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Megan E. Jones

Experience

Megan Jones (@MeganJonesEsq) is a California Bay Area-based lawyer who focuses on recovering damages for companies who are victims of antitrust cartels for price-fixing, tying, restraints of trade, and other competition violations. With 19 years of experience in antitrust class actions, Megan is trusted by courts to lead large and complex antitrust cases. She has been called a "trailblazer," who brings efficiency, creativity, attention to detail, and a relentless trial-focused instinct to her cases.

Megan prides herself on the ability to create and lead teams of lawyers of any size (having organized teams of 80 law firms, in one particular case) to create a record that either wins the case, drives settlement, and /or obtains a decision upheld at the appellate level. Part of Megan’s success is due to her belief in using diverse and inclusive litigation teams, which she has helped foster over a decade by creating and running a conference for women antitrust lawyers to exchange best practices.

Megan is both reasonable and relentless. She carefully chooses her legal battles, and eschews gamesmanship for the sake of gamesmanship. Mindful of scarce judicial resources in complex antitrust cases that can last years, she develops a strategy at the outset about what particular legal issues need judicial attention and clears the board of the rest. She is highly respected from all contingents because she brings that same strategy to settlements, using her almost two decades of negotiation experience from being at Hausfeld to craft settlement strategy and terms in even the most difficult cases. Just one example of this creativity is that in one of her cases, Megan worked with and joined Select State Attorneys General to co-negotiate and jointly settle a class claim on behalf of certain states as well as the civil litigation class.

Clients

Companies that buy things to make things have typically bought cartelized products, and Megan helps them recover damages for such purchases. Able to analyze a corporation’s purchases around the world, Megan can then offer a panoply of options for recovery in multiple jurisdictions. She emphasizes the non- litigation options a corporation has when appropriate, and she is as adept at settling a case in a conference room as she is in a courtroom.

Practice Areas

  • In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation – In which Megan has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.
  • In re Local TV Advertising Antitrust LitigationIn which Megan has been appointed Lead Counsel.
  • In re Diisocyanates Antitrust Litigation – In which Megan has been appointed Co-lead Counsel.
  • In re Municipal Derivatives Antitrust LitigationResulted in over $200 million on behalf of the class.
  • In re Polyester Staple Antitrust Litigation – Resulted in $63.5 million on behalf of class.
  • In re Compact Disc Antitrust Litigation – Resulted in over $50 million on behalf of class.
  • In re Rubber Chemicals Antitrust Litigation – Resulted in over $100 million on behalf of class.
  • In re MMA Antitrust Litigation – Resulted in over $20 million on behalf of class.
  • In re EPDM Antitrust Litigation – Resulted in $81 million on behalf of class.
  • Megan was also involved in the negotiation of a $300 million global settlement with Bayer (which resolved three cases: EPDM, Rubber Chemicals and NBR), and drafted the innovative settlement agreement itself.

What Others Say

  • Megan has consistently been named a “Leading Lawyer” in Civil Litigation/Class Action: Plaintiff, and in Plaintiffs’ Representation for Antitrust by The Legal 500 (2012-Present)
  • Megan has been named a Super Lawyer in Antitrust year after year (2012-Present)
  • Chambers and Partners ranked Megan as one of just five lawyers in Band 2 for Antitrust: Mainly Plaintiff - California (2019) and described her as “personable, very smart and really capable.” Chambers has also described Megan as “well respected at the California Bar for her plaintiff-side antitrust practice.”
  • Megan was named to the prestigious Lawdragon list of the 500 “Leading Lawyers in America” (2019), and to the Lawdragon list of "Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers" (2019)
  • Who’s Who Legal named Megan a ‘Thought Leader’ in the Competition Plaintiff arena (2019), stating; “The ‘fantastic’ Megan Jones is a distinguished figure in the North American competition market. Sources describe her as a ‘future leader’ of the field who ‘is blazing a trail for younger women in the profession, and is highly respected from all contingents.”
  • W@Competition named Megan to its inaugural40 in Their 40s” list of notable women competition professionals (2019)
  • Megan was honored by the American Antitrust Institute with the award for “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice” as part of the In re Air Cargo Antitrust Litigation case team (2016)
  • Megan was named to "The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists 2014" by the Global Competition Review and Who's Who Legal
  • Megan has been profiled as a “Female Powerbroker” in her field by Law360 (2014)
  • In 2014, Megan was selected to speak at the American Bar Association's 8th National E-Discovery Institute, where nationally- acclaimed e-discovery professionals convened for a full day to analyze and discuss the latest developments and best strategies for managing the e-discovery process.
  • The Global Competition Review named Megan one of the “100 Successful Women in Antitrust” globally (2013)
  • Megan was named a “Rising Star” in Competition Law by Law360 (2012)
  • Megan was named as one of just fourteen female “Equity Champions” by Burford Capital, a leading global finance and investment management firm focused on law, which launched The Equity Project in 2018. This is a groundbreaking initiative designed to help close the gender gap in law by providing an economic incentive for change through a $50 million pool of capital earmarked for financing commercial litigation and arbitration matters led by women.
  • Megan has been deemed one of the “nation’s best lawyers in an MDL” and a “professional problem solver,” Transcript of August 30, 2018 Hearing at 23, In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litig., No. 2:13-cv-20000 (N.D. Ala.).

Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D., 1999

North Carolina State University, magna cum laude, B.A., 1995

Bar Admissions

California

District of Columbia

North Carolina

Affiliations & Memberships

Founder of Women Antitrust Plaintiffs’ Attorney Network Group

Member, The Sedona Conference®, which is composed of leading jurists, lawyers, experts, academics and others, at the cutting edge of issues in electronic discovery.

Vice Chair, ABA Antitrust Section's Global Private LItigation Committee

Vice Chair, ABA Antitrust Section's Communications and Digital Technology Industries Committee

Vice Chair, ABA Antitrust Section's Media and Technology Committee

News & Press

"Lawyer Limelight: Megan Jones of HausfeldLawdragon, September 26, 2019

Megan has been profiled as a “Female Powerbroker” in her field by Law360 (2014)

"Hausfeld, Hausfeld, Hooray," Legal Biznow, April 6, 2012

Global Competition Review profiles Megan Jones as one of their "100 Women In Antitrust"

"A panel of experts discuss e-discovery horror stories, vetting vendors and expectations for service providers in terms of competency and ethics", Law Technology News, May 19, 2014 (Quoted) 

"Q&A: Megan Jones on corporations as plaintiffs", Global Competition Review, March 2014.

Megan Jones joined Judge Francis and Robert Trenchard (Wilmer Hale) in a podcast about the “Latest Trends in Cost-Shifting in Electronic Discovery,” September 2010.

Publications

Megan E. Jones, “E-Discovery Trend Alert:  A Second State Has Approved a Technology CLE Requirement for Its Lawyers”, Lexicology, (February 2019)

Megan E. Jones, "A Litigator's Approach to Pricing Algorithms Cases: What Will We Need to Know?" ABA Global Private Litigation Bulletin, Issue 13, March 2019.

Megan E. Jones, “Litigator 101,” an ABA series regarding best practices in drafting discovery

Megan E. Jones, "All I Really Need to Know About Antitrust Settlements, I Learned in Kindergarten," ABA Criminal & Cartel Practice Committee Newsletter, March 2011

Megan E. Jones, "E-Discovery Today: The Fault Lies Not In Our Rules...", The Federal Courts Law Review (FCLR), Vol. 4, Issue 2, 2011.

Megan E. Jones, Contributor, “E-Discovery Today: The Fault Lies Not In Our Rules…”, Duke White Paper, 2010

Megan E. Jones, “Giving Electronic Discovery a Chance to Grow Up”, The National Law Journal, December 15, 2009

Megan E. Jones, “Observations from the Field: ACPERA’s First Five Years,” The Sedona Conference Journal, Fall 2009

“Antitrust Law Developments,” 7th Edition, co-author of chapter on Non-Price Vertical Restraint, published by the American Bar Association, 2008

Co-author, “Navigating the Vendor Proposal Process: Best Practices for the Selection of Electronic Discovery Vendors”, published by The Sedona Conference®, June 2007.

Co-author, “The Sedona Conference Glossary: E-Discovery and Digital Information Management”, (2nd edition), December 2007

Presentations & Speeches

Speaker, Women in Antitrust Litigation Panel, American Bar Association, March 9, 2015

Speaker, 8th Annual National Institute on E-Discovery, May 16, 2014

Speaker, The Sedona Conference Institute 2017 eDiscovery Negotiation Training: Practical Cooperative Strategies, February 8, 2017

Speaker, “Successfully Navigating Hazardous Waters: The Second Annual Conference on Transatlantic Deals and Disputes,” American Bar Association and German Bar Association, Munich, June 2011

Speaker, Class Action Symposium, Georgetown Law Center, April 11, 2011

Speaker, “The Life of an International Cartel: A Six-Part Practical Series, Part III: Follow-On Civil Price Fixing,” American Bar Association teleconference, February 4, 2011

Speaker, American Bar Association’s Antitrust Masters Course V, September 30, 2010

CLE Speaker, “E-Discovery in Antitrust Lawsuits and FTC/DOJ Investigations: Managing and Producing Electronic Information Under the Amended Federal Rules,” March 2009

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