Megan M. Lawson

Managing Associate

Silicon Valley

Companies facing the emotionally-charged world of employment litigation trust Megan to protect their reputation as much as their bottom line.

To resolve claims of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, Megan first conducts a meticulous analysis of each case’s legal and business elements. She then draws upon her keen emotional intelligence to transform a complex collection of facts into a compelling story that resonates with judges and juries alike.

Megan demonstrated her ability to dismantle a plaintiff’s case in the landmark gender discrimination Pao v. Kleiner Perkins case. As a junior associate, Megan analyzed thousands of documents during discovery, assisted with preparing witnesses for depositions and trial, and managed the evidence used at trial. Despite intense public scrutiny and a sympathetic plaintiff, the team convinced the jury to sympathize with her client’s perspective and secure a complete defense verdict. In recognition of the landmark victory, Megan and the team won the 2016 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award. Megan’s extraordinary attention to detail again proved valuable when she helped Twitter defeat Class Certification in a gender discrimination case in 2018. In addition to serving as the case manager, Megan worked on the opposition motion, deposed putative class members, prepared Orrick partners to depose the opposition’s expert, worked with Orrick’s experts and handled several key motions and declarations.

Megan also helps her clients avoid litigation by counseling companies on a variety of pre-litigation employment issues and legislation.

In addition to her employment practice, Megan devotes her time to the community through pro bono and diversity initiatives. She recently conducted a pro bono administrative hearing, which included the preparation of an opening statement, witness examinations, and cross-examination of the opposing side. And in 2018, she was re-elected to her second term as President of the Black Woman Lawyers Association of Northern California.