Maraleen D. Shields

Maraleen D. Shields


Healthcare • Litigation & Trial Practice

After amassing nearly a decade of medical malpractice defense and risk management experience, Maraleen D. Shields joined the Firm in 2014. She is a shareholder of the Firm’s Healthcare and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups.

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 and before state licensing boards. She is a frequent speaker for healthcare professionals.

Ms. Shields is also 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, and general complex litigation. She handles all phases of litigation and appellate practice. She works diligently to understand her client’s case and expectations. She recognizes the importance of exploring all options to achieve a favorable result whether it be through mediation, arbitration, or trial. Throughout her career, she has been recognized as a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” several times, a designation awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys under 40.

Ms. Shields is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. Since relocating to the Lehigh Valley in 2006, she has developed strong ties to the community. She is currently VP of Communications of Cetronia Elementary School’s PAC as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers. She was formerly a member of The Hillside School’s Board of Trustees. In 2015, she was named to Lehigh Valley Business’ Forty Under 40.

Notable Representations

  • Represented medical staff and health care professionals in corrective action process through internal fair hearing and appellate review process
  • Develop medical staff bylaws and policies for hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and long-term care facilities in accordance federal and state law and applicable accreditation standards
  • Counseled healthcare practices regarding HIPAA and HITECH standards
  • Represented healthcare professionals before state licensing boards
  • Counsel healthcare professionals on risk mitigation and event management


  • 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
  • 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
    • Membership Engagement Blue Ribbon Panel, 2017
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
    • Board of Directors
  • Bar Association of Lehigh County
  • Northampton County Bar Association

Honors & Affiliations

  • 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

  • Kenyon Fund Executive Committee Member, 2015-present
  • Cetronia Elementary School PAC, VP Communications, 2017 – present; Member, 2016 – present
  • Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers, Board of Directors, 2017 – 2018
  • The Hillside School, Board of Trustees, Former Member