Chris Zaetta   

Chief Legal Officer


Chris Zaetta rejoined UnitedHealth Group as the chief legal officer of Optum in September 2020. He previously held various roles in the legal department at UnitedHealthcare, including the head of litigation and general counsel of the government businesses. 

Prior to rejoining UnitedHealth Group, Zaetta was a Worldwide Vice President at Johnson & Johnson, in charge of the company’s global litigation department. 

Zaetta began his career in the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the United States Department of Justice Tax Division. While at the Department of Justice, he was awarded the Department’s Outstanding Attorney Award. He also was a litigation partner at the law firm of Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., where he worked on a variety of white-collar investigations and civil litigation matters.

Zaetta graduated first in his class from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and was the Law Review editor. He has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.