As a lifelong learner, I love that the law is interdisciplinary—numbers and words collide at the crossroads of medicine and government, science and sociology. And I love that the practice of law calls for knowledge driven by purpose and curiosity fueled by compassion. Every day, I am inspired by my colleagues who pursue justice for our clients.

Experience

Megan is an associate at Ciresi Conlin. For the past several years, she has worked tirelessly on behalf of injured plaintiffs in MDL 2885: In re 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation—the largest MDL in American history—and MDL 2666: In re Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation. Megan works hand in hand with Ciresi Conlin partner Michael Sacchet on law and briefing matters in both litigations, including choice of law, Daubert, summary judgment, and post-trial motions.  In the 3M Combat Arms Earplug litigation, she drafted motions for summary judgment and argued directed verdict to defeat 3M’s key defenses, including the sophisticated intermediary doctrine, superseding cause, apportionment of fault, and statute of limitations. She also second-chaired five bellwether trials, helping prepare for direct and cross-examination of medical experts and fact witnesses, resulting in over $200 million in verdicts for injured veterans.

Prior to joining the firm, she served as a law clerk to Judge Eric C. Tostrud of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, and Justices David R. Stras and Paul C. Thissen at the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Megan graduated valedictorian from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.  Her courses and firm experience focused on personal injury and mass tort litigation.  She also worked in a clinic with the Innocence Project of Minnesota, advocating for people who were wrongfully convicted.  Megan graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota, where she double-majored in Spanish and Sociology of Law.  She received the Best Undergraduate Paper Award for her thesis about jury instructions on eyewitness (mis)identification.

Admissions

  • Minnesota

  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota

Recognition

Named to “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America” for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers (2023)

Named a “Minnesota Rising Star,” Super Lawyers (2022)

Named to “Notable Emerging Stars in the Law,” Twin Cities Business (2022)

Named “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer (2022 – Team Award, 2021 – Group Award)

Community Service

  • District of Minnesota, Federal Practice Committee (2023-present)
  • Infinity Project, Co-Chair of Education Committee (2021-present)
  • Federal Bar Association, Co-Chair of Bar Talk Committee (2021-present)
  • Minnesota Association of Justice, Amicus Committee Member (2020-present)
  • FBA Pro Se Project Volunteer (2019-present)
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Judicial Writing: Preparing for a Judicial Clerkship (2020-2022)

Articles

  • Civil Procedure: Statutory Interpretation: Compensating for Ambiguities in the Workers’ Compensation Act
    Schmitz v. U.S. Steel Corp., 852 N.W.2d 669 (Minn. 2014), Mitchell Hamline Law Review Vol. 42 (2016)