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Meghan Frei Berglind guides sophisticated clients through critical trial motions and briefings and major appeals. She is especially valuable when handling complex and novel issues that require significant preparation and detailed analysis—including when time is short.
Meghan’s unique trial and appellate experience sets her apart. Recent examples of her work include helping a Fortune 500 client successfully defend against an unprecedented nationwide mass arbitration attack; representing the Independent Colorado Congressional Redistricting Commission before the Colorado Supreme Court in fast-moving litigation involving the release of 2020 census data; and serving on WTO’s national coordinating counsel team to a Fortune 150 transportation company for precedent-setting individual and class wage-and-hour actions.
Meghan has briefed and argued important matters in federal and state courts nationwide. Prior to joining WTO, she served as lead counsel for the Social Security Administration against one of the largest disability fraud schemes in U.S. history. Meghan’s range of experience, along with her blend of trial and appellate backgrounds, helps inform client strategies to position cases for successful appeals.
Meghan’s appellate experience extends to the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits.
- Won a precedent-setting victory in an appeal of a medical malpractice case involving the Colorado Health Care Availability Act's collateral source provision and $1 million damages cap.
- Represented a national homebuilding company before the Colorado Supreme Court in a case presenting questions of first impression under the economic loss rule.
- Successfully defended a favorable class certification ruling in the Ninth Circuit on behalf of a major shipping logistics company.
- Successfully defended Colorado's new congressional map to the Colorado Supreme Court in a fast-paced appeal. The appeal raised complicated, novel questions of constitutional law, and was the first time the court applied Colorado's new laws governing congressional redistricting. Over a dozen parties filed briefs, and argument was held less than two weeks after the Commission adopted the map.
- Won before the Colorado Supreme Court in a fast-moving original jurisdiction case for the Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission. The decision sets critical precedent affirming the Commission's constitutional independence to draw boundaries for Colorado's eight congressional districts before the 2022 election. WTO prevailed for the Commission against Colorado's legislature, governor, attorney general, and secretary of state.
- Represented a temporary staffing agency at certiorari-level review in the appeal of the largest individual personal injury judgment in Colorado history.
- Drafted and filed an amicus brief with the Colorado Supreme Court for the International Association of Defense Counsel that addressed a Colorado trial court's obligation to consider the proportionality of discovery requests under the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure, 2015 amendments.
- Authored amicus brief for the Product Liability Advisory Council urging affirmance of holding that state law consumer fraud claims against drug manufacturer were preempted under the Supreme Court's impossibility preemption principles.
- Prepared an amicus brief on behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in case involving the reliability of expert testimony under Colorado law.
- Served as lead counsel in 11 appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Presented oral arguments in five of these.
Trials & Litigation
- Serve as national coordinating counsel to a major transportation company in collective, class, and individual wage and hour claims.
- Defeated certification in California federal court of a putative class of more than 5,000 who accused WTO's shipping company client of both misclassification and joint employment and sought recovery under a variety of California federal wage and hour laws.
- Defeated an attempt by plaintiffs to convert an FLSA collective action into a hybrid collective/class action through the late addition of state-law class claims.
- Following WTO's successful opposition to class certification for an appliance manufacturer, drafted a comprehensive summary judgment motion in a 10-plaintiff, 7-state case that triggered a favorable non-class settlement.
- Defended against federal employee actions, including arbitrations and actions before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Merit Systems Protection Board.
- Led the legal team defending the Social Security Administration against litigation arising from one of the largest disability fraud schemes in U.S. history, including claims brought under the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedures Act, with litigation reaching the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
- Participated in four jury trials, conducting witness direct and cross examination, and arguing directed verdict motions.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
Co-Presenter, "Appellate Preservation in State & Federal Colorado Courts," Denver City Attorney's Office, (August 9, 2023).
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Associate
Kirkland & Ellis, Associate
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Cornell Law School
Vice President, Mary Kennedy Brown Society
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Social Security Administration
2018 General Counsel’s Excellence-in-Service Award
American Bar Association
Colorado Women's Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Stanley British Primary School, Board of Trustees