About Meghan

Innovative, practical counsel for privacy and strategic data goals

Meghan O'Connor provides strategic counsel in the areas of data privacy and cybersecurity, regulatory compliance, information governance, risk management, and commercial transactions and contracting matters, with particular attention to companies managing health and other personal data. Her work includes:

  • Applying the patchwork of legal requirements to new technologies and partnerships.
  • Building compliance programs.
  • Responding to complex data privacy and security incidents and government investigations.
  • Helping clients leverage data in innovative and disruptive arrangements while minimizing associated risks.

Meghan believes good privacy and security can be operationally feasible and market differentiators as fundamental tenets of consumer trust in patient-provider, member-payer, employer-employee, student-educator relationships and consumer use of technology.

She is national chair of the Health Information, Privacy & Security team and Milwaukee office chair of the Health & Life Sciences Practice Group.

Experience in Action

  • Advises clients on the development and negotiation of novel and disruptive arrangements and partnerships, complex data sharing initiatives, innovative health and IT solutions, and new technologies.
  • Structures and reviews information privacy and security compliance programs to support clients’ business goals while remaining competitive, proactive in managing vendor and workforce risk, and prepared for data incidents.
  • Provides strategic advice to clients ranging from startups to Fortune 10 companies on the patchwork of federal and state privacy laws and industry standards, particularly HIPAA, the HITECH Act, the 21st Century Cures Act, FERPA, the Privacy Act, 42 CFR Part 2, biometric and other sensitive data laws, and state breach and comprehensive privacy laws.
  • Manages all aspects of data breach and cybersecurity incident response. Meghan helps with investigation, notification, recovery, mitigation, government investigation (e.g., federal regulators such as the HHS Office for Civil Rights and state attorneys general) and successfully resolving and avoiding enforcement actions.
  • Advises clients on the development of health care business transactions, effective uses of clinical and claims data to support value-based reimbursement arrangements and negotiation of managed care contracts.

Successes

  • Assisted with development and implementation of privacy and security programs for AI, cloud services, technology startups, vertically integrated health systems, self-funded health plans, payers, telehealth and connected platforms, and professional sports teams.
  • Advised a multi-national company on big data strategy, including de-identification and data use cases to bridge the gap between legal requirements and opportunities to maximize value.
  • Structured complex data sharing arrangements for health information exchanges, technology companies, pharmaceutical industry, and health care providers, including analyzing the patchwork of applicable laws and consumer notice and consent models, and preparing corresponding agreements and operating policies.
  • Conducted privacy and security diligence, negotiated transaction documents to manage risk and coordinated remediation on behalf of buyers, sellers and investors in health care and commercial transactions.
  • Managed incident response and recovery for a wide range of clients, including health care providers, universities, information technology companies, health plans and employers, including successfully responding to federal and state government investigations without penalty.

Professional Recognitions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2019-present: Health Care Law)
  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers®-Rising Stars Edition, 2018 - present (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)

Professional & Civic Activities

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

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