Meghan Hatfield Yanacek

Ms. Yanacek is a civil defense litigator, practicing primarily in medical malpractice defense in Federal and State courts. Her practice also includes asbestos and construction/premises liability matters.

Throughout her career, Ms. Yanacek has defended healthcare providers (including physicians, nurses, allied staff, dentists, hospitals and nursing homes) at both the trial court and appellate court levels. She is involved in all phases of litigation, including preliminary investigation, depositions, motions practice, mediation, trial and appeal. She has successfully represented providers in complex matters involving allegations of birth injury, serious injury and wrongful death.

In addition to civil litigation, Ms. Yanacek has also defended health care providers in disciplinary actions brought by licensing agencies. Ms. Yanacek's wide-ranging health policy background allows her to advise clients on issues related to end of life care and decision-making, consent issues, guardianship matters, HIPAA, EMTALA, and internal policies and practices. She also has hosted speaking engagements for clients and other attorneys on hospital law and medical malpractice issues.

Ms. Yanacek's legal experience also includes serving as Associate Counsel for a large hospital system. As in-house counsel, she managed complex healthcare claims and litigation in the District of Columbia and Maryland.  In this role, she performed pre-suit investigations, negotiated settlement agreements, and managed outside counsel in their defense of lawsuits and administrative actions. Her responsibilities also included advising the system’s affiliated providers on regulatory and policy issues as related to patient care.   


Professional Organizations and Committees

  • The Defense Research Institute, Medical Liability Committee, D.C. Representative 
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City, Health Law Committee
  • Baltimore Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (associate member)



  • Mrs. Yanacek has presented to risk management and hospital staff on subjects such as social media in litigation, medical malpractice law in the District of Columbia, and the Affordable Care Act. 


Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2018
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2017
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management