Barbara J. Zabawa

Barbara Zabawa





Barbara J. Zabawa has 20+ years of experience in the health care field, first receiving her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan before attending law school at UW Madison, where she graduated with honors in 2001. From 2003-2005, Ms. Zabawa clerked for the Honorable Barbara B. Crabb in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin and worked on a variety of matters, including employment, patent infringement, civil rights, and contract matters. She also served as a Skadden Fellow representing health care consumers on both the national and local level by helping consumers navigate private insurance coverage issues and advocating for their interests as a Funded Consumer Advocate at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).

Barbara J. Zabawa has worked for a large health insurance company providing advice on the Affordable Care Act as well as HIPAA Privacy and Security compliance. In addition, she was in private practice at a large regional law firm for seven years, where she was a shareholder, led her firm’s health care team and served as its HIPAA Privacy Officer. While in private practice, she handled a variety of health law matters, such as compliance with fraud and abuse laws, professional scope of practice matters, state licensing issues, HIPAA privacy and security compliance, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and conditions of participation compliance, Accountable Care Organization and other joint venture agreements, employment agreements, as well as business litigation.

Barbara J. Zabawa is the author of the book “Rule the Rules on Workplace Wellness Programs.”  She is a frequent speaker and writer both nationally and regionally on workplace wellness program compliance, the Affordable Care Act, fraud and abuse issues and HIPAA compliance. She has published several law review articles in the practice of health law and has been interviewed by TV, radio and print media regarding wellness, health reform, and HIPAA. She is founder and Board Chair for the Wellness Compliance Institute, a Board Member for Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation and Chair of NewBridge, a nonprofit that provides community support for the elderly.  Her past appointments include Board President for the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, Board Member for Health Promotion Advocates, the Oversight Advisory Council for the Wisconsin Partnership Program and the State Bar Health Law Section Board.


JD – University of Wisconsin Law School, cum laude
MPH – University of Michigan School of Public Health
BA – Lawrence University

Admitted to Practice:

  • New York
  • Wisconsin
  • Federal District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin
  • Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
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