MEAGAN E. GARLAND, ESQ
501 W. BROADWAY, SUITE 800 ♦ SAN DIEGO, CA 92101 ♦ MGARLAND@GARLANDLAW.COM ♦ 619-400-4809
GARLAND LAW, APLC, San Diego, California Feb. 2016- Present
Founder and Owner
CARA & GARLAND, APLC, San Diego, California
Founding Partner and Shareholder July 2014 – Feb. 2016
BROWN LAW GROUP, San Diego, California
Senior Labor & Employment/ Business Law Attorney Jan. 2013 – July 2014
BAKER & MCKENZIE, LLP, San Diego, California
Senior Labor & Employment/ Business Law Attorney April 2010- March 2012
Summer Associate Aug. 2006 – Jan. 2008
BAKER & MCKENZIE, LLP, New York, New York
Business Law Attorney /White Collar Criminal Defense Jan. 2008- April 2010
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA, The Hague, Netherlands
United Nations Intern, Office of the Prosecutor Fall 2005
Business Litigation – Defend corporations in lawsuits involving contract and business torts disputes, including breach of contract; breach of fiduciary duty; interference with prospective business advantage; interference with contractual relations; misappropriation of trade secrets; trade libel and defamation; fraud; unfair business practices.
Advice and Counseling – Counsel 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 (Family Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act, Pregnancy Disability Leave, and Workers’ Compensation Leave). Draft termination notices and correspondence regarding discipline and documentation in connection with an employers’ attempt to reasonably accommodate disabled employees.
Wage-and-Hour Litigation – Defend employers against wage-and-hour lawsuits, including assessment of potential liability and exposure; determination of case strategy; and execution of same, up to and including trial.
Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Litigation – Defend companies in sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits involving both state and federal law. This includes preparing case assessments, case budgets, conducting research on various employment-law issues and preparing related legal memoranda. This also includes preparing motions (discovery and dispositive), oppositions and reply briefs and attending related hearings, preparing and responding to discovery requests, interviewing witnesses, taking and defending depositions, attending mediation and preparing cases for trial.
Workplace Investigations – Interview complainant and witnesses in connection with workplace allegations of discrimination and harassment, prepare reports for employers’ review, which include findings and recommendations (including whether workplace policies were violated), as well as suggested remedial measures, if necessary.
Sexual Harassment Training – Conduct Sexual Harassment Training for management-level employees of clients in accordance with California law.
Administrative Charges – Respond to Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) charges filed by clients’ employees alleging discrimination and/or harassment; attend Labor Commissioner settlement conferences and hearings in connection with charges brought against employers for their alleged failure to pay employees all wages due.
Employee Handbooks – Draft and review employee handbooks and provide related advice and counseling; conduct Employee Handbook Roll-Outs at employers’ worksites, which involves conducting a PowerPoint presentation that explains workplace policies and address employees’ questions and concerns regarding same.
Business and Employment Agreements – Draft and assess business agreements; prepare employment agreements, severance and release agreements, confidentiality agreements, employee invention and assignment agreements, and independent contractor agreements.
AMERICAN COLLEGE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, San Diego, California
Masters, Theology, July 2015
BOSTON COLLEGE LAW SCHOOL, Newton, Massachusetts Juris Doctorate, May 2006
♦Law Review: Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, Staff Editor, Articles and Notes Editor
♦Moot Court: Jessup International Moot Court Team, Oralist (2005-2006) (Ranked among the top ten oralists)
♦Publication: Author, “Addressing Environmental Justice in the Criminal Sentencing Process: Are Environmental Justice Communities ‘Vulnerable Victims’ Under 3A1.1(b)(1) of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in the Post United States v. Booker Era,’” ALB. L. ENVTL. OUTLOOK J. 1 (2007)
♦Activities: Black Law Students Association, President (2004-2005)
SPELMAN COLLEGE, Atlanta, GA
Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, May 2003 – Phi Beta Kappa
♦Activities: Freshman Class Vice President
UNIVERSIDAD DE SYRACUSA, Madrid, Spain
Study Abroad, Fall 2001 – Legal Intern, Pedro Gallego Encinas, Madrid Spain
RECENT AWARDS, ACHIEVEMENTS & MEDIA
♦Selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016 & 2015
Named among San Diego’s Best Attorneys, 2015
Named to The National Black Lawyers – Top 100, 2015
Named among 19 Women Who Impact San Diego, 2015
Named as one of SD Metro’s “Metro Movers to Watch,” 2015
Earl B. Gilliam Award for Distinguished Service, 2007
Pro Bono Service Award, Baker & McKenzie, San Diego, 2006 & 2007
Called upon regularly by Media outlets, including ESPN, The San Diego Daily Transcript, The San Diego Metro, KOGO News Radio to provide insight with respect to labor and employment laws affecting California employers.
“Not So Fast…Banner Health Systems is Still the Writing on the Wall for All Employers,” San Diego Daily Transcript,
March 31, 2015 Issue, Co-Author;
“Empowering Women of Color to Blaze Their Own Trails in the Legal Profession,” San Diego Metro, March 2015, Co- Author
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS, BOARD MEMBERSHIPS & VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
LeTip of Greater San Diego, Board Member – Secretary, present
♦Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, Board Member, 2006 – 2007
♦Lawyers Club of San Diego
♦San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association
♦The Honorable Louis M. Welsh Inns of Court
♦Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
♦Volunteer, Girl Scouts of San Diego; Planner for Camp Exec 2016
♦Volunteer, Juvenile Book Club
♦Licensed Minister, Southern California District Council, Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.; Total Deliverance Worship Center of the Apostolic Faith, Incorporated
Admitted to the California State Bar, 2006; Active member in good standing
Admitted to the New York State Bar, 2009; Active member in good standing
RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
♦Regular employment and business law commentator, ESPN Radio, 1700AM
Key Note Speaker, Intelligent Office Lunch and Learn, “Avoiding Traps for the Unwary: Common Costly Legal Missteps for Business Owners and Employers” – July 26, 2016
♦Teleseminar Speaker – The Art of Communication, “Difficult Conversations in the Workplace” – May 27, 2016
♦Speaker, LeTip of Greater San Diego – “Debunking Common Myths in Employment Practices” – March 9, 2016
Discovering new things with my four-year-old, Interior Design, Cape Verdean Cooking & Cooking from Scratch, and Travel.