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

Biography

Meghan O'Connor is a partner and Chair of the Health & Life Sciences Practice Group in the Milwaukee office. She provides strategic counsel in the areas of data privacy and security, data incident preparedness and management, breach response, and confidentiality of health information, as well as health information technology, Internet of Things (IoT), and connected devices. Meghan has experience working with consumer product, service, technology, telecommunications, and other highly regulated industries, with an emphasis on the health and life sciences industry.

Meghan believes the best approach to privacy and security is effective and practical preparation, and she helps clients prepare for and respond to consistently evolving privacy and security threats and risks in a fast-paced, ever-changing landscape. Meghan advises clients throughout data breach and cybersecurity incident preparation and management, including incident response, investigation, risk assessment, breach notification, and responding to government inquiries. She also routinely assists clients to develop, implement, and update privacy and security compliance programs and advises on structuring complex data sharing arrangements and implementing innovative health solutions.

Meghan also provides legal and strategic counsel to health care, government, and commercial clients on a wide range of regulatory compliance, managed care, insurance, transactional, and general corporate matters. Prior to private practice, Meghan worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) where she focused on federal health law and policy, conducted compliance reviews, and evaluated managed care contracts.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • 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 (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)
  • American Health Information Management Association (Member)
  • Wisconsin Health Information Management Association (Member)
  • Health Care Compliance Association (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

  • 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)