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Overview

With Megan, fear tactics in discovery fall flat.   

Megan is passionate about using creative solutions and predictable budgets to relieve clients of worry. A seasoned litigator of business and employment disputes in jurisdictions across the nation, Megan champions practicality in discovery as she co-leads the firm’s innovative eDiscovery Solutions team.

Due to Megan’s leadership, clients know they are working with a one-stop shop, where the technical know-how and legal strategy of eDiscovery go hand in hand. Like Megan, the eDiscovery team of accomplished, active litigators is in the boardroom and the courtroom day in and day out.

Megan has not only mastered this evolving area of litigation, but her extensive knowledge allows her to execute and defend decisions with confidence. After a distressed call from the client, Megan’s next call is to the client’s IT department. She knows how to speak the language, relieving significant strain on internal resources when litigation strikes.

Megan knows how painful the discovery process can be, and she thrives on identifying and minimizing those pain points. A significant portion of Megan’s solutions are offered before litigation even hits, when she counsels clients on corporate information governance decisions and internal processes, bringing corporate, IT and legal departments to the table together. 


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Services

Recognition

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Rising Star, 2010, 2014-2018

Education

  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
    • Journal of Law & Public Policy
  • B.A., Fort Hays State University
    • cum laude
    • Political Science

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Sedona Conference Working Group
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Featured Case Study

Targeted Discovery Results in Exceptional Outcome for Direct-Mail Client

A direct-mail client sued a vendor for millions of dollars when the vendor lost or delivered late more than 100 million pieces of mail for dozens of the client’s customers. The vendor countersued for millions of dollars in unpaid invoices and breach of warranty. Megan relied on cutting-edge discovery efforts to untangle a complex web of transactional history and to establish that almost the entirety of the unpaid invoices claim was based on mail that was lost or delivered late.

The result was a multimillion-dollar settlement in the client’s favor. In addition, Megan’s strategic use of third-party discovery to the vendor’s customers resulted in the vendor’s voluntary dismissal of the multimillion-dollar breach of warranty claim. Megan’s perseverance and calculated approach to discovery unveiled the irrefutable facts that led to the exceptional result for the client.


Additional Experience
  • Using targeted and focused discovery efforts, obtained voluntary dismissal of million-dollar personal injury claim in federal court.
  • Defeated $20 million personal-injury claim at manufacturing plant, including award of attorneys' fees and costs. Case included award under 28 U.S.C. 1927 against opposing counsel, affirmed in Eleventh Circuit.
  • Achieved summary judgments, resulting in pretrial dismissals of claims, in number of federal cases for global staffing company with more than 300,000 employees.
  • Secured summary judgment in race discrimination case on behalf of national transportation company.
  • Won summary judgment in age discrimination case on behalf of national nonprime residential mortgage company.
  • Achieved summary judgment in product liability claim on behalf of international leader in agricultural processing.
  • Protected favorable judgments on appeal in U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit.
  • Successfully prosecuted and defended various construction disputes on general contractors, resulting in favorable settlement, thereby eliminating undue and costly litigation.
  • Defended and negotiated favorable settlements in personal injury lawsuits on behalf of world's largest retail mall owner, national franchisee of retail automotive service providers, multistate retail grocer and multibillion-dollar manufacturer of nutrition supplements.
Outside the Office

As creative and flexible as Megan is when it comes to eDiscovery solutions for her clients, she’s equally regimented at home, because she says has to be.

Megan bookends her days with an early morning workout and a late night hour of TV, and rarely misses either one. In between, her calendar is filled with the activities of her five children. When they can steal a few hours alone, she and her husband like to explore the latest Kansas City restaurants or catch a concert. Her favorite family destination is Estes Park, Colorado. The mountains are always calling.

 Megan is a self-proclaimed, obsessive fan of Kansas Jayhawks basketball. If she can’t watch every minute live, she says she takes drastic efforts to avoid all media until she can fire up the DVR.   

Community Leadership
  • St. Peter’s Friends of Scouting, Board Member, 2017-present
  • Cub Scout Pack 118, Committee Chair, 2014-present
  • St. Peter’s Children’s Liturgy of the Word Ministry, Coordinator/Teacher, 2011-present
  • University of Kansas School of Law, Board Member, 2018-present

eDiscovery

Megan has undergone extensive eDiscovery training over many years, including through the acclaimed Georgetown eDiscovery Training Academy. She writes and speaks on eDiscovery topics and is regularly sought out for her consultation on complex matters, including by other law firms.

Megan leads the firm’s eDiscovery team, shepherding best practices both through Husch Blackwell’s internal eDiscovery vendor—Litigation Technology—and to attorneys and paralegals across the firm. Overall, she provides forward-thinking discovery management and consultation, document review and analysis, and client education and training about electronically stored documents.

Megan steers the logistics of discovery from start to finish, with specific emphasis on efficiency, cost containment and defensibility. She provides guidance on corporate information governance decisions to minimize the burden on internal resources and maximize efficiency when litigation occurs. Megan also serves as discovery counsel for clients, offering consistency and efficiency in response and approach to discovery in collaboration with the client’s trial counsel.

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