Megan’s high-profile victories inside and outside the courtroom have cemented her reputation as a top defamation lawyer in the United States and have made her a go-to counselor for public companies, buzzy startups, billionaires, and other prominent figures. “If you find yourself in the unenviable position of being targeted with defamatory attacks, you want Megan in your corner fighting back,” said in-house counsel for one Fortune 500 company. She is “among the very best” and is “an aggressive top-tier litigator” whose “expertise in defamation law is unsurpassed.”
Megan has repeatedly achieved multi-million dollar victories for defamation plaintiffs, including a $26 million judgment based on falsehoods in a securities filing, a $3.375 million settlement and public apology from the Southern Poverty Law Center, and a $3 million jury verdict against Rolling Stone magazine for the now-debunked viral article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity party. She is actively litigating a $50 million defamation case against Netflix and a $25 million defamation case against Temple University. Megan also handles commercial matters with significant reputational components, such as a $7 million dispute over private space flight around the moon.
While many of her courtroom wins are highly publicized, Megan has also racked up countless behind-the-scenes victories by helping her clients stay out of the headlines: she has killed false stories before they were published and has secured retractions and corrections from various media outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Hill, Politico and the Daily Mail. “[S]he has the skill and the expertise to get results that others can’t,” said the Quilliam Foundation’s chairman Maajid Nawaz.
After beginning her career at Kirkland & Ellis where she worked on multi-billion-dollar transactions, securities litigation, complex commercial litigation, and defamation matters for corporate clients, Megan left Kirkland with Tom Clare and Libby Locke to launch Clare Locke LLP in 2014. Since then, their DC-area firm has more than tripled in size, has notched big wins in courts across the country, has won the National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyers Award for Sports, Entertainment, and Media Law in 2019 and 2020, and has become recognized as the best plaintiff-side defamation law firm in the United States.
In 2020, Megan was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of Washington DC’s 40 Under 40. She has also received nominations to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators and the Best of the Bar, an exclusive recognition bestowed on less than 1% of licensed attorneys nationwide. And she has been repeatedly recognized as a top-rated media and advertising attorney and selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine. Megan also speaks on panels and teaches continuing legal education courses on defamation for the DC Bar, the New York Bar, and the Clear Law Institute.
- Commonwealth of Virginia
- State of Illinois
- District of Columbia
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- Instructor, District of Columbia Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, Is that Defamation? Using the Law to Fight Online Attacks
- Instructor, Clear Law Institute, Bad Press: Fighting Back Against False Media Attacks
- Presenter, Kirkland Institute of Trial Advocacy Summer Program, Direct Examinations and Cross Examinations
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