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.



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 


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

Professional Activities


  • 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


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


  • “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
  • “Note, Lessons in Transcendence: Forced Associations and the Military,” 117 Harv. L. Rev. 1981 (2004)
  • “The Supreme Court, 2002 Term – Leading Cases, Stogner v. California,” 117 Harv. L. Rev. 268 (2003)
  • “Recent Legislation, Criminal Law – Alabama Raises the Rates at Which Individuals in Jail for Nonpayment of Fines Earn Out Their Debts,” 116 Harv. L. Rev. 735 (2002)


  • “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)
  • 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
  • Representing an ESOP fiduciary in the district court and on appeal in a “stock drop” class action brought under ERISA
  • Representing a large utility client in Supreme Court and on remand to Ninth Circuit in ERISA litigation challenging 401(k) plan offerings