O'Brien and Ryan, LLP - Attorneys at Law
Heather Hansen
Heather Hansen
Email: hhansen@obrlaw.com
Main: (610) 834-6215
Fax: (610) 834-1749
   
Assistant: Maureen Centofante
Email: mcentofante@obrlaw.com
Main: (610) 834-6236


Ms. Hansen is a litigator and has tried cases in Philadelphia County, the surrounding counties and the Federal Courts. She has successfully defended hospitals and physicians in complex medical negligence litigation. A substantial portion of her practice involves catastrophic obstetric and orthopedic claims. Ms. Hansen has lectured extensively on these issues and has made presentations to the National Judicial Conference and at Grand Rounds at numerous hospitals. She has also co-authored two chapters in medical texts regarding medical malpractice litigation. She has served as a trained mediator for medical negligence claims for Health Care Resolutions and is certified in Mediation through the Drexel University College of Medicine Mediation Program and Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution & Vermont Law School, East Coast Professional Skills Program, STAR – A Systematic Approach to Mediation Strategies. Heather has served as a Judge Pro Temp for the Philadelphia Courts.  She is also a volunteer Child Advocate Attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocate and was honored for her pro bono work by the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania in 2013. 

Heather also speaks frequently for hospitals, universities and professional / legal associations.

Practice Areas:

Recent Representative Matters:

Named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers:

  • 2005 (Rising Stars)
  • 2006 (Rising Stars)
  • 2007 (Rising Stars)
  • 2008 (Rising Stars)
  • 2011
  • 2012 (Top 100 Philadelphia, Top 50 Women)
  • 2013 (Top 50 Women)
  • 2014 (Top 50 Women)
  • 2015 (Top 50 Women)
  • 2016 (Top 50 Women)
  • 2017 (Top 50 Women)

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania, 1997

Education:

  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 1997, J.D.
  • The American University, Washington, D.C., 1994, B.A.
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works:

  • Author, How To Maintain Humanity In An EMR World, Law360.com, January 2014
  • Co-author, Legal Concerns of EMR and PACS, Advance for Imaging & Radiation Oncology, February 2011
  • Co-author of Chapter, Legal Implications and Strategies, The Textbook of Spinal Surgery, 3rd ed. (Paul Craig, R.N., J.D., et al., 2011)
  • Co-author, Legal Implications and Strategies for Managing Complications in Spinal Surgery, Complications of Pediatric and Adult Spinal Surgery, Chapter 47, (Alexander R. Vaccarro et al. eds. 2004)

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Medical-Legal Documentation, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, March 2017
  • How to Ask a Question, University of California - Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA, February 2017
  • Advanced Torts: Law and Practice, Medical Malpractice Class at Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA, February 2017
  • Advanced Torts: Law and Practice, Medical Malpractice Class at Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley CA, February 2017
  • Spine Surgery Trial: Anatomy and Prevention, Tufts University Grand Rounds, Medford MA, January 2017
  • The Arbitration of a Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcer Lawsuit, Jefferson Health's 2nd Annual Global Pressure Ulcer Prevention Conference, Philadelphia, PA November 2015
  • Medical Indemnity Challenges for Acute Hospital Services: The United States and Pennsylvania Experience, Irish Hospital Consultants Association's Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland, October 2015
  • Recent Changes in PA and NJ Medical Malpractice Law and Practice, Coverys Law Day, Princeton, NJ, September 2015
  • Electronic Medical Records, Main Line Health's Physician Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, September 2015
  • End Distracted Driving, CertainTeed Environmental Health & Safety Day at Saint-Gobain, Malvern, PA, September 2015
  • Down The Shore: Tort Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Atlantic City, NJ, August 2015
  • Medical Malpractice Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, November 2014
  • The Ethics of Covering a Moving Media Target, Opening Plenary, Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, October 2014
  • Medical Malpractice Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, March 2013
  • What MedMal Defense Lawyers Need to Know about the New Benevolent Gesture Law..., Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, November 2013
  • What Pennsylvania Lawyers Need to Know About New Jersey Personal Injury Practice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, August 2013
  • Depos-for P.I. Lawyers, The Dispute Resolution Institute, Pennsylvania Convention Center, July, 2013
  • Brain Injury Claims & Litigation, American Conference Institute 2nd Annual Summit for Med Mal and Other Personal Injury Leaders, The Union League, Philadelphia, PA, March, 2013
  • Medical Malpractice and Electronic Medical Records, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, February 2013
  • What Pennsylvania Lawyers Need to Know About New Jersey Personal Injury Practice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, November 2012
  • Navigating the Current Medical-Legal Environment, Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PA, April 2012
  • Breaking Down the Basics Series-Civil Procedure Practicalities, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, May, 2011
  • Medical Legal Issues, Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, Philadelphia, PA, April, 2011
  • The Pulse of Med Mal: Advanced Issues in Your Practice, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Philadelphia, PA, April, 2011
  • Grand Rounds, Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Philadelphia, PA, July 2010
  • Medical Legal Issues in Ultrasound, Virtua Hospital Voorhees, Voorhees, NJ, June 2010
  • Medical Legal Issues in Ultrasound, 30th Annual Leading Edge in Diagnostic Ultrasound Conference, Atlantic City NJ, May 2010
  • Mock Trial, Pennsylvania American College of Emergency Physicians Annual Scientific Assembly, April 2010
  • Trial of a Medical Malpractice Case, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, December 2009
  • Practical Aspects of Personal Injury Depositions, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, December 2009
  • Electronic Medical Records, Drexel University College of Medicine, Psychiatry Department Grand Rounds Philadelphia, PA, November 2009
  • Medical Legal Electronic Medical Record Program, Drexel University College of Medicine, Nephrology Department Philadelphia, PA, April 2009
  • Medical Legal Update, 9th Annual Thomas Jefferson Spine Fellows Alumni Symposium, Orlando, FL, July 2009
  • Management Options and Their Implications, Globus Medical Complex Case Review Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2009
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, February 2009
  • Medical Legal Electronic Medical Record Program, Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Medicine's Grand Rounds, January 2009
  • The Defense Perspective On Medical Malpractice, University of Pennsylvania - Torts Class, November 2008
  • Legal Documentation, Riddle Memorial Hospital Grand Rounds, October 2008
  • Thomas Jefferson Spine Fellows Symposium, Newport, Rhode Island, July 2007
  • Innovative Technology in Spine Surgery, Los Cabos, Mexico, June 2007
  • ER: Trying the Emergency Room Med Mal Case, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Philadelphia, 2007
  • Mock Trial, Temple University School of Medicine, 2007
  • The Labor of Litigation, Ross Conference for Hospital Nurse Managers, Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories Inc., December 2006
  • Mock Trial, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2006
  • Prevention of Medical Chart Irregularities and Preparation for Case Defense,  Medicine Department Grand Rounds, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2006
  • Thomas Jefferson Spine Fellows Symposium, Newport, Rhode Island, July 2006
  • Innovative Technology in Spine Surgery, Los Cabos, Mexico, June 2006
  • Innovative Technology in Spine Surgery, Los Cabos, Mexico, July 2005
  • Mock Trial, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2005
  • Documentation & Communication, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2005
  • 11th Annual Health Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2005
  • Mastering Med Mal Mediation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2005
  • Documentation and Communication, Physicians' Assistant Grand Rounds, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2004
  • Maximizing Efficiencies in Arthroplasty, Pennsylvania Hospital, 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Philadelphia Area Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association - Co-Chair of the Medical Legal Committee
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, LLC (2008-2016)
  • Fellow, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 2014
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