLP’s strategies for advancing access to quality health and health equity. The ideal candidate will have experience working within communities of color and will demonstrate an understanding of the issues of health care programs as they impact low-income people, people of color, and other underserved populations.

SPECIFICALLY, the attorney will perform the following functions:

  • Work with NHeLP’s litigation team to develop innovative legal theories to enforce federal laws designed to ensure access to health care, including Medicaid, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Social Security Act.
  • Engage in sophisticated analysis of complex health policy issues in Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and managed care systems.
  • Develop presentations and written materials concerning legal and policy developments, legislation, and regulations concerning Medicaid, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other issues in NHeLP’s priority areas; and
  • Respond to consulting requests from staff as well as external sources, including state legislators and administrative agencies, policy makers, coalition partners, attorneys and advocates, media, funders, and scholars.
  • Work with the litigation and communication teams to develop media and communications focusing on legal developments, legislation and regulations, litigation, and advocacy strategies, including publications, blog posts, and training and conference sessions.

Minimum Qualifications

  • JD degree and admission to the bar in any U.S. jurisdiction
  • At least 8 years of legal experience
  • Knowledge and experience working on health law issues, including Medicaid and the ACA
  • Excellent legal research, writing and analytical skills
  • Commitment to NHeLP’s mission and values, including a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Commitment to representation of low income populations
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • High level of independence and initiative, good judgment, strong presentation skills, creativity, and willingness to work with others
  • Ability to talk about legal and other complex issues in clear and persuasive terms for both lawyer and non-lawyer audiences
  • Some travel required


Full-time, immediate availability


Highly competitive with other public interest organizations and commensurate with experience. For example, in accordance with NHeLP’s pay scale, the starting salary of an attorney with 8 years of legal experience is $97,900. For an attorney with 12 years’ legal experience, the starting salary is $114,400. The starting salary scale may be higher for candidates with additional degrees. Generous benefits are available, including employer-paid medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, as well as pre-tax savings plans, transportation benefits, a retirement savings opportunity, and the ability to work remotely up to two days per week. NHeLP also offers generous paid time off including holidays, sick time, personal time, parental leave, 150 hours (20 days) of vacation per year, and more.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, résumé, a writing sample, and a list of three professional references, with the subject “Senior Health Attorney” to: No phone calls please. For more information, please visit:

Cover letter, résumé, a brief writing sample (preferred length between 3-10 pages) and a list of references should be in PDF format. Please add your name to each attachment that you send. For example: JaneSanchezCoverLetter.pdf, JohnSanchezResume.pdf.

Reasonable accommodation

NHeLP is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified applicants. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, please send an email with subject line “Reasonable Accommodation Request” to


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