Maraleen D. Shields

Maraleen D. Shields


Alternative Dispute Resolution • Eminent Domain • Complex & Commercial Litigation • Healthcare Litigation • Medical Staff Disputes • Licensure & Professional Liability • Personal Injury Defense • Fair Hearing & Appellate Review • Municipal Liability • HCQIA Compliance • Hospital Accreditation & Credentialing • Medical Staff Bylaws • HIPAA/HITECH • NPDB

After amassing nearly a decade of medical malpractice defense and risk management litigation experience, Maraleen D. Shields joined the Firm in 2014. She works to understand her client’s case, expectations and needs. She recognizes the importance of exploring all options to achieve a favorable result whether it be through mediation, arbitration, or trial. Her clients have come to know her for her responsiveness and candor.

She is a shareholder of the Firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and Healthcare Groups. As a member of the Firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, she has handled a wide array of matters including healthcare business disputes, municipal liability, class action litigation, personal injury matters, contract disputes and general complex litigation. She handles all phases of litigation and appellate practice. As a member of the Firm’s Healthcare Group, her practice focuses on peer review and credentialing matters, licensing and professional board disputes, Health Care Quality Improvement Act (HCQIA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology and Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) compliance, the OIG exclusion program, and risk mitigation and event management. She prepares medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, and policies for hospitals and other healthcare facilities in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and accreditation standards. She represents healthcare professionals engaged in the fair hearing and appellate review process, contract disputes and before state licensing boards. She is a frequent speaker for healthcare professionals.

Ms. Shields is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. Since relocating to the Lehigh Valley in 2006, she has developed strong ties to the Lehigh Valley. She is President-elect of the Parents’ Association of Cetronia Elementary School. She was formerly a member of The Hillside School’s Board of Trustees. Ms. Shields is also actively involved with the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Women in the Profession and Minority Bar Committee. In 2015, she was named to Lehigh Valley Business’ Forty Under 40.

Notable Representations

  • Obtained arbitration award in a physician’s shareholder dispute
  • Represented medical staff and health care professionals in corrective action process through internal fair hearing and appellate review process
  • Developed medical staff bylaws and policies for hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and long-term care facilities in accordance with federal and state law and applicable accreditation standards
  • Counseled healthcare practices regarding HIPAA and HITECH standards
  • Represented healthcare professionals  investigated by the Office of General Counsel before various state licensing boards
  • Counseled healthcare professionals on risk mitigation and event management
  • Obtained dismissal of case involving alleged transmission of HCV during blood donation
  • Obtained jury verdicts in municipal liability slip and fall dispute
  • Secured summary judgment in eminent domain proceeding
  • Obtained arbitration award in breach of contract dispute
  • Secured reinstatement of medical billing privileges


  • Kenyon College, B.A., 2000
    • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2003
    • University of Pittsburgh Law Review
    • K. Leroy Irvis Scholar
    • Order of the Coif

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Professional Organizations

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Health Care Law Committee, Co-Vice Chair, 2019 – Present
    • Membership Engagement Blue Ribbon Panel, 2017
    • Women in the Profession Commission
    • Minority Bar Committee
      • Executive Council
      • Houston’s Legacy Editorial Staff
  • Bar Association of Lehigh County
  • Northampton County Bar Association

Honors & Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association President’s Award, 2018
  • Named one of Forty under 40, Lehigh Valley Business, 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Star Edition 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 – 2018,
  • Named a Select Lawyer in:
    • Medical Malpractice Law, 2014
    • Healthcare Law, 2015 – 2017
  • Named Legal Leader by Lehigh Valley Magazine, 2016 -2017
  • Named to inaugural Lawyers of Color Hot List

Community Activity

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Advisory Council of LINC, 2019 – present
  • Kenyon Fund Executive Committee Vice-Chair, 2019 – Present; Member, 2015 – Present
  • Cetronia Elementary School PAC, President, 2019 – Present; VP Communications, 2017 – 2019; Member, 2016 – Present
  • The Hillside School, Board of Trustees, Former Member

Notable Speaking Engagements

  • PBI Health Law Institute 2018: Scenes from a Medical Staff Hearing
  • The Legal Brief with FLB Podcast: Medical Staff Hearings
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association 2018 Mid-Year Meeting: Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession
  • Lehigh Valley Health Information Management Association 2018 Annual Meeting
  • Lehigh and Northampton County Medical Society Joint Symposium 2016