Matthew B. Lawrence

Assistant Professor of Law and Assistant Professor, Penn State College of Medicine

Matthew B. Lawrence is an expert in the fields of health law and administrative law. As an academic fellow and lecturer on law at Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Bioethics and Biotechnology, Professor Lawrence conducted independent research and prepared legal scholarship on health law issues, designed and taught a seminar at Harvard Law School entitled “Law and Medicine: The Affordable Care Act,” organized conferences and events exploring health reform, and mentored both law students and medical school students writing health law and policy scholarship.

Lawrence previously served as attorney advisor in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C., where he advised agency staff and senior officials on healthcare and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) issues and provided technical assistance on legislation, regulations, and agency guidance. He also has several years of litigation experience as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he defended federal policies and programs challenged in the District Courts for the United States, usually as lead attorney for the government. At the Department of Justice, Lawrence specialized in Medicare and Affordable Care Act matters of first impression. He began his legal career as a clerk for the Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg at the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

His scholarship has been published in the New York University Law Review, University of Cincinnati Law Review, Fordham Law Review, and Indiana Law Journal.

While a law student at New York University School of Law, he was a Furman Scholar, Butler Scholar, Pomeroy Scholar, Lederman-Milbank Fellow in Law and Economics, and managing editor of the NYU Law Review.

Matthew J.B. Lawrence


Phone  717-241-3537



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J.D., New York University School of Law, magna cum laude

B.A., Brown University, magna cum laude

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Research Interests
Health law, administrative law, insurance law, civil procedure, complex litigation, elder law

Current Courses
Administrative Law

Health Care Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Health Care Law & Policy

Health Care Organizations and Finance

Legal Argument & Factual Persuasion

Lawrence's Publications

Disappropriation, 120 COLUM. L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2020).

Essay, Against the ‘Safety Net’, 72 FLA. L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2020).

Health Insurance’s Social Consequences Problem and How to Solve It, 13 HARV. L. & POL’Y REV. ___ (forthcoming 2019).

Deputizing Family: Loved Ones as a Regulatory Tool in the ‘Drug War’ and Beyond, 11 NORTHEASTERN L. REV. 195 (2019).

Regulatory Pathways to Promote Treatment for Substance Use Disorder or Other Under-Treated Conditions Using Risk Adjustment, 46 J. L. MED. & ETHICS 935 (2018) (peer reviewed). 

“Introduction to Part III: Behavioral Economics and the Problem of Healthcare Costs,” in Behavioral Economics, Law, and Health Policy (I. Glenn Cohen et al. eds., 2016).

Procedural Triage,” 84 Fordham L. Rev. (2015).

Mandatory Process,” 90 Ind. L. J. (2015).

Courts Should Apply a Relatively More Stringent Pleading Threshold to Class Actions,” 81 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1225 (2013).

The Jurisdiction of the D.C. Circuit,” 23 Cornell J. of L. & Pub. Pol’y 131 (2013) (with Eric M. Fraser; David K. Kessler; & Stephen A. Calhoun).

Note, In Search of an Enforceable Medical Malpractice Exculpatory Agreement: Introducing Confidential Contracts as a Solution to the Doctor-Patient Relationship Problem,” 83 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 850 (2009).