Laura Odwazny

Adjunct Professor of Law


Laura M. Odwazny is a senior attorney with the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Odwazny’s primary client is the Office for Human Research Protections, which interprets and enforces the HHS regulations that provide protections for human research subjects. Odwazny also currently advises the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and the HHS Office of Global Affairs. Throughout her 15 years with the Office of the General Counsel, Odwazny has provided legal advice to various other agencies within HHS, including the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Program Support Center Division of FOIA Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Prior to her employment with HHS, Odwazny served as a law clerk to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Odwazny is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and received an MA in bioethics at the University of Pittsburgh.