Lucy Hodder

Director, Health Law and Policy
Phone: (603) 513-5212
Office: Institute for Health Policy & Practice, 2 White Street, Concord, NH 03301

Lucy Hodder is a Professor of Law at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law and the Director of Health Law and Policy programs for the law school, College of Health and Human Services, Institute for Health Policy and Practice. At the Law School, Lucy teaches health law, health policy and bioInnovation courses and supervises the Health Law and Policy Certificate program. Lucy focuses her research and technical assistance work with IHPP on health care systems reform, coverage and payment strategies, Medicaid policy and medical records privacy.

Lucy most recently served as Legal Counsel and Senior Health Policy Adviser to New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan. Lucy is an experienced New Hampshire health care and regulatory attorney. Previously a shareholder in the firm of Rath, Young and Pignatelli, PC, and Chair of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group, Lucy was awarded the Oustanding Service in Public Sector Law by the NH Bar Association in January 2021 and named Lawyer of the Year in 2012 for Health Care Law by her peer.

A graduate of Princeton University and Georgetown University Law Center, Lucy clerked for Judge Martin L.C. Feldman, United States District Court, Louisiana, and then began her career as an attorney in the San Francisco firm of Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison, LLP.

She moved to New Hampshire with her husband in 1993 and entered into public service as an Assistant Attorney General in the New Hampshire Department of Justice. In 1998, Lucy joined Rath, Young and Pignatelli, PC, serving clients in health care, regulatory and business matters for over 15 years, before agreeing to serve as Legal Counsel for New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan beginning in January 2013.


  • J.D., Georgetown University
  • B.A., Princeton University

Research Interests

  • Access to Health Services/Medical Care
  • Administrative Law
  • Bioethics (Human & Animal)
  • Health Care
  • Health Care Financing
  • Health Care Reform
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Planning/Policy
  • Health Services Delivery
  • Mental Health Services
  • Privacy
  • Public Health Law

Courses Taught

  • LGP 904: Curr Issues Health Law& Policy
  • LGP 930: Health Law & Industry Reg
  • LRS 905: Independent Study

Selected Publications

Hodder, L., Dixon, K., & Porter, J. (2022). Covering the Care: Health Insurance
Coverage in New Hampshire - 2021 Update. Retrieved from

Sanders, B. (2022). Health transparency fines could loom for employers. New Hampshire Business Review, 44. Retrieved from