Stanford Law School, J.D., 2000
Lafayette College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1996
Hon. Marjorie O. Rendell
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Benchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star" (2018 and 2019)
Benchmark Litigation, "California Star" (2019)
Benchmark Litigation, Labor and Employment Star, West (2019)
+ Speaking Engagements
Co-Chair, Bridgeport Continuing Education 2019 Consumer Class Action Litigation Conference (May 3, 2019)
Co-Presenter, "The Future of Nationwide Classes (including Settlements) after Hyundai Kia," Bridgeport Continuing Education 2019 Consumer Class Action Litigation Conference (January 11, 2019)
Moderator, "Hiring, Firing and Inspiring Outside Counsel," MCCA 2018 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference (October 2, 2018)
Panelist, "The In-House Counsel's Consumer Class Action Defense Checklist," ACC Washington Chapter 2nd Annual Business Summit (September 13, 2018)
Panelist, "The In-House Counsel's Class Action Defense Checklist," ACC Minnesota Chapter CLE Lunch and Learn (June 7, 2018)
Panelist, "Social Networking: Dos & Don'ts - A Discussion Regarding Business Development, Trending Ethical Considerations, & Privacy Breach Part II," NAMWOLF 2018 Business Meeting (February 26, 2018)
+ Prior Affiliations
Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado LLP, 2016-19
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, 2001-13
+ Civic Involvement
Board of Trustees of Lafayette College, Associate
+ Bar Admissions
Admitted in California
• United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
• United States District Court for the Central District of California
• United States District Court for the Northern District of California
• United States District Court for the Southern District of California
• United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
+ Professional Affiliations
Litigation Counsel of America: The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Fellow
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellow (2018)
Direct: (415) 630-4101
A tenacious, seasoned litigator who has used her creativity to achieve victories for her clients, Megan O’Neill never lets her drive to win override what is most important: that her clients get the result they want. Clients trust Megan to analyze cases from all sides and consistently deliver the desired outcome, whether that means winning a dispositive motion, negotiating the optimal settlement, or taking the case all the way to trial.
While Megan’s varied experience allows her to handle a wide range of matters for her clients, she has developed a specialized focus in the class action arena. She regularly defends Fortune 500 companies in consumer class actions alleging unfair competition, false advertising, and other claims, and frequently speaks on class action topics at legal seminars. Megan also has significant experience litigating intellectual property claims, including suits alleging theft of trade secrets and trademark infringement, as well as cases involving product liability claims, employment disputes, breaches of contract, and fraud claims. In the past few years, she has litigated substantial matters on behalf of PayPal, Target, The Kroger Co., The Nature’s Bounty Co., Physician Laboratories, and several start-up companies.
Among her recent victories, Megan secured a dismissal with prejudice for a major retailer sued in a civil RICO class action pending in the Northern District of California. Megan also obtained the voluntary dismissal of a consumer class action after opposing class certification, which was due in large part to the key admissions she obtained at the class representative’s deposition. She also prevailed on a successful forum non conveniens motion in a far-flung jurisdiction and subsequent motion to compel arbitration in a case against a Silicon Valley start-up. In one of her most notable cases to date, Megan drove the settlement of thousands of claims as lead counsel representing a utility company in connection with multi-billion dollar claims arising from one of the largest wildfires in California history.
Megan is a fluent Spanish speaker, enabling her to represent clients from Spain and Latin America. She previously clerked for the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Megan is actively involved in fostering diversity in the legal profession, having served as a 2018 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
In her spare time, Megan is a hip-hop choreographer and lyrical, hip-hop, and jazz dancer.