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Overview

A seasoned litigator with a broad range, Megan is known for leading complex teams and volume dockets.

In an era of increasing specialization, Megan has successfully maintained a diverse litigation practice so that her proficiency managing complex cases and national teams can be deployed when and where needed. Clients rely on Megan to develop litigation strategies and solutions that achieve their business objectives. She brings the concept of a “virtual law firm” to life, coordinating defense groups and local counsel across dockets, across the country.

Megan is a passionate advocate, securing successful outcomes in business, employment, personal injury and toxic tort disputes. For over a decade, she has defended a global staffing company with diverse contractual, employment and injury related disputes in state and federal courts and arbitration venues, regularly securing summary judgment and other pretrial dismissals, including preserving favorable judgments on appeal in U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Tenth and Eleventh Circuits. She protects chemical and petrochemical manufacturers in matters involving asbestos, benzene and solvents, and agricultural chemicals in some of the toughest jurisdictions.

Megan is co-founder of the firm’s innovative eDiscovery Solutions team and has extensive experience in managing the discovery process for clients. For Megan, legal strategy and technical mastery go hand in hand, and her extensive eDiscovery knowledge allows her to execute and defend decisions with confidence.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Rising Star, 2010, 2014-2021

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

  • Illinois
  • 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 Memberships and Certifications

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


*Contact Megan to set up an in-person consultation by appointment in the Kansas City office.
Featured Experience

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
  • Lead trial counsel achieving directed verdict in a wrongful termination employment claim in South Carolina state court.
  • Defeated $20 million personal-injury claim at manufacturing plant, including award of attorneys' fees and costs, in Florida. Case included award under 28 U.S.C. 1927 against opposing counsel, affirmed in Eleventh Circuit.
  • Using targeted and focused discovery efforts, obtained voluntary dismissal of million-dollar personal injury claim in a California federal court.
  • Defeated all claims of the Canadian National Railway seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars for shipping expenses based upon claims asserted under the Interstate Commerce Act.
  • Secured summary judgment in race discrimination case on behalf of national transportation company in federal court in Kansas.
  • Achieved summary judgment in product liability claim on behalf of international leader in agricultural processing.
  • Won summary judgment in age discrimination case on behalf of national nonprime residential mortgage company.
  • Successfully prosecuted and defended various construction disputes across the Midwest on behalf of 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 in jurisdictions across the nation.
Case Studies
Farmobile LLC

Farmobile secured a complete defense victory in enterprise-threatening trade secret litigation.

News Releases | August 19, 2020
Husch Blackwell Scores Eighth Circuit Win for Farmobile in Trade Secret Dispute

The earlier court ruling granted summary judgment to Farmobile.

News Releases | May 28, 2020
Husch Blackwell Named CLOC's Inaugural Legal Innovation in Operations Project Award Winner

Husch Blackwell is believed to be the only law firm to date to be recognized by both the CLOC LIO Project and ACC Value Champion award series for its ability to implement legal solutions that cut spending, improve predictability and achieve better outcomes.

News Releases | November 05, 2019
Husch Blackwell Celebrates eDiscovery Day
Outside the Office

​​​​​​Megan cheers on her big teams on the job and at home.

Megan’s five children occupy almost all of her free time, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.  She is keenly aware that the busy household will eventually quiet one young adult at a time, so she is enjoying the controlled chaos while she can. She enjoys cooking for her kids when she can (and gets a kick out of the inevitable disagreement about whether the meal should be repeated) and especially loves a good movie night. When they can steal a few hours alone, she and her husband like to explore the latest Kansas City restaurants or catch a concert but honestly, most date nights are Chinese takeout and Netflix! Her favorite family destination is Estes Park, Colorado. The mountains are always calling.

Megan is an obsessive fan of Kansas Jayhawks basketball, but her husband’s Fighting Irish of Notre Dame football team come in a close second!

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 co-founded 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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