Megan trained in Fine Arts and Literature and became an educator, teaching English and Writing to children and adults in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Boston, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Through these experiences, Megan learned the importance of holding both individuals and institutions accountable, so that the community as a whole is better served. Megan brings this understanding to her law practice focused on representing plaintiffs, in civil rights, education, personal injury and employment law matters.
Megan’s approach to practice combines careful listening and thoughtful consideration of all possible avenues toward relief for her clients. Through this approach, she has obtained successful results for victims of: sexual harassment; race, gender, disability, and service-member discrimination; wage and leave time withholding; and workplace retaliation.
Megan is particularly proud of her work advocating for children’s rights. She has litigated, in both Federal and State courts, several cases involving threats against and assaults upon children. Megan has also successfully negotiated with schools, to obtain reasonable accommodations and appropriate educational programing for her young clients, ensuring that they have the foundation necessary for a happy and productive adulthood.
Megan is keenly aware of the impact that law, in all practice areas, has on people’s daily lives. Megan is committed to helping each of her clients fully employ the law for their welfare.
- University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D. 2009, cum laude
- Temple University, M.Ed. English Education 1998
- Temple University, B.A. English Literature, 1995
- New Hampshire Bar Association
- New Hampshire Association for Justice
- National Employment Lawyers Association, New Hampshire Chapter
- Paralegal Association of New Hampshire Annual Meeting 2015 – “A Paralegal’s Guide to Effective Legal Writing”
- National Business Institute, September 2015 – “New Hampshire Special Education Law”
- NH Association for Justice, March 2016 – “State Wage and Hour Law and Recent Developments in the FLSA”
- National Business Institute, December 2016 – “Employee Leave Rights”
Megan has represented clients before New Hampshire state and federal courts as well as administrative bodies and municipal boards. Megan has advocated for employees facing a variety of workplace problems, such as: gender discrimination in scheduling; discharge after multiple military deployments; wage withholding (and termination for complaining about the same); and termination for organizing co-workers for the purpose of improving workplace conditions. Megan has also worked on other civil issues of great importance to New Hampshire, such as arguing that manufacturers of defective products sold in New Hampshire should be subject to the jurisdiction of New Hampshire courts, and that federal employees working in New Hampshire should be held liable for injuries they negligently cause New Hampshire citizens.
Megan co-wrote Gauthier v. Manchester School District, 168 N.H. 143 (2015), an appeal to the New Hampshire Supreme Court regarding the protection of children in schools, from peer intimidation and physical abuse. Megan has been active in efforts to strengthen laws intended to protect children in school.
Each attorney at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. is committed to New Hampshire through community service organizations and volunteer work, serving on boards of organizations and through the firm’s financial contributions. Please see a list of Community Involvement to which we have most recently given our time or financial support.