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Susan K. Hackney

Fax +1.919.831.7040
Ms. Hackney assists health care clients law with regulatory and litigation matters, including certificate of need planning and contested cases, licensing and certification matters, payment disputes, medical staff privilege matters, EMTALA issues, civil monetary penalty appeals and contract disputes. She represents hospital systems, adult care facility providers, continuing care providers, hospice facilities, physician groups, and other health care providers.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Hackney was an attorney with the North Carolina Department of Justice in the Administrative Division, Medical Facilities Section. From 2003-2005, she was a research assistant for the Honorable John C. Martin at the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

While attending law school, Ms. Hackney was a member of the Holderness Moot Court.


  • Named a Rising Star by North Carolina Super Lawyers in 2014.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys’ Board of Directors’ member
  • Member of American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Administrative Law Section
  • Member of the Wake County Bar Association
  • Member of the Eastern District of North Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
  • Tryon Palace Foundation Board of Directors’ member
  • Susie Sharp Inn of Court; Secretary/Treasurer, 2005-2008
  • Wachovia Bank, Wilson, North Carolina; Local Board of Directors, 1992-2002
  • Represent hospitals and other health care providers in Certificate of Need litigation in the Office of Administrative Hearings and the Court of Appeals.
  • Represented various health care providers providing regulatory advice and submission of “No Review” and “Exemption” requests to the Certificate of Need Section.
  • Represent hospitals in resolution of EMTALA civil monetary penalties.
  • Represent hospitals appealing recoupment of Medicaid payments by the North Carolina Department of Medical Assistance. 
  •  Represented hospital in connection with filing Recovery Audit Contractor appeals to the Qualified Independent Contractor and Administrate Law Judge.
  • Represented a hospital system in connection with an Office of Civil Rights investigation.
    • Defended an adult care facility provider in licensure actions taken by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
    • Represent hospital in medical staff credentialing matters.
  • Represented dental management company in dispute with the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners.
  • Represented hospital in dispute with major healthcare insurance provider.