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PA / Allentown

Maraleen Shields

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.
645 Hamilton Street, Suite 800 
Allentown , PA 18101


Lynette Norton Award, 2020

Pennsylvania Bar Association President’s Award, 2018

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


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

Kenyon College, B.A., 2000; Pi Sigma Alpha



After amassing nearly a decade of medical malpractice defense and risk management litigation experience, Maraleen D. Shields joined the Firm in 2014. She works to understand her client’s case, expectations and needs. She recognizes the importance of exploring all options to achieve a favorable result whether it be through mediation, arbitration, or trial. Her clients have come to know her for her responsiveness and candor.

She is a shareholder of the Firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice and Healthcare Groups. As 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, contract disputes and general complex litigation. She handles all phases of litigation and appellate practice. 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, contract disputes and before state licensing boards.

She is active in the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), serving as Chair of the Minority Bar Committee’s Rising Star Program Subcommittee, Co-Chair of the Women in the Profession Commission’s Diversity Committee, and Co-Chair of the Health Care Committee. In 2016, she was invited by then PBA President, Sharon R. Lopez, to participate in its Blue Ribbon Panel on Membership Engagement which focused on PBA engagement of mothers, millennials, and minorities. Because of her work on this project, she was given the PBA President’s Award in 2018. In 2020, PBA President, David E. Schwager, named Maraleen to the Joint Task Force on Continuity of Legal Services, which is focused on creating recommendations to ensure continuity and consistency of legal services from one jurisdiction to another in response to the ongoing pandemic. Also in 2020, she was awarded the prestigious Lynette Norton Award. This prestigious award recognizes a female attorney who excels in litigation and is devoted to the mentorship of women in the profession. Maraleen was the first woman of color to receive this award.

Maraleen has been named to the PA Super Lawyers Rising Stars list 2008, 2010, 2012-2018. She received Lehigh Valley Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award and Lehigh Valley Magazine’s Legal Leader Award. She is a frequent speaker on diversity, equity, and inclusion, health care, and litigation matters.

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