Zemelman joined Kaiser Permanente in 1991.
From 1998 until his promotion to general counsel in 2010, Zemelman managed a group of lawyers providing legal support for the corporate and business operations of Kaiser Permanente.
Zemelman reports directly to Kaiser Permanente’s chair and chief executive officer, and is a member of the National Executive Team.
Historically, his individual legal practice has been primarily in the areas of regulation of tax-exempt health plans and hospitals, business litigation, negotiation and drafting of contracts, and environmental law.
Zemelman has a long-standing commitment to diversity in the legal profession. With his guidance, the legal department at Kaiser Permanente has greatly increased the use of women- and minority-owned law firms, as well as developed internal programs that are resulting in increased diversity and inclusion within the department.
Zemelman has been an active member of the board of directors of the California Minority Counsel Program for many years and is frequently invited to speak and brainstorm with industry leaders about further diversifying the legal profession.
He is graduated magna cum laude from UC Hastings College of the Law and served as judicial extern for Justice Joseph Grodin of the California Supreme Court.