Olivia Robinson is Assistant General Counsel at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in Washington, DC. CareFirst is the largest healthcare insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region, serving 3.3 million members. In her current role, Olivia advises the company on pharmaceutical matters, Medicare and Medicaid managed care strategies, operational, and compliance issues. Before joining CareFirst, Olivia was a Senior Associate at a Washington healthcare firm where she represented regional health care systems in administrative matters related to healthcare reimbursement disputes against federal, state, and commercial health insurers.

Olivia is also involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, National Capital Area; Maryland Bar Association; the Homeless Persons Representation Project by way of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland; and Momentum Education.

When did you join the WBA?
I have been a member since 2018.

What committees/forums have you been involved in?
Wellness & Health Law Forum; Social Media Committee.

Why did you join the Women’s Bar Association?
A colleague invited me to attend the WBA’s largest networking event, Stars of the Bar, in 2017. At the event, I met so many great women, who are now mentors.

What benefits do you get from being a part of the WBA and why do you think others should join?
I enjoy the benefits of connecting with other legal professionals who specialize in different fields of law, as well as continued legal training through the WBA’s professional development programming.

Others should join the WBA because membership offers a collegial environment for attorneys and other legal professionals to forge relationships and opportunities to excel in their careers.

Do you have a mentor/hero?
Yes, my mother who is a retired social worker, and public health executive. Throughout her career she constantly highlighted the importance of equitable access to health care and educational resources. As a legal professional, I was drawn to pursuing a career in healthcare law to improve coverage, quality of care, and access barriers for Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries.

What words of advice do you have for women new to the profession?
As an attorney you will spend countless hours over the course of your career developing your legal talents, but it is just as important to focus on developing practices to support your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Your future self will thank you!

What is the best advice you have received?
Determine what is important to you in life, create your own destiny, and define your own path to success.