How Megan Helps Clients
Megan passionately fights for her clients by providing reliable guidance and representation in matters involving both civil and criminal law. She has considerable experience at the federal, state, and local levels, including trials, appeals, governmental inquiries, and internal investigations. Committed to defending the rights of the indigent, she regularly provides pro bono or court-appointed representation for criminal defendants in need of assistance.
Beyond her criminal practice, Megan regularly represents clients in a wide cross-section of heavily regulated industries such as telehealth, pharmaceutical, professional licensing, nonprofit, and state and local governments. The combination of her criminal and commercial experience provides her with the tools and foresight needed to advise clients in all aspects of compliance to avoid litigation, regulatory infractions, debarment, civil penalties, and criminal exposure.
Given Megan’s depth in both commercial matters and government investigations, she is uniquely equipped to assist clients involved in the government contracting process. Megan draws upon her experience working with State Attorney General’s Offices, the civil and criminal divisions of the Department of Justice, and other regulatory bodies to effectively guide clients in this heavily regulated space. For example, Megan regularly represents companies and individuals across industries interested in pursuing Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) certification or who are involved in contracts that require DBE participation.
Megan has been consistently recognized for her outstanding legal work. Megan has been selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Rising Stars list since 2012. She was also named a “40 under 40” honoree by The Philadelphia Business Journal and identified as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by the Legal Intelligencer. Before joining Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, she spent more than a decade practicing commercial litigation and criminal defense at an AmLaw 100 firm.
Outside the Office
In her free time, Megan enjoys volunteering at local animal shelters, creative writing, and sharpening her chops at classical piano. She lives in Center City, Philadelphia but spends a lot of time in her native South Jersey, visiting family and lifelong friends.
- Represented one of the largest, privately held multinational companies in a criminal case of immigration fraud and related offenses conducted by the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and state and local authorities. Successfully negotiated a non-trial resolution that preserved the company’s ability to remain in business and avoided the individual criminal prosecution of any of the company executives, stakeholders, or managers.
- Represented individual defendant in one of the largest mortgage fraud prosecutions ever brought in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania involving allegations of conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering. Led the defense of a multi-day sentencing hearing, successfully reducing the alleged loss amount by more than $18 million.
- Represented clients (witnesses, targets, and defendants) in connection with the following investigations and/or prosecutions: the Philadelphia Archdiocese child abuse scandal, the Diocese of Saginaw child abuse allegation, Penn State University/Jerry Sandusky investigation, the “Kids for Cash” prosecution, the criminal case against former Congressman Chaka Fattah, and the “Computergate” prosecution of leading PA House of Representatives.
- Represented client before the Supreme Court of the United States in a Petition for Certiorari in a federal criminal case of first impression arising from a federal bribery conviction premised upon the payment of campaign contributions.
- Represented the City of Philadelphia in an audit conducted by the Office of Inspector General of federal grant monies awarded to the City for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Successfully defended the questioned expenditures, saving the City more than $10 million and removing the high-risk grantee designation as a result of the original audit findings.
American University, Washington College of Law, J.D.
Ithaca College, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Supreme Court
American Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
New Jersey State Bar Association
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Deference Lawyers
Pennsylvania Bar Association
The District of Columbia Bar
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
The Women's White Collar Defense Association