Susan Lapenta

Susan Lapenta

Horty, Springer & Mattern PC

About Susan Lapenta

Susan Lapenta is a partner in the law firm of Horty, Springer & Mattern PC of Pittsburgh, PA, which specializes in the practice of health care law. The firm represents institutional providers, such as hospitals, multi-hospital systems and health maintenance organizations nationwide.  Lapenta is a contributor to the Action Kit publications: Action Kit for Hospital Law, Action Kit for Hospital Trustees and the Health Law Express, publications from HortySpringer.

Lapenta has worked extensively with hospitals and their medical staffs on peer review investigations and hearings.  She has also assisted medical staffs in the revision of bylaws and related projects. Lapenta also has served as counsel in litigation stemming from credentialing decisions, including the defense of antitrust claims. Lapenta has served on the faculty of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

She received her bachelor of arts from West Virginia University, and her juris doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She was a member of the staff and served as the managing editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. After law school, Lapenta worked as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Glenn E. Mencer. She is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Areas of Expertise

  • Trends in liability
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Peer review protections
  • Dealing with disruptive behavior
  • Dealing with practitioner health
  • On-call, EMTALA and patient safety


University of Pittsburgh School of Law

BS - Communications
West Virginia University


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, member