Madhu Chugh


Chugh, Madhu

Madhu Chugh's practice focuses on governmental enforcement actions, congressional inquiries, internal investigations and high-stakes litigation, particularly in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, defense and technology sectors. She has helped numerous clients navigate crises, providing strategic counsel to companies facing complex regulatory issues at the intersection of law, policy and business. Ms. Chugh has also filed numerous briefs in federal and state courts and has advised clients on constitutional and statutory issues.


Ms. Chugh has deep experience working on healthcare issues. She teaches Health Law & Policy as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and is a scholar at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown. In 2009, at the invitation of the O'Neill Institute, Ms. Chugh published the article, “Executive Authority to Reform Health,” which analyzed the scope of the President's constitutional and statutory power to enact healthcare reform.

During the 2004 presidential election, Ms. Chugh served as the Director of Health Care Policy for the Kerry-Edwards campaign. She was the Policy Director on Senator Jeanne Shaheen's 2002 campaign, and from 2001-2002, she worked on healthcare policy for Senator Edward Kennedy. During her time in the US Senate, she helped develop and pass the Health Care Safety Net Amendments, which increased funding for community health centers and the National Health Service Corps program, as well as created the Healthy Communities Access Program. In 1998, Ms. Chugh served as Deputy Communications Director on Tom Vilsack's successful gubernatorial campaign in Iowa, where he was the first Democrat to be elected governor in more than 30 years. She then served as the Deputy Communications Director in the Governor's office from 1999 to 2000, where she organized a coalition of 70 groups to help pass legislation that invested Iowa's share of a large tobacco settlement in creating and expanding healthcare programs.

Ms. Chugh is also a devoted and loyal alumna of The University of Texas. In 2013, Ms. Chugh was named an Outstanding Young Texas Ex, one of four alumni under the age of 40 recognized for significant career achievements and service to the University. In 2014, Ms. Chugh was elected to the Board of Directors for the Ex-Students' Association of The University of Texas.

Ms. Chugh currently serves on the panelist of judges for the MacArthur Foundation's $100 million grant competition entitled “100&Change.”

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award, which recognizes University of Texas alumni who are 40 or under, distinguished in their fields, and have demonstrated a continuing interest in the university

Publications & News


January 1, 2013

WilmerHale Attorney Selected for Alumni Award from University of Texas

WilmerHale Senior Associate Madhu Chugh, has been selected to receive the 2013 Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award from her alma mater, the University of Texas. Chugh is one of four University of Texas alumni who have been selected by the Texas Exes to receive the award for 2013.

November 2, 2012

Could a Romney Administration Really Dismantle the ACA “On Day One”?

An article by Madhu Chugh, published on the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law blog on November 2, 2012.    

January 1, 2012

Cost Containment: Finding New Tools for an Old Problem

An article co-authored by Senator Tom Daschle & Madhu Chugh, to be published in Beyond Learned Helplessness: Solving America’s Health Care Cost Conundrum (Gregg Bloche & Leslie Meltzer eds., Brookings Institution Press).

January 1, 2009

Executive Authority to Reform Health, 37 J.L. MED. & ETHICS 20

An article written by Madhu Chugh, analyzing the scope of the President’s constitutional and statutory power to reform health care. This article is available at


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JD, Yale Law School, 2008, Book Reviews & Features Editor, Yale Law Journal; Articles Editor, Yale Law & Policy Review

MPP, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2004

BA & BJ, with High Honors, University of Texas at Austin, 1998, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


The Hon. Thomas B. Griffith, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2008 - 2009

Government Experience

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