Ms. Shields is a shareholder in the Firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and Healthcare practices.
She has earned a reputation for securing strong results in a wide array of high stakes cases for plaintiffs and defendants. Because of her candor and responsiveness, her clients view her as a trusted advocate. She understands that each case is unique and should be treated as such. She explores all options to achieve a favorable result. Her trial and appellate practice includes medical practice, healthcare business disputes, municipal liability, class actions, personal injury, contract disputes, and other commercial litigation matters.
Ms. Shields has also been a trusted advocate for healthcare professionals engaged in the fair hearing/appellate review process and appearing before state licensing boards to preserve their ability to practice. She also regularly helps providers and institutions navigate the ever-changing laws, regulations, and accreditation standards in healthcare. She prepares medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, and policies for hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
Ms. Shields was honored for her work on the PBA’s Blue-Ribbon Panel on Membership Engagement with the President’s Award in 2018. In 2020, she was recognized for her litigation skills and mentorship of women in the profession with the Lynette Norton Award. Most recently, the Lehigh Valley Business, named her a 2021 Woman of Influence.
Maraleen D. Shields, a shareholder in the Firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and Healthcare practices, will be moderating a panel discussion entitled, The Dobbs Decision– Rewriting History? The hour-long event, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, will take place remotely on Friday, January 20, 2023, at 12 pm. The discussion will center on the implications of […]
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor waived many restrictions on healthcare and nurse practitioners in the interest of providing much-needed care. Many of those waivers have now expired, but we are left with data suggesting that some of the guardrails perhaps were not necessary or were a barrier to providing patient care. Pennsylvania State Senators […]
Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. is pleased to announce that six attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. In addition, three attorneys were named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition. Historically, less than 5% of the lawyers in the state are selected for the coveted distinction of Pennsylvania Super […]
After a 7-day jury trial in Federal Court in Allentown, Maraleen Shields and Doug Smillie obtained a $1.057 million verdict for their client, Arnold’s Office Furniture. The case involved claims against a former employee for breach of duty of loyalty, misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of a non-solicitation agreement. During the pandemic, Arnold’s used […]
Shareholder Maraleen D. Shields successfully represented the City of Allentown at a jury trial in a trip & fall case. The case involved the claims of a roller skater who fell on a sidewalk. The Plaintiff alleged that the sidewalk was defective, but previously told the emergency room and her own doctor that she fell […]