Megan L. Meier


Megan is a formidable trial lawyer and has played a central role in achieving several multi-million dollar victories for public figure defamation plaintiffs, including a $22.35 million jury verdict for falsehoods in a proxy filing, a highly-publicized $3.375 million settlement and public video 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 UVA. She has secured corrections from—and killed or neutralized false stories or assertions by—various media outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Hill, Politico and the Daily Mail. Megan’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, executives, public figures, and public officials.

Megan left Kirkland & Ellis LLP to help start Clare Locke LLP in 2014. Since that time, Clare Locke has become recognized as the best plaintiff-side defamation law firm in the United States and has repeatedly won the National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyers Award for Sports, Entertainment, and Media Law. Megan recently 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. She speaks on panels and teaches continuing legal education courses on the law of 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
  • “The Carried Interest Controversy: The U.S. and U.K. Reform Movements of 2007,” Tax Notes International vol. 50, no. 3 (April 21, 2008


University of Michigan Law School,
J.D., 2008

University of Michigan, B.A.,
With Distinction, 2003


Senior Associate, Clare Locke LLP, 2014-2016

Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 2008-2014