Meagan E. Garland practices in the area of labor and employment law (transactional and litigation). Ms. Garland counsels clients on employment law matters as they arise in the day-to-day course of business, including hiring practices, employee discipline, employee terminations, wage-and-hour matters, employee privacy, vacation policies, sick leave policies, and state and federal leave laws. She also assists clients in drafting documentation such as termination notices, employee handbooks, business and employment agreements, and correspondence regarding discipline and employers’ attempts to reasonably accommodate disabled employees. Ms. Garland defends employers in harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wage-and-hour matters.  She conducts workplace investigations and sexual harassment and anti-bullying training.

Ms. Garland is a 2006 graduate of Boston College Law School, where she was staff editor for the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, and a summa cum laude graduate of Spelman College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment and Labor Law

Admissions

  • California
  • New York

Education

  • Boston College Law School, J.D., 2006
    - Staff Editor/Articles and Notes Editor, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review
  • Spelman College, B.A., summa cum laude, 2003
    - Phi Beta Kappa

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Special Counsel, 2018-present

  • Garland Law APLC
    - Founder and Owner, 2016-2018

  • Cara & Garland, APLC

    -Founder and Owner, 2014-2016

  • Brown Law Group
    - Labor and Employment/Business Law Attorney, 2013-2014

  • Baker & McKenzie LLP
    - Labor & Employment/ Business Law / White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney, 2006-2012

Professional Activities

  • LeTip of Greater San Diego
    - President, 2017-2018
    - Secretary, 2016-2017
    - Board Member

  • The San Diego Black Nurses Association
    - Advisory Board Member, 2017-present

  • Lawyers Club of San Diego

  • The Honorable Louis M. Welsh Inns of Court, 2010-2015

  • Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association
    - Board Member, 2006-2007

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2015 and 2016

  • Listed in San Diego’s Best Attorneys, 2015

  • Listed in the National Black Lawyers Top 100, 2015

  • Listed in 19 Woman Who Impact San Diego, 2015

  • Listed in SD Metro’s “Metro Movers to Watch,” 2015

  • Earl B. Gilliam Award for Distinguished Service, 2007

  • Pro Bono Service Award, Baker & McKenzie, 2006 and 2007

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Girl Scouts of San Diego

    - Leadersip and professional-branding training

    - Planner for annual Camp Exec Program

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Regular Employment and Business Law Commentator, ESPN Radio, 1700 AM

  • “The Top 5 Things Employers Should Know for 2019,” Duane Morris & BB&T Breakfast Briefing, November 8, 2018

  • “Nuts and Bolts – Workplace Investigations,” LeTip of Greater San Diego, September 26, 2018

  • "Building the Business of You, Inc.," Girl Scouts San Diego, May 16, 2018

  • "Employment Law Update," LeTip of Greater San Diego, March 25, 2018

  • "Avoiding Traps for the Unwary: Common Costly Legal Missteps for Business Owners and Employers," Keynote Speaker, Intelligent Office Lunch and Learn, July 26, 2016

  • "Difficult Conversations in the Workplace," The Art of Communication, Teleseminar, May 27, 2016

  • "Debunking Common Myths in Employment Practices," LeTip of Greater San Diego, April 26, 2017