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


Meghan O'Connor is a partner and Chair of the Health & Life Sciences Practice Group in the Milwaukee office. Meghan's practice focuses primarily on issues related to data privacy and security, data breach, health information technology, and Internet of Things and connected devices, with special emphasis on HIPAA, HITECH, and state law compliance. She also advises clients regarding compliance with other federal and state privacy and security law issues in manufacturing, consumer goods, education, government, and insurance.

Meghan also provides legal and strategic counsel to health care, government, and corporate clients on a wide range of regulatory compliance, managed care, insurance, transactional, and general corporate matters.

Meghan's experience includes:

  • Managing data breach investigation, risk assessment, and breach notification and responding to government inquiries
  • Designing and implementing data sharing arrangements
  • Advising clients on use and disclosure of sensitive information, including alcohol and drug abuse, mental health, and genetic information
  • Drafting policies and procedures related to privacy, security, and other health care business activities
  • Negotiating and preparing a broad variety of commercial agreements, including professional services, electronic medical record, technology, provider, and vendor contracts
  • Assisting with special issues facing managed care organizations, including insurance company licensing, regulatory relations, provider contracting, pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) and third-party administrator (TPA) agreements, and holding company filings

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)