Lawyer Monthly - Women In Law Awards 2023

About Megan Megan L. Meier is a founding partner of Meier Watkins Phillips Pusch, an elite defamation law firm that handles the nation’s highest profile libel and trade libel matters. She and her law partners sued Fox News in historic defamation litigation over the network’s dangerous disinformation about the 2020 election. Their litigation resulted in a recordbreaking $787.5 million settlement and a summary judgment finding that Fox News had broadcast false claims about election fraud. Hailed as “an extraordinary advocate” and “a shaper in her industry,” Megan has also racked up big wins for tech companies, executives, and founders, such as a multimillion-dollar payout for a CEO and venture capitalist who was falsely accused of fraud during a proxy fight. What does she recommend to clients facing high-profile reputational attacks? “A defamation lawsuit may ultimately be the right choice,” but “it should be the last resort,” Meier says. “Whenever possible, I work collaboratively with PR professionals and journalists to stop the publication of misinformation in the first place.” She has persuaded publishers not to print false and misleading stories about organizations and their leaders in a wide range of industries ranging from manufacturing to tech to the international nonprofit sector. When false accusations find their way into the public domain, Meier leverages her extensive experience with high-stakes defamation litigation to secure corrections and retractions that others can’t, such as a public apology and multi-milliondollar settlement to a progressive Muslim think tank. She has also obtained corrections and retractions from a host of national publishers, including The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Hill, Politico, The Register, Business Insider, and The Daily Mail, among others. Today, Meier lives in the heart of Washington, DC and is one of only ten attorneys to be recognized by Chambers & Partners as among the best in the United States for High Net Worth: Defamation / Reputation Management. But she grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, the granddaughter of an immigrant and the daughter of a factory worker and a pastor. Meier worked her way through school by creating elaborate balloon arches for parties, waiting tables, and working the counter at a dry cleaner before starting her legal career as a commercial litigator at Kirkland & Ellis in 2008 and then focusing her practice on high-stakes defamation and crisis communications over a decade ago. Her humble beginnings inform her writing style and her approach to the practice of law. She refuses to use Latin phrases in her legal writing, and she thinks “subsequent to” is an abomination that should always be stricken in favor of “after.” “I’m a stickler for clarity and brevity,” she says. “We lawyers need to get to the point.” Asked for the key to her success, Meier doesn’t hesitate: “I’ve got a world-class team of attorneys and the best paralegals in the business. We fight for our clients’ reputations as if they were our own. And we absolutely love what we do.” Megan L. Meier USA Defamation Litigation Lawyer of the Year Washington, DC Tel: +1 (202) 280-4454 | Email: Founding Partner Meier Watkins Phillips Pusch 73

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