Meghan C. O’Connor, Partner / Milwaukee Health & Life Sciences Practice Group Office Chair


Meghan O'Connor is Chair of the firm's Health Information Technology, Privacy & Security Team and the Milwaukee Office chair of the Health & Life Sciences Practice Group. Meghan provides strategic counsel in the areas of data privacy and security, related compliance considerations, risk management and incident response, and commercial contracting matters for clients in the health and life sciences industry and other highly regulated industries. She has experience working with pharmacies, device and drug manufacturers, hospitals and vertically integrated systems, clinically integrated networks, physician groups and organizations, and connected platforms in the health and life sciences industry as well as service, consumer product, and technology companies.

Representative Experience

  • Advises clients on the development and negotiation of novel and disruptive arrangements and partnerships, complex data sharing initiatives, and innovative health and IT solutions
  • Structures and reviews information privacy and security compliance programs, including federal and state law compliance, incident prevention and preparedness, operationally feasible implementation, industry best practice, and associated vendor and workforce risk management considerations
  • Counsels clients through incident response, recovery, mitigation, and government investigation for data breaches and cybersecurity incidents, and coordinates and deploys incident response teams comprised of legal, forensic, and law enforcement response
  • Provides strategic advice to clients on an array of federal and state privacy laws and industry standards (e.g., HIPAA, HITECH, state laws governing health information and medical records, state laws governing personal information, and state data breach laws)
  • Advises clients on the development of clinically integrated networks, effectives uses of clinical and claims data to support value-based reimbursement arrangements, and negotiation of managed care contracts

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Certificate, Quarles & Brady Leadership Program (2018)
  • Marquette University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2010)
    • Marquette Elder’s Advisor (NKA Marquette Benefits & Social Welfare Law Review), Editor-in-Chief
  • Lawrence University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2005)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Medical College of Wisconsin Institutional Review Board (Past Member)
  • Wisconsin Humane Society (Board of Directors)
  • Wisconsin Humane Society Advisory Board (Chair)
  • HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsin (Co-Chair, Privacy Discussion Group)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (Member)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association (Member; former co-chair of Health Law Section)
  • Association for Women Lawyers (Member)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2019: Health Care Law)
  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers®-Rising Stars Edition 2018 (Healthcare)
  • Named a Wisconsin Law Journal "Up and Coming Lawyer" (2016)
  • Recognized with a Commendation for Writing Excellence, State Bar of Wisconsin (2013)
  • Selected as recipient of Pro Bono Publico Award, Milwaukee Bar Association (2009)