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. Meaghan’s areas of focus include ERISA, health care, administrative law, insurance law, federal jurisdiction and preemption, constitutional law, data security and privacy, and securities law.

A member of the firm’s Financial Services and Appellate Practices, Meaghan has filed 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. Before joining O’Melveny, Meaghan served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Merrick B. Garland on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and for the Honorable David H. Souter on the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US Supreme Court
  • US Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuits
  • US District Court for the District of Columbia and First Circuits

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

  • Military Spouse JD Network
  • DC Circuit Advisory Committee on Admissions and Grievances

Speaker

  • “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) 
Author
  • “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)
  • “A Timely Decision on Untimeliness,” ERISA Litigation Reporter (2014), with co-author Shannon Barrett
  • “Gordian Knots and Equitable Dreams,” ERISA Litigation Reporter (2014), with co-author Theresa S. Gee
  • “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 Stevan Bunnell
  • Representing a financial services company in a putative class action challenging the investment management of a stable value fund under ERISA
  • Defending a health services company against an ERISA challenge to its 401(k) plan investment offerings
  • Representing a 401(k) plan service provider in an excessive fee challenge under ERISA
  • Defending a financial services company against ERISA claims challenging 401(k) plan investment selections
  • Representing a large utility client in Supreme Court and on remand in ERISA litigation challenging 401(k) plan offerings
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