Anastasia P. Boden

Senior Attorney |

Anastasia Boden leads PLF’s equality and opportunity program, where she fights for equality before the law and strong protections for civil rights.  

Anastasia’s litigation focuses on tearing down barriers to opportunity, like laws that deprive people of the right to earn a living or to innovate in education. She has extensive experience challenging Certificate of Need laws, which require aspiring business owners to prove that they are “needed” before starting up. Anastasia has represented entrepreneurs seeking to do everything from start a moving business to offer care for special needs children, and her lawsuits have led to legislative reform in Nevada, Virginia, Montana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. 

As any good public interest lawyer knows, one of the biggest hurdles to bringing a civil rights lawsuit is the doctrine of “standing,” wherein courts evaluate whether the plaintiff has a legally cognizable injury. Anastasia has won standing cases in the Eleventh, Fifth, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, opening the courthouse doors for plaintiffs who allege their rights have been violated. 

A self-proclaimed Supreme Court superfan, Anastasia is co-host of PLF’s Supreme Court podcast, Dissed, which tells the stories behind famous (and infamous) dissents. Her writings on law and liberty have been featured in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and more, and she has appeared on Headline News, Reason TV, Newsmax, and John Stossel 

Anastasia earned her B.A. with Dean’s Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her J.D. from Georgetown, where she was research assistant to Professor Randy E. Barnett (aka the “Godfather” of the Obamacare challenge). Prior to joining PLF, she worked at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies and at Washington Legal Foundation. 

When not lawyering, Anastasia can be found playing classical piano, competing at board games, or watching Jeopardy! She ardently believes the Beatles are better than the Stones.