Meagan E. Garland

Special Counsel

  • Meagan E. Garland
  • Phone: +1 619 744 2215
    Fax: +1 619 393 0319

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    750 B Street, Suite 2900
    San Diego, CA 92101-4681

Meagan E. Garland is an employment lawyer whose industry focus is fashion and beauty. Ms. Garland is an implicit-bias interrupter and serves as a diversity-and-inclusion consultant to clients in various industries. She is licensed to practice in California and New York.

A seasoned litigator, Ms. Garland defends employers in harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wage-and-hour matters. She conducts workplace investigations as well as sexual-harassment-prevention, anti-bullying and ADA-compliance training. Ms. Garland counsels clients on day-to-day employee-related issues and has a robust transactional practice.

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


  • California
  • New York


  • 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


  • 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 Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "What to Worry About for California Contracts," Duane Morris Commercial Contracts Checkup Series, Webinar, November 19, 2020
  • Speaker, "Diversity and Inclusion," The New Reality of Workplace Law and Practice in the COVID-19 Era, Duane Morris LLP, Webinar, November 11, 2020
  • Speaker, "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging – What 2020 Has Wrought," Association of Corporate Counsel, Webinar, October 27, 2020
  • Regular Employment and Business Law Commentator, ESPN Radio, 1700 AM

  • Speaker, "COVID19 Planning - Ramping Up vs. Flipping a Switch: Getting Back to Business as Usual?" Duane Morris Webinar, April 28, 2020
  • Speaker, "CARES Act Webinar: Latest Developments and Insights," Duane Morris Institute (DMi), Webinar, April 3, 2020
  • "Government Relations: Legal Update," AACS Annual Convention and Expo, September 28, 2019

  • "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