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Megan Oliver Thompson

Megan Oliver Thompson

Partner

Hanson Bridgett LLP
California, U.S.A.

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Megan represents business clients in pursuing and defending complex commercial cases and in defending consumer class actions. She has litigated and counseled clients regarding diverse issues including unfair business practices, false advertising, fraud, contract disputes, regulatory matters, franchise issues, and disability access. She has represented clients in a wide range of industries including food, restaurant, dairy, retail, technology, franchising, steel trading, and financial. Megan also defends public sector clients in civil rights matters, which have included significant class actions against State agencies such as the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

For clients seeking to resolve their disputes short of full-blown litigation, Megan is also well-versed in alternative dispute resolution tools. She is a trained mediator, holding 40-hour certifications from the Bar Association of San Francisco and San Francisco Community Boards, and she is a volunteer arbitrator for the Bar Association of San Francisco's attorney client fee dispute program.

Megan is also dedicated to providing pro bono legal services to the Bay Area community, including representation in asylum, domestic violence, and unlawful detainer actions. She has a special affinity for asylum cases involving women’s rights, and she has successfully obtained asylum for women fleeing persecution in Kenya, Yemen, and Guatemala.

Prior to moving to San Francisco in 2007, Megan practiced with the law firm of Much Shelist in Chicago, Illinois.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Education

J.D., Chicago Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (2001)
B.A., magna cum laude, The George Washington University (1996)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Defeated class certification in a Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) case alleging violation of the credit and debit card “truncation” requirement, in which potential statutory damages to public agency client were $40 million.

Defeated a $4.6 million claim in arbitration for breach of contract and obtained an award for damages on behalf of renowned international sporting event company against head licensee merchandising company.

Obtained decertification of a Rule 23(b)(3) damages class in a federal food labeling class action alleging unfair business practices, false advertising, and violations of California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act.

Defeated class certification in an unfair business practices and false advertising case brought against a national retailer.

Obtained favorable settlement for former business owner seeking payment of over $500,000 under a stock purchase agreement.

Obtained a voluntary dismissal with prejudice of a federal Section 1983 putative class action filed against the State of California challenging the constitutionality of California’s adult parole revocation processes.

Valdivia v. Brown and L.H. v. Brown. Represented the State of California in this class action against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and related entities, successfully arguing for decertification and termination of this nineteen-year-old class action that challenged the constitutionality of California’s adult parole revocation processes. Assisted in successfully terminating the L.H. case, a seven-year-old institutional class action case against the State of California and the Division of Juvenile Justice which challenged the parole revocation processes for juvenile offenders in California.

Darensburg v. Metropolitan Transportation Commission, 636 F.3d 511 (9th Cir. 2011). Represented the Metropolitan Transportation Commission through victory at trial and appeal in this precedent-setting class action involving Title VI claims that a regional transportation planning agency discriminated against minority bus riders in its distribution of transit funds.



Professional Associations

  • Legal Aid of Marin, Board of Directors
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2015 Fellow)
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter, Past Leadership Development Committee member (2010-2011)
  • BASF Attorney/Client Fee Dispute Program, Volunteer Arbitrator
  • San Francisco Community Boards, Volunteer Mediator and Board Member since 2012; President of the Board of Directors since July 2014

Professional Activities and Experience

Accolades
Articles

"Reducing the Risk of an AwDA Lawsuit," co-author, Journal of the California Dental Association (September 2013)
"Ashcroft v. Iqbal: Giving Teeth To The Federal Pleading Standard," The Marin Lawyer (August 2009)


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