Meaghan VerGow

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Meaghan VerGow is a litigator who assists clients with complex commercial litigation and class actions at the trial and appellate levels. She also counsels clients on legal, policy, and regulatory matters.

A member of the firm’s Financial Services and Appellate Practices, Meaghan has authored many briefs in the US Supreme Court, and many more in the federal courts of appeals, federal district courts, and state trial and appellate courts. She has argued matters before trial courts and courts of appeals. She has a long track record of securing and preserving judgments in her clients’ favor.

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Honors & Awards

  • Ranked by Chambers USA for ERISA Litigation (2021)
  • Received the “John Paul Stevens Guiding Hand of Counsel Award” from the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project (2020)
  • Ranked as a “Next Generation” lawyer for ERISA Litigation; Recommended for Labor and Employment - ERISA Litigation by The Legal 500 US (2018-2020)

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US Supreme Court
  • US District Court, Colorado, District of Columbia, and Southern District of New York
  • US Courts of Appeals, First, Second, Third, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuits
  • US Court of Federal Claims

Education

  • Harvard University, J.D.: magna cum laude; Articles Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • Columbia University, B.A., Biochemistry and History

Professional Activities

Clerkships

  • Honorable David H. Souter, US Supreme Court 
  • Honorable Merrick B. Garland, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit 

Moot Court Panelist

  • Georgetown Supreme Court Institute

Advisory Council Member

  • American Benefits Council

Member

  • DC Circuit Advisory Committee on Admissions and Grievances
  • ERISA Litigation Reporter Editorial Board

Speaker

  • “ERISA Supreme Court Cases Webinar,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2020)
  • “Supreme Court Practitioners Panel: The Next Wave of ERISA Cases Seeking Cert., New Trends, Procedural Outcomes, and the Impact on Advising Clients,” ACI 17th National Forum on ERISA Litigation (2019)
  • “Defined Contribution Plan Investments in Private Funds,” DC Bar (2019)
  • “Addressing Article III Standing Challenges “Addressing Article III Standing Challenges in the ERISA Context,” ACI 16th National Forum on ERISA Litigation (2018)
  • “Pension Risk Management for Retirement Plans: Establishing Risk Management Protocols for Defined Benefit Plans and Defined Contribution Plans,” Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (2017)
  • “Recent Supreme Court Decisions Affecting Employee Benefits,” American Benefits Council Benefits Law Briefing (2016)
  • “ERISA Class Actions Post-Dukes and Comcast,” ACI 8th National Forum on ERISA Litigation (2014)
  • “Women in Appellate Law,” Ms. JD and the Military Spouse JD Network (2014) 

Podcast

  • “Episode 35: Law and Order with Meaghan VerGow,” American Benefits Podcast (2020)

Representative Publications

  • “New Dawn: The Second Circuit Breathes Life Into Stock Drop Claim in Jander v. Retirement Plans Committee of IBM,” ERISA Litigation Reporter (2019)
  • “The False, Honest Opinion: Is There Really Such a Thing? The Supreme Court’s Coming Review of Omnicare v. Laborers,” Practicing Law Institute (2014), with co-authors Jeffrey Kilduff and Brad Garcia
  • “401(k) Service Providers Beat Back the Functional Fiduciary Campaign with a Third Circuit Victory,” ERISA Litigation Reporter (2014)
  • “Sixth Circuit Affirms Disgorgement of Profits on Retained Benefits in Dramatic Expansion of Section 502(a)(3),” ERISA Litigation Reporter (2014), with co-author Brian Boyle
  • “Supreme Court 2008-2009 Review,” The Champion (2010)
  • “Supreme Court 2007-2008 Review,” The Champion (2008)
  • “Start Talking – Or Else,” Legal Times (2008), with co-author Steve Bunnell
  • Representing a national health care payor in multi-forum trial-level and appellate litigation challenging a popular insurance program under state law
  • Representing a housing finance company in multi-forum shareholder litigation
  • Represented a financial services company in the district court and on appeal in a putative class action challenging the investment management of a stable value fund under ERISA
  • Represented a large utility client in Supreme Court and on remand in ERISA litigation challenging 401(k) plan offerings
  • Represented a health care company in the district court and on appeal in a putative class action challenging investment choices for their investment plan in the wake of the financial crisis
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