Marcia Augsburger Finds Purpose in a Different Call

By Koren Wetmore |

In her office on the 24th floor of the Wells Fargo building in Sacramento, California, attorney Marcia L. Augsburger ’81 has earned her place as a respected healthcare litigator.

But with a father and mother acclaimed for their active Christianity—evangelist, author and former EMU president Myron Augsburger and artist Esther Kniss Augsburger—she can’t shake the thought that others feel she should have pursued a more ministry-oriented career.

“When I was younger, I felt people wanted us to display our spirituality in certain ways. My parents also emphasized the importance of service and being active in the church, so I struggle with the guilt of taking a different path,” she says. “But I do feel that what I am doing is important to preserving people’s health and wellbeing.”

“My parents’ emphasis on ethics and honesty made my going into law a natural fit, and my father’s emphasis on women’s equality gave me the strong core it takes to be a woman in the legal field.”

As an attorney-partner for the global law firm DLA Piper, Augsburger specializes in litigation in the healthcare industry, privacy law and teleheath, as well as healthcare dispute resolution…


Published in CrossRoads | Eastern Mennonite University