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April 15, 2019

2019 Distinguished Pro Bono - Rachel Ludwig




Jackson Kelly, PLLC






Rachel has embraced every lawyer’s duty to give back to the community and the profession.”


Rachel D. Ludwig is a native of Rockville, MD and currently lives in Charleston, WV. In 2007, Rachel graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Government and Politics. In 2012, she graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Rachel’s practice focuses primarily on health care regulatory issues and mergers and acquisitions. Her experience includes assisting hospitals, health systems, and other providers in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings, co-management agreements, and in developing clinically integrated networks and accountable care organizations. She provides guidance to corporate and health care clients on general business issues and regulatory, operational, and compliance matters. Rachel currently is the co-chair of the Young Professionals Council of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) and recently co-edited the AHLA publication Legal and Operational Guide for Free Medical Clinics. Rachel’s desire to help extends beyond her clients—she is an animal lover with a penchant for rescuing cats in need. She is an accomplished world traveler who can boast visiting 14 countries. She can also be found running, gardening, and playing competitive volleyball.

Rachel has been instrumental in helping with volunteer efforts for the Lawyer in the School program at Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV), which engages volunteer attorneys to provide legal help to families at selected elementary schools in Kanawha County. Since the program started in January 2017, Rachel has been a frequent volunteer for Lawyer in the School, volunteering 4 times at one of the schools. She has also been instrumental in facilitating Jackson Kelly’s volunteer efforts with the program. As a result, Jackson Kelly has brought the most volunteer attorneys and interns to one of the schools, including 26 attorneys and interns who have donated over 66 hours of pro bono service. Additionally, Rachel donates her time to facilitate the creation of new pro bono programs at LAWV and encourages attorneys to give not only their time but their financial support to the provision of free legal services to vulnerable West Virginians.


The Distinguished Pro Bono Service award recognizes a lawyer whose pro bono efforts in a given year have gone “above and beyond” the call of duty and are deserving of special recognition.

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